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A very active week on both DPRK and China matters. In the briefest of summaries, the Beijing leadership is very unhappy about the fiscal impacts of the trade war, and US, UK and Japanese military movements in the South China Sea. Numerous disturbing reports on China’s domestic situation, Vatican makes deal with Beijing, and China’s diplomatic spat with Sweden (yes, Sweden).
DPRK / PRC / WESTPAC Reports
The United States has clashed with China and Russia at the United Nations over their call for an easing of sanctions against North Korea.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had a “very positive” meeting with North Korea’s foreign minister on Wednesday.
Speaking on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session, he reversed the position he took a year ago that the North had to disarm rapidly.
“You are, indeed, the only person who can solve this problem,” Moon said of Trump—just before he amped up the pressure.
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is little rocket man no more.
made last week by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to curb his nuclear weapons program may have opened the door to further talks with Washington, but just how much impact would they have on the North’s nuclear arsenal?US
President Trump will speak at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. He will highlight progress with North Korea, while calling for more pressure on Iran.
A peace declaration will not buy Kim Jong Un’s goodwill, but it will give the US diplomatic leverage to constrain North Korea’s aggression and advance our strategic interests.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump raised hopes at the United Nations on Monday that a second meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un could occur “quite soon,” striking a conciliatory tone one year after he used his debut at the U.N. to deride the autocrat as “Little Rocket
President Trump swept into this year’s U.N. General Assembly on a positive note, claiming credit during initial meetings Monday that “tremendous progress” has been made in nuclear talks with North Korea and asserting that he intends to hold another face-to-face summit with Kim Jong-un “in the not-too-distant future.”
President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in signed a major agreement of Trump’s trade agenda Monday, on a busy day at the U.N. General Assembly during which Trump also revealed he’d meet again with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “quite soon.”
Two B-52s flew over the strategic waterway claimed by China earlier this week.
The US military has stepped up to regularly challenge Beijing’s dominance in the South China Sea and has achieved one of its main missions – controlling the narrative – with the help of B-52 nuclear-capable bombers.
The US Air Force sent B-52H Stratofortress heavy long-range bombers through the South China Sea twice this week, sending a message, intentional or not, to challengers in the region.
The U.S. military flew B-52 bombers in the vicinity of the South China Sea this week, U.S. officials told Reuters, a move that is likely to cause anger in Beijing amid heightened tensions between the two countries.US
The US Air Force conducted two bomber flights this week into areas considered sensitive by the Chinese military, missions that have come amid heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing.
US carriers are spending less time deployed and more time in port or in the shop for maintenance as deployment rates drop to a 25-year low, a US Naval Institute News study revealed Wednesday.
Beijing refused a U.S. warship entry to Hong Kong next month, according to the U.S. Consulate General.
oned the U.S. ambassador in Beijing and postponed joint military talks in protest against a U.S. decision to sanction a Chinese military agency and its director for buying Russian fighter jets and a surface-to-air missile system.US
– U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday he was seeking a way ahead for military ties with China after Beijing postponed military talks in protest at last week’s U.S. decision to impose sanctions over China’s purchase of Russian weaponry.US
The Chinese government has blocked a US Navy ship from docking in Hong Kong amid a growing diplomatic feud between the two countries over strict military sanctions imposed by Washington.
Relations worsen as Beijing accuses U.S. of putting “a knife to China’s neck.”
The Chinese government refused the USS Wasp a port visit to Hong Kong next month, a decision issued as Beijing also canceled a high-level naval meeting in the U.S.
China’s top naval officer canceled a visit to the US to meet with his American counterpart less than 48 hours before the meeting was scheduled to occur, according to two US defense officials.
CHINA has cancelled a planned visit by its Navy commander Vice Admiral Shen Jinlong to the US after Donald Trump imposed stringent sanctions on Beijing following their military arms deal with Russia.
A 27-year-old Chinese national was arrested in Chicago Tuesday for allegedly spying on behalf of Beijing, in the same week CIA director Gina Haspel warned against growing Chinese influence abroad.
China has summoned the U.S. ambassador in Beijing to lodge a formal protest after Washington hit a Chinese military organization with sanctions over its purchases of Russian missiles and fighter jets.
