The Vatican and Malaysia have established diplomatic relations at a time of tension between Muslims and religious minorities. This agreement was confirmed by the Vatican after Pope Benedict XVI and the Malaysian Prime Minister met to discuss Christian-Muslim relations.
Close economic and trade ties between Latin America and China have been driven forward by China’s economic boom and the free trade agreements signed with Chile, Peru and Costa Rica. Trade amounted to US $180 billion in 2010, a 50-percent increase year on year. Read more about China’s Colombian Courtship.
Australia has settled its refugee swap deal with Malaysia with the hope that it will deter smugglers from targeting Australia. Australia will take 4000 confirmed refugees from Malaysia, while Malaysia will accept 800 asylum seekers from Australia.
The Mongolian Defense Ministry has announced plans to buy five Mikoyan MiG-29 fourth generation fighter jets from Russia this year. Mongolia has also expressed interest in purchasing a military transport carrier, weapons, and other military equipment.
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