TOKYO — Laos will explore issuing its own digital currency with support from a Japanese financial technology startup that was involved in a similar effort by Cambodia, Nikkei has learned. The study by Laos’ central bank and Tokyo-based Soramitsu will begin as early as this month.
SYDNEY/BRUSSELS — The European Union has postponed its free trade talks with Australia, signaling that tensions remained high after Canberra’s decision to cancel a $40 billion submarine contract with France.
BEIJING — China will raise this year’s quota on the production of rare-earth metals by 20%, the government said Thursday, as it moves to secure a supply chain that is immune from U.S. sanctions. The country will now produce 168,000 tons of rare earths, according to a notice from the Ministry of Industry and Information…
BRUSSELS — China’s plan to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2060 can be accomplished at an earlier date if Beijing steps up the adoption of renewable power and cuts use of coal, the International Energy Agency said in a report released Wednesday.
NEW YORK — If a U.S. president decides to launch a nuclear attack, the order is conveyed to a duty officer at the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon. The one-star commander executes the order in roughly a minute.
UNITED NATIONS — There will be no address delivered by the Afghan mission to the United Nations General Assembly Monday as the country’s U.N. representatives face a crisis of credibility on the international stage following the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul in August.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey still intended to buy a second batch of S-400 missile defense systems from Russia, a move that could deepen a rift with NATO ally Washington and trigger fresh U.S. sanctions.
JAKARTA/HANOI — Vaccine diplomacy by China and the U.S. has entered a new stage as their drugmakers transfer technology to players in Southeast Asia to kick-start local production. The region has welcomed these efforts, since it provides a greater boost to the pharmaceutical industry there and creates more jobs than shipments of ready-for-use coronavirus jabs.…
SEOUL — Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, on Friday called the idea of formally ending its war with South Korea “interesting,” signaling that her country may be open to discussing the matter.
UNITED NATIONS — A diplomatic face-off is developing in New York between two representatives of Afghanistan — the Taliban and the remnants of the government led by former President Ashraf Ghani, who fled the country after the Islamist militants took over Kabul.