News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 21, 2019, 07.01 PM(IST)

File photo of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Photograph:( Reuters )

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China intrudes into Vietnam's economic zone, places Coast Guards near ONGC block

Bejing has placed two of its coast guard ships near ONGC's block.

International waterways won't be safe if Iran oil exports cut to zero: President Rouhani

Global commodity trading has been rocked in recent months by the seizure of the British tanker and a series of attacks on international merchant vessels.

Will take all necessary measures including sanctions on US companies involved in arms sale to Taiwan: China

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had said in a statement that President Donald Trump had green-lighted the proposed sale after Congress was notified last week.

UK consulate employee in Hong Kong being held in China: Foreign ministry

Geng said the employee was from Hong Kong and therefore the issue was an internal matter.

Rajnath Singh, IAF chief to visit France to receive first Indian Rafale fighter plane

India has signed a deal with France for the acquisition of 36 Rafale combat jets from France, which will start arriving India from May next year.