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USA POLITICS: US Threats of War With North Korea ‘Dangerous, Short-Sighted’: Hillary Clinton says

USA POLITICS: US Threats of War With North Korea ‘Dangerous, Short-Sighted’: Hillary Clinton says

Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said: “There is no need for us to be bellicose and aggressive (over North Korea). Picking fights with Kim Jong Un puts a smile on his face.”

Hillary Clinton also indirectly referred to Trump’s social media comments on North Korea, saying, “The insults on Twitter have benefited North Korea, I don’t think they’ve benefited the United States”.

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CHINA POLITICS: Xi Jinping Lays Out Vision for ‘New Era’

CHINA POLITICS: Xi Jinping Lays Out Vision for ‘New Era’

“Through a long period of hard work, socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, this is a new historical direction in our country’s development,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said, using the term “new era” 36 times.

“No country can alone address the many challenges facing mankind; no country can afford to retreat into self-isolation,” Xi told the delegates, among them Buddhist monks, Olympic medalists, farmers and at least one astronaut.

“We should not just mechanically copy the political systems of other countries,” he said. “We must unwaveringly uphold and improve party leadership and make the party still stronger.”

By 2050, hinese President Xi Jinping said, China would become a modern socialist “strong power” with leading influence on the world stage.

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IRAN POLITICS: EU, Russia, China Fully Behind Iran Deal Ahead of Trump Speech

IRAN POLITICS: EU, Russia, China Fully Behind Iran Deal Ahead of Trump Speech

If Trump refuses to certify the deal, the Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to restore the sanctions against the Islamic Republic that the US has agreed to waive.

Trump has been critical of the agreement since he started campaigning for 2017 presidency. He has called it “the worst deal ever” and an “embarrassment” to Washington.

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USA POLITICS: Adamant Trump Mulls Decertifying Iran Deal, US Officials Say ‘Trump’s Bellicose Rhetoric Troubling’

USA POLITICS: Adamant Trump Mulls Decertifying Iran Deal, US Officials Say ‘Trump’s Bellicose Rhetoric Troubling’

“They came up with a plan that protects the things they are concerned about but doesn’t recertify, which the president made clear he was not going to do. That ship has sailed,” according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The official said Trump has been telling foreign leaders and U.S. lawmakers that his refusal to certify the Iran deal would not blow it up.

“He’s not walking away from it. The chances of him walking away from it go down if they work with him on making it better,” the official said.

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USA POLITICS: US Bombers Fly Over Korea in Show of Force as Trump, Top Defense Officials Discuss Options

USA POLITICS: US Bombers Fly Over Korea in Show of Force as Trump, Top Defense Officials Discuss Options

The two US Air Force B-1B bombers were joined by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military after leaving their base in Guam, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement on Wednesday. After entering South Korean airspace, the two bombers carried out air-to-ground missile drills in waters off the east coast of South Korea, then flew over the South to waters between it and China to repeat the drill, the release said.

China’s influential Global Times tabloid expressed alarm at how far the rhetoric on both sides had gone and how it had increased the risk of a “fatal misjudgment”.

“War would be a nightmare for the Korean Peninsula and surrounding regions. We strongly urge North Korea and the U.S. to stop their bellicose posturing and seriously think about a peaceful solution,” it said.

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CHINA POLITICS: Chinese Money Leaking Into the World’s Housing Markets?

CHINA POLITICS: Chinese Money Leaking Into the World’s Housing Markets?

At this potent political moment, China — recently under increased scrutiny thanks to political rhetoric as well as political realities — is expressing its nationalism by cracking down on the “leak” of Chinese money out of the country. It’s not precisely the same kind of tribalistic, lines-in-the-sand economics practiced by the Alt Right in America, which is still wasting its time pining for jobs that aren’t coming back to America. Rather, China wants to be sure that those of its citizens with the independent means to invest do so within the country’s borders.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korea Unlikely to Give Up Nukes: Here’s Why

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korea Unlikely to Give Up Nukes: Here’s Why

“The [Iran] program is in a state of completion; it was approved in a UNSC resolution, and dissecting this program equates to destroying everything achieved. Everyone understands that. If the agreement on the Iranian nuclear problem fails, North Korea will say: why should we negotiate with you, if you’re unable to do so?” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov asked.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: China Gives 3,000 Assault Rifles to Philippines to Show Friendship Not Foe

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: China Gives 3,000 Assault Rifles to Philippines to Show Friendship Not Foe

“We are lucky that the Chinese government provided the firearms,” Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said at a news conference, where stacks of rifles were on display.

The rifles, worth about $3.3 million, will all go to the Philippine National Police (PNP), which needs to fill a shortfall of guns after some U.S. legislators blocked the sale of about 26,000 M4 rifles to the police last year.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korean Workers Leave Chinese Border Hub Because of New Sanctions

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: North Korean Workers Leave Chinese Border Hub Because of New Sanctions

The Wing Cafe used to advertise its “beautiful North Korean” waitresses on its shopfront by the Yalu. The sign is now gone, and cafe staff said the waitresses had returned home in recent weeks after their visas expired.

