Japan’s Yoshihide Suga, a long-time ally of outgoing PM Shinzo Abe, won a ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leadership election on Monday, news wires reported. The victory paved the way for him to become prime minister in a parliamentary vote this week.
The peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents officially opened in Qatar’s capital Doha on Saturday, marking the start of a process aimed at ending two decades of war that has killed tens of thousands, news wires reported. The 19-year conflict is also the United States’ longest overseas military action.
China and India announced they had agreed to de-escalate renewed tensions on their contested Himalayan border and take steps to restore “peace and tranquillity” following a high-level diplomatic meeting in Moscow on Thursday, news wires reported.
Japan’s longest-serving PM Shinzo Abe announced on Friday he was resigning because of poor health, news agencies reported. “I cannot be prime minister if I cannot make the best decisions for the people. I have decided to step down from my post,” he told a news conference.
The Chinese government has expressed its support for a lawsuit against the Trump administration, which challenges his executive order to sell or spin-off TikTok’s operations on US soil. Beijing supports the effort by Chinese companies to use legal means to defend their rights and interests in the US, including the lawsuit by TikTok’s parent company ByteDance, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian told journalists on Monday.
China has eased entry restrictions for nationals from 36 European countries, months after thousands were left stranded when the country closed its borders and slashed flights to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced on Friday that the government will postpone highly anticipated legislative elections, scheduled for September, by one year, citing a worsening coronavirus outbreak, news wires reported.