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Another unusually busy week for China topics, while the DPRK continues gaming Washington on the denuclearization deal.
DPRK / PRC / WESTPAC Reports
The United States has blocked an attempt by Russia to ease UN sanctions on North Korea in what it claimed was an effort to deliver humanitarian aid to the impoverished nation.
09.11.18 10:56 – Russia seeks to lift bank sanctions on North Korea, – U.S. Ambassador to UN The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley Thursday said Russia wants to lift banking restrictions on North Korea put in place to try to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear program, but the United States would not let that happen. View news.
North Korea’s decision to call off high-stakes talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo scheduled for Thursday exposes divisions between the two countries over denuclearization and the diplomatic process to try to achieve it.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Friday meeting with a key aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been postponed, the State Department said, a potential setback in the seemingly stalled talks between Washington and Pyongyang.
North Korea is getting increasingly angry at the US, as talks are deadlocked and tensions between the two countries are on the rise, a source familiar with the discussions told CNN.
Months after the Trump-Kim summit, the United States and North Korea seem to be drifting apart again.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet Thursday in New York with a top North Korean official as the two governments work toward a second summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un, the State Department said Monday.
“Stray voltage happens to be all around us,“ he says.
North Korea has warned it could revive a state policy aimed at strengthening its nuclear arsenal if the United States does not lift economic sanctions against the country.
North Korea warned it may revive a policy aimed at strengthening its nuclear arsenal if the U.S. doesn’t lift sanctions, signaling it won’t give up more concessions in nuclear negotiations with the U.S.
As the United States and North Korea prepare for another round of high-level talks this week, Pyongyang’s increasingly heated rhetoric has analysts worried that the stalemate between the two sides could lead to a breakdown in negotiations.
Pyongyang expresses frustration over the slow progress of the lifting of sanctions while US insists on denuclearisation.
Kim Jong-un has elevated himself to parity with North Korea’s previous dictators with the unveiling in Pyongyang of the first larger-than-life portrait of the “Young General” beaming at his subjects.
After seven years as leader, Mr Kim appears to have moved a step up in North Korea’s personality cult.
About 500 United States and South Korean marines began small-scale military drills on Monday, just days before U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to hold talks with North Korea on denuclearization and plans for a second summit of their leaders.
It takes Park Hyun-suk, a widow who lost her husband to gwarosa — the Korean word for death by overwork — a long time to find a photo of them together.
It’s the latest sign of a thaw in relations, as China’s vice president said Beijing was willing to talk with Washington to resolve their bitter trade dispute.
When the United States imposed sanctions on China’s military this fall, China retaliated by canceling Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ plans to meet his counterpart in Beijing. But just days later, a Chinese general visited the Pentagon with a reassuring message: Beijing valued the importance of military ties between the two countries.
A recent near miss underscored the perils in the South China Sea, where the American and Chinese navies are increasingly challenging each other.
Adm. John Richardson wants the People’s Liberation Army Navy to “return to a consistent adherence to the agreed-to code that would again minimize the chance for a miscalculation that could possibly lead to a local incident and potential escalation.”
A Chinese destroyer that closed to within 45 yards of a U.S. Navy ship during a September mission in the South China Sea reportedly warned the American vessel it would “suffer consequences” if it didn’t redirect its course.
The US Navy has had 18 unsafe and/or unprofessional encounters with Chinese military forces in the Pacific since 2016, according to US military statistics obtained by CNN.
U.S. fighter jets darted over the Western Pacific on Saturday as the nuclear powered USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier joined Japanese destroyers and a Canadian warship for the biggest combat readiness war game ever staged in and around Japan.
China paraded industrial and military clout and sent deliberate signals to Western rivals that its aerospace and arms industries aim to catch them up on world markets, while playing down trade tensions at the nation’s largest air show this week.
What the Chinese are doing is much more sophisticated than what the United States saw in 2016 from the Russians.
China’s President Xi Jinping called on Wednesday for greater global cooperation in developing the internet and make it more “fair and equitable”, as Beijing seeks to bolster its global role in shaping the web.
Ever since Chinese President Xi Jinping marked the opening of the first World Internet Conference in 2014, it was meant to usher in a new era of digital openness and project China as a champion of global cyber-governance.
(Washington Free Beacon) China’s government has carried out a global campaign to disseminate its oppressive internet policies and digital surveillance tools, hosting seminars on cyber censorship with officials from at least three-dozen countries over the past two years, according to a new report. Freedom House, in its report, warns that Chinese efforts to spread its “digital authoritarianism” pose…
Beijing has trained African officials on its sprawling system of censorship and surveillance.
