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The head of the newly opened Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) said the China-led group is aiming to approve its first loans before the end of the year, part of Beijing's efforts to weave together regional trade partners and solidify its global status.
 
Japan, South Korea and the United States on Saturday ratcheted up pressure on China to support the "strongest possible" punishment against North Korea, following Pyongyang's nuclear test earlier this month.
 
AIIB will boost investment in region: Xi
The new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will boost investment in the region while contributing to "fairer" global economic governance, mainland leader Xi Jinping said Saturday at the formal opening ceremony in Beijing.
 
South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday defended a landmark deal with Japan over wartime sex slaves, saying her government had tackled a "difficult problem" dodged by her predecessors.
 
Vietnam has accused China of threatening the safety of civilian flights over the disputed South China Sea by failing to properly inform its aviation authorities of Beijing's recent test flights to a man-made island also claimed by Hanoi.
 
Beijing said Monday it did not need to notify Vietnam about flights to a disputed reef in the South China Sea, after Hanoi complained to a U.N. aviation body about the controversial trips.
 
A growing trend worldwide: fruit trees on the tops of buildings
The idea of growing fruit trees on the top of buildings, or producing fruit and vegetables inside multistory buildings using artificial light, might have been viewed as a fanciful idea once -- but not anymore.
 
The government is drawing up plans to contribute its expertise to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in accordance with this year's theme and priorities, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official has said.
 
South Korea resumes anti-North Korea propaganda broadcasts
SEOUL, South Korea -- As world leaders debated ways to penalize North Korea's claim of a fourth nuclear test, South Korea voiced its displeasure with broadcasts of anti-Pyongyang propaganda across the rivals' tense border Friday, believed to be the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
 
Pakistan asked Bangladesh to withdraw its senior diplomat, Moushumi Rahman, in an apparent tit-for-tat move after Dhaka asked Islamabad to withdraw a Pakistani diplomat last month, officials from the two nations said Thursday.
 
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