NATO member states sought to put together a show of unity despite ongoing tensions at the alliance's recent 70th anniversary meeting in London, but discordant voices arose on several issues ranging from funding to the nature of NATO. Ahead of the summit, French President Emmanuel Macron said that NATO was "brain dead". The statement caused controversy, but at the summit he said that he stood by his words. Professor Joav Toker from the American Graduate School in Paris backed Macron's view and stressed the urgency for NATO to define its adversaries 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. For Mark Pinner, China practice managing director from Interel Consulting, "brain dead" was a veiled way of calling for change as well as Macron's agenda to create an European army. "One of the big issues on its (NATO's) agenda is what NATO's mission is. Clearly, President Macron wants to redefine it. He wants to have a new mission where NATO focuses more on terrorism and issues in Africa and less … [Read more...] about ‘Brain dead’ at NATO’s 70th anniversary?
LONDON: US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he did not want to interfere in Britain's election, but that he thought current Prime Minister Boris Johnson was very capable and would do a good job. Britain votes on Dec. 12 in an election which offers voters a stark choice on the future of its economy and will decide whether the country leaves the European Union early next year, or holds a second referendum on the topic. Trump, in London to attend a meeting of Nato leaders, said he did not want to complicate the vote, but still appeared to endorse Johnson. "I think Boris is very capable and I think he'll do a good job," Trump said. Asked if he could work with the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, Trump said he could work with anyone. "I can work with anybody, I'm a very easy person to work with," he said. Trump also reaffirmed his support for Brexit - the central objective of Johnson's election campaign, and denied that the US was interested in gaining access to … [Read more...] about US President Trump says UK PM Boris Johnson ‘very capable’
When talking about development models in the 21st Century, the Belt and Road Initiative quickly stands out. The reasons are simple. It is based on the principles of “共赢共享共建”, which literally translates into “Winning, Sharing and Building Together”. Now just because for once, there is a new development model that has not been put forward by the West, it does not mean everything has to be looked through the lens of suspicion. At a recent discussion held by the Wilson Center, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Wells shared her understanding of the Belt and Road Initiative and especially its China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) component, and how she thought the US provides a better alternative for development to Pakistan. Wells was surely concerned about the growth of the Belt and Road Initiative, especially in areas where she is responsible, i.e. South and Central Asia. She raised … [Read more...] about All is well: A rebuttal to Alice Wells on CPEC
In yet another show of its disgruntlement, if not outright anger, over a perceived lack of sincerity by Washington on the Korean Peninsula denuclearization process, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea announced on Sunday that it carried out a "very important test" at a long-range rocket launch site aimed at "changing the strategic position" of the DPRK. The test was the latest in a series of short-range missile and other weapon launches Pyongyang has conducted in recent months, all for the purpose of alerting Washington that their diplomatic rapprochement needed life support. That process, started in June 2018 with face-to-face talks between DPRK top leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump — the first of their kind, which were followed by two more meetings between them — yielded a lot of media attention but no progress toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The increasingly restless stance Pyongyang has taken can be attributed to a deep … [Read more...] about Pyongyang’s test of Washington’s intent: China Daily editorial
Video PlayerClose KABUL, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- The war-weary Afghans have expressed anger at repeated abuses of human rights by militants and foreign troops, calling for bringing the perpetrators and violators to justice. "The Taliban and Islamic State (IS) militants and the U.S. troops have been involved in human rights abuses within the past 18 years. They had committed scores of violations of ordinary Afghans rights but none of the perpetrators had been brought to justice," Kabul resident Ahmad Fahim told Xinhua on the occasion of the Human Rights Day which falls on Dec. 10. "The militants bombed the cities by suicide car bombings and terrorist attacks, killing innocent civilians and U.S. forces bombed villages killing women and children," he said. "The U.S. and NATO forces claim that they are civilized people; they claim they are supporters of human rights but they do not act on what they say. They are killing people under the pretext of war on terror," Fahim added. "The Taliban … [Read more...] about Spotlight: Afghans denounce human rights abuses by militants, foreign troops