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U.S. vows more high-level engagement with Pacific islands amid China push

WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) - White House Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell said on Thursday he expects more high-level U.S. officials to visit Pacific island countries as Washington steps up i...

AP source: Jerami Grant to be traded to Portland by Detroit

A person with knowledge of the situation said the Detroit Pistons have agreed to trade Olympic gold medalist Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers, with the biggest part of the return being a fir...

Taiwan's golden opportunity for reformation and transition: AmCham 2022 Taiwan White Paper

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The American Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan (AmCham) at a press conference for the release of its 2022 Taiwan White Paper on Wednesday (June 22), urged Taiwan to assure a s...

U.S. business group calls for 'urgent' Taiwan free trade talks

The United States should "urgently" start talks with Taiwan on a free trade agreement with the aim to present a completed text for passage next year, the American Chamber of Commerce in Taiw...

Leftist's election to test Colombia's alliance with US

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — It’s one of the United States’ few enduring alliances in an often-turbulent Latin America, one built around a decades-long partnership combating the nation’s drug cartels. ...

Colombia picks 1st leftist president in tight runoff contest

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia will be governed by a leftist president for the first time after former rebel Gustavo Petro narrowly defeated a real estate millionaire in a runoff election that under...

First Taiwan-US Initiative meeting set for June 27 in Washington

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan Minister-Without-Portfolio John Deng (鄧振中) said the first U.S.-Taiwan Initiative on 21st-Century Trade meeting will be held on June 27 in Washington, D.C., followin...

When pro-China elements took over the KMT

This is part two in a series on what Americans need to know about the KMT following Eric Chu’s visit and the re-opening of the KMT Washington office. Part one “What Americans need to know ...

Mexican government prodding its farmers to grow more food

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The corn has begun to sprout on the hillsides south of Mexico’s capital, though it’s unclear whether these shoots will have enough water to grow or whether the farmer will be able t...

'Islamophobia' controversy: Why India cannot risk a fallout with the Gulf

India has been at the receiving end of a strong diplomatic backlash from a number of Muslim-majority nations over the past few days after two spokespersons of the country's ruling Bharatiya Janata...

Why more European firms are choosing Vietnam over China

Vietnam was one of the few Asian countries that did not experience an economic contraction during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and 2021. This year,Vietnam's GDP is expected to grow by around 5...

Biden hoping to avoid Summit of the Americas flop in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When leaders gather at the Summit of the Americas this week, the focus is likely to veer from policy issues — migration, climate change and galloping inflation — and instead shift t...

Biden scrambles to avoid Americas Summit flop in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When leaders gather this week in Los Angeles at the Summit of the Americas, the focus is likely to veer from common policy changes — migration, climate change and galloping inflatio...

Bolsonaro using medals to celebrate allies, family, himself

SAO PAULO (AP) — Elon Musk arrived in Brazil for his first-ever visit, not knowing his cachaca from his churrasco, and within hours had a prestigious medal draped around his neck as he clasped the han...

New Taiwan-U.S. trade initiative to challenge Chinese practices

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The announcement of the U.S.-Taiwan Initiative on 21st-Century Trade poses a challenge to Chinese trade practices, The New York Times reported Wednesday (June 1). Taiwa...