When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Pakistan this Wednesday, he will be representing one of the first nations to establish diplomatic relations with Islamabad. However, the seven decades of US-Pakistan ties since then have been been far from smooth. During the Cold War, Pakistan was big supporter of the US and protected American interests in the region, including during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Pakistan was also close ally in the “war on terror” after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox However, although Pakistan extends a cordial hand of friendship to the US whenever it needs support, the US always steps back when it no longer needs a Pakistani role in an issue, and relations decline. Pakistan has faced some of the toughest and strictest US sanctions in history. The two countries have always cooperated with each other on their common goals … [Read more...] about The way forward for US-Pakistan relations
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Chinese officials and state media have recently called for the United States and North Korea to “meet each other halfway” to solve their disagreements over Pyongyang’s nuclear issue. At a press conference on May 25 – a day after Donald Trump abruptly canceled his planned summit with Kim Jong-un due to Pyongyang’s “tremendous anger and open hostility” and the same day the North responded diplomatically to the US president’s decision, expressing its willingness to “sit with the US side to solve [the] problem regardless of ways at any time” – Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang was asked to comment on the developments. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox He responded: “We hope [NorthKorea] and the US will … send out goodwill to each other and meet each other halfway, continue to commit themselves to resolving each other’s concerns through dialogue … [Read more...] about Can the US and North Korea meet each other halfway?
Japan has one of the world’s toughest asylum policies. Despite having the third-largest economy, last year the nation accepted only 20 refugees. Strict policies, geography, and history have limited asylum-seekers’ access to Japan, while a general preference for its homogeneous society means citizens have little motivation to push for change. There is no official immigration policy in Japan, which forced much-needed low-skilled labor workers to gain legal residence via the refugee process. The system is overburdened as a result. Japan is facing a demographic time bomb. It’s rapidly shrinking workforce could easily be boosted by thousands of migrant workers and refugees who are not just will, but desperate, for work. Ammunition is one of the best memories Zahir Amini has of his childhood. “I enjoyed playing with bullets,” laughs Amini. “It was a popular … [Read more...] about NO ENTRY: How Japan’s shockingly low refugee intake is shaped by the paradox of isolation, a demographic time bomb, and the fear of North Korea
By Daniel Dale Washington Bureau Chief Thu., March 29, 2018 WASHINGTON—Until his speech on Thursday afternoon, U.S. President Donald Trump had not made any public remarks all week. He had a lot to say. And most of it was false, strange, outlandish or confusing. The speech, to Ohio workers, was supposed to be about infrastructure, but we know by now that Trump’s supposed infrastructure events are almost never actually about infrastructure. As usual, he meandered freely — to make dramatic statements about the Middle East and the Koreas, to disparage Hillary Clinton, to declare his ignorance of what a community college is, and, eventually, to express excitement about the ratings of the sitcom Roseanne. Here’s what happened: 2:09 p.m. — Trump begins with a reference to his election victory: “What a group. Remember, you can’t win unless you win the state of Ohio, right?” Article Continued Below 2:13 — … [Read more...] about Minute by minute at Donald Trump’s rambling Ohio ‘infrastructure’ speech
caption President Donald Trump source Getty Images/Pool President Donald Trump may “hold up” a new trade deal with South Korea until after his meeting with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un. Trump may block the deal because “it’s a very strong card and I want to make sure everyone is treated fairly” in the talks with North Korea. Trump has called the previous version of the trade deal, known as KORUS, “horrible.” President Donald Trump said Thursday that he is considering slowing down negotiations on a new trade deal with South Korea to maintain maximum pressure on North Korea before his planned summit with Kim Jung Un. During a speech in Richfield, Ohio, Trump touted the renegotiation of the KORUS trade deal between the US and South Korea as a major boost for the US. “Just this week we secured a wonderful deal with South Korea, we were in a … [Read more...] about Trump threatens to ‘hold up’ new trade deal with South Korea in a roundabout attempt to put pressure on North Korea