Biden says he and China’s Xi agree to abide by Taiwan agreement

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US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he has spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping about Taiwan and they agreed to abide by the Taiwan agreement, as tensions have ratcheted up between Taipei and Beijing. “I’ve spoken with Xi about Taiwan. We agree…we’ll abide by the Taiwan agreement,” he said. “We made it clear… Continue reading Biden says he and China’s Xi agree to abide by Taiwan agreement

Japan signals more active role on China’s tough stand on Taiwan

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Japan’s new government signalled on Tuesday, October 5, a more assertive position on China’s aggressive posture towards self-ruled Taiwan, suggesting it would consider options and prepare for “various scenarios”, while reaffirming close US ties. Taiwan and broader relations with China are likely to dominate security policies and foreign relations from the outset of new Prime… Continue reading Japan signals more active role on China’s tough stand on Taiwan

North Korea fires anti-aircraft missile in latest test

North Korea has successfully fired a new anti-aircraft missile, state media said Friday as the UN Security Council failed to issue a statement after an emergency meeting on the recent flurry of weapons tests by the nuclear-armed nation. The anti-aircraft missile had a “remarkable combat performance” and included twin rudder controls and other new technologies,… Continue reading North Korea fires anti-aircraft missile in latest test

N. Korea’s Kim condemns US dialogue offer as ‘facade’: state media

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un condemned a US offer of dialogue as a “facade”, state media reported Thursday, and accused the Joe Biden administration of continuing a hostile policy against his nuclear-armed country. Talks between Pyongyang and Washington have been largely at a standstill since the collapse of the Hanoi summit between Kim and… Continue reading N. Korea’s Kim condemns US dialogue offer as ‘facade’: state media

North Korea joins race for new hypersonic missile with latest test

North Korea test-fired a newly developed hypersonic missile this week, state news media KCNA reported on Wednesday, September 29, joining a race headed by major military powers to deploy the advanced weapons system. North Korea fired the missile off its east coast towards the sea on Tuesday, September 28, South Korea’s military said, as Pyongyang… Continue reading North Korea joins race for new hypersonic missile with latest test

North Korea fires missile, accuses US of ‘double standards’

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North Korea fired a missile towards the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, September 28, South Korea’s military said, as Pyongyang called on the United States and South Korea to scrap their “double standards” on weapons programs to restart talks. The missile was launched from the central north province of Jagang at around 6:40… Continue reading North Korea fires missile, accuses US of ‘double standards’

Quad leaders press for free Indo-Pacific, with wary eye on China

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Leaders of the United States, Japan, India, and Australia vowed on Friday, September 24, to pursue a free and open Indo-Pacific region “undaunted by coercion” at their first in-person summit, which presented a united front amid shared concerns about China. The two-hour meeting at the White House of the Quad, as the grouping of four… Continue reading Quad leaders press for free Indo-Pacific, with wary eye on China

Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones due to censorship concerns

Lithuania’s Defense Ministry recommended that consumers avoid buying Chinese mobile phones and advised people to throw away the ones they have now after a government report found the devices had built-in censorship capabilities. Flagship phones sold in Europe by China’s smartphone giant Xiaomi Corp have a built-in ability to detect and censor terms such as… Continue reading Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones due to censorship concerns

North Korea says call to declare end of Korean War is premature

South Korea’s call to declare a formal end to the Korean War is premature as there is no guarantee it would lead to the withdrawal of the “US hostile policy” toward Pyongyang, North Korea state media KCNA reported on Friday, September 24, citing Vice Foreign Minister Ri Thae Song. South Korea President Moon Jae-in on… Continue reading North Korea says call to declare end of Korean War is premature

US not seeking ‘new Cold War’, says President Joe Biden at UNGA amid tensions with China

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Amid growing tensions with China, US President Joe Biden on Tuesday said that the country is not seeking a ‘new Cold War’ and is ready to work with any nation that pursues peaceful resolutions. Without mentioning China directly, Biden acknowledged increasing concerns about rising tensions between the two nations in his first address before the… Continue reading US not seeking ‘new Cold War’, says President Joe Biden at UNGA amid tensions with China