World Russia, China Pledge New Military Ties, Challenge U.S.
China, Japan Vow Cooperation to Get North Korea to Quit Nukes
The foreign ministers of China and Japan agreed to work closely to push North Korea to abandon its nuclear program, in the latest sign of improved cooperation between Asia’s two largest economies. “To get North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons and missiles in a complete, irreversible and verifiable way, we agreed we must enforce the relevant Security Council resolutions and work closely together,” Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono told reporters Sunday in Tokyo after a meeting with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
Russia and China have pledged to strengthen their bilateral military and political ties as part of a strategic cooperation that challenges U.S. interests, especially to Washington's stance on Middle East allies Syria and Iran.
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu met Tuesday with Air Force General Xu Qiliang, deputy vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, and other regional military officials as part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in the eastern city of Qingdao. As increasingly powerful Russia and China built up their clout on the world stage, they sought a more united front against the U.S., which frequently.
Top Russian resort hosted Assad children
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has revealed that his children had a holiday last year at Artek, a famous Russian youth camp on the Black Sea.President Assad and his wife Asma have two sons - Hafez (16) and Karim (13) - and a daughter, Zein (14).
"Time changes everything," Shoigu said, according to the. "But, fortunately, it does not change our relations both personally between us and between our states, and the very close, friendly relations of the heads of our states serve as a guarantee of this."
Shoigu praised "the privileged character of intergovernmental ties" evidenced by numerous meetings between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, both of whom secured enough national support to. He said the two nations were continuing "their strategic course towards further boosting friendly and trustworthy ties in the defense sphere," calling this relationship "an important factor for maintaining global and regional security."
USA second in 2018 World Cup ticket sales
Imagine if the USA had actually qualified for the World Cup in Russia…According to the latest statistics released by FIFA on Tuesday, only tickets requests from hosts Russia exceed tickets sales to applicants living in the USA.Why is this?It is highly likely that fans of the Mexican national team living in the USA have bumped up the number, while soccer fans in the U.S. who have links to other countries actually competing in the tournament are also likely to be buying plenty of tickets.
"In contemporary global politics, our countries are in similar positions," he told Xu.
Shoigu also praised China's position on Syria, where Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continued to battle the remnants of an uprising by rebel and jihadi groups. The 2011 rebellion was supported and sponsored by the West, Turkey and Gulf Arab states, but was deeply opposed by Assad allies Russia and Iran. When the West sought to condemn the Syrian government's crackdown at the United Nations Security Council in the early years of the conflict, China joined Russia in.
As fundamentalist organizations such as the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) began to dominate the fight, the focus switched to defeating the jihadi forces and both the U.S. and Russia staged military interventions. ISIS has since lostin both Iraq and Syria and the rivalry between the U.S. and Russia has again risen to the forefront of the issue.
Russia: US did not violate red lines during Syria strikes
Russia's foreign minister said Friday that the U.S. sought out and respected Moscow's positions in Syria when it launched its air strikes last week. Lavrov noted that despite the escalating tensions between the two, the U.S. made sure it didn't harm any Russian personnel and positions during the strikes against the regime of President Bashar Assad following a suspected chemical attack on the town of Douma. "We told them where our red lines were, including the geographical red lines," Lavrov told Russian state television. "The results have shown that they haven't crossed those lines."Moscow had warned the U.S.
The U.S. and its allies have accused Assad of using chemical weapons in rebel-held territory, and President Donald Trump has twice ordered missile strikes against Syrian government facilities. The U.K. and France joined in the latest and most intense round earlier this month, despite warnings not only from Russia and Iran, but China as well, all of whom doubt Assad's role in alleged toxic gas attacks. China has also joined Russia, Iran and other countries in investing in the war-torn country's reconstruction.
"I am grateful to you for the support you have provided to us at the United Nations Security Council meeting dedicated to the missile attack on Syria. It undoubtedly was a violation of all the international and humanitarian rules," Shoigu added, describing the attack as "Western-style" in the way it occurred before an international inquiry could be conducted.
"I would also like to thank our friend China for supporting us on the Syria issue and condemning the irresponsible behavior of some Western countries that, under a false pretext, attacked a sovereign state," he added.
