Diplomacy / Foreign Policy

Chinese state newspaper says Trump trade probe will `poison` relations

Chinese state newspaper says Trump trade probe will `poison` relations

Published 14/08/2017

U.S. President Donald Trump's order to his top trade adviser to investigate supposedly unfair Chinese trade practices will "poison" relations between the two countries, a Chinese state-run newspaper said on Monday. [more…]

Voters sense betrayal in Britain`s Brexit heartlands

Voters sense betrayal in Britain`s Brexit heartlands

Published 14/08/2017

There is a whiff of betrayal in the air across Britain's Brexit heartlands where many impatient voters fear Prime Minister Theresa May is going soft on implementing last year's decision to leave the European Union. [more…]

Korea tensions ease slightly as U.S. officials play down war risks

Korea tensions ease slightly as U.S. officials play down war risks

Published 14/08/2017

Tensions on the Korean peninsula eased slightly on Monday as South Korea's president said resolving Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions must be done peacefully and key U.S. officials played down the risk of an imminent war with North Korea. [more…]

China issues order to implement U.N. sanctions on North Korea

China issues order to implement U.N. sanctions on North Korea

Published 14/08/2017

China's Commerce Ministry issued a ban effective from Tuesday on several imports from North Korea, including coal, iron ore, lead concentrates and ore, lead and seafood, a move that is in line with U.N. sanctions announced this month. [more…]

Amid renewed North Korea tensions, China appoints new special envoy

Amid renewed North Korea tensions, China appoints new special envoy

Published 14/08/2017

China has appointed a new special envoy for the North Korean standoff, the foreign ministry said on Monday, a relatively low-profile diplomat now in charge of Asian affairs, amid renewed international concern over China's nuclear-armed neighbor. [more…]

Drilling ship leaves Vietnam oil block after China row

Drilling ship leaves Vietnam oil block after China row

Published 14/08/2017

The drilling ship at the center of a row between Vietnam and China over oil prospecting in disputed waters in the South China Sea has arrived in waters off the Malaysian port of Labuan, shipping data in Thomson Reuters Eikon showed on Monday. [more…]

Suspected Islamist militants kill 18 in attack on Burkina Faso restaurant

Suspected Islamist militants kill 18 in attack on Burkina Faso restaurant

Published 14/08/2017

Suspected jihadists killed at least 18 people and wounded several during a raid on a restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital overnight but security forces shot dead both attackers and freed people trapped inside the building. [more…]

China says issues of U.S. trade and North Korea are not connected

China says issues of U.S. trade and North Korea are not connected

Published 14/08/2017

China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday the issues of U.S. trade and North Korea are not connected and there is no future in a trade war between China and the United States. [more…]

With budget cuts looming, U.S. aid chief vows to do more with less

With budget cuts looming, U.S. aid chief vows to do more with less

Published 13/08/2017

Facing potentially deep budget cuts to U.S. foreign aid, new USAID administrator Mark Green says he needs to do more with less and prove to President Donald Trump that development assistance can further his "America First" agenda. [more…]

Exclusive: Arab bloc won`t discriminate against U.S. firms in Qatar rift – sources

Exclusive: Arab bloc won`t discriminate against U.S. firms in Qatar rift – sources

Published 13/08/2017

Four Arab countries that imposed sanctions on Qatar have told the United States that U.S. companies doing business with them would not be punished for also working with Doha, four sources with knowledge of the matter said. [more…]