Trump and new Japan PM Suga discuss ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’: US Sep 21, 2020 0 472 12345 WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Sunday spoke to Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, to congratulate him on taking office and to discuss a “free and open Indo-Pacific” region, which is increasingly dominated by China.“The two leaders discussed the importance of pursuing our shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, continuing to strengthen the United States-Japan Alliance, and working together to strengthen the global economy,” the White House said in a statement.China is locked in disputes with neighbours including Japan and Vietnam over islands in the South China Sea.Beijing’s expanding military presence in the region has worried several of its neighbors, and Washington has vowed to stand up against its territorial claims. (AFP) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Tens of thousands defy police crackdown to protest in Belarus Sep 21, 2020 0 684 England imposes up to £10,000 fine for breaking coronavirus restrictions Sep 21, 2020 0 1399 US race heats up as Trump seeks quick SC justice replacement Sep 21, 2020 0 1579 Thousands march in Germany urging EU to take in refugees from Greece BERLIN: Thousands of people demonstrated on Sunday in Berlin and other German cities, urging the European Union to take in migrants left without shelter after a fire destroyed their biggest camp in Greece. The mask-clad .. Three dead after severe storms hit Greece ATHENS: The severe storms that hit Greece over the weekend have claimed another victim. On Sunday morning, the fire brigade in the Thessaly region near the city of Karditsa discovered a 62-year-old in the rubble of his .. Madrid braces for partial lockdown as virus surges MADRID: Nearly a million Madrid residents were bracing on Sunday for a partial lockdown as Spanish authorities seek to put a brake on a second wave of COVID-19. The restrictions, which kick off Monday for two weeks, affect .. Novichok scientist apologises to Navalny AFP Moscow A scientist involved in the secret Soviet programme to create the Novichok nerve agent has apologised to the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who is recovering from poisoning in Berlin. Vil .. Britain at Covid ‘tipping point’: Health chief LONDON: Britain faces a “tipping point” in a second wave of coronavirus infections, forcing the government to take tougher lockdown measures unless people obey social distancing rules, Health Secretary Matt Hancock ..