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DPRK / PRC / WESTPAC Ad Hoc Update (37)

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Another unusually busy week for developments in Asia and WESTPAC, with much reported on Russian sanction busting in the DPRK, and Russia’s alliance of convenience with Beijing – it will be interesting to see how long this persists as China starts swallowing Russia’s traditional export markets.


Ambassador Nikki Haley Rips Russia For North Korean Sanction Busting – To Inform is to Influence

Ambassador Nikki Haley is sowing terror into the heart of Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin. It is now a matter of public record that the US is officially stating that Russia is illegally busting sanctions on behalf of North Korea.  Ambassador Haley is not being circumspect, she is not being cutely diplomatic or even…

U.N. Report Details How North Korea Evades Sanctions – Foreign Policy

But a feud between Russia and the U.S. has kept the document from being published.

US, allies readying effort to expose North Korean sanctions violations – CNNPolitics

The US and allies are days away from launching a new effort to more publicly expose North Korean violations of sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear and missile programs, two defense officials tell CNN.

U.S. Calls Urgent Security Council Meeting To Discuss North Korea Sanctions

The United States has called an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council for September 17 as it steps up pressure on countries it says are violating sanctions against North Korea.

U.S. calls urgent U.N. Security Council meeting on North Korea sanctions violations

U.N. Amb. Nikki Haley said Russia is pressuring U.N. experts to alter an independent report implicating Russian actors in violations of North Korea sanctions.

US calls for urgent UN meeting on North Korea sanctions after accusing Russia of interfering with report | Fox News

The U.S. on Friday called for an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the implementation of sanctions on North Korea, a day after Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Russia of meddling in an independent report on the sanctions.

New Doubts Emerge About U.S.-Led Sanctions on North Korea – WSJ

Fresh doubts are emerging about the potency of a U.S.-led sanctions campaign aimed at crippling North Korea’s economy and forcing the country to end its atomic-weapons programs, as denuclearization talks have stalled.

U.N. Cites New Evidence That North Korea Is Violating Sanctions – WSJ

North Korea is poking significant holes in global economic sanctions, according to a new United Nations report that cites fresh evidence of illicit arms sales, disguised fuel shipments and outlawed financial dealings.

U.S. accuses Russia of covering up breaches of North Korea sanctions | Reuters

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Moscow on Thursday of seeking to cover up breaches of U.N. sanctions on North Korea by Russians after it pushed for changes to an independent report on sanctions violations.

US furious with UN for ‘caving in’ to Russia over sanctions | World | News |

THE United States has accused the UN of “caving in” to Russia after changes were made to a report claiming Moscow had broken sanctions on North Korea.

Pompeo accuses Russia of actively working to undermine North Korea sanctions | Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Russia on Friday of actively working to undermine international sanctions on North Korea and said the enforcement of the steps was essential to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

Mike Pompeo says Russia working to undermine North Korea sanctions – YouTube

Daily Mail Published on Sep 17, 2018 United States Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Russia on Thursday of pressuring an independent panel of U.N. experts to alter a report on North Korea sanctions. Haley said the panel should release the original report, which cited ‘a massive increase in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products’ for North Korea.

At U.N., U.S. accuses Russia of ‘cheating’ on North Korea sanctions | Reuters

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Russia on Monday of “cheating” on U.N. sanctions on North Korea and said Washington has “evidence of consistent and wide-ranging Russian violations.”

US and Russia clash over enforcing UN sanctions on NKorea – ABC News

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Amb. Haley attacks Russia for undermining sanctions on North Korea

The Trump administration on Monday accused Russia of cheating on sanctions on North Korea by “actively working to undermine” their enforcement by the United Nations.

Haley accuses Russia of ‘cheating’ to help North Korea evade sanctions – CNNPolitics

The US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed Russia Monday, accusing Moscow of “cheating” and acting like a “virus” by helping North Korea evade international sanctions aimed at curbing Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

China protests US punishment for helping North Korea

President Trump’s team must not try to punish Chinese companies that work with North Korea, a senior Chinese diplomat warned Friday.

