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Russia welcomes US pledge to drop preconditions on North Korea talks
(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:26:00 +0000)

Russia on Wednesday welcomed US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s offer to start negotiations with North Korea over its disputed nuclear and missile weapons programs “without preconditions.” “We can state that such constructive statements impress us far more than the confrontational rhetoric that we have heard up to now. Undoubtedly this can be welcomed,” Kremlin […]

The annual conference of the WLFD and APLFD will be held in Taipei
(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:48:44 +0000)

The World League for Freedom and Democracy (WLFD) &. The Asian Pacific League for Freedom and Democracy (APLFD) will jointly hold 2017 Annual General Conference of the WLFD &. The 63rd Annual General Conference of the APLFD in Taipei on December 14th and 15th. 27 countries and 50 members in organization are invited, including the […]

UN official says North Koreans agree on importance of avoiding war
(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:29:00 +0000)

UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman said on Tuesday that senior North Korean officials told him it was important to prevent war but they did not commit to talks. Feltmen met with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and Vice Minister Pak Myong Guk during a four-day visit to Pyongyang. It was the highest […]

China marks 80th anniversary of Nanjing massacre
(Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:06:00 +0000)

Thousands of doves were released on Wednesday as Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a somber ceremony in Nanjing marking 80 years since the wartime massacre in the city by Japanese troops. While vowing never to forget the “great catastrophe” wrought by “Japanese militarism” in a speech to the mourners, a senior Chinese official said […]

Moon Jae-in faces tightrope act in China over North Korea
(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:49:00 +0000)

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is heading to neighboring China on Wednesday on his first state visit to the Asian powerhouse, where he will hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other high-ranking officials.     Moon and Xi last met on the sidelines of this year’s ASEAN summit, which took place in November in the […]

Pakistan’s ‘missing activists’ – what’s behind the disturbing phenomenon?
(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:38:00 +0000)

Raza Khan went “missing” from the eastern city of Lahore on December 2. His whereabouts are still unknown, but some civil society activists have alleged the military’s intelligence agencies have picked him up. Security agencies regularly deny any involvement in such actions. Khan is a peace activist, who campaigns for better ties between India and […]

EU cuts off funds for Cambodia election after opposition party dissolved
(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:52:00 +0000)

The European Union announced on Tuesday that it was suspending funding for Cambodia’s 2018 national election after the government dissolved the main opposition party. The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was disbanded last month by the country’s Supreme Court after longtime Prime Minister Hun Sun announced the arrest of opposition leader and rights activist Kem […]

Ex-US Army defector Charles Robert Jenkins who spent decades in North Korea, dies at 77
(Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:49:00 +0000)

A US soldier who defected to North Korea and was eventually allowed to leave after nearly 40 years as a prisoner, has died in Japan aged 77. Charles Robert Jenkins was one of six American soldiers to defect to North Korea, and the only one to leave, and then tell his story. As a young […]

Maritime hotline hints at warming Tokyo-Beijing ties
(Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:53:00 +0000)

Tokyo and Beijing have agreed to introduce a hotline system to prevent accidental clashes in the East China Sea from escalating into more serious confrontations, the latest indication that the two governments are looking to forge a less confrontational relationship.       Critics warn, however, the underlying hostility that has dogged bilateral relations for decades will not […]

India: Rahul Gandhi replaces Sonia Gandhi as Congress Party leader
(Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:45:00 +0000)

India’s opposition Congress Party elected Rahul Gandhi as its new president on Monday. He is the latest member of the famed Nehru-Gandhi family dynasty to rule the center-left party that has struggled to win elections in recent years. “The entire Indian National Congress family would like to convey our best wishes to incoming President Rahul Gandhi, […]