Iran says weaponry displayed by Haley is ‘fabricated’

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iran rejected as unfounded a U.S. accusation on Thursday that it supplied a missile fired at Saudi Arabia from Yemen on Nov. 4, describing weaponry displayed by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley as “fabricated.”

Iran’s mission to the United Nations said in a statement that the accusation by the United States was “irresponsible, provocative and destructive.”

“These accusations seek also to cover up for the Saudi war crimes in Yemen, with the U.S. complicity, and divert international and regional attention from the stalemate war of aggression against the Yemenis,” the statement said.

(Reporting by Michelle NicholsEditing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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UN Security Council to meet Friday to discuss Trump’s Jerusalem move

US pulls out of UN’s Global Compact on Migration

Update: December, 04/2017 – 11:40

In September 2016 the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a non-binding political declaration pledging to uphold the rights of refugees, help them resettle and ensure access to education and jobs. — AFP/VNA Photo
Viet Nam News UNITED NATIONS — The United States has withdrawn from a United Nations pact to improve the handling of migrant and refugee situations, deeming it “inconsistent” with its policies.

“The US Mission to the United Nations informed the UN Secretary-General that the United States is ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration,” the US said in its statement on Saturday. Continue reading “US pulls out of UN’s Global Compact on Migration”

Commentary: Leadership in Asia, competition for a liberal world order

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Beijing is determined to shape a global order in which its interests are respected because of its disproportionate power relative to its neighbours, says James R Keith.

 
What will a new global order look like, from China’s perspective? (Photo: AFP/Karim Jaafar)

WASHINGTON: The essential question of leadership in Asia comes into focus as we reflect on China’s ambitious aspirations enunciated at the 19th Communist Party Congress and on the heels of President Donald Trump’s long trek through Asia this month. Continue reading “Commentary: Leadership in Asia, competition for a liberal world order”

North Korea Assassins Bumped Off Kim Jong Un’s Brother With Deadly Nerve Agent That Could Kill ‘Tens of Thousands’ in Chemical War

Newsweek, Pentagon Report By Tom Porter On 11/5/17 at 8:29 AM

North Korea is prepared to use its stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons if war broke out with the U.S. and its allies, according to a letter Pentagon chiefs sent to lawmakers.

The letter, written by Rear Adm. Michael J. Dumont, the vice director of the Pentagon’s Joint Staff, details how a conflict between North Korea and the U.S. could play out. Amid rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, the letter notes the difficulty of establishing the “‘best- or worst-case casualty scenarios'” should war break out with North Korea, given the proximity of South Korean capital Seoul to the de-militarised zone and uncertainty over how much warning the U.S. would have of a North Korean attack. Continue reading “North Korea Assassins Bumped Off Kim Jong Un’s Brother With Deadly Nerve Agent That Could Kill ‘Tens of Thousands’ in Chemical War”

US bombers fly drill near Korean peninsula

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Handout photo of a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer takes-off to fly a bilateral mission with Japanese and South Korea Air Force jets in the vicinity of the Sea of Japan from Anderson AFB in Guam

WASHINGTON: US bombers overflew the Korean peninsula Thursday (Nov 2) as part of an exercise with Japanese and South Korean warplanes, the US Air Force said, days before President Donald Trump arrives in the region for a trip set to be dominated by the nuclear-armed North.

Tensions are high over Pyongyang’s ballistic missile and atomic programmes, which in recent months have seen it test ICBMs and carry out its sixth nuclear blast. Continue reading “US bombers fly drill near Korean peninsula”

Trump Heads to Asia With an Ambitious Agenda but Little to Offer

By New York Times

President Trump in Dallas last month. He leaves on Friday for an 11-day, five-nation trip through Asia. Credit Tom Brenner/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump departs on his first trip to Asia on Friday weakened and scandal-scarred, ready to face off against newly empowered Chinese and Japanese leaders in a region increasingly determined to set its course without American direction.

The White House is framing the trip as a chance for Mr. Trump to showcase his budding personal relationships with President Xi Jinping of China and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan — a forceful world leader pressing his peers to negotiate fairer trade deals with the United States and to intensify the pressure on nuclear-armed North Korea.

Continue reading “Trump Heads to Asia With an Ambitious Agenda but Little to Offer”

U.S. Seeks Meeting Soon to Revive Asia-Pacific ‘Quad’ Security Forum

Oct. 27, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.

U.S. Seeks Meeting Soon to Revive Asia-Pacific ‘Quad’ Security Forum
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Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono gives a speech at Columbia University in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky Reuters

By David Brunnstrom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States wants a meeting soon aimed at reviving a four-way dialogue between itself, Japan, India and Australia to deepen security cooperation and coordinate alternatives for regional infrastructure financing to that offered by China, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.