We doubted the showy Korea summits. But now we’re seeing the seeds of a deal. – The Washington Post

The outlines are there, but the details may never become clear.

Kim, Moon toss ball to Trump in ‘last, best chance’ for Korean peace | TheHill

Leaders of the two Koreas say they’re committed to peace, and the North will consider permanently dismantling its nuclear facility — if the US also follows through on promises.

North Korea wants a second Trump-Kim summit soon — Quartz

Kim Jong Un is likely aiming for economic concessions and a long-elusive peace treaty.

What Does North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Want to Tell Donald Trump? New Message on Its Way

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will personally discuss with President Donald Trump a plan to declare peace with North Korea.

Kim Wants New Summit With Trump, Moon Says After Visiting North Korea : NPR

Addressing an audience of 150,000 North Koreans, South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he hopes “the past 70-year-long hostility can be eradicated and we can become one again.”

At the U.N., the Rift With Allies Trump Might Have to Mend Is With South Korea – The New York Times

The president’s aides refer to its quest for peace with North Korea as the “sunshine policy,” and that’s not a compliment.

North and South Korea’s agreement is bad news for Trump – Vox

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s agreement is bad for President Donald Trump’s denuclearization efforts.

Moon Brings Korean Peninsula One Step Closer to Peace – Defense One

As talks with Washington seemed to stall, Seoul created its own path with Pyongyang.

Moon Shot in Korea – WSJ

Kim still hasn’t provided a list of his nuclear facilities.

Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too | Fox News

The leaders of North and South Korea announced a wide range of agreements Wednesday which they said were a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula.

North and South Korea commit to ‘era of no war’ – CNN

North Korea said it would close a key missile test facility in the presence of “international experts” and potentially destroy its primary nuclear complex if the United States agrees to corresponding measures, South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced in a joint press conference with Kim Jong Un Wednesday.

North Korea state media blasts US ‘gangster logic’ hours before Kim Jong Un praises June summit with Trump | Fox News

Hours after his state media apparatus blasted the United States for spewing gangster-like rhetoric that has deadlocked denuclearization talks, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un credited the historic June summit with President Trump as helping to stabilize the region.

North and South Korea Push to End Korean War, but U.S. Remains Wary – The New York Times

Fighting in the Korean War ended in 1953, but a peace treaty was never signed. Now North Korea wants a deal before it commits to denuclearizing.

Kim Jong-un North Korean leader to meet Moon Jae-in South Korean President for bilateral | World | News |

NORTH Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is set to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in for bilateral talks later this week, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.

Kim Summit Make-or-Break for South Korea’s Moon – YouTube

Bloomberg Politics Published on Sep 16, 2018 Sep.16 — President Moon Jae-in heads to Pyongyang this week. He’s the first South Korean leader in 11 years to visit the north. He’ll be accompanied by some of the biggest business figures in South Korea with some saying that the summit may ultimately come to define his presidency.

Skepticism rising in S. Korea ahead of 3rd summit with North | Fox News

The shine is starting to come off South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s engagement strategy with the North.

Korea summit: Seoul keeps up charm offensive with Kim Jong Un as U.S. efforts cool – The Washington Post

The next North-South summit has been planned for Tuesday in Pyongyang. But the coalition that Trump assembled to put pressure on Kim Jong Un is fraying.

Kim Jong Un’s Strategy: Smile and Stall | The National Interest

And all the more reason why President Trump should forget about a second summit.

Trump could still get the Nobel Peace Prize for North Korean denuclearization – Here’s how | Fox News

The leaders of North and South Korea will hold a three-day summit beginning Tuesday in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, accompanied by several hundred officials from their two governments – indicating significant progress may be made in efforts to gradually move toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The West needs to watch Russia and China’s military partnership – CNN

Russia and China have been quietly stepping up military cooperation in recent years, just as relations between Moscow and the West entered a deep freeze.

