Jaishankar Meets Top Finland Leaders, Holds Talks on Terrorism, Regional Issues

Helsinki: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has held long discussions on cross-border terrorism with the top Finnish leadership, amidst Pakistan’s bid to internationalise the Kashmir issue after India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Jaishankar, who is on a three-day visit to Finland, the current chair of the European Union that supported India on the Kashmir issue, on Friday held talks with Prime Minister Antti Rinne and his Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto on a broad spectrum of bilateral relations. Jaishankar and Haavisto had “long discussion” on terrorism and the two…

America’s China experts ignore the Chinese Communist Party

U.S.-China trade talks are back on and the sides will meet in October.  China reportedly wants to sweeten its offer in exchange for the U.S. delaying tariffs and easing the pressure on flagship technology company, Huawei. China is likely worried about what one observer called the “terrifying scenario” of  the accelerating “decoupling” of the two economies and, most importantly to Chinese premier Xi Jinping, discontent in leadership circles. As the revived trade talks were coming together, one group of China experts, let’s call them the Old China Lobby, publicly addressed…

Commentary: Duterte’s twin approaches to South China dispute

A few days before his fifth official visit to Beijing, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he would raise the 12 July 2016 United Nations Conference Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) awards to President Xi Jinping. He expressed his resolve to defend the Philippines’ territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea,as he would cite the 2016 awards that invalidated China’s expansive maritime claim in the disputed waters. He explained that it was about time for him to raise the UNCLOS award to China since he only has three years left in…

China a Threat to World, Using US Money to Build its Military, Says Donald Trump

Washington: Expressing concern over China’s growing military might, US President Donald Trump has said the Communist nation is a threat to the world and blamed his predecessors for not stopping it from stealing America’s intellectual property to bolster its defence capabilities. China has hiked its military spending by seven per cent to USD 152 billion as Beijing aims at countering America’s push into the disputed South China Sea. “Obviously China is a threat to the world in a sense because they are building a military faster than anybody and frankly…

JMSDF destroyer joins Malaysian navy drill

A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer has conducted a joint exercise with the Malaysian navy. The Asagiri made a port call at Kuantan in eastern Malaysia on Wednesday. The vessel was on its way home after completing a counter-piracy mission off Somalia. The Asagiri took part in the joint drill and other exchange activities during the three-day visit. Malaysia is strategically important in terms of sea traffic as it faces the Strait of Malacca and the South China Sea. Japan hopes to promote the rule of law and freedom of…

China is threat to world: Donald Trump

Expressing concern over China’s growing military might, US President Donald Trump has said the Communist nation is a threat to the world and blamed his predecessors for not stopping it from stealing America’s intellectual property to bolster its defence capabilities. China has hiked its military spending by seven per cent to USD 152 billion as Beijing aims at countering America’s push into the disputed South China Sea. “Obviously China is a threat to the world in a sense because they are building a military faster than anybody and frankly they…

South China Sea threat: US intervenes in region over Beijing’s ‘provocative’ actions | World | News

David Stilwell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, told the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee White House was committed to its efforts throughout the region. He said: “In Southeast Asia, there is great potential to further expand cooperation with treaty allies Thailand and the Philippines, and with important partners such as Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore.” Mr Stilwell said the US was also working closely with treaty allies Japan, Australia and South Korea, which also have their own Indo-Pacific strategies. He stressed Washington had deep concerns about…