Australia receptive to China's Silk Road, but national interest first

Chinese President Xi Jinping is hosting dozens of world leaders and senior officials on Sunday for the country's biggest diplomatic showcase of the year, touting his vision of a new "Silk Road" that opens trade routes across the globe. Two Chinese government-run banks also will set up lending facilities valued at a total of 380 billion yuan ($55 billion) to support the initiative, Xi said.

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The gathering is the latest high-profile appearance for Mr Xi that seeks to cast him as a global leader and chief advocate for free trade. The global community was well aware of India's position on the "so-called" CPEC, he said, in an obvious reference to New Delhi's vehement opposition to the ambitious project on the ground that it runs through Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

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But hopes and good wishes aside, the academic also warned the Russian side against any sort of unconditional trust in Trump. From the US side, the Lavrov visit should also force statesmen and sober-headed leaders on all sides of the partisan divide to step back and consider: are USA interests served by the current deterioration? Trump, the White House said, told Lavrov Moscow should "rein in the Assad regime, Iran and Iranian proxies".

France's Macron pledges to overcome division in society

France's Macron pledges to overcome division in society

Emmanuel Macron was inaugurated as France's youngest ever president on Sunday, saying the country had chosen "hope" and promising to relaunch the flagging European Union. Macron will then make a speech in the Elysee reception hall in front of about 300 guests, officials and family members, including his wife Brigitte Macron, in a lavender blue dress designed by French designer Nicolas Ghesquiere for Louis Vuitton.

France inaugurates new president: Emmanuel Macron, 39

France inaugurates new president: Emmanuel Macron, 39

Hollande is expected to welcome Macron in the official residence of the president of France, the Elysee Palace, and to hand over the country's nuclear launch codes during the private meeting. A former economy minister, Mr Macron quit Mr Hollande's Socialist government a year ago to launch his independent bid. After that Hollande will leave the Palace for the last time.

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Lord Paddick, Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, said: "We need to get to the bottom of why the Government thought cyber attacks were not a risk, when a combination of warnings and plain common sense should have told ministers that there is a growing and unsafe threat to our cyber security".