The detainees are told they have an “ideological virus” and must be indoctrinated in devotion to the state. Western governments called for the practice to end.
Spending on security facility construction rose by 217% in 2017, when many camps are believed to have been built.
Interpol’s secretary general said Thursday that the international police organization’s rules forbid him from probing into the fate of the Chinese government official who served as Interpol president for almost two years before he vanished during a trip to China.
Meng Hongwei, incumbent president of Interpol, was forced to resign after being arrested on trip home to China for allegedly accepting bribes
The actions come as the Trump administration prioritizes countering Chinese threats to national and economic security.
A U.S. grand jury indicted Taiwanese chip giant United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) over a suspected release of trade secrets in China. The case could dent UMC’s longer-term China ambitions.
A government-controlled Chinese semiconductor firm has been charged by the Justice Department for $9 billion in trade-secret thefts.
From Didi to ByteDance, China’s top tech companies are touting their ties to the ruling Communist Party.
China is ready to have discussions with the United States and work to resolve trade issues as both their economies stand to lose from the confrontation, Vice President Wang Qishan said Tuesday.
The trade war of 2018 was, in theory, supposed to hurt Republicans in states vulnerable to higher tariffs and Chinese retaliation. The results from Tuesday’s midterm elections suggest that didn’t really happen.
Bloomberg Politics Published on Nov 7, 2018 Nov.07 — Hank Paulson, chairman of the Paulson Institute and former U.S. Treasury Secretary, discusses U.S.-China trade tensions, He talks with Bloomberg’s Erik Schatzker on “Bloomberg Markets: European Open” from the sidelines of the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore.
Chinese exports leaped almost 16% in October even though the United States imposed new tariffs in the trade war between the two countries.
The U.S.-China trade war is the “most stupid thing in this world,” Jack Ma, the chief of Asia’s most valuable public company, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , said on Monday.
International Business News: China’s richest person Jack Ma argued: “it was pointless to target goods because China was on its way to becoming a major buyer of foreign products”.
The gap is expected to grow even more despite penalties on billions of dollars of Chinese goods.
China’s economy in the third quarter grew at its slowest pace in a decade. But even after the US and China placed hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth o…
Japan is a country where sushi chefs are treated like rock stars and fishermen are TV heroes. The shortage of its cherished flying squid has shaken the nation.
Workers are putting the finishing touches on a Beijing-funded boulevard designed to showcase Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) capital to visiting world leaders at this month’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.
The region’s fast-growing but fragile democracies have been susceptible to strongmen and autocratic-leaning populists in recent years, propelled by …
President Xi Jinping kicks off a Shanghai event showing a growing Chinese appetite to buy from the rest of the world. Even critics of the U.S. have doubts.
Chinese President Xi Jinping took to the global stage to repeat his rhetoric against protectionism and promote his country as an advocate for international openness and cooperation.
Micron, a company in Idaho that makes memory chips, has been locked in bitter trade secrets dispute with a state-backed Chinese rival called Fujian Jinhua. Now it has the US government in its corner.
HONG KONG/BEIJING: Chinese state-backed semiconductor maker Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co Ltd billed itself as a national leader in the tech …
Chinese president Xi Jinping vowed to lower tariffs, broaden market access and increase imports on Monday.
China needs natural gas. The United States has tons of it. But Donald Trump has smothered the potential for trade between the two countries, effectively preserving the trade deficit his trade war was supposed to eliminate.
It’s time for the administration to use its powers to preserve America’s access to vital defense materials.
Shanghai rolled out the red carpet this week to help President Xi Jinping try to show the world how serious his country is about becoming a major importer.
A new crossing 30 years in the making looks to bring together a $1.5 trillion economy.
Three managers have been sentenced to jail time for the bizarre discipline regime.
The China challenge cannot be met by drawing a line in the water and telling all of Asia that “you are either with us or against us.”
Such greetings are standard, and the Japanese ship wasn’t in waters China has claimed, but the gesture comes as Japanese-Chinese relations improve.
Beijing and Canberra should be cooperating in the South Pacific and not be cast as strategic rivals, China’s top diplomat said on Thursday, after Australia launched a multi-billion dollar fund to counter China’s rising influence in the region.
A new multi-billion dollar fund is widely seen as an attempt to counter China’s influence.