Trump’s $250 billion China ‘miracle’ adds gloss to ‘off-kilter’ trade

Thu Nov 9, 2017 / 6:23 PM IST
Matthew Miller and Adam Jourdan

(Reuters) – President Donald Trump can return to the United States claiming to have snagged over $250 billion in deals from his maiden trip to Beijing. Whether those deals live up to the lofty price tag is another question altogether. Continue reading “Trump’s $250 billion China ‘miracle’ adds gloss to ‘off-kilter’ trade”

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China says defence ties inject “positive energy” into US relations

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Military relations between China and the United States are a positive force in ties, and China wants to deepen mutual trust and cooperation, China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday ahead of a visit to Beijing by U.S. President Donald Trump.

 
U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shake hands prior to a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/ Pool/Files

BEIJING: Military relations between China and the United States are a positive force in ties, and China wants to deepen mutual trust and cooperation, China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday ahead of a visit to Beijing by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Both countries have worked hard to improve interaction between their militaries to avoid any miscalculations in areas like the South China Sea where both regularly fly military aircraft and sail warships. Continue reading “China says defence ties inject “positive energy” into US relations”

The Chinese Have Cracked the Code for Communicating With Trump

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Stephen Wynn, who has financial interests in China, seems to be doing Beijing’s bidding.

Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn speaks at the Global Gaming Expo 2014 at The Venetian Las Vegas on September 30, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn speaks at the Global Gaming Expo 2014 at The Venetian Las Vegas on September 30, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

New revelations about the Chinese government’s attempt to forcibly repatriate a Chinese fugitive show an assertive Beijing benefitting from a U.S. administration at odds with itself. But who is that American casino mogul who has apparently become the Chinese government’s backchannel to the White House? It turns out he’s a businessman beholden to Beijing and willing to press their case in the corridors of power in Washington — and he has just the ticket. Continue reading “The Chinese Have Cracked the Code for Communicating With Trump”

Trump sought dissident’s expulsion after hand-delivered letter from China – report

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Wall Street Journal says the US president called for Guo Wengui’s deportation after casino owner Steve Wynn brought letter from Beijing government

Billionaire Guo Wengui, whom Chinese security agents have tried to restrain from publishing accusatory tweets against the Beijing government.
Billionaire Guo Wengui, whom Chinese security agents have tried to restrain from publishing accusatory tweets against the Beijing government. Photograph: Twitter

Donald Trump called for the deportation of a Chinese dissident living in the US, after receiving a request from Beijing hand-delivered by a casino owner with business interests in China, according to a US report.

The Wall Street Journal described a Chinese government attempt to put pressure on Guo Wengui, a real estate tycoon living in exile in New York, to halt his allegations of corruption in high places in China. Continue reading “Trump sought dissident’s expulsion after hand-delivered letter from China – report”

Việt Nam cần đồng minh quân sự

Last update: Sept. 18, 2017

Việc Hội đồng Bảo an Liên Hợp Quốc (“HĐBA”) vừa thông qua nghị quyết do Mỹ đề nghị trừng phạt Bắc Hàn được xem là một thắng lợi lớn cho cộng đồng quốc tế trong vấn đề ứng xử với Bắc Hàn ngỗ ngáo và nguy hiểm. Đây cũng là một dấu hiệu cho thấy Trung Quốc đang cố gắng đi cùng Mỹ và cộng đồng thế giới: Trung Quốc không dùng quyền phủ quyết của mình tại HĐBA để chống lại mọi người.

TQ đột nhiên trở thành anh chàng tử tế và có trách nhiệm? TQ hiểu là một Bắc Hàn điên rồ có tự do là một đại họa cho thế giới? Continue reading “Việt Nam cần đồng minh quân sự”

North Korea rejects UN sanctions, vows ‘action’

al jazeera Aug. 7, 2017

Punishing measures are in ‘violent violation’ of North’s sovereignty, Pyongyang says, as it rejects offers of talks.

North Korea has been conducting nuclear and ballistic missile tests despite warnings [Reuters]

North Korea has come out fighting following fresh UN Security Council sanctions on Pyongyang and after the United States and South Korea celebrated the punishing measures.