Russia, China embrace uneasily, aim for ‘desirable world order’

Russia and China have been pushed closer together into a sometimes-uneasy friendship in recent years. The shift has accelerated under President Donald Trump.

Russia’s military dalliance with China – POLITICO

The two countries are wrapping up joint war games but few see the signs of a real alliance.

China-Russia relations still driven by rivalry despite improving ties

Recent partnerships between Beijing and Moscow belie the rivalry that defines their relationship, political strategists warn.

The Chinese military has a big and glaring weakness, and it’s turning to Russia to fix it during massive war games | Business Insider

The Russian and Chinese armed forces are putting their military might on display on land, in the air, and at sea in a massive exercise in Russia’s far east, where China is learning lessons from Russia’s warfighting experience in Syria and other global hotspots.

UAWire – Chinese banks join sanctions against Russia

The Russian government’s hopes that China will help it to overcome western sanctions are gradually being dashed by the harsh reality, …

China military is growing, US must ‘make room’: Eurasia Group’s Kaplan

The United States needs to determine how to accommodate China as a rising power in the Asia-Pacific region, even if a declining U.S. presence there reduces stability, according to an expert.

China’s Sea Control Is a Done Deal, ‘Short of War With the U.S.’ – The New York Times

A U.S. military flight over the South China Sea brings harsh Chinese challenges in officially international space. Officers say a new era of risk is here.

Trump Has Put the U.S. and China on the Cusp of a New Cold War – The New York Times

President Trump’s pugilistic approach to China could rupture relations for years to come.

Trump Is Winning His Trade War With China. Why That Might Not Last | Fortune

President Donald Trump may find it harder to claim victory over China the longer his trade war runs.

Off-the-rails trade war shows how America loses under Trump | TheHill

The administration’s cascading trade taxes have been a losing strategy — China isn’t stopping its abusive conduct.

Trump tweets anger China’s middle class, could extend trade war – The Washington Post

Growing anger at what is seen as Trump’s bullying could make compromise over trade harder.

China’s Interference in U.S. Politics is Just Beginning – To Inform is to Influence

President Trump publically called out China this week for trying to influence American politics ahead of the midterm elections, tweeting that China is “actively trying to impact and change our election by attacking our farmers, ranchers and industrial workers because of their loyalty to me.”  A report by a congressional commission last month describes Beijing’s foreign influence machine, although…

Justice Department Has Ordered Key Chinese State Media Firms to Register as Foreign Agents – WSJ

The Justice Department ordered two leading Chinese state-run media organizations to register as foreign agents amid U.S. efforts to combat foreign influence operations.

China reaches out to US over demand for media registration – ABC News

Two Chinese media outlets have been ordered to register as foreign agents.

US reportedly orders Chinese state media Xinhua News Agency and CCTV branch CGTN to register as foreign agents – CBS News

Beijing hopes U.S. will, &quot;provide convenience and conditions for media's normal works, rather than posing obstacles&quot;

U.S. Orders Chinese Outlets To Join Foreign-Agents List – To Inform is to Influence

Wall Street Journal, Sept. 19, Pg. A6 | Kate O’Keeffe and Aruna Viswanatha The Justice Department ordered two leading Chinese state-run media organizations to register as foreign agents, according to people familiar with the matter, as U.S. officials ramp up efforts to combat foreign influence operations and toughen their stance on a variety of China…

Xi’s Loyalty Demands Point to Bigger Risk for China Than Trump – Bloomberg

As Chinese officials prepared a response to President Donald Trump’s latest tariffs, they spent hundreds of hours over the past few months on another urgent task: Demonstrating their fealty to President Xi Jinping.

China’s Dream of a Silicon Valley Clone Needs a Reality Check – Bloomberg

Integrating Hong Kong and mainland cities won’t be easy.

