Nations including Japan, India and the US called for greater respect for international law to resolve worsening tensions over the South China Sea, a dig at Beijing, which has said it will not accept any ruling by a UN-backed court on the dispute.
The Dutch chair of the MTCR has written to all member states asking them to approve Indian membership ‘by circulation’.
Tokyo is worried that Chinese control of a waterway through which some $5 trillion of global trade passes a year would threaten Japan’s national security.
New Delhi is concerned about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, part of the new ‘Silk Road’, but it need not despair as India is an important part of the existing multi-polar Asia architecture.
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The code of conduct was formed in November 2002 with 137 members. China, Pakistan, Israel and Iran have not yet joined the voluntary regime.
Tension between the Philippines and China has been rising as an international tribunal in The Hague prepares to deliver a ruling in the next few months in a case about the South China Sea lodged by Manila in 2013.
Bankers operating in Hong Kong have said the Panama Papers have triggered a massive compliance exercise there, with banks carefully combing through their accounts to ensure there are no problems.
US law already generally prohibited American financial institutions from engaging in transactions with North Korean institutions, but the Treasury’s latest actions would impose additional controls.
The presence of the United Liberation Front of Asom and the People’s Liberation Army of Manipur along the frontier is evidence of the shrinking space for the groups to hide and set up camps.
Although better known for its opium production, Myanmar, a country with porous borders, is a major producer and exporting hub of low-purity pills made primarily of caffeine and methamphetamine.
Public discussion of racial discrimination is unusual in China, which is dominated by the ethnic Han majority but is also home to dozens of minority groups as well as a growing influx of foreign residents, including Africans.
Former Nepali minister and one of the key leaders of Nepal’s newest political party, Hisila Yami, in conversation with The Wire.
China’s behaviour has put new life into a fierce debate about Japanese militarism that’s been rumbling since the end of the second world war.
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Atomic bomb survivors have said an apology from Obama would be welcome but for many, the priority is ridding the world of nuclear arms, a goal that seems as elusive as ever.
Obama’s trip to Vietnam, which borders China, underscored shared concerns about China’s growing military clout as Beijing aggressively advances sovereignty claims to the South China Sea.
The Republican presidential nominee has said in the past he believes global warming is a concept that was invented by China to hurt the competitiveness of US business.
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Chinese-Japanese rivalry has manifested itself across many issues, including disputed territory in the East China Sea, interpretations of wartime history and jockeying to assume the role of regional economic leadership.
India will invest billions of dollars in setting up industries in Chabahar and transport corridors around it.
White House officials made clear that the final decision would be linked in part to Vietnam’s human rights situation.
The incident, likely to increase tension in and around the contested waterway, took place in international airspace on May 17 as the plane carried out “a routine US patrol”.
Tsai Ing-wen pledged to abide by the constitution of the Republic of China, Taiwan’s formal name, and promised to safeguard the island’s sovereignty and territory.
With the world’s economies growing ever more interconnected and the current recession-like conditions in many key economies, India needs to build a robust firewall in the event of a global crisis.
The Apple CEO’s goal could also be about demystifying the company while making it more accessible to the government, the country’s tech ecosystem and Indian consumers.
Sources say Zhang Dejiang will be establishing relations with more moderate democrats in Hong Kong.
North Korea has appointed as foreign minister its negotiator at failed international talks aimed at getting it to disarm.
The agreement sets targets for shifting the world to green energies by 2100 but is vague, for instance, about how governments will report and monitor their national plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
It is tempting to see this as an example of old-style British imperial arrogance – and the British mindset as the last great bastion of Empire still holding out against decolonisation.
The Pakistani army will probably always be suspicious of Nawaz Sharif when he talks to his Indian counterpart.
The US is eager to expand relations with Myanmar to help counteract China’s rise in Asia and take advantage of the opening of one of the world’s last “frontier markets.”
Australia has consistently supported US-led freedom of navigation activities in the South China Sea, where Beijing has been adding land reclamation to islands and reefs in waters claimed by several regional countries.
The freedom of navigation operation by the USS William P. Lawrence, was to “challenge excessive maritime claims of some claimants in the South China Sea,” Defense Department spokesman Bill Urban said.
North Korea has come under tightening international pressure over its nuclear weapons programme, including tougher UN sanctions adopted in March backed by China, following its most recent nuclear test in January.
Liu Cixin’s wildly popular Three Body trilogy mirrors China’s changing zeitgeist.
Donald Trump has proposed that tariffs on imported Chinese goods be increased to up to 45% and asserted that China had waged “economic war” against the US, taking American jobs. On May 1, he compared the US trade deficit with China to rape.
Water scarcity will not have the same impact worldwide – Western Europe and North American economies would likely be spared, but rising economies such as China and India could be hard hit.
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida made the pledge to help the Southeast Asian economies in Thailand’s capital, where on May 1 he began a week-long visit to the region in which Japan competes with China for influence.
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