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Seoul: Missing South Korean official may be in North Korea

23.09.2020 10:26


A South Korean official who disappeared off a government ship near the disputed sea boundary with North Korea this week may be in North Korea, South Korea's Defense Ministry said Wednesday. The Defense Ministry said in a statement it had information that the missing official was on North Korean shores on Tuesday afternoon. The ministry said officials will contact North Korea to ask about the missing official and take other steps to find more details.

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North Korea's parade could include ICBM nuclear missile – satellite imagery analysed

23.09.2020 5:42

NORTH Korea appears to be gearing up for a frightening display of military might at next month's massive parade in Pyongyang - with satellite imagery showing a vehicle large enough to carry an intercontinental ballistic missile.

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Kim Jong-un latest: Suspected assassin of North Korean leader’s brother ACTIVE in China

22.09.2020 20:30

A SUSPECT in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, is currently operating in China according to Japanese media.

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Kim Jong-un death fears: North Korean leader narrowly dodged assassination attempt

22.09.2020 19:25

KIM JONG-UN narrowly missed an assassination attempt after a fishing boat was found carrying rebels who were trying to kill the North Korean leader, a former official has revealed.

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In Biden, China Sees an 'Old Friend' and Possible Foe

22.09.2020 14:54


President Donald Trump has brought China's relations with the United States to their lowest point in years. Joe Biden could prove, from the Chinese vantage point, to be a tougher and more complex challenge.Biden, according to analysts in China, could do more damage than Trump by pursuing a more coherent strategy to counter China's global agenda.Biden has vowed that if elected, he would take a harder line on climate change and China's crackdowns on ethnic minorities and Hong Kong. To China's leadership, he is the candidate more likely to restore strong ties with U.S. allies and mobilize other nations to pressure China more effectively."Biden would make the hard lines more effective and more efficient," said Cheng Xiaohe, an associate professor of international relations at Renmin University in Beijing. "He might resort to more sophisticated and coordinated tactics against China."Trump, who has once again made China a pillar of his campaign, repeatedly claims that he is the tougher of the two candidates where Beijing is concerned. He has launched a costly trade war against China, taken aim at its rising technology industry and repeatedly blamed it for the spread of the coronavirus.He has also alienated leaders in Europe and Asia and showed a willingness to overrule his own purported security concerns to strike deals that help U.S. companies, as he appears to have done to allow TikTok to continue to operate in the United States.In China's hawkish quarters, in fact, there are some who believe that Trump's "America First" presidency has, on the whole, benefited China by reducing American global leadership. A popular meme that has circulated for months mocks him as "Build-the-Country Trump," a pun on a revolutionary name that suggests that Trump has done more to make China -- and not the United States -- great again.In public, Chinese officials have not taken sides or commented on the two candidates' prospects. Cui Tiankai, the Chinese ambassador to the United States, and other officials have also rejected claims that Beijing is seeking to influence or otherwise interfere in the presidential election.Many of those same officials have come around to the idea that China will very likely face a harsher political environment in the United States, regardless of who wins. The leadership in Beijing now understands that both Democrats and Republicans want to do more to constrain China, analysts said, creating a challenge to the ambitions of China's leader, Xi Jinping, to expand the country's economic and geopolitical might.Biden is no stranger to China's leaders, including Xi. As a senator, he played an important role in China's accession in 2001 to the World Trade Organization -- a point that Trump has repeatedly used to attack Biden.The Chinese leadership views Biden largely through its experience of the Obama administration, when relations were also strained under Xi's predecessor, Hu Jintao. The disputes back then centered on cyberespionage and China's military buildup in the South China Sea.President Barack Obama hoped nonetheless to make progress on other fronts, including combating climate change and curtailing the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and Iran. He gave Biden, his vice president, the role of cultivating Xi, then China's leader-in-waiting.During a visit to China in 2013, Biden worked with Xi to ease military tensions and warned him against expelling U.S. journalists based in China. Xi, standing in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, called Biden "my old friend."As a candidate, Biden's rhetoric has shifted dramatically, vowing to "get tough on China," in step with a broader bipartisan shift in sentiment in recent years. Last week, he called China a "serious competitor," though not an opponent, a term he has used to describe Russia.During a Democratic debate in February, Biden said that as vice president he had spent more time with Xi than any other world leader up to that point and understood the nature of the man he would be dealing with, if elected."This is a guy who doesn't