US claims UN sanctions on Iran reinstated. The world disagrees

Washington isolated as global allies and adversaries say its unilateral move targeting Tehran has no legal standing.

by Maziar Motamedi 20 Sept 2020, Al Jareeza

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Tehran, Iran – The United States has broken with all other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and unilaterally declared the re-imposition of all UN sanctions against Iran – a claim rejected by Iran and the international community, including Washington’s close allies, as having no legal basis.

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US slaps new sanctions on Iranians for Venezuela trade

Trump administration is seeking to block Iran’s energy trade and to bring down Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

25 Jun 2020 Al Jareeza

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC. Pompeo announced new US sanctions against Iran on Wednesday [File: Nicholas Kamm/AP Photo]
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC. Pompeo announced new US sanctions against Iran on Wednesday [File: Nicholas Kamm/AP Photo]

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The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on five Iranian ship captains who had delivered oil to Venezuela, and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reaffirmed the Trump administration’s backing for Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaido.

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Rivalries challenge UN as it marks 75 years since founding

Calls for reform and cooperation as pandemic, US scepticism and growing US-China tensions undermine int’l organisation.

22 Sep 2020 01:25 GMT Al Jareeza

The annual United Nations meetings will be held virtually with those in the hall seated far apart because of the coronavirus pandemic [Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo via EPA]
The annual United Nations meetings will be held virtually with those in the hall seated far apart because of the coronavirus pandemic [Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo via EPA]

World leaders came together, virtually, on Monday to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, as the coronavirus pandemic and economic disruption challenge the effectiveness and solidarity of the organisation that was set up after the horrors of World War II.

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A quick guide to the US-China trade war

16 January 2020, BBC

Containers are unloaded at Qingdao Port

The world’s two largest economies have been locked in a bitter trade battle.

The dispute has seen the US and China impose tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of one another’s goods.

US President Donald Trump has long accused China of unfair trading practices and intellectual property theft.

In China, there is a perception that America is trying to curb its rise as a global economic power.

Negotiations are ongoing but have proven difficult. In January, the two sides signed a preliminary deal but some of the thorniest issues remain unresolved.

Uncertainties around the trade war have hurt businesses and weighed on the global economy.

What tariffs have been imposed?

Mr Trump’s tariffs policy aims to encourage consumers to buy American products by making imported goods more expensive.

The US has imposed tariffs on more than $360bn (£268bn) of Chinese goods, and China has retaliated with tariffs on more than $110bn of US products.

Washington delivered three rounds of tariffs in 2018, and a fourth one in September last year. The most recent round targeted Chinese imports, from meat to musical instruments, with a 15% duty.

Beijing hit back with tariffs ranging from 5% to 25% on US goods.

What’s next?

Under the so-called “phase one” deal signed in January, China pledged to boost US imports by $200bn above 2017 levels and strengthen intellectual property rules.

The US agreed to halve some of the new tariffs it had imposed on China.

The White House said it will tackle additional issues in a second, “phase two” deal but analysts said they didn’t expect anything concrete anytime soon

US-China relations: the pre-Trump warning shot that signalled trouble ahead

The souring relationship between Washington and Beijing was forewarned in 2005 ‘responsible stakeholder’ speechFormer State Department official Robert Zoellick provoked anger when he said China should not take access to the US for granted

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Published: 12:00pm, 21 Sep, 2020 SCMP

Former US State Department official Robert Zoellick, who later served as president of the World Bank, gave a speech in 2005 warning of a rise in protectionist sentiment. Photo: AFP

Former US State Department official Robert Zoellick, who later served as president of the World Bank, gave a speech in 2005 warning of a rise in protectionist sentiment. Photo: AFP

When former deputy secretary of state Robert Zoellick stepped up to the podium to deliver the keynote address at the National Committee on US-China Relations’ annual gala in 2005, he was expected to offer the usual rosy celebration of the relationship reserved for such occasions. That did not happen.

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Without coal-fired thermal power, can Vietnam afford expensive ‘clean power’?

21/09/2020    09:59 GMT+7 vietnamnet

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has not yet confirmed the complete withdrawal from use of coal-fired thermal power, but is designing a roadmap to reduce the proportion of this kind of power for the nation’s electricity output.

Can we implement the plan to withdraw from coal-fired thermal power? This was the question raised by a National Assembly Deputy to Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh at the recent explanation session on the current electricity development situation.

Without coal-fired thermal power, can Vietnam afford expensive 'clean power'?

Vu Hong Thanh, chair of the National Assembly’s Economics Committee, opened the discussion with a series of questions on coal-fired thermal power. What will happen if many localities refuse to develop coal-fired thermopower projects? What is the role of coal-fired thermopower in the time to come?

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Contest launched promoting Vietnamese language teaching for overseas Vietnamese

17/09/2020    11:11 GMT+7 vietnamnet

The Ministry of Education and Training and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched a contest on compiling Vietnamese-language books and documents for overseas Vietnamese, at a ceremony in Hanoi on September 16.

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At the contest launching ceremony (Photo: VNA)

The contest aims to push ahead with the teaching and learning of the mother tongue among overseas Vietnamese, preserving and promoting the language and the country’s culture abroad.

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Joint Note Verbale of France, UK, Germany and the legal war in the East Sea

TĐH: See notes verbales by Malaysia, UK & Northern Ireland, France, Germany, and China to United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf here >>

20/09/2020    17:30 GMT+7 vietnamnet

France, the United Kingdom and Germany has submitted a joint note verbale expressing their views against the seven notes the Chinese mission had proposed for circulation at the United Nations. 