Google China Prototype Links Searches to Phone Numbers – To Inform is to Influence

Ryan Gallagher September 14 2018, 3:25 p.m. Google built a prototype of a censored search engine for China that links users’ searches to their personal phone numbers, thus making it easier for the Chinese government to monitor people’s queries, The Intercept can reveal. The search engine, codenamed Dragonfly, was designed for Android devices, and would remove content deemed sensitive…

China Has Chosen Cultural Genocide in Xinjiang—For Now – Foreign Policy

It’s expensive to destroy a people without killing them, but Beijing is willing to pay the price.

China claims Muslim detention camps are education centres | World news | The Guardian

Ex-inmates tell of abuse in camps holding more than 1 million ethnic minorities

China’s pitiless war on Muslim Uighurs poses a dilemma for the west | World news | The Guardian

Europe seeks a ‘golden era’ of trade and investment with a country that is holding a million people in ‘re-education’ camps

China accuses Taiwan of manipulating students with sex to become spies – CNN

China has accused Taiwan’s intelligence agencies of using honey traps to recruit university exchange students as spies, in an effort to “infiltrate” and “sabotage” activities on the mainland.

China tells Taiwan to stop all mainland spying and sabotage | Reuters

China accused Taiwan’s spy agencies on Sunday of stepping up efforts to steal intelligence with the aim of “infiltration” and “sabotage”, and warned the island against further damaging already strained cross-strait ties.

China tells Taiwan to stop spying as TV show details honey traps | World news | The Guardian

Program features cases of Chinese students in Taiwan allegedly targeted by spies who lure them with money, love and friendship

China and Sweden enter bizarre feud after tourists throw themselves on ground claiming ‘brutal’ murder attempt | Business Insider

Chinese tourists visiting a Swedish hostel in Stockholm sparked an international incident when they appeared on video screaming and crying and accusing local police of trying to murder them.

Russia offers Japan time to consider Vladimir Putin’s unexpected peace treaty proposal | The Japan Times

Russia thinks Japan needs time to form a position on President Vladimir Putin’s unexpected peace treaty proposal last week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says.

UAWire – Japan tells Russia: dispute over Kuril Islands must be settled before any peace treaties are discussed

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposed peace treaty with Japan would be impossible without settling the territorial dispute, said Japanese …

TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy – Japanese premier says he reiterated Japan’s stance on Kurils to Putin

Putin suggested at the Eastern Economic Forum’s plenary session on September 12 that Moscow and Tokyo should make a peace treaty without any preconditions

Could China Help Ignite a Second War over the Falkland Islands? | The National Interest

By helping arm Argentina?

‘Great founder’: Venezuela’s Maduro praises Mao during China trip | Venezuela News | Al Jazeera

Venezuelan leader makes rare visit to Mao Zedong’s mausoleum as he seeks Beijing’s help in tackling economic crisis.

Putin made an unexpected offer to Japan to finally end World War II, but he may just be ‘trolling’ | Business Insider

Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to catch his Japanese counterpart off guard earlier this month, when he offered to sign a peace treaty before the end of the year “without any preconditions” to settle a territorial dispute and finally, formally end World War II.

Japanese Submarine Conducted Exercise in South China Sea – WSJ

Japan broke precedent by revealing it sent a submarine to join an exercise of warships in the South China Sea, the latest challenge by U.S. allies to China’s military expansion.

Aging Japan: Military recruiters struggle as applicant pool dries up | Reuters

As a Japanese military recruiter sat patiently at a booth outside a supermarket in northern Tokyo one recent weekend, she welcomed a rare visitor, high school student Kazuaki Matsumura.

UAWire – Malaysia complains about problems with Russian Su-30 fighters

Malaysia, which has purchased Russian Su-30MKM fighters for its Royal Air Force, is complaining of a number of issues that have emerged with the…

Putin’s big gamble in Australia’s ‘back yard’

Russian President Vladimir Putin will tilt his foreign policy towards engagement with some of Australia’s k…

Defence officials turn lobbyists, sometimes weeks after leaving government | Australia news | The Guardian

Eight former defence figures, most high-ranking, are now lobbyists for military contractors