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China Slams Abe for Dividing ASEAN

  • ulterior: The Japanese leader spared no effort in driving a wedge and playing up the regional tension, showing his ulterior motives and extremely unhealthy mindset," Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters.
  • invalid: He also welcomed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's efforts to improve Manila's ties with Beijing following the Philippines ' victory in an arbitration ruling last year declaring China's maritime claims invalid.
  • pacify: China is not happy with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's high-profile visits to the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam over concerns that he may be trying to pull the rug out from under Beijing's efforts to pacify its neighbors in and around the South China Sea.

Italy reviews new electoral law as old problems pile up

  • convoluted: A more convoluted reading would almost certainly leave Gentiloni in charge until the legislature ends in early 2018.
  • torrid: Natural disasters, an intervention to save the banking system, a rating agency downgrade, tensions with Brussels and a renewed influx of migrants have combined to give Gentiloni one of the most torrid debuts of any Italian leader.
  • tremor: The tremors also probably triggered an avalanche last week that killed at least six people and left 23 missing.
  • avalanche: The tremors also probably triggered an avalanche last week that killed at least six people and left 23 missing.
  • anemic: His government has been non committal, but meek acceptance would go down badly at home, potentially fueling anti-EU sentiment and putting further pressure on an anemic economy.

Top Asian News 10:11 a.m. GMT

  • arable: The state-run Xinhua News Agency said Sunday the courses were closed for improperly using groundwater, arable land or protected land within nature reserves.
  • abdication: The panel is looking at how to accommodate Akihito's apparent abdication wish, which he expressed last August when he cited concerns that his age and health may start limiting his ability to fulfill his duties.
  • vie: Eighty-six candidates will vie for the Miss Universe crown on Jan. 30 in Manila.
  • pacify: CHINA SLAMS ABE FOR DIVIDING ASEAN China is not happy with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's high-profile visits to the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam over concerns that he may be trying to pull the rug out from under Beijing's efforts to pacify its neighbors in and around the South China Sea.
  • port: SYDNEY (AP) _ The ship involved in the recently halted hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 returned to port in western Australia on Monday, where officials from the countries that funded the fruitless search gathered to thank them and to defend their decision to end the hunt despite recommendations from investigators that it continue.