Finland proposes ceiling of 1.07% of GNI for EU long-term budget

BRUSSELS, Dec 2 (Reuters) – The Finnish presidency of the European Union proposed that the bloc’s budget for the 2021-2027 period should be capped at 1.08 trillion euros ($1.19 trillion), a document seen by Reuters said. The proposal, which needs the backing of all EU governments, would set a ceiling on spending at 1.07% of the bloc’s gross national income (GNI), a measure of output. This would be well above the 1% cap asked by Germany, the EU’s largest economy, and other states who prefer to spend less. ($1 =…

Malaysia unveils first defence White Paper amid rising threats, SE Asia News & Top Stories

Malaysia tabled its first defence White Paper in Parliament yesterday, but critics said the 10-year policy plan that was meant to address terror threats and military tension in the South China Sea was short on detailed strategy. Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu explained that although Malaysia is not involved in armed conflict with other countries, it faces territorial disputes and non-traditional threats across its borders, thus requiring the country to take pre-emptive measures. “The main role of the Malaysian Armed Forces is to maintain the peace we have and always be…

What Is Taiwan’s Legal Status According to International Law, Japan, and the US?

Taiwan holds a unique position in the realm of international law. Domestically, Taiwan possesses all the qualities of a “normal country,” including citizenship, territorial jurisdiction, government, and “sovereignty.” Taiwan is sovereign by the international law definition — it’s an ultimate authority independent of other authorities in the world; however, Taiwan does not have a common recognition internationally. According to Oppenheim’s International Law: A Treatise, recognition is a requirement for a country to become a member of the international family, and having the qualifications alone are not enough. By this definition,…

South China Sea crisis: Why Britain needs to assert itself in contested region post-Brexit | World | News

One of the key motivations for Beijing in its audacious water claims is the lucrative shipping lanes and trading ports that make up the South China Sea, provoking President Xi Jinping to enforce a controversial Nine-Dash Line demarcation of what China deems to be its territory. This has sparked fury not just from Asian neighbours, but also other economies around the world as the South China Sea has emerged as a hugely important trading area where activities affect trade all over the world. And the UK is one of those…

Germany’s Scholz to attend euro zone meeting despite losing SPD race

BERLIN, Dec 2 (Reuters) – German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz will attend a regular meeting of euro zone finance ministers on Wednesday, despite losing a bid to lead his Social Democratic Party (SPD), a government source said on Monday. Scholz, who is also vice chancellor, will return to Berlin for a meeting of senior SPD members on Thursday, ahead of a party conference starting on Friday, the source added. Scholz and his running mate lost a vote for leadership of the SPD on Saturday to two strong leftist critics of…

Beijing’s “gray zone” coercion and Tokyo’s response

Executive Summary China’s approach to Japan, its most economically powerful neighbor and a key U.S. treaty ally for nearly 70 years, is an important metric with which to assess China’s rapidly expanding role in the world — in particular, how Beijing is using its growing power and influence when its neighbors’ self-perceived rights and interests are in conflict with its own. The vicissitudes of China-Japan relations today also carry immense implications for, and are themselves shaped by, the United States’ relationships with these two major powers. This paper focuses on…

Three Russian military police injured in bomb attack on Syrian border

MOSCOW, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Three Russian military police officers were hurt in a blast from a home-made bomb on Monday as they carried out a routine patrol in Syria near the border with Turkey, the RIA news agency cited Russia’s Defence Ministry as saying. The bomb went off near the town of Kobani in Syria’s northern Aleppo province, the ministry was quoted as saying, adding that it did not believe the lives of the injured servicemen were in danger. Russia and Turkey have been carrying out joint patrols along…

Rising Kashmir

Japan on Sunday said it looked at the situation in Kashmir “very carefully” and hoped that a peaceful resolution to the issue will be found through dialogue.The comments by a spokesperson of the Japanese Foreign Ministry came a day after India and Japan held their first foreign and defence ministerial dialogue under a new framework to further broadbase strategic ties.“I do not remember the ministers going into the detailed discussion on the specific issue,” Deputy Press Secretary in Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Atsushi Kaifu told reporters when asked whether…

A Cold War With China Is Purely Optional

Read more: The unpredictable rise of China The Chinese today are not seeking to destroy Americans’ way of life, as the Soviets were said to be doing in the 1940s. Indeed, the Chinese accept fundamental aspects of our capitalist marketplace, and they have similar interests in halting climate change, fighting terrorists, and combatting pandemics. China should be regarded as a serious rival as well as a crucial partner. But despite recent tensions, the rivalry is entirely less dangerous than the one with the U.S.S.R. after World War II—and the potential…

China bans US military visits to Hong Kong in response to Washington’s support for protesters

China will ban US warships and military aircraft from making stops in Hong Kong in the wake of Washington passing legislation supporting the territory’s pro-democracy protesters, the country’s Foreign Ministry said Monday. “In response to the unreasonable behaviors of the US side, the Chinese government decides to suspend the review of requests by US military ships and aircraft to visit Hong Kong as of today,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a news conference in Beijing. Hua also announced that Beijing would impose sanctions on several US non-governmental…