have a democratic -- with a small d -- bone is his body," Biden said at the debate. "This is a guy who is a thug."Chinese officials are accustomed to China-bashing during election season in the United States."In the current atmosphere, whoever is weak on China will lose points," said Wei Zongyou, a professor at the Center for American Studies at Fudan University.Yet, Beijing worries that Biden's rhetoric is not just bluster, and that if elected, he would work more forcefully to penalize China on human rights issues than Trump, although his administration has recently imposed sanctions on a number of Chinese officials and companies. Biden has denounced China's repression of Muslim Uighurs as genocidal and vowed to meet with the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader.Trump, who rarely speaks out on rights issues, expressed support for Beijing's crackdown on Muslims in Xinjiang in a private meeting with Xi, according to John Bolton, Trump's former national security adviser. The president has yet to meet the Dalai Lama.Some experts in Beijing are concerned about Biden's pledge to craft new trade agreements to counter China's economic influence in Asia and elsewhere. They also worry he could better mount a global defense of democratic values than the administration has, isolating or constraining Beijing."I am under no illusion that Biden would be better," said Shi Yinhong, a professor of international relations at Renmin University in Beijing.He added that Biden could feel pressure to act even more forcefully toward China, raising the risk of a military confrontation, something that Trump has been averse to.In Beijing, Trump is viewed in some ways as favorable because of his transactional approach, despite the sharp deterioration in relations since the coronavirus pandemic.The Communist Party has also benefited from images of chaos and division that have emerged from the United States under Trump. That has allowed the propaganda organs to highlight the strengths of China's authoritarian system in curbing the coronavirus outbreak."From the party's point of view, Trump is a rolling advertisement for how bad democracy could be," said Kevin Rudd, the former prime minister of Australia, who maintains close ties to Chinese officials.Rudd said Chinese leaders see Trump as a "genuinely negative force" when it comes to preserving U.S. alliances in Asia and beyond.Trump, who, according to Bolton, asked Xi to help his campaign, is now asserting that Beijing wants him to lose because of how he has pressured China on trade and technology.The director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, William R. Evanina, echoed that in an assessment last month, citing Beijing's growing criticism of the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the United States' closure of the Chinese Consulate in Houston. He and other administration officials have not provided any evidence of Chinese officials using social media or other means to support Biden.Some Chinese experts have expressed hope that Biden, if elected, might pursue a more traditional model of diplomacy, seeking to find common ground with Beijing on issues such as climate change or public health.Chinese leaders have long pushed for that kind of collaborative approach, although officials from both U.S. parties are increasingly frustrated by years of seemingly fruitless discussions."If Biden takes office, China and the United States will still maintain conflicts and contradictions on some issues, but there will be an aspect of more cooperation," said Jia Qingguo, a professor and former dean of the School of International Studies at Peking University.In China's strictly controlled political debate, a "pox on both houses" sentiment prevails online, with no clear favorite emerging. Nationalist voices routinely assail the Trump administration for its policies, although the government has toned down some of the outrage and made repeated calls for dialogue as tensions with the United States have soured badly.No matter who wins in November, China's leaders seem to recognize that opposition to Beijing's agenda has mounted across the political spectrum in the United States.If Biden prevails, he might find it challenging to undo many of the Trump administration's actions against China, leaving Beijing facing the same panoply of disputes it does today."The broader atmosphere is tough or even unfriendly to China -- everyone can see that clearly," Wei at Fudan University said. "The relationship between China and the United States will not return to the past."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company

Kim Jong-un's deadly surprise: North Korea leader could unveil new weapon in warning to US

22.09.2020 8:32

KIM Jong-un may be plotting to use a spectacular parade next month to unveil a deadly new weapon, sending a signal to both US Presidential candidates in the process, an expert has said.

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World on alert: Kim Jong-un considers TERRIFYING surprise on huge North Korea anniversary

22.09.2020 6:20

Kim Jong-un may unveil a terrifying new missile during a massive military parade in North Korea next month - barely a fortnight before the US Presidential election, an UK-based expert has warned.

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Trump aims to use UN address to send strong message to China

22.09.2020 0:11

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, who prefers speaking to boisterous crowds, is set to give a prerecorded address to the U.N. General Assembly as he grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, chilly relations between the U.S. and China and ongoing threats from North Korea and Iran — all during a heated campaign for reelection. Trump [...]