North Korea on Monday condemned the sanctions imposed in response to its weapons programmes, saying it would not negotiate over nuclear arms while threatened by the US.

The sanctions passed at the weekend were a “violent violation of our sovereignty”, Pyongyang said in a statement carried by its official Korean Central News Agency, adding it would take “righteous action” in return.

China backs UN sanctions on North Korea as ASEAN summit held

“We will not put our self-defensive nuclear deterrent on the negotiating table” while it faced threats from Washington, it said, “and will never take a single step back from strengthening our nuclear might”.

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted on Saturday a US-led resolution, which bans mineral and seafood exports from North Korea worth more than $1bn.

The triggering event late July, North Korea’s latest test of ballistic missiles, had the international community and experts concerned. Along with the North Korean government, they say the missiles can reach different parts of the US.

Top diplomats meet in Manila

Meanwhile, several Asian foreign ministers, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, are currently gathered in the Philippine capital, Manila, for an ASEAN regional summit. Continue reading “North Korea rejects UN sanctions, vows ‘action’”

UN Security Council adopts new North Korea sanctions

AL JAZREEZA Aug. 6, 2017

Security Council votes unanimously to impose new sanctions on North Korea, including banning $1bn in exports.

The UN Security Council has approved a resolution toughening sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programme.

The Security Council unanimously adopted on Saturday the US-led resolution, which bans mineral and seafood exports worth more than $1bn. Continue reading “UN Security Council adopts new North Korea sanctions”

China: US, North Korea should ease tensions themselves

Aug. 1, 2017 al jazeera

Beijing’s efforts to reduce North Korea tensions will not yield practical results, says China’s UN envoy.

The US has been in talks with China on a draft Security Council resolution [Carlo Allegri/Reuters]
The US has been in talks with China on a draft Security Council resolution [Carlo Allegri/Reuters]

China’s UN envoy has said it is primarily up to the United States and North Korea, not Beijing, to reduce tensions and work towards resuming talks to end Pyongyang’s nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes.

Liu Jieyi’s remark came on Monday after US President Donald Trump said on Saturday he was “very disappointed” China had done “nothing” for Washington with regards to North Korea who a day earlier conducted its second test this month of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Jieyi said “[the US and North Korea] hold the primary responsibility to keep things moving, to start moving in the right direction, not China”.

“No matter how capable China is, China’s efforts will not yield practical results because it depends on the two principal parties,” Liu said, speaking at a news conference marking the end of Beijing’s presidency of the UN Security Council in July. Continue reading “China: US, North Korea should ease tensions themselves”

US sanctions Chinese bank for laundering N Korean cash

 
A sign displaying the Chinese (L) and North Korean (R) flags is pictured by the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge, which connects the Chinese city of Dandong, whose bank has been sanctioned by the US Treasury, and the North Korean town of Sinuiju. (Photo: AFP/Mark Ralston)

WASHINGTON: The United States slapped unprecedented sanctions on Thursday (Jun 29) on a Chinese bank accused of laundering North Korean cash after President Donald Trump said Beijing’s efforts to put the brakes on Pyongyang’s nuclear drive had failed. Continue reading “US sanctions Chinese bank for laundering N Korean cash”

US says Chinese jets ‘unsafely’ intercepted surveillance plane

Pentagon says P-3 Orion was buzzed over South China Sea, but defence ministry in Beijing says its fighters flew safely

Two Chinese SU-30 fighter jets take off from an unspecified location to fly a patrol over the South China Sea.
Two Chinese SU-30 fighter jets take off from an unspecified location to fly a patrol over the South China Sea. Photograph: Jin Danhua/AP

Two Chinese fighter jets buzzed a US navy surveillance plane over the South China Sea on Wednesday, with one coming within 180 metres (200 yards) of the American aircraft, according to US officials. Continue reading “US says Chinese jets ‘unsafely’ intercepted surveillance plane”

China ‘killed or jailed 18 to 20 US spies’ since 2010

A New York Times report details how Chinese government systematically dismantled CIA spying operations in the country.

One of the spies was shot in front of his colleagues in the courtyard of a government building, the report said [Reuters]

China systematically dismantled CIA spying efforts in the country from 2010, killing or jailing more than a dozen covert sources, in a deep setback to US intelligence there, according to a report by The New York Times.

