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Asian countries in Operation Sentinel in Middle East waterways

  Tampa, Florida: Asian countries are involved in a multinational maritime effort being developed by the U.S. Central Command to increase surveillance and security in major waterways in the Middle East. Operation Sentinel aims to ensure freedom of navigation in light of recent events in the Arabian Gulf region, the U.S. Central Command said in […]

Saudi Arabia to host U.S. armed forces “to strengthen security”

  Jeddah: Saudi Arabia has announced that it would host U.S. armed forces “to strengthen security and stability” in the region. A spokesperson in the Saudi Ministry of Defense said that “King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, has approved hosting US Armed Forces in the Kingdom to […]

Asean wary of being used as pawn in Washington-Beijing jostling

Asean wary of being used as pawn in Washington-Beijing jostling

[Singapore] Despite the personal rapport between Donald Trump and Xi Jing-ping, Sino-US rivalry has been escalating over trade, technology, and security issues. As Trump puts it: “I am President of United States and Xi is President of China”. National interest trumps friendship. And the businessman-turned-politician has made it clear that in the contest for supremacy, America must […]

4th anniversary of The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

4th anniversary of The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

July 14th was the 4th anniversary of The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. It is known as the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program reached in Vienna on July 14, 2015, between Iran, the P5+1, and the European Union. Rohani government reached the agreement after 23 months of breathless dialogue and diplomacy. Political critics believed that […]

U.S. officials share concern about Seoul-Tokyo tensions: NSC official

U.S. officials share concern about Seoul-Tokyo tensions: NSC official

U.S. officials have expressed concern that tensions between South Korea and Japan over Tokyo’s export restrictions against Seoul are not conducive to trilateral cooperation between the three countries, Seoul’s deputy national security adviser said Saturday. Kim Hyun-chong, deputy chief of Cheong Wa Dae’s National Security Office, made the remark to reporters as he wrapped up […]

Seoul seeks US backing over trade war

Seoul seeks US backing over trade war

Calls are growing for the United States to intervene in the deepening trade friction between South Korea and Japan after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe imposed new restrictions on exports that could hurt South Korea’s tech industry. Thoughts are that if tensions continue to escalate, cooperation outside bilateral economic relations such as coordinating “in efforts […]

U.S. mulling 12- to 18-month sanctions relief in exchange for Yongbyon, nuclear freeze: source

U.S. mulling 12- to 18-month sanctions relief in exchange for Yongbyon, nuclear freeze: source

The United States is considering offering a 12- to 18-month suspension of certain sanctions on North Korea in exchange for the dismantlement of its main nuclear facility and a freeze of the entire nuclear program, a source close to White House deliberations on North Korea said Thursday. The potential offer would see the suspension of […]

Mongolian children adopted by US families visit native home

Mongolian children adopted by US families visit native home

Five children who had been adopted through a US-based organization are now back in Mongolia with their two adoptive families to learn about the culture, heritage and traditional way of life of their country of origin. The visit is part of regular tours launched in 2017 for adopted children and co-organized by the Mongolia Immigration Agency […]

China takes positive view of Trump-Kim meeting at Panmunjom: envoy

China takes positive view of Trump-Kim meeting at Panmunjom: envoy

China has a positive view of the recent surprise meeting between the leaders of the United States and North Korea at the truce village of Panmunjom as it has created the momentum for positive change in the situation of the Korean Peninsula, Beijing’s top envoy in Seoul said Wednesday. Chinese Ambassador to South Korea Qiu […]

China, US need to press ahead with sincerity, action

China, US need to press ahead with sincerity, action

The outcomes of the meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, on the sidelines of the G20 Osaka summit on June 29 have sent a positive signal to the two countries and the world. At their gathering, the two leaders agreed to restart economic and trade consultations between their countries […]

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