The so-called “Quad” to discuss and cooperate on security emerged briefly as an initiative a decade ago – much to the annoyance of China, which saw as an attempt by regional democracies to contain its advances. Continue reading “U.S. Seeks Meeting Soon to Revive Asia-Pacific ‘Quad’ Security Forum”

Three US aircraft carriers in Pacific

US flexes naval muscle in Asia ahead of Trump’s visit

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  • US aircraft carriers send messages to adversaries, experts say
  • Presence of three carriers in Asia-Pacific comes as President Trump prepares to visit region

Hong Kong (CNN)Two US Navy aircraft carrier strike groups have arrived in the Pacific in the past two days, putting three of the massive warships in the region as President Donald Trump prepares for a visit early next month.

Continue reading “Three US aircraft carriers in Pacific”

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”

The Trump Administration is Leaving the UN Agency That Promotes Freedom of the Press

UN Dispatch

The Trump administration formally announced today that is is withdrawing from UNESCO, the UN’s scientific and cultural agency.

The US will downgrade its embassy there to an observer mission.

This is the rationale they gave.

Continue reading “The Trump Administration is Leaving the UN Agency That Promotes Freedom of the Press”

Trump Wanted Tenfold Increase in Nuclear Arsenal, Surprising Military

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during a gathering this past summer of the nation’s highest ranking national security leaders, according to three officials who were in the room.

Trump’s comments, the officials said, came in response to a briefing slide he was shown that charted the steady reduction of U.S. nuclear weapons since the late 1960s. Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve. Continue reading “Trump Wanted Tenfold Increase in Nuclear Arsenal, Surprising Military”

US Senate Resolution 412:calls on China to withdraw its HD-981 drilling rig and associated maritime forces from their current positions

First posted on UNCLOSforum.wordpress.com on July 11, 2014

There are 2 summaries for this bill.
Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Reported to Senate amended (05/20/2014)

States that the Senate: (1) condemns coercive actions or the use of force to impede freedom of operations in international airspace to alter the status quo or to destabilize the Asia-Pacific region; (2) urges China to refrain from implementing the declared East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone and to refrain from taking similar provocative actions elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region; (3) commends Japan and the Republic of Korea for their restraint; and (4) calls on China to withdraw its HD-981 drilling rig and associated maritime forces from their current positions, refrain from maritime maneuvers contrary to the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, and return to the status quo as it existed before May 1, 2014.

Sets forth U.S. policy regarding: (1) supporting allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region; (2) opposing claims that impinge on the rights, freedoms, and lawful use of the sea; (3) managing disputes without intimidation or force; (4) supporting development of regional institutions to build cooperation and reinforce the role of international law; and (5) assuring continuity of operations by the United States in the Asia-Pacific region.

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”

Trafficking in Persons Report 2017

Date: 06/27/2017 Description: 2017 Trafficking in Person Report. - State Dept Image.“Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security.

“But worst of all, the crime robs human beings of their freedom and their dignity. That’s why we must pursue an end to the scourge of human trafficking.

“Today we take another key step towards that goal. The 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report highlights the successes achieved and the remaining challenges before us on this important global issue.” – Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State


The 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report is available in PDF and HTML formats. The PDF is available as a complete one-piece file and as individual sections for easier download. To view the PDF files, you will need to download, at no cost, the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

PDF Format

Trafficking in Persons Report 2017 — Complete Report (PDF)
Introductory Material (PDF)
Country Narratives: A-C (PDF)
Country Narratives: D-I (PDF)
Country Narratives: J-M (PDF)
Country Narratives: N-S (PDF)
Country Narratives: T-Z and Special Case (PDF)
Relevant International Conventions/Closing Material (PDF)

HTML Format

Letter From Secretary Tillerson
Letter From Ambassador Susan Coppedge
Victims’ Stories
Enhancing Criminal Accountability and Addressing Challenges in Prosecution Efforts
Countries That Are Not States Parties to the Protocol
Topics of Special Interest
What is Trafficking in Persons?
Child Soldiers Prevention Act List
Methodology
Global Law Enforcement Data
TVPA Minimum Standards
2017 TIP Report Heroes
Tier Placements
Country Narratives
Special Case
Relevant International Conventions
Stopping Human Trafficking, Sexual Exploitation, and Abuse by International Peacekeepers & Civilian Personnel
Multilateral Organizations Combating Trafficking in Persons
Glossary of Abbreviations
Photo Credits
A Closing Note

Remarks

06/27/17 Remarks at the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony;  Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson; Ben Franklin Room; Washington, DC
06/27/17 Briefing on the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report;  Ambassador-at-Large Susan Coppedge, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons; Press Briefing Room; Washington, DC