Post Tagged with: "Diplomacy"

India needs to keep its friends close and its rivals closer

India needs to keep its friends close and its rivals closer

Author: Deepa Ollapally, George Washington University Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi?s ?neighbourhood first? policy, India has witnessed some serious and surprising diplomatic setbacks in its near region in the recent past. That this has happened with friends and rivals alike should be a cause for concern for New Delhi. It […]

Seoul dips its toe in the Indo-Pacific

Seoul dips its toe in the Indo-Pacific

Author: Ramon Pacheco Pardo, Kings College London Does South Korea have an Indo-Pacific strategy of its own? Seoul is grappling with this question as the concept, first popularised by Indian strategist Gurpreet S Khurana over a decade ago, gains in prominence. Even though South Korea does not have an explicit […]

Inside the US delegation for China trade war talks: Washington?s big guns will be absent

Inside the US delegation for China trade war talks: Washington?s big guns will be absent

The US delegation that will head to Beijing on Monday for the next round of trade war negotiations will lack some of the high-ranking officials who took part in previous high-stakes meetings, the United States Trade Representative‘s Office confirmed on Friday. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin […]

US plans to conduct first missile drill near divisive Okinawa base, countering China?s ballistic weapons

US plans to conduct first missile drill near divisive Okinawa base, countering China?s ballistic weapons

The US military will this year conduct its first missile drill around the Japanese island of Okinawa, according to a report on Thursday, as Washington seeks to counter an increasingly assertive China. The US military has told its Japanese counterpart it plans to deploy surface-to-ship missiles in the strategically important […]

US issues China travel warning about ?arbitrary? law enforcement, amid tensions over arrest of Huawei?s Meng Wanzhou

US issues China travel warning about ?arbitrary? law enforcement, amid tensions over arrest of Huawei?s Meng Wanzhou

The US State Department issued a warning on Thursday that officials in China ?have asserted broad authority? to prevent US citizens from leaving the country and to beware of ?arbitrary enforcement of local laws.? The travel advisory follows the detention last month of two Canadians in China, which has accused […]

?China, China, China?: Trump?s new Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan sets US defence priorities

?China, China, China?: Trump?s new Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan sets US defence priorities

Patrick Shanahan, the acting US defence secretary, singled out China as a key priority in a ?great power competition? on his first full day in his new role at the Pentagon on Wednesday, continuing a course set by his predecessor. Shanahan, who replaced James Mattis on Tuesday, told Pentagon staff […]

Paul Whelan, American arrested in Moscow for ?spying? was there for wedding, family says

Paul Whelan, American arrested in Moscow for ?spying? was there for wedding, family says

An American ex-Marine is innocent, his family said Tuesday. The detention of Paul Whelan marked the latest in a series of espionage cases between Russia and the West. ?We have read reports of the arrest in Moscow of Paul Whelan, our son and brother,? said a statement posted on Twitter […]

Cooperation is best for us both, Xi Jinping tells Donald Trump as they hail 40 years of China-US ties

Cooperation is best for us both, Xi Jinping tells Donald Trump as they hail 40 years of China-US ties

History shows that cooperation is the best choice for both China and the United States, Chinese President Xi Jinping told US counterpart Donald Trump on Tuesday in a congratulatory message to mark 40 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations. The two countries agreed last month to a 90-day temporary […]

An ?atheist? empire? Trump aides rally evangelicals in China fight

An ?atheist? empire? Trump aides rally evangelicals in China fight

This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Nahal Toosi on on December 30, 2018. Vice-President Mike Pence infuriated Beijing when he gave a speech in October warning that China had become a dangerous rival to the United States. While he focused on […]

Serbia: China?s Open Door to the Balkans

Serbia: China?s Open Door to the Balkans

Despite a renewed interest on Beijing?s part, China?s relationship with the European Union encountered a number of setbacks in 2018,. In December, Europe?s strongest economy, Germany, made it even harder by. In the Balkans, just outside the EU, China is enjoying a different experience. A non-EU member, Serbia claims to […]