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Pompeo cites Samsung as alternative to Chinese tech giants

Pompeo cites Samsung as alternative to Chinese tech giants

Washington: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that Samsung is a “legitimate” substitute to Chinese companies in building 5G networks across the European Union. Pompeo made the case in an op-ed in Politico Europe ahead of an EU communications ministers meeting in Brussels on Tuesday. He argued that Chinese tech giants such as […]

U.S. set to press South Korea, NATO over burden-sharing next week

U.S. set to press South Korea, NATO over burden-sharing next week

Washington: Next week promises to underscore the Trump administration’s demands that allies pay more for their defense, with a new round of negotiations over South Korea’s contributions to the upkeep of American troops in the country and President Donald Trump’s attendance at a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) leaders. In Washington, negotiators from […]

Is South Korea really a ‘free rider’ or ‘major abuser’ in alliance with U.S.?

Is South Korea really a ‘free rider’ or ‘major abuser’ in alliance with U.S.?

By Song Sang-ho Seoul: U.S. President Donald Trump described South Korea as a “free rider” on the American security alliance network during his bombastic election campaign, with a recent memoir revealing that he even called the Asian ally a “major abuser.” Then came the nagging question of whether Seoul does not contribute to the decades-old […]

Malaysia’s Mahathir hails Seoul’s ‘look south policy,’ affirms plan to embrace Pyongyang

Malaysia’s Mahathir hails Seoul’s ‘look south policy,’ affirms plan to embrace Pyongyang

Busan: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad held out expectations Tuesday for this week’s special summit between South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), saying they can further develop win-win partnerships. “We welcome Korea’s looking south policy,” he said in an exclusive interview with Yonhap News Agency and Yonhap News TV during his […]

South Korea, ASEAN adopt new partnership vision statement in Busan summit

South Korea, ASEAN adopt new partnership vision statement in Busan summit

Busan: The leaders of South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed during their special summit here Tuesday to upgrade their bilateral strategic partnerships on regional and global issues for a joint response to the opportunities and challenges ahead. President Moon Jae-in and the leaders of 10 Southeast Asian countries adopted a […]

Central Asian leaders to meet in Tashkent

Central Asian leaders to meet in Tashkent

Tashkent: The expansion of regional cooperation between the Central Asian states across several sectors will be high on the agenda of the second consultative meeting of heads of Central Asian states when they meet in Tashkent on on November 29, Uzbek state news agency UzA has reported. The summit agenda of the leaders of Kazakhstan, […]

South Korea decides to ‘conditionally’ suspend termination of Seoul-Tokyo military pact

South Korea decides to ‘conditionally’ suspend termination of Seoul-Tokyo military pact

Seoul: South Korea announced a decision Friday to “conditionally” suspend the expiry of a military information-sharing accord with Japan. South Korea has also decided to temporarily halt a petition process at the World Trade Organization while negotiations with Japan on the two sides’ export control policies go on, Kim You-geun, deputy director of Cheong Wa […]

Gulf women deliver diplomatic messages with panache, stylish elegance

Gulf women deliver diplomatic messages with panache, stylish elegance

By Habib Toumi Manama: They are the new type of successful Gulf diplomats determined to overcome challenges, bias and misconceptions both at home and abroad and to assert themselves as genuine voices for their countries, successfully delivering their global messages, loudly and clearly. Sara Ashour, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia to the United […]

Turkish Armed Forces’ Chief conferred Pakistan’s Military Award

Turkish Armed Forces’ Chief conferred Pakistan’s Military Award

  By Nasir Aijaz AsiaN Representative Islamabad: President Arif Alvi has conferred the ‘Nishan-e-Imtiaz’ (Symbol of Distinction), a Military Award, upon Turkish Chief of Armed Forces General Yasar Güler at a special investiture ceremony at the Presidency in Islamabad. On the occasion, the president said that the unparalleled fraternal relationship between Pakistan and Turkey has […]

Korea, Japan fail to narrow differences in trade talks

Korea, Japan fail to narrow differences in trade talks

Geneva: South Korea and Japan failed to narrow their differences in a second round of talks Tuesday aimed at resolving their dispute over Tokyo’s export restrictions, Seoul’s chief negotiator said. The six-hour-long meeting was arranged as part of a dispute settlement process under rules of the World Trade Organization. South Korea earlier filed a complaint […]

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