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European diplomats mount last-ditch effort to stop US ditching INF treaty
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European diplomats mount last-ditch effort to stop US ditching INF treaty

European officials are seeking to act as intermediaries between Russia and the US in the hope of salvaging a cold war-era arms control treaty that Donald Trump has threatened to scrap. However, the diplomats involved are not confident of success in the effort to save the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. Although they have…

Apec summit: Mike Pence warns of China’s ‘constricting belt’ and ‘one-way road’
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Apec summit: Mike Pence warns of China’s ‘constricting belt’ and ‘one-way road’

Leaders from 21 Asia-Pacific nations battled to paper over gaping differences after a sharp exchange of words between the United States and China at the annual Apec gathering. The summit in Papua New Guinea has been overshadowed by speeches from China’s president, Xi Jinping, and the US vice-president, Mike Pence, that appeared to represent competing…