The Times, quoting 10 current and former US officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. Continue reading “China ‘killed or jailed 18 to 20 US spies’ since 2010”

Beijing denies intercepting US ‘sniffer plane’ over Yellow Sea

China says its aircraft were acting ‘in accordance with the law’ when they approached the American WC-135 plane

A US WC-135 Constant Phoenix aircraft can detect signs of nuclear activity.
A US WC-135 Constant Phoenix aircraft can detect signs of nuclear activity. Photograph: HANDOUT/Reuters

China has denied US allegations that two of its fighter jets intercepted an American “radiation-sniffing” plane earlier this week, saying that its aircraft were acting “in accordance with the law”.

“Related remarks from the US side are inconsistent with fact,” the Chinese defence ministry said in a statement posted to its website late on Friday.

“On 17 May, a US reconnaissance aircraft was carrying out an operation in airspace over the Chinese Yellow Sea (the northern part of the East China sea), and Chinese aircraft acted to identify and investigate in accordance with the law,” the statement said, calling the action “professional” and “safe”.

The US air force said in an earlier statement on Friday that its plane, a WC-135 Constant Phoenix, was conducting a “routine mission” in international airspace when it was intercepted by two Chinese Sukhoi SU-30 fighter aircrafts.

The WC-135 is a so-called “sniffer plane” designed to scan the atmosphere for signs of nuclear activity.

“The WC-135 was operating in accordance with international law. While we are still investigating the incident, initial reports from the US aircrew characterised the intercept as unprofessional,” the US air force said.

Mid-air interceptions occur routinely in international airspace, but the US military will often call out foreign pilots if it judges the manoeuvres to be risky or unprofessional.

Meanwhile, China urged the US to halt such reconnaissance exercises in order to prevent future incidents.

“The American military’s frequent reconnaissance operations are the root cause of security issues between the Chinese and US navy and air forces,” the Chinese defence ministry’s statement said.

Chinese jet ‘flies upside down’ over US spy plane

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Fighter jets carry out what US describes as ‘unprofessional’ intercept of radiation detection plane over East China Sea.

The Chinese jets intercepted the US aircraft in international airspace, US officials said [File: Gregorio Marrero/AP]

Two Chinese fighter jets have carried out what the US military described as an “unprofessional” intercept of a US aircraft designed to detect radiation while it was flying over the East China Sea.

US officials told CNN that one of the Sukhoi Su-30 jets that approached the WC-135 plane on Wednesday was flying upside down, coming as close as 46 metres. Continue reading “Chinese jet ‘flies upside down’ over US spy plane”

Triều Tiên – Vì sao căng thẳng? – 5 kỳ

  • Kỳ 1: Triều Tiên – Vì sao căng thẳng?
  • Kỳ 2: Sóng ngầm ở Hội đồng Bảo an
  • Kỳ 3: Bình Nhưỡng có gì trong tay?
  • Kỳ 4: Tình hình Triều Tiên có thể cứu vãn?
  • Kỳ 5: Chìa khóa “made in China”

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Triều Tiên – Vì sao căng thẳng?

17/04/2017 11:33 GMT+7

TTO – Bình Nhưỡng đã năm lần thử hạt nhân và hơn chục lần bắn thử các loại tên lửa. Không biết bao nhiêu lời răn đe, không biết bao nhiêu biện pháp trừng phạt đã được công bố nhưng có vẻ đâu vẫn hoàn đấy. Vì sao vậy?

Triều Tiên - Vì sao căng thẳng?
Binh lính Triều Tiên trong lễ duyệt binh ngày 15-4 – Ảnh: Reuters

Continue reading “Triều Tiên – Vì sao căng thẳng? – 5 kỳ”

China’s Xi calls for peaceful resolution of N Korea tensions in call with Trump

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a peaceful resolution of rising tension on the Korean peninsula in a telephone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, as a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group steamed towards the region.

Trump’s call with Xi, just days after they met in the United States, came as an influential state-run Chinese newspaper warned that the Korean peninsula was the closest it has been to a “military clash” since North Korea’s first nuclear test in 2006. Continue reading “China’s Xi calls for peaceful resolution of N Korea tensions in call with Trump”