President Barack Obama arrived in Japan to start a four-country tour of Asia aimed at advancing a Pacific-nations trade pact and reassuring allies the U.S. will back their security interests, including in territorial disputes with China.
The theft of rhino horns from steel safes belonging to the national parks department in South Africa’s eastern province of Mpumalanga is the biggest of its kind in the country, a police department said.
China’s soil is laced with pollutants including mercury and arsenic, according to a nine- year government survey, posing a threat to agriculture and human health and raising new concern about the environmental costs of China’s three decades of economic growth.
Russian military planes have been flying near Japan “frequently,” Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera says at a briefing today in Tokyo today. * “I am aware that Russian aircraft have been flying very frequently over the Japan Sea and the Pacific in the past few days. In general, there are more Russian flights, training and exercises near our country:” Onodera * Onodera says Russian jets have not infringed on Japan’s airspace * “It is not only Japan, but Russia that is paying close attention to the security environment in East Asia, such as U.S.-Korea exercises and events in North Korea:” Onodera * NOTE: Japan’s Air Self-Defense Forces dispatched jets to intercept four Russian planes on April 14, the Ministry of Defense said on its website
Bank of East Asia Ltd. said it has signed an agreement with Shanghai Shengpay e-payment Service Co. to provide cross-border electronic payment services. * Bank of East Asia to become first foreign bank to provide cross-border electronic renminbi payment services in Shanghai’s pilot free-trade zone, the company said in a press release today * the pact will enable Bank of East Asia to further develop its international trade payment and cross-border RMB settlement business * China’s banking regulator also recently approved the bank’s Shanghai free-trade zone sub-branch to conduct personal banking business, the release said.