US missiles in north Aust not ruled out

news, latest-news Foreign Minister Marise Payne has danced around discussing the deployment of US ground-based missiles in the north of Australia, saying only that the country “consistently welcomed (US) force and presence.” This weekend’s Australia-US ministerial consultations in Sydney come soon after the termination of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, an arms control agreement between the US and Russia that has stood since 1988. Both countries have blamed each other for violating the treaty, which restricted the development of ground-based arms with a range from 500km to 5500km. US Defense…

North Korea, South China Sea Top Agenda as Pompeo Heads to Asia

The United States is not ruling out working-level talks with North Korean officials on the sidelines of Southeast Asian regional meetings in Thailand this week, with experts noting Pyongyang’s recent missile launch is unlikely to reverse Washington’s current diplomatic efforts. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will arrive in Bangkok on Aug. 1, where he will co-chair the U.S.- Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial. On Aug. 2, Pompeo will participate in the East Asia Summit (EAS) Ministerial and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial, and will hold a…

Should China and Russia’s developing military alliance in north Asia worry Australia?

By Alexey Muraviev Updated July 31, 2019 08:02:07 Photo: South Korea and Japan both claim the Liancourt Rocks as their territory. (Reuters: South Korean Navy/Handout) A small group of islands in the Sea of Japan — known as the Liancourt Rocks — have highlighted serious geopolitical and geostrategic problems developing in the already fragile north-east Asian region and threaten to affect Australia. South Korea and Japan both claim the rocks as their territory. But last week, the stoush intensified when Russian and Chinese military aircraft were discovered carrying out a…

North Korea, South China Sea Top Agenda as Pompeo Heads to Asia | Voice of America

STATE DEPARTMENT – The United States is not ruling out working-level talks with North Korean officials on the sidelines of Southeast Asian regional meetings in Thailand this week, with experts noting Pyongyang’s recent missile launch is unlikely to reverse Washington’s current diplomatic efforts.  U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will arrive in Bangkok on Aug. 1, where he will co-chair the U.S.- Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial. On Aug. 2, Pompeo will participate in the East Asia Summit (EAS) Ministerial and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial, and…

North Korea, China top Pompeo agenda on Asia trip

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to Asia next week with an agenda dominated by a stalemate in the Trump administration’s nuclear talks with North Korea and impasses with China over trade, Taiwan and the South China Sea. Pompeo travels to Thailand on Tuesday for the Association of Southeast Asian National Regional Forum where North Korea’s launch of medium-range missiles this week and increasingly assertive Chinese maritime actions will be major issues. U.S. officials declined Friday to say if Pompeo plans specific meetings on either matter in…

Trump’s Asia Gamble: Shatter Enduring Strategies on China and North Korea

WASHINGTON — As he tries to tackle the greatest challenges to American power in Asia, President Trump is overturning policy toward China and North Korea that for decades was as canonical as Confucian ritual. With North Korea, he is engaging with the enemy in hopes that negotiations will yield a surrender of nuclear weapons. With China, Mr. Trump says the United States must take a big step back from an economic relationship that has strengthened a formidable rival. The shifts were prompted by internal changes in each country, combined with…