Japan’s biggest warship, the Kaga helicopter carrier, joined naval drills with Britain’s HMS Argyll in the Indian Ocean on Wednesday as the frigate headed toward the contested South China Sea and East Asia.US
CHINA has ordered the UK to respect the nation by staying out of the South China Sea row after a Royal Navy warship was spotted close to disputed islands in the region.
China hopes that Britain can stand by its position of not taking sides in the South China Sea and earnestly respect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Chinese government’s top diplomat told Britain’s foreign minister.US
British warship HMS Albion sails close to disputed Paracel Islands, provoking exchange between the two countries’ foreign ministers at UN meeting
BEIJING: China hopes that Britain can stand by its position of not taking sides in the South China Sea and earnestly respect China’s sovereignty …
Mark J. Valencia says Washington and Beijing both act as though they know what the other wants in the South China Sea, but may be falling victim to worst-case thinking that risks further conflict
China has hit out against the U.S. in a 71-page white paper, accusing President Donald Trump’s administration of “trade bullyism practices” that have become “the greatest source of uncertainty and risk for the recovery of the global economy.”
Beijing urges “mature political leaders in the U.S.” to “come back to their senses.”
China’s deputy trade negotiator on Tuesday acknowledged the challenge in resuming negotiations with the US, saying: “How could you negotiate with someone when he puts a knife on your neck?”
China cannot hold talks with Washington on ending their escalating trade dispute while the United States “holds a knife” to Beijing’s neck, China said Tuesday.
CHINA hit out against the US in a government signed white paper in light of imposed economic sanctions, accusing the superpower of “trade bullyism practices” that “risked the recovery of the global economy”.
Before blaming America on bullying, China should stop its own bullying in the South China Sea and Africa.
As relations with the U.S. deteriorate, it’s important to understand that for the most part China’s ruling Communist Party has brought this on itself.
Donald Trump said he and Chinese President Xi Jinping might not be friends anymore after he accused Beijing on Wednesday of trying to interfere in U.S. congressional elections in November.
“Fabricated stories and slogans designed to trick American voters will not have the same effect with U.N. members,” a Global Times op-ed warned.
Speaking at the United Nations, Trump accused China of seeking to help Democrats in the November elections in retaliation for his trade policies. It’s possible, but he provided no evidence, suggesting he may be preparing an excuse for GOP losses.
President Donald Trump’s accusation of Chinese meddling in upcoming U.S. elections marks a new phase in an escalating pressure campaign against Beijing that Washington is pursuing on multiple fronts, senior U.S. officials said on Thursday.
He cautioned that both nations will suffer if Beijing and Washington go up against each other.
China’s foreign ministry denied Trump’s accusation that Beijing is trying to influence the US congressional elections.
China on Wednesday took a major backward step in its trade war with the US, announcing it would cut import tariffs on numerous non-American goods.
The way out of the impasse between the U.S. and China runs through the W.T.O., whether Donald Trump likes it or not.
With tariffs and tweets, President Trump eggs on a trade war between China and America. With no trade talks on the horizon, relations are unlikely to improve soon. That seems to be what Trump, a self-styled “fighter,” wants.
A new round of tariffs on China has been instituted by the Trump administration. Walmart, Target, and Macy’s say price increases are coming.
Google employees have internally protested its creation.
Google reportedly forced employees to delete a memo detailing plans for a censored Chinese searched engine, codenamed Dragonfly.
If one individual sums up the values gap between a rising China and the West, it may well be Chen Quanguo.
The UN and human rights watchdogs say China has detained huge numbers of ethnic minorities, mainly Uyghurs, in what Beijing calls “reeducation camps.” Many Kazakhs say their relatives in China’s Xinjiang Province have also been targeted, and they are desperately searching for loved ones who have disappeared.
Mike Pompeo says ‘possibly millions’ of Muslim minority are being held against their will in ‘re-education camps’
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced the “awful abuses” of Muslim Uyghurs detained in Chinese reeducation camps and criticized what he said was a government crackdown on Christians in the …
Serbia is positioning itself as a military-neutral country, as its government aims to procure weapons and military gear for the country’s armed forces from various suppliers.
A Chinese navy hospital ship docked near Venezuela’s capital on Saturday as the OPEC nation’s deepening economic crisis garners the attention of the U.S. and other world powers.
The Pentagon deal has added to ongoing trade tensions between Beijing and Washington.