Dominican Republic forges tie with China, breaks with Taiwan
The Dominican Republic is establishing diplomatic relations with China and breaking with Taiwan, which it says it will recognize as an "inalienable" part of China. The decision was the latest setback for Taiwan in the Caribbean and Latin America with a shrinking number of countries recognizing the island as a sovereign nation. The decision was the latest setback for Taiwan in the Caribbean and Latin America. Panama dropped its longtime ties with Taiwan last year and established relations with China, which considers Taiwan to be Chinese territory. The island is recognized as a sovereign nation by only 19 mainly small, developing countries, 10 of them in this region.
In his own remarks to toward the Russian general, "Xu said the Sino-Russian relationship has reached new heights, thanks to a strong push by leaders from both countries. Sino-Russia bilateral relations are now at an all-time high, characterized by deepening strategic mutual trust and expanding cooperation," the officialreported. Xu also reportedly recognized "new security challenges and issues are emerging due to growing uncertainties around the world."
As a result, "China is willing to deepen mutual support with Russia, increase comprehensive cooperation and enhance bilateral relations, especially in military relations, he said," according to the state-run defense website. "China and Russia also will jointly protect the security interests of both countries and maintain regional strategic balance."
To illustrate this point, Xi met with Shoigu as well as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The Chinese leader said Monday that "a high level of Sino-Russian relations is a precious asset of both countries," according to the, and stressed deepening this cooperation, as well as ties to all eight nations of the SCO.
The group was first established in 2001 and now includes China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. When asked if the alliance was attempting to forge a direct challenge to the West, Lavrov told reporters Tuesday that they "do not contain anyone; our role is to uphold the principles of international law in the political, military-political and economic areas," according to the.
China quietly installed missile systems at key outposts in the hotly contested South China Sea
By all accounts, the new coastal defense systems are a significant addition to Beijing's military portfolio in one of the most contested regions in the world. The United States has remained neutral – but expressed concern – about the overlapping sovereignty claims of the Spratlys.
He did emphasize that SCO countries "also maintain military cooperation" and prioritized global security, including the fight against ISIS and other designated terrorist groups. Lavrov complained that "several countries openly adopted a policy of Syria’s disintegration" and accused the U.S. going beyond its stated mission of fighting ISIS by maintaining a military presence and "creating local governments" in an attempt to challenge Assad.
After meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi the previous day, Lavrov said Russia and China would also work together tothe 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which was a multinational nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran. Trump has said the deal was too lenient on Iran, which received sanctions relief in exchange for promising to cut nuclear production, but the deal's other signatories—China, Russia, France, Germany and the U.K.— .
The U.S. military has maintained a sizeable lead over its top two competitors, Russia and China, respectively. The two Eastern powers, however, have moved to expand and modernize their own military forces in an effort to close the gap. Despite Trump and Putin's efforts to reconcile their nations, both leaders have noted an all-time low in relations. When asked by the state-run Tass Russian News Agency, Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said Washington still valued a relationship with Moscow, but saw it mainly as a competitor.
"Russia continues to be a strategic competitor. And its efforts undermine the West," he said during a Defense Writers Group on Tuesday, according to. "Relationships are important. We all understand their value, he added. [But] we are in a strategic competition, and I'll just leave it at that."
Israel pulls out of race for UN Security Council seat .
Israel on Friday dropped out of a race for a Security Council seat in 2019 and 2020 following a campaign by Arab states at the United Nations to block the bid. The decision leaves the path clear for Germany and Belgium to take the two seats available for countries of the Western Europe and Others group when the General Assembly votes next month."After consulting with our partners, including our good friends, the state of Israel has decided to postpone its candidacy for a seat on the Security Council," said a statement from the Israeli mission.It was Israel's first attempt to win a seat at the 15-member council.
Russia, China Pledge To Strengthen Military Ties To Challenge U.S. In Mideast
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Russia and China “deepen” military ties as they challenge U.S. over Middle East
Russia and China have pledged to strengthen their bilateral military and political ties as part of a strategic cooperation that challenges U.S. interests, especially to Washington's stance...