N.Korea may use talks with US ‘to buy time’ – News – NHK WORLD

Japan’s National Institute for Defense Studies warns that North Korea may use its negotiations with the United States to play for time. The institute says in its annual East Asian Strategic Review that judging from developments since the 1990s, the North Korea does not appear to be unconditionally committed to denuclearization. The report says Pyongyang could use its talks with Washington as a cover to improve its economic situation while continuing development of nuclear weapons and missiles. The US and South Korea have suspended or downsized their joint military drills…

How Can Prospect of Taiwanese F-16 Procurement Affect US Trade Talks With China?

Although there has so far been no official information about the intention of the US to fulfil a request from the Taiwanese Defence Ministry for the sale of 60 upgraded F-16V fighter jets, Beijing has already protested against the possible military supplies. Sputnik has asked a military analyst and a researcher to comment on the situation. Following a request from Taiwan for the US to sell an improved version of the F-16 jet, media reported that Donald Trump’s advisors have been pushing for the request to be approved. Although Washington has declined to comment on the report, it…

Japan’s death penalty hinders defense talks with Australia:The Asahi Shimbun

Japan’s use of the death penalty has hampered negotiations with Australia on what would be an unprecedented agreement to tighten maritime defense cooperation in the face of China’s aggressive behavior. The talks are intended to set the legal status of both armed forces when they visit each other’s countries to respond to natural disasters or conduct joint operations. Essentially, the proposed reciprocal access agreement would ease the immigration process for visiting forces and allow Australian military vehicles and fighter jets to enter Japan for use in the Self-Defense Forces’ exercise…

U.S. destroyer sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade talks

BEIJING (Reuters) – A U.S. guided-missile destroyer sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea in what China called a “provocation” as U.S. officials joined talks in Beijing during a truce in a bitter trade war. The USS McCampbell carried out a “freedom of navigation” operation, sailing within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Island chain, “to challenge excessive maritime claims”, Pacific Fleet spokeswoman Rachel McMarr said in an emailed statement. The operation was not about any one country or to make a political statement, McMarr said. The statement…

More Asean states agree to speed up talks on South China Sea pact: Beijing, East Asia News & Top Stories

BEIJING • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said yesterday that an increasing number of Asean countries have agreed with China’s proposal to speed up negotiations for a pact on the South China Sea. He again warned other nations against interfering in the process. “We welcome well-intentioned advice, but do not accept political smears or interference. Countries in the region should grasp in our own hands the key to peace and stability in the South China Sea,” said Mr Wang. Speaking at a media conference on the sidelines of legislative meetings…

China says US trade talks progress “well received”

BEIJING- The “substantive progress” China and the United States have made in their trade talks has been “well-received” in both countries and around the world, a senior Chinese official said on Monday, maintaining Beijing’s previous upbeat assessment of discussions. “History shows cooperation is the best choice for the world’s two largest economies,” Zhang Yesui, a former Chinese ambassador in Washington and now spokesman for China’s largely rubber-stamp parliament, told a news briefing. China and the United States have imposed tit-for-tat tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of each…