Shipping firms face China probe over fees
SHANGHAI • China is probing shipping companies over allegations that they have been levying arbitrary and excessive charges, following complaints from foreign trade firms, its Cabinet said.
The State Council has ordered seven departments, including the country's top economic planner and transport and trade ministries, to investigate alleged double charges on imports and exports and other illegal fees, according to a notice posted on the Cabinet's website.
Indonesian police nab 18 stranded migrants
SUKABUMI (Indonesia) • Indonesian police have arrested 18 migrants who were stranded in the waters off Java island after their boat ran out of fuel as they tried to reach Australia, an official said.
The group from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan had boarded the wooden boat from Pameungpeuk beach in West Java and were heading to Australia's Christmas Island, said district immigration chief Filianto Akbar on Wednesday.
S. Korea, US warn North against missile test
SEOUL • South Korea and the United States yesterday warned Pyongyang against a potential missile test that they said would violate United Nations resolutions, as the two countries wrapped up annual high-level defence talks.
There has been widespread speculation that North Korea is planning a satellite rocket launch to mark the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party on Oct 10.
China, Asean defence ministers to hold talks
BEIJING • China yesterday said it will play host to defence ministers from Asean next month, amid tension between some of the grouping's members and China over the disputed South China Sea.
The Oct 15-16 informal summit will take place in Beijing and China has invited the defence ministers of all 10 Asean members, Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said.