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Royal flight: King Willem-Alexander will switch to piloting Boeing 737s for KLM. Photograph: Natascha Libbert/KLM/AFP/Getty

For two decades the king of the Netherlands has been putting the royal in KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. King Willem-Alexander said this week that for the (...)

Asean leaders in Manila: Najib Razak (Malaysia), Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar), Prayuth Chan-ocha (Thailand), Nguyen Xuan Phuc (Vietnam), Rodrigo Duterte (Philippines), Lee Hsien Loong (Singapore), Hassanal Bolkiah (Brunei Darussalam), Hun Sen (Cambodia), Joko Widodo (Indonesia) and Thongloun Sisoulith (Laos). Photograph: Mark Crisanto/Reuters

Leaders from 10 southeast Asian countries expressed their “grave concern” about the North Korean missile crisis in a statement from the Association of(...)

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi attends a press conference at China’s annual parliament, the National People’s Congress. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

China sought to boost its credentials as a regional peacemaker when foreign minister Wang Yi called on North Korea to stop missile tests in exchange f(...)

The European Parliament has passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the reintroduction of visa requirements for American citizens, raising the stakes in a long-running battle over the United States’ refusal to grant visa-free access to citizens of five European Union countries. Photograph: Capucine Granier-Deferre/The New York Times

The European Parliament has passed a non-binding resolution calling for the reintroduction of visa requirements for US citizens, raising the stakes in(...)

King Salman of Saudi Arabia is greeted on arrival in Indonesia on Wednesday on one of six passenger jets transporting him and his 1,500-strong delegation. Photograph: AFP/Indonesian presidential palace/Agus Suparto

You could call it bling diplomacy. As part of a month long tour in Asia to promote economic ties, King Salman of Saudi Arabia arrived in Indonesia on (...)

The  meeting of the National People’s Congress in Beijing will offer clues as to how China’s president Xi Jinping plans to deal with his US counterpart, Donald Trump. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty  Getty Images

China’s annual parliament, the National People’s Congress, starts this weekend, and while observers don’t expect radical developments before a pivotal(...)

US defence secretary James Mattis: says  all diplomatic efforts should be made. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

In the latest sign of growing tension in the region, two military aircraft from the US and China inadvertently flew too close to each other in an “uns(...)

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi: forging closer links with   Australia. Photograph: Mark Graham/AFP/Getty

Just days after Donald Trump made a hectoring phone call to prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, China has pledged stronger relations with Australia and w(...)

 Chinese warships taking part in a drill in the South China Sea earlier this year.    China has angered its neighbours by its aggressive claims to the maritime region, through which €4.75 trillion in trade is shipped every year. Photograph: Getty Images

Tensions over the South China Sea could be set to escalate after Beijing urged the US to act “cautiously” in its approach to disputed islands which C(...)

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photograph: US Navy/Handout via Reuters

Any attempts by the United States to block access to artificial islands in the South China Sea would have to be backed up by waging war, Chinese state(...)

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