August 18, Thursday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1.Officials of China’s Foreign Ministry say the country’s top diplomat has told the head of Japan’s National Security Secretariat that the Taiwan question bears on the basic trust between the two countries. Chinese Communist Party Politburo member Yang Jiechi was quoted as making the remark in the talks with Akiba Takeo, the secretariat’s secretary-general, in Tianjin on Wednesday.
2.World-renowned Japanese fashion designer Mori Hanae has died at the age of 96. She was known for her signature butterfly motifs. Mori was born in the western Japanese prefecture of Shimane in 1926. She took the first step in her long career with the opening of a studio in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district in 1951.
3.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is in Ukraine for talks with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Guterres arrived in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Wednesday. Guterres will hold a meeting with Zelenskyy and Erdogan on Thursday. They will exchange views on exports of agricultural products agreed upon by Russia and Ukraine and mediated by Turkey and the UN.