Day: June 13, 2022
China’s defense minister accused the United States of trying to ‘hijack’ the support of countries in the Asia-Pacific region to turn them against Beijing, saying Washington is seeking to advance its own interests ‘under the guise of multilateralism’. US secretary of defense Lloyd Austin had stressed the need for multilateral partnerships with nations in the Indo-Pacific.
Sri Lanka may be compelled to buy more oil from Russia as the island nation hunts desperately for fuel amid an unprecedented economic crisis, the newly appointed prime minister said. In a wide-ranging interview, Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe also indicated he would be willing to accept more financial help from China, despite his country’s mounting debt.
It will be a historic and strategic mistake to insist on taking China as a threat and adversary, or even an enemy, Chinese defence minister General Wei Fenghe said on Sunday as he underlined that the China-US relationship is at a critical and crucial juncture. “China believes that a stable China-US relationship serves the interest of both countries and the rest of the world,” he said.
The Argentine government has impounded a Boeing 747 owned by Iran’s Mahan Air and leased to a Venezuelan state-owned airline at Buenos Aires airport, Iranian state-controlled media said on Sunday. There was no official confirmation of the reports.