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"China can and should have a cooperative relationship with the rest of the region," US Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang says any disputes between China and the US should be resolved through talks.
Russian President Vladimir Putin reaffirms commitment to defending Syria's sovereignty, in his New Year's message. Meanwhile, fierce fighting kills dozens in northwest Syria.
Europe has been shaken by new political crises this year, with Catalan independence movement and Brexit raising fears that recent events may embolden separatists elsewhere on the continent.
Markets remained closed in the secessionist state with residents staying at home to either commemorate the anniversary or avoid possible violence.
The first of an estimated 1.4 million Turkish voters living in the European country will cast their ballots in a constitutional referendum.
Taiwan elects its first female president, who is also pro-independence.
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