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Turkey minister barred from Austria rally for failed coup anniversary

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The Austrian authorities have barred Turkey’s economy minister from entering the country to attend a rally to mark the first anniversary of the failed coup attempt. BBC Nihat Zeybekci’s visit would represent a danger to “public order and security”, an Austrian spokesman said. The Turkish government did not comment immediately on the… Relations are already tense as Austria has criticised the Turkish government’s response to the… Turkey minister barred… Read More »

China’s Foreign Policy Experiment in South Sudan

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China, traditionally cautious about intervening in other countries, is playing the unprecedented role of peacebuilder in… ICG This experience could serve as a trial run for a more proactive global role, but Beijing is still challenged by limitations in its experience, expertise and… Executive Summary China’s longstanding principle of non-interference in other states’ internal affairs is evolving with its growing global footprint. As Chinese overseas investment and… China’s Foreign Policy… Read More »

How Can Greece Pay Back China?

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: China and Greece have an almost entirely one-sided economic relationship. Roie Yellinek       BESA China’s deep involvement in Greece is part of a long-term strategy to achieve control of the marine paths from China to the EU. This strategy means China is willing to invest and take part in the rehabilitation of Greece – but there will be a price to be paid for… How Can Greece… Read More »

US lawmaker wants to block F-35 sales to Turkey over embassy brawl

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WASHINGTON — A Democratic lawmaker from Rhode Island is seeking to block the U.S. sale of Lockheed Martin-made F-35 fighter jets to Turkey over an attack on protesters outside the… Joe Gould and Valerie Insinna Defense News Rep. David Cicilline, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, has proposed the ban as an amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which was passed by the House Armed… The House is expected to take up the bill and deal with amendments ... Read More »

North Korean missile launch pits China and Russia against the US

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Analysis There’s a saying in politics: “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” North Korea’s missile test is indeed a crisis — and a test of Donald Trump’s still-young presidency. Ben Knight  ABC But he is being outmanoeuvred by Russia and China, who have teamed up against the United States to achieve a mutual goal: weakening the US military presence on their doorstep. Both Russia and China have a land border with North Korea. For China especially, North Korea ... Read More »

We’re all sleepwalking towards conflict

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This is not just another North Korean missile launch. The “successful” testing of a supposed inter-continental ballistic missile takes the Korean Peninsula one step closer to a… John Hemmings Telegraph, London The Canberra Times This time is different because it threatens a reaction from the US. The US closely monitors North Korea’s ability to strike cities on the west coast, and significant progress towards that goal is… Worryingly, the test also has the potential to bring Beijing and… We’re all ... Read More »

Saudi-Venezuelan ties to reach new heights: Envoy

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RIYADH: Bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Venezuela are set to take a leap forward with the holding of a Joint Committee Meeting in Riyadh at the end of this year, according to Joseba Achutegui, the Venezuelan ambassador to the… MOHAMMED RASOOLDEEN Arab News The envoy was speaking to Arab News on Wednesday, on the 206th anniversary of his country’s independence. Achutegui said that the… Saudi-Venezuelan ties… Read More »

Russia’s ‘balanced’ approach to China, ASEAN has its limits

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Moscow will remain friendly with ASEAN countries up to a point – its “strategic partnership” with Beijing is its clear priority Sergei Blagov Asia Times During recent top-level meetings at the Kremlin, Russia’s authorities have appeared keen, on the face of things, to continue balancing ties with China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). However, Moscow’s “strategic partnership” with Beijing remains the… Following the Kremlin meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and… Russia’s ‘balanced’ approach… Read More »

North Korea’s missile program is no longer a distant threat

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North Korea is claiming it now has the capability to hit the United States with a nuclear weapon, after testing another advanced missile on Tuesday. Harry J Kazianis Asia Times While such an assertion is hard to confirm so early after the test, one thing is clear: Pyongyang’s missile program is entering a critical phase and is no longer a distant threat. Initially, President Donald Trump gambled that personal diplomacy –buddying up to Chinese President Xi Jinping — would yield… ... Read More »

Why Iraq Needs a Cultural Surge

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Iraq needs a new surge—one that is focused on the reconstruction of the country’s cultural heritage. Bartle Bull The National Interest IT IS no secret that the Islamic State brought many tragedies. Potentially the most consequential of these is that in Iraq the rule of the erstwhile caliphate encompassed perhaps the world’s single richest trove of cultural… Now, as ISIS territory disappears yard by yard from the Iraqi map, it is… Why Iraq Needs… Read More »

What does ‘the last chance’ really mean?

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The imperial origins and neo-imperial purposes of a misleading mantra Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 4 July 2017 Introduction  On 28 June 2017, the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ was ‘reconvened’ in the luxury Alpine resort of Crans Montana in Switzerland. In common with what occurred in connection with the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ held in Geneva on 12 January 2017, the ‘reconvened’ version has been accompanied by the widespread dissemination of a simple proposition: that the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ ... Read More »

March for ‘justice’ by Erdogan opponents in Turkey gains momentum and alarms government

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DUZCE, Turkey — The midday sun was roasting, their limbs were aching, and the protesters, from Turkey’s largest opposition party, still had 125 miles to march before Istanbul, their destination. Kareem Fahim The Washington Post The road had been hard: One elderly protester died of cardiac arrest, and another was hospitalized with heart spasms. But spirits were soaring as they walked through Duzce last week, holding banners that said “justice,” to protest a… March for ‘justice… Read More »

‘I’m doing something good’: From construction worker to people smuggler

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Omar* is a husband and father of four. He used to work in construction, but these days he’s a people smuggler. The Age * Under the cover of darkness, he and his small band of fellow smugglers guide their Syrian customers along paths through the mountains where they sit and wait for precisely the… “Theoretically, it’s wrong to have a job like this, and illegal. But from a practical… ‘I’m doing something… Read More »

USS Stethem Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation Past Triton Island in South China Sea

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A U.S. destroyer came within 12 nautical miles of a Chinese holding in the South China Sea, a U.S. defense official told USNI News on Sunday… Sam LaGrone USNI News USS Stethem (DDG-63) passed by Triton Island in the Paracel Island chain on Sunday to test claims by not only Bejing but also Vietnam and Taiwan, the official confirmed to USNI… Since the Trump administration has begun testing excessive maritime claims in the South China Sea, Pentagon officials have repeatedly ... Read More »

China’s actions in South China Sea contradict its words

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Human civilisation would be poorer if we were more forgiving of China’s provocations in the South China Sea (China not the only one to blame in South China Sea conflict, by Mr… Toh Cheng Seong The Straits Times Beijing’s reclamation of islands for military installations violates its commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos), its Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the… This is unlike the other countries, whose claims are largely in ... Read More »

Thousands march in Hong Kong to show dissent for Chinese rule

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Rally by pro-democracy groups on 20th anniversary of city’s handover to Chinese rule follows Xi Jinping’s visit and labelling of any challenge to it as ‘a red… Tom Phillips and Benjamin Haas in Hong Kong The Guardian Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters have marched across Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese control with a high-profile show of… China’s president Xi Jinping, who had been in the former British colony on a… Thousands march ... Read More »