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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia, China Slam New Unilateral US Sanctions

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia, China Slam New Unilateral US Sanctions

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov reacted to the new US sanctions by expressing disappointment and warning Washington that Moscow was preparing a response.

“The lip service from American representatives about the desire to stabilize bilateral relations [with Russia] is extremely unconvincing. In recent years, Washington in theory should have learned that for us, the language of sanctions is unacceptable, and the solutions to real problems are only hindered by such actions. So far, however, there doesn’t seem to be an understanding of such obvious truths. In the meantime, we are beginning to work out the inevitable response to this situation.”

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WORLD POLITICS: North Korea, US Clash at UN Forum Over Nuclear Weapons

WORLD POLITICS: North Korea, US Clash at UN Forum Over Nuclear Weapons

North Korea’s envoy told the same forum the North’s nuclear deterrent would never be up for negotiation, echoing Pyongyang’s regular denunciation of U.S. “aggression”.

“The measures taken by the DPRK to strengthen its nuclear deterrence and develop inter-continental rockets is justifiable and a legitimate option for self-defence in the face of such apparent and real threats,” diplomat Ju Yong Chol told the forum, referring to “constant nuclear threats” by the United States.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: China Agrees on no New Expansion in South China Sea

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: China Agrees on no New Expansion in South China Sea

“The Chinese will not occupy new features in the South China Sea nor they are going to build structures in Scarborough Shoal,” Lorenzana told lawmakers late on Monday, referring to a prime fishing ground close to the Philippines that China blockaded from 2012 to 2016.

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Will Prevent US, South Korea From Carrying Out Strikes on North Korea – Government Daily

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Will Prevent US, South Korea From Carrying Out Strikes on North Korea – Government Daily

The widely-quoted newspaper, published by the Communist Party’s official People’s Daily cautioned: “If the US and its ally South Korea take on Pyongyang and try to “overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so.”

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Seethes on Sidelines Amid New North Korea Crisis

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Seethes on Sidelines Amid New North Korea Crisis

“China is not too worried that the United States might suddenly attack North Korea. It is worried about THAAD,” said Sun Zhe, co-director of the China Initiative of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 10 August 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 10 August 2017

WORLD BRIEF: Wang Wenli, the deputy director general of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs in China’s Foreign Ministry, reportedly conveyed this information to an Indian media delegation on Wednesday, the newspaper said. She did not provide any evidence to back her claim, which has been strongly denied by Bhutan.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: South Korea, US Agree to Apply Maximum Pressure North Korea While China Hopes for Talks

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: South Korea, US Agree to Apply Maximum Pressure North Korea While China Hopes for Talks

“The best signal that North Korea can give us that they are prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches,” said Tillerson, adding that “other means of communications” were open to Pyongyang.

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing, India Unyielding Over a Piece of Himalayan Territory

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing, India Unyielding Over a Piece of Himalayan Territory

“The Indian side not only has not taken any actual steps to correct its mistake, it has concocted all sorts of reasons that don’t have a leg to stand on, to make up excuses for the Indian military’s illegal crossing of the border,” In a statement on Wednesday, China’s Foreign Ministry reiterated its call to India, saying it must remove its forces from what Beijing considers part of its territory.

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USA POLITICS: Schumer to Trump: Block China Deals Over North Korea

USA POLITICS: Schumer to Trump: Block China Deals Over North Korea

“It is my assessment that China will not deter North Korea unless the United States exacts greater economic pressure on China,” U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer wrote to Trump, a Republican. “The U.S. must send a clear message to China’s government.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia to China: Do More to Contain North Korea

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia to China: Do More to Contain North Korea

“China is North Korea’s major financial backer. It has much more leverage over North Korea than it claims,” Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.

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INDIA POLITICS: India Must Prevent China From Grabbing Bhutan

INDIA POLITICS: India Must Prevent China From Grabbing Bhutan

The recent standoff between India and China over the Doka La area is one of the many tactical attempts by China at a strategic containment of India.

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USA POLITICS: Top US General Says Russia No Longer America’s ‘Single’ Biggest Threat

USA POLITICS: Top US General Says Russia No Longer America’s ‘Single’ Biggest Threat

“Obviously, North Korea today from a sense-of-urgency perspective would be our number one challenge,” Dunford Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

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CHINA POLITICS: China to India: Get Your Troops Out of Himalayan Territory

CHINA POLITICS: China to India: Get Your Troops Out of Himalayan Territory

China and India-backed Bhutan have been locked in a standoff over a tri-junction at their common border for decades.

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Raps US Bill Over Taiwan Military Ties

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Raps US Bill Over Taiwan Military Ties

“China firmly opposes any forms of official exchange and military contact between the US and Taiwan,” Lu told reporters at a regular press briefing, adding that Beijing had made “stern representations” to Washington over the “negative content” of the bill.

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Warns Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Over ‘Very Dangerous’ Remarks

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Warns Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Over ‘Very Dangerous’ Remarks

China warned Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen saying her remarks about death of a Nobel Peace laureate were “very dangerous” for cross-strait relations.

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USA POLITICS: US Prepares New Sanctions on Chinese Firms Over North Korea Ties: Officials

USA POLITICS: US Prepares New Sanctions on Chinese Firms Over North Korea Ties: Officials

US officials warned that China could face U.S. trade and economic pressure – something Trump has held in abeyance since taking office in January.

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CHINA POLITICS: Chinese Aircraft Carrier ‘Enters Taiwan Defense Zone’

CHINA POLITICS: Chinese Aircraft Carrier ‘Enters Taiwan Defense Zone’

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense added in a statement on Wednesday that the 60,000-ton carrier had entered the ADIZ at 02:40 a.m. local time and had steered north via the western side of the Taiwan Strait, China’s side of the strait.

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CHINA POLITICS: China Troops Open First Overseas Military Base in Djibouti

CHINA POLITICS: China Troops Open First Overseas Military Base in Djibouti

“The base will ensure China’s performance of missions, such as escorting, peace-keeping and humanitarian aid in Africa and west Asia,” it said.

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USA POLITICS: US B-1B Lancer Bombers Challenge China in South China Sea

USA POLITICS: US B-1B Lancer Bombers Challenge China in South China Sea

U.S. Lancers flew from Guam over the South China Sea last month, while a U.S. warship carried out a maneuvering drill within 12 nautical miles of one of China’s artificial islands in the waterway in late May.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Moscow Promotes Joint Russia-China Plan Instead of US Attempts to ‘Strangle’ North Korea at UNSC

RUSSIA POLITICS: Moscow Promotes Joint Russia-China Plan Instead of US Attempts to ‘Strangle’ North Korea at UNSC

Describing the North Korean ballistic missile launch on Tuesday as “dangerous, reckless and irresponsible,” the American Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley urged the UN Security Council to implement new measures against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

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