“There have been changes in government policy,” the manager of another restaurant said. “It’s not convenient to say more.”

The sanctions have come as a rude jolt to Dandong businesses and traders who had long rolled with North Korea’s unpredictability but believed their neighbour’s economic reliance on China would keep its belligerence in check.

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USA POLITICS: Tillerson in China as US Presses North Korean Economic Squeeze

USA POLITICS: Tillerson in China as US Presses North Korean Economic Squeeze

“Tillerson‘s working against the unified view of our intelligence agencies, which say there’s no amount of pressure that can be put on them to stop,” Senator Bob Corker told a Senate hearing on Thursday.

Kim, Corker said, saw nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles as “his ticket to survival.”

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘October’ North Korea Will Be More Provocative: South Korea Says

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘October’ North Korea Will Be More Provocative: South Korea Says

China, North Korea’s main ally, would likely be extremely unhappy if Pyongyang tested a missile or carried out some other act during its Communist Party Congress, held once every five years.

Park said President Moon told the meeting that Washington and Seoul agreed that pressure needed to be applied to North Korea, with the door to talks still open.

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CHINA POLITICS: China Says Taiwan Not a Country, Taiwan Says China Needs Reality Check

CHINA POLITICS: China Says Taiwan Not a Country, Taiwan Says China Needs Reality Check

Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said in reaction that relations across the Taiwan Strait that separates them are not “country to country” relations, and there is no “one China and one Taiwan”.

“Taiwan is an inseparable part of Chinese territory, has never been a country and can never become a country,” Ma said.

“The mainland side resolutely opposes any form of ‘Taiwan independence’ words or action, and will never allow the historical tragedy of national separation to repeat itself. The consequences will be reaped for engaging in Taiwan independence separatism,” he added, without elaborating.

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USA POLITICS: US Sanctions Continue to Backfire as China Opens $10 Billion Credit Line for Iran

USA POLITICS: US Sanctions Continue to Backfire as China Opens $10 Billion Credit Line for Iran

The significant credit line will primarily use euros and yuan to bypass the US sanctions. China is seen to be opening trade to the region as part of a trillion-dollar “One Belt, One Road” strategy to increase ties to Africa and Europe. China is the biggest recipient of Iranian oil, and accounts for almost a third of Tehran’s overall trade.

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USA POLITICS: Steve Bannon Greeted By Protesters at Hong Kong

USA POLITICS: Steve Bannon Greeted By Protesters at Hong Kong

“No Bannon, no racism,” chanted the group of about 15 demonstrators, who also held up a large black banner carrying the words, “Nazis are not welcome here”.

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HONG KONG POLITICS: ‘Hong Kong Independence’ Displayed at Chinese University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, China

HONG KONG POLITICS: ‘Hong Kong Independence’ Displayed at Chinese University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam criticized the posters as a violation of China’s sovereignty, while urging university administrators to take “appropriate action”.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico Expels North Korean Ambassador Because of Pyongyang Nuclear Test

MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico Expels North Korean Ambassador Because of Pyongyang Nuclear Test

An official at the Mexican Foreign Ministry said, however, that President Enrique Pena Nieto’s government was not breaking diplomatic ties with North Korea. The developments come amid high tensions over the North Korean missile and nuclear programs. South Korea, the US, and Japan have been worried by the North’s weapons programs, which Pyongyang has been defiantly advancing as countermeasures to their animosity.

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CHINA POLITICS: Beijing’s Anger at West to Overshadow Tougher Action on North Korea

CHINA POLITICS: Beijing’s Anger at West to Overshadow Tougher Action on North Korea

Over the past week, China’s foreign ministry has repeatedly hit back at calls from Western countries and Japan for China for to do more to rein in North Korea, saying that pushing for dialogue was an equally integral part of the U.N. resolutions, and that escalating sanctions alone had been evidently ineffective.

“On the one hand, sanctions have continued to be put in place via resolutions and on the other hand North Korea’s nuclear and missile launch process is still continuing,” ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said last week.

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INDIA POLITICS: End of Border Standoff With China Satisfies India, But It Will Not Lower its Guard

INDIA POLITICS: End of Border Standoff With China Satisfies India, But It Will Not Lower its Guard

For India, the lesson is that even though the standoff has been resolved, future flare-ups cannot be ruled out.

“The problem is essentially the aggressive stance that China has adopted on all territorial matters with all countries and here the manner in which it has tried to alter the status quo on the ground by building this road, which we have stopped,” said Jayadeva Ranade, a former China specialist at the Indian government’s National Security Advisory Board. He warned that they might repeat Doklam next year or try something else.

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INDIA POLITICS: Indian Military Withdrawal From Himalayas Border Region Pleases China

INDIA POLITICS: Indian Military Withdrawal From Himalayas Border Region Pleases China

“I am pleased to confirm that trespassing Indian personnel have all pulled back to the Indian side … [and] Chinese troops continue to patrol on the Chinese side of the border,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

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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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