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November 13, 2017

Trump hails ‘great relationship’ with Philippines’ Duterte

US president offers no public rebuke of Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal drugs crackdown as he nears end of 12-day Asia tour

Donald Trump has hailed his “great relationship” with the Philippines’ president, Rodrigo Duterte, who stands accused of acting with impunity over a brutal war on drugs that has left thousands dead.

The US president made no mention of human rights during brief remarks to reporters prior to a meeting with his counterpart, and both leaders ignored shouted questions about the [...]

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November 5, 2017

‘Marvellous friends’: Trump and Abe get into swing of things on golf course

US and Japanese leaders joined by world No 4 Hideki Matsuyama for nine holes as Abe pushes nations’ ‘unshakeable’ alliance

Donald Trump managed to stay out of the diplomatic rough on the first leg of his five-nation visit to Asia. Whether or not he repeated the feat during an afternoon round of golf with Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, on Sunday is less clear.

The leaders were joined at the Kasumigaseki country club – no longer a bastion of sexism – by Japan’s best professional golfer, Hideki Matsuyama, but did [...]

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October 25, 2017

Xi Jinping signals intent to remain in power by revealing politburo with no successor

China’s president unveils his all-male cabinet, but crucially no member is young enough to take the reins from Xi at the end of his second term

Xi Jinping has kicked off his second term as leader of the world’s second largest economy, vowing to spearhead the “great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation” and signalling his intent to tower over Chinese politics for decades to come.

At just before noon on Wednesday, Xi unveiled the new line-up of China’s top ruling council – the Communist party’s politburo standing committee – leading six besuited comrades out into a blaze of camera flashes in the Great Hall of the People.

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October 24, 2017

Xi Jinping becomes most powerful leader since Mao with China’s change to constitution

Rare accolade puts Xi’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics into Communist charter and sets him on course for indefinite spell in power

Is Xi or isn’t Xi? Who said it - Jinping or Mao Zedong?

Xi Jinping has been consecrated as China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong after a new body of political thought carrying his name was added to the Communist party’s constitution.

Related: Is Xi [...]

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