Hsinchu (Taiwan) (AFP) - War veterans gathered Saturday for Taiwan's first military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Japan in World War II, as the island vies with China over the history of the conflict. Jet fighters and attack helicopters were among aircraft that flew past in formation as President Ma Ying-jeou spoke to the thousands gathered in the northern Hsinchu county on the Kuomintang (Nationalist) government's role in the conflict.
ATHENS, Greece — The 'No' campaign against a bailout deal had its last and biggest rally here on Friday night, ahead of the referendum on Sunday which could decide Greece's economic and political future. The crowd started building early, ahead of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' speech. There was a huge social and age mix in the crowd — though there were dozens of left-wing groups in attendance, it's nothing like a political rally I've seen in the UK since the Iraq War demonstrations.
New Delhi (AFP) - European aerospace giant Airbus and India's Mahindra group have inked a deal to jointly build helicopters as the Indian government moves to upgrade the country's ageing military hardware, the companies said. The joint venture will be set up in the coming months, "aiming to become the first private manufacturer of helicopters in India", the companies said in a statement late Friday."The joint venture will be dedicated to supplying the Indian armed forces with Made-in-India, state-of-the-art helicopters of high reliability, quality and safety standard based on combat-proven platforms," Guillaume Faury, president and CEO of Airbus Helicopters, said in the statement.
Tokyo (AFP) - Japan on Saturday pledged $6.1 billion in financial aid to the "Mekong Five" countries as it pushes infrastructure exports and courts influence in a region where rival China has an increasing presence. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled the pledge at a summit with his counterparts from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam -- fast-growing economies through which the lower section of the Mekong river flows."Japan will implement support worth around 750 billion yen ($6.1 billion) in official development assistance for the next three years," Abe told a news conference following the seventh annual Japan-Mekong summit."The Mekong region, which has vast demand for infrastructure, is one of our most important areas," Abe said."Japan will contribute to infrastructure development of the region in both quality and quantity," he added.