Asean foreign ministers continue talks in Vietnam

Asean foreign ministers continue talks in Vietnam Rohingya refugee high on agenda Senior officials of Asean members pose for a group photo during a meeting in Nha Trang, Vietnam, on Thursday. (Photo from @MFAThai Twitter account) NHA TRANG, Vietnam: Foreign ministers from Southeast Asian nations in Vietnam for a two-day meeting continued talks on Friday, with South China Sea tensions and stalled Rohingya refugee repatriation to Myanmar high on the agenda. At a working dinner on Thursday night, the ministers tentatively agreed to a US proposal for a special summit…

China rewards 11 fishermen who captured seven ‘foreign underwater spy drones’

China has held a lavish ceremony to reward 11 fishermen who were said to have discovered seven foreign underwater spy drones hidden off the country’s eastern coast.  The alleged espionage devices were captured last year and posed ‘serious threats to our national security’, the country’s state media reported. The prize for each of the fishermen ranged from tens of thousands of yuan to 500,000 yuan (£55,000), according to state newspaper Global Times, quoting online sources. Footage from a Chinese TV report shows the national security authority displaying pictures of the…

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang’s Regular Press Conference on January 7, 2020

Q: We understand President Maamau of Kiribati is visiting China. Chinese leaders met and held talks with him yesterday. Could you share more information? What concrete consensus have the two sides reached on growing bilateral relations? A: In September 2019, Kiribati resumed diplomatic relations with China, making it the 180th country that have diplomatic ties with China and the 10th Pacific island nation to join China-Pacific islands cooperation. President Maamau is paying a state visit to China at the beginning of the year as agreed previously, which is also the…

Defense and Foreign Policy Outlook:The Administration’s reluctant partner in appeasing China

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is the administration’s reluctant partner in its appeasement policy on China. The Philippine military has been very wary of closer Philippine-China economic relations in particular, and on the so-called “pivot to China” in general. The wariness stems from the fact that it has a long and close relationship with United States Armed Forces. For seven decades, the US armed services and the AFP has been training and consulting each for combined combat and humanitarian operations. These military exercises have provided opportunities for the…

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang’s Regular Press Conference on January 2, 2020

At the invitation of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt Sameh Hassan Shoukry, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Djibouti Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Eritrea Osman Saleh Mohammed, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Burundi Ezechiel Nibigira, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Zimbabwe Sibusiso Busi Moyo, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will pay official visits to the aforementioned countries from January 7 to 13. Q: You just announced State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi‘s upcoming visits to Africa.…

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang’s Regular Press Conference on December 31, 2019

Q: Do you have any update on when China and the US might sign the phase one trade deal? There was a report yesterday that the Chinese delegation might be going to Washington this week and perhaps sign the deal this Saturday. Is this true? A: I would like to refer you to the Ministry of Commerce. Q: On December 30 EST, another round of consultations were held in the UN Security Council on the draft resolution on political settlement of the Peninsula issue proposed by China and Russia. Can…

2019: Headway on independent foreign policy, OFW protection

President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin (Presidential Photo) MANILA — Three years into the Duterte administration, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has seen “significant headway” into Manila’s pursuit of an independent foreign policy. “There’s no need to assure you because you see. Don’t listen to what we say, listen to what we’ve done and what we’ve achieved, we have achieved that independent foreign policy,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. told reporters in a recent interview at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. For 2020, he said the…

2019, the year Trump made a hash of U.S. foreign policy

End of year proves a good platform for looking back to sum up administration achievements or missteps over the year, as well as how certain we are about the directions in which our nation is moving. Americans looking at foreign policy and our relationships overseas will find this year deepened U.S. isolationism, widened support for authoritarian governments, made American primacy in trade the weather vane for our thinking, as opposed to, say, human rights,  and continued Donald Trump’s role as a worldwide disrupter. The year will start and end with Trump’s…

Trudy Rubin: Bob Dylan would understand Trump foreign policy in 2019

Looking back at key foreign policy events of 2019, a line from Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of a Thin Man” popped into my head: “Something is happening and you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?” Back in the day, there was much debate over whom Dylan had in mind. But “Mr. Jones” soon came to symbolize folks who remained oblivious to the seismic cultural shifts of the 1960s. So who is the Mr. Jones of 2019? In one sense, “Mr. Jones” could be all of us, as the…