From: www.seattletimes.com

Trump aims to use UN address to send strong message to China

22.09.2020 0:11


President Donald Trump, who prefers speaking to boisterous crowds, is set to give a prerecorded address to the U.N. General Assembly as he grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, chilly relations between the U.S. and China and ongoing threats from North Korea and Iran — all during a heated campaign for reelection. Trump told reporters Monday that he'd have a “strong message” for China, where the first cases of COVID-19 were reported, but he didn't elaborate ahead of the Tuesday address. Earlier in his administration, Trump hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Florida club, but now the two leaders are exchanging angry words over trade.

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HR McMaster was 'surprised and disappointed' at Trump claim Putin didn't interfere in election

21.09.2020 8:45


Former national security adviser said he and others told Trump he was denying Russian meddling in 2016 ‘when we know it’s incontrovertible’HR McMaster was not trying to save the world from Donald Trump when he became his second national security adviser, the retired general said in his first interview to promote his new book – if his second since leaving the White House.“It was my duty to help the president come to his own decisions,” McMaster told CBS 60 Minutes on Sunday night, setting himself apart from other White House aides and a string of senior military figures, including former defense secretary James Mattis, who have publicly criticised the president.But McMaster did criticise aspects of foreign policy including the pursuit of peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan and rejected Trump’s claim that climate change is a hoax. Asked if his experience told him Trump “might make a decision, but it’s not likely to stick”, McMaster said: “Well, yeah, that’s exactly what was my experience.”McMaster also described how he reacted with “surprise, disappointment, disbelief” when in 2017 Trump told reporters he believed Vladimir Putin when he denied interfering in the 2016 US election.“Every time he sees me,” Trump said then of the Russian president, “he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’ and I really believe that when he tells me that. He means it.”“Well,” said McMaster, “my reaction was one of surprise, disappointment, disbelief.”McMaster said he and other advisers “had a conversation with the president afterwards, we said, ‘Your answer to that question will be misconstrued as a complete denial of Russian meddling when we know it’s incontrovertible. It’s just, it’s just a fact.’”Trump did retract his statement – a rare occurrence – but he has cast doubt on intelligence community conclusions and agreed with Putin since.McMaster also told CBS how the hashtag FireMcMaster, which proliferated on social media before Trump fired him, was partly fueled by Russia.“It was a combination of … these sorts of people who saw me as an impediment to their agenda. And it was a campaign that started domestically, but then was reinforced by an adversary, reinforced by the Kremlin.“[The Russians] were full participants in it, but I don’t think they started it. But many people who operate, you know, in this sort of venomous, you know, social media environment and bloggers and the pseudo-media. They’re the ones who initiated the campaign.”Regarding Afghanistan, McMaster said Trump was “in effect … partnering with the Taliban against, in many ways, the Afghan government. And so, I think that it’s an unwise policy”.Trump aims to reduce troops in Afghanistan to around 5,000 and has announced the withdrawal of 12,000 from Germany.“I think these are both big mistakes,” McMaster said. “I think they’re mistakes because they’re consistent with, I think, this sentiment that you see really across both political parties for retrenchment or withdrawal from complex problem sets overseas.“We lack confidence because we haven’t had, I think, sound strategies and policies in place and Americans are losing faith in these efforts. I don’t blame them.”McMaster’s new book, Battlegrounds, is not a Trump book. He writes at its outset that some people wanted him to write such a memoir, perhaps in the mould of The Room Where It Happened by his successor John Bolton, a bestseller which detailed Trump’s behaviour and which has drawn a furious legal response from the White House.Instead, McMaster, whose first book Dereliction of Duty concerned policy failures in the Vietnam war, offers detailed examinations of key foreign policy issues – Russia, China, North Korea – spliced with regular pleas for unity at home.“What is so sad these days,” he said, “is that we are so engaged in partisan infighting against each other that we don’t take the time just to inventory what we can agree on. Can we agree that climate change is bad? Yes. Can we agree that it’s man-made? Yes. Can we agree that we can do something about it? Certainly, we can.” Interviewer Scott Pelley said: “The president says climate change is a hoax.” “Well,” said McMaster, “it’s not a hoax. It’s not a hoax.”Trump’s brutal treatment of McMaster is documented in the vast corpus of Trump books. For example, the president reportedly complained his national security adviser was boring and “looked like a beer salesman” when he showed up for work in a suit, rather than full uniform.Eventually, on 22 March 2018, Trump fired McMaster – by tweet.

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