VietNamNet introduces an article by Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao on this issue: This joint note verbale shows the view against the seven diplomatic notes China proposed for circulation at the United Nations relating to Malaysia’s submission on continental expansion submitted to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). This was the first time that these three powerful countries had submitted a joint note verbale related to the East Sea and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to the UN Secretary-General. The consistency of the three major European countries The joint note verbale expresses the consistency of the three countries with the biggest economic and legal political influence in Europe in rejecting China’s unilateral interpretation of a series of related issues, which cause instability, and affect peace and legal order in the East Sea. Tiếp tục đọc “Joint Note Verbale of France, UK, Germany and the legal war in the East Sea”

Amid Row With US, China Comes Out With “Unreliable Entities List”

The launch of the “unreliable entities list” ups the ante in the escalating commercial fight with the Trump administration, which has used its own “entity list” to bar Huawei from the US market on national security grounds.

Agence France-Presse Updated: September 19, 2020 11:24 am IST

Amid Row With US, China Comes Out With 'Unreliable Entities List'

The United States and China are engaged in an escalating trade battle centring on technology.Shanghai, China: 

China said Saturday it had launched a mechanism enabling it to restrict foreign entities, a much-anticipated move seen as retaliation to US penalties against Chinese companies such as telecom giant Huawei.

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In a US-China war, whose side is Southeast Asia on? Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia ponder the unthinkable

Amid China’s military drills near Taiwan and fears that the South China Sea is becoming a proxy for Washington and Beijing’s deepening rivalry, Asian analysts are considering the worst-case scenario

Caught between superpowers clashing in their own backyard, Southeast Asian nations might find staying neutral is not an option

Alan Robles
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Alan Robles and Dewey Sim in Singapore

Published: 9:00am, 19 Sep, 2020 SCMP

USS Ronald Reagan leads an American carrier strike group. Photo: US Navy

USS Ronald Reagan leads an American carrier strike group. Photo: US Navy

Across Southeast Asia, scenario planning exercises by analysts and policymakers preparing for the unthinkable – a military clash between the world’s two largest economies in their backyard – has taken on added significance in recent weeks.Tensions between the US and China, already fraught over trade,technology and the South China Sea, deepened as Beijing protested against Washington’s ties to Taipei and conducted military activities close to the self-ruled island last week.

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China holds military drill as US envoy visits Taiwan

 

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Image caption A file photo taken in 2010 of a Chinese People’s Liberation Army warship

China says it is conducting military exercises near the Taiwan Strait to “protect its sovereignty” as a top US official visits Taiwan.

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Vietnam reasserts sovereignty over East Sea archipelagos after US embassy map removal

By Viet Anh   September 17, 2020 | 08:10 pm GMT+7 vnexpressVietnam reasserts sovereignty over East Sea archipelagos after US embassy map removalSatellite image of Woody Island, part of Vietnam’s Paracel Islands, January 2018. Photo courtesy of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Vietnam on Thursday reaffirmed its sovereignty after the U.S. Embassy removed from its Facebook page an accurate Vietnamese map including its East Sea archipelagos.

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Many high-ranking officials promoted

18/09/2020    09:26 GMT+7 vietnamnet

A number of ministries have appointed new deputy ministers.

The Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs has a new deputy minister, Mr. Nguyen Ba Hoan, who was previously the chief of the Ministry’s office.

The Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs has a new deputy minister, Mr. Nguyen Ba Hoan (left)

Mr. Hoan was born in 1967 in Thanh Hoa province. He holds a bachelor degree on construction economics and bachelor degree in financial economics.

He has worked for 28 years at the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs: at the Department of Overseas Labor Management from 1993 to 2007. In 2007 he was appointed as the Deputy Chief of Office. Since 2015 he has been the Chief of the Office.

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Trump administration readies major arms sale to Taiwan

By Ryan Browne and Jennifer Hansler, CNN

Updated 2237 GMT (0637 HKT) September 17, 2020

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Washington (CNN)The Trump administration is expected to soon approve another major weapons sale including drones to Taiwan, according to congressional and administration sources. The move comes as the US and Taiwan are strengthening ties and amid mounting tensions between Washington and Beijing.The US is preparing to sell seven packages of weapons systems to Taiwan, a congressional aide told CNN, saying it was unclear when the Congress would be formally notified about the sales, as is required by law.A US official said that the administration will soon formally approve a large sale of MQ-9B Reaper drones. The value of the drones and associated equipment and program support is estimated to be about $600 million.

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China Threatens U.S. Over Taiwan Visit: ‘Stones May Become Torpedoes’

The trip by Undersecretary of State Keith Krach reportedly to discuss new weapons sales comes amid heightened tensions between Taiwan and the much larger military on the mainland.

By Paul D. Shinkman, Senior Writer, National SecuritySept. 17, 2020, at 10:27 a.m.

U.S. News & World Report

China Threatens U.S. Over Taiwan Visit

U.S. Undersecretary of State Keith Krach exits a plane upon arrival at the air force base airport in Taipei. Taiwan on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Krach is in Taiwan on Thursday for the second visit by a high-level American official in two months, prompting a stern warning and threat of possible retaliation from China. (Pool Photo via AP Photo)

Undersecretary of State Keith Krach exits a plane upon arrival at the air force base airport on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Taipei, Taiwan.(CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY POOL/AP)

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