The United States has approved a $330 million arms deal with China’s neighbour Taiwan, in a move set to further increase tensions between Beijing and Washington amid the escalating trade war, The South China Morning Post reported.
Beijing boasts it can seize the island easily. The PLA knows better.
Opposition parties want PM Narendra Modi to resign over a multi-billion dollar fighter jet deal.
Australia’s largest-ever defence project is foundering under stalled negotiations with the French company selected to build the Navy’s future submarines, and could even be halted during next year’s federal election.
With a potential agreement between the Vatican and China on the horizon, we can look to the Middle Ages for how this compromise might play out.
For the first time, the pope accepted the legitimacy of bishops chosen by the Communist Chinese government.
It agreed to recognize seven bishops appointed by the Chinese government.
If Christianity is suspect because of its European roots, what about Marxism?
Sweden and China are having words over a Swedish humor channel’s racist videos. It does not look likely this little scandal will escalate but it also does not look likely that it will go away. Here is one of the insulting videos that China is protesting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpjkURzcgi8 I watched the whole thing. Racist, yes. Funny,…
SVT Humor Published on Sep 24, 2018 Swedish satire show Svenska nyheter’s monologue about sinophobia and racist tendencies in Swedish culture – and our government’s hypocrisy relating to human rights and trade with China
It looks like China’s ‘unofficial’ troll army is responding to the racist SVT YouTube video. A tour through China’s Troll Army’s Facebook page, 帝吧大军根据地, reveals quite a bit. On the SVT ‘humor’ page, they made fun of Chinese defecating in public. On the Emperor bar army base Facebook page, members posted all kinds of pictures showing exactly that. …
Sweden’s satirical TV show “Svenska Nyheter” last week appeared to mock Chinese tourists, warning them not to mistake dogs for food or to defecate in public. China accused the show of racism and demanded an apology. Diplomatic relations between Beijing and Stockholm appear to be at a standstill. A Swedish satirical TV show last week appeared to mock Chinese tourists, warning them not to mistake dogs for food or to defecate in public. China’s embassy in Sweden and China’s foreign ministry accused the show of racism and demanded an apology. The show’s broadcaster has since apologized. The host tweeted in Swedish that he “started a diplomatic crisis with a superpower.” The show came after a family of Chinese tourists accused Swedish authorities of brutality after they were removed from a hostel that wouldn’t let them spend the night in the lobby. Beijing has accused a Swedish satirical TV show of racism after it appeared to mock Chinese tourists and warned them not to mistake dogs for food. “Svenska Nyheter,” a weekly program on the Swedish national broadcaster SVT, appeared to endorse racism against Chinese people and play on certain stereotypes against the nation in a show aired last Friday. “Swedes hate racism — as long as we’re not talking about the Chinese and the Russians, of course,” said Jesper Rönndahl, the show’s host. “No politically correct campaign in the world can eliminate the Swedes’ hatred for the Russians. And that is probably because most of Russia is in Asia. They are almost Chinese.” The show also aired a joke informational program aimed at Chinese tourists during which a Swedish woman issued several “warnings,” including: “We do not poop outside historic buildings.” “And if you see someone who’s out walking a dog, it’s not because they just bought lunch.” “Chinese are very welcome to the Kingdom of Sweden. But if you can’t behave, we’ll kick the s— out of you.” Diplomatic relations between Beijing and Stockholm appear to be at a standstill, as the Dalai Lama visited Sweden earlier this month and China continues to hold a Swedish citizen in custody.
Chinese officials demanded an apology over a Swedish satirical program’s skit about Chinese tourists, which the network says was meant to highlight racism.
China and Sweden are locked in an escalating diplomatic feud after a minor dispute over tourists outstaying their welcome in a hostel devolved into broad accusations of racism and official travel warnings.
China complained to Sweden on Monday over a satirical news show on Swedish state television that advised Chinese tourists how to avoid culture clashes in a way that Beijing said insulted the Chinese people.US
A satirical Swedish TV skit talked about Chinese tourists vandalizing monuments and eating dogs. Beijing was not amused.
It started with tourists being kicked out of a hotel – but the spat has continued to escalate.
From a kidnapped bookseller to alleged election interference, diplomatic relations between China and Sweden are souring in 2018.
Palau is the latest nation to find that offending China means empty hotels.