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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.
DPRK / PRC / WESTPAC Reports
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…
But a feud between Russia and the U.S. has kept the document from being published.
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.
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.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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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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.
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.
President Trump’s team must not try to punish Chinese companies that work with North Korea, a senior Chinese diplomat warned Friday.
The outlines are there, but the details may never become clear.
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.
Kim Jong Un is likely aiming for economic concessions and a long-elusive peace treaty.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in will personally discuss with President Donald Trump a plan to declare peace with North Korea.
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.”
The president’s aides refer to its quest for peace with North Korea as the “sunshine policy,” and that’s not a compliment.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s agreement is bad for President Donald Trump’s denuclearization efforts.
As talks with Washington seemed to stall, Seoul created its own path with Pyongyang.
Kim still hasn’t provided a list of his nuclear facilities.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The shine is starting to come off South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s engagement strategy with the North.
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.
And all the more reason why President Trump should forget about a second summit.
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.
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 and China have been pushed closer together into a sometimes-uneasy friendship in recent years. The shift has accelerated under President Donald Trump.
The two countries are wrapping up joint war games but few see the signs of a real alliance.
Recent partnerships between Beijing and Moscow belie the rivalry that defines their relationship, political strategists warn.
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.
The Russian government’s hopes that China will help it to overcome western sanctions are gradually being dashed by the harsh reality, finanz.ru …
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.
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.
President Trump’s pugilistic approach to China could rupture relations for years to come.
President Donald Trump may find it harder to claim victory over China the longer his trade war runs.
The administration’s cascading trade taxes have been a losing strategy — China isn’t stopping its abusive conduct.
Growing anger at what is seen as Trump’s bullying could make compromise over trade harder.
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…
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.
Two Chinese media outlets have been ordered to register as foreign agents.
Beijing hopes U.S. will, "provide convenience and conditions for media's normal works, rather than posing obstacles"
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…
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.
Integrating Hong Kong and mainland cities won’t be easy.
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…
It’s expensive to destroy a people without killing them, but Beijing is willing to pay the price.
Ex-inmates tell of abuse in camps holding more than 1 million ethnic minorities
Europe seeks a ‘golden era’ of trade and investment with a country that is holding a million people in ‘re-education’ camps
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 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.
Program features cases of Chinese students in Taiwan allegedly targeted by spies who lure them with money, love and friendship
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 thinks Japan needs time to form a position on President Vladimir Putin’s unexpected peace treaty proposal last week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposed peace treaty with Japan would be impossible without settling the territorial dispute, said Japanese …
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
By helping arm Argentina?
Venezuelan leader makes rare visit to Mao Zedong’s mausoleum as he seeks Beijing’s help in tackling economic crisis.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Russian President Vladimir Putin will tilt his foreign policy towards engagement with some of Australia’s k…
Eight former defence figures, most high-ranking, are now lobbyists for military contractors