Indonesia hosts first-ever ASEAN military drills

ASEAN conducts first joint military exercises in Indonesia, Myanmar involved despite junta leader ban. Non-combat drills emphasize humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, and maritime patrols to bolster regional stability. China monitors closely.

China hits out at German FM’s ‘dictator’ Xi comment

China condemns German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock’s characterization of President Xi Jinping as a “dictator,” calling it an “open political provocation” and a serious affront to China’s political dignity.

China says ‘resolutely opposes’ UK spying allegations

China strongly denies allegations of espionage in the UK and calls them “pure fabrication.”

The arrest of a suspect accused of spying has raised concerns and led to discussions between British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Chinese Premier Li Qiang at the G20 summit.