Coronavirus: Why Taiwan won’t have a seat at the virus talks

Image copyright Gene Wang/Getty Images Image caption Baseball games have returned to Taiwan, but with social distancing For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, health officials will come together (virtually) next week at the World Health Assembly to decide how the world should tackle the crisis. But one of the places that’s been most successful at protecting its people from the disease will not be invited to this meeting of the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). Taiwan has been applauded internationally for quickly and effectively…

China news: Beijing has NO intention of joining talks on strategic arms controls | World | News

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova reportedly said that China’s accession to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) was contrived. China disputed the claims. On Thursday, Ms Zakharova said Russia was willing to support any multilateral schemes that would contribute to ensuring global security and stability. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian argued that Russia and the US both “possess the largest nuclear arsenals” and therefore should have the responsibility for reducing them. He also said that China will not engage in any “trilateral talks on strategic arms controls”. Mr…

Delayed South China Sea talks expose China’s complex relationship with neighbours during pandemic

Negotiations between China and its Southeast Asian neighbours for a South China Sea code of conduct have been postponed as the nations involved put their efforts into containing the Covid-19 pandemic, creating uncertainty about whether the two sides can work together amid rising tensions in the contested territory. Southeast Asian nations are increasingly caught in a dilemma whether to maintain relations with Beijing during the pandemic while also fearing that tensions over the disputed waters are spiralling out of control. Both Chinese and United States navies are sending vessels to…

N.Korea fires three projectiles into sea; U.S., China urge return to talks

SEOUL — North Korea launched multiple short-range projectiles into the sea on Monday as part of firing drills, according to South Korea’s military, drawing U.S. and Chinese appeals for Pyongyang to return to talks on ending its nuclear and missile programs. Launched a week after North Korea resumed missile tests following a three-month break, the projectiles, including from a multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS), flew up to 200 km (124 miles) and reached 50 km in altitude, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. Hopes were raised for dialog when…

Chinese Oil Stocks Plunge as OPEC+ Talks Collapse; Bio Among Gainers – capitalwatch.com

author: Belinda Zhou    U.S. benchmarks continued to fall Friday morning due to coronavirus concerns despite economic data showing strong growth in the labor market. Employers in the U.S. added 273,000 jobs in February, which beats analysts’ forecast of 175 jobs. Wages in February increased 3% year-over-year. Chinese stocks in New York had a volatile day, with oil companies tanking the oil prices as of midday, following the collapse of the oil output talks. Gainers Healthcare companies performed strongly, and some gainers were among the non-frequenters like paper production, resorts, and…

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…

S. China Sea, Rohingya issues on agenda of ASEAN ministerial talks

Foreign ministers of Association of Southeast Asian nations hold a meeting in Vietnam on Jan. 16, 2020. (VNA/Kyodo) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (Kyodo) — Foreign ministers of Association of Southeast Asian nations began a two-day meeting in Vietnam on Thursday, in which South China Sea tensions and the repatriation of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar are on the agenda for discussion. The informal “retreat” held in the seaside town of Nha Trang marks the first ASEAN ministerial meeting to be hosted by Vietnam since it…

China’s Coast Guard Chief Arrives in Manila for Bilateral Talks

China’s coast guard chief has arrived in Manila to lead a delegation for tabletop exercises and bilateral talks with their Philippine counterparts aimed at coordinating each other’s operations in the disputed South China Sea, officials said Tuesday. A marching band greeted Maj. Gen. Wang Zhongcai as he disembarked from the Chinese Coast Guard ship with pennant number 5204, which anchored at the Port of Manila on Monday, in what local authorities had described as an unprecedented visit. The Philippine Coast Guard later posted Wang’s pictures on Twitter showing him walking…

LOOK: China Coast Guard arrives in Manila for ‘historic’ talks

This China Coast Guard ship will be in Manila until Friday for a goodwill visit. CN’s coast guard vessels are a common sight in the South China Sea, including the waters of its neighbors. The PH Coast Guard says the visit is an opportunity to discuss preventing collisions at sea. pic.twitter.com/LXk08JJN1A — Frances Mangosing (@FMangosingINQ) January 13, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard on Tuesday came out in force to welcome the China Coast Guard, as it laid anchor in Manila. CCG director-general Maj. Gen. Wang Zhongcai was…