Asia

Chinese officials remember diplomat who helped shape ‘Law of the Sea’

Li Shengjiao was regarded as China’s top expert on international maritime law and boundary demarcation issues Foreign affairs officials and observers have remembered a Chinese diplomat who was involved in the creation of an international treaty on the use of the world’s seas and oceans on the first anniversary of his death. South China Morning Post Li Shengjiao, who served as Counsellor of the Chinese Mission to the United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), died on ... Read More »

How Russia Plans to Get Turkey on Its Side

Moscow’s efforts appear to be paying off, as a 2017 poll showed that over 70 percent of Turkish citizens were favorable toward a political, economic and security alliance with Russia. Aykan Erdemir, John Lechner The National Interest June has been a tough month for the board of Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), the joint Turco-Russian megaproject and Turkey’s first nuclear reactor. On June 19, Russian authorities arrested on charges of espionage Karina Tsurkan, an energy executive at Moscow-based Inter RAO ... Read More »

‘Living in a fantasy’: A close US ally is investigating everyone named John and trying to arrest US military leaders

The Turkish government claims to have new evidence that the US was involved in the 2016 failed coup attempt, according to a Tuesday report from Ahval, an allegation the US State Department… Daniel Brown Business Insider Turkish investigators claim to have discovered an internal Word document entitled “coup directive,” which was authored by someone named John, and last updated about a week before the… As such, Ankara is investigating everyone named John who was in the country at the time ... Read More »

Prospects of huge gas reserves in deep sea

Bangladesh could have a minimum of 5 prospective structures in the Bay of Bengal in Block D-12, block operator Daewoo Corporation says Shahed Siddique The Independent Bangladesh has discovered the prospects of a big deep-sea gas reserve after the resolution of its maritime boundary dispute with Myanmar and India. A 2D seismic survey along the Myanmar border has revealed that Bangladesh could have a minimum of five prospective structures in the Bay of Bengal in Block D-12. The operator of ... Read More »

Tokyo university apologises after women deliberately marked down to limit numbers

A major score-rigging scandal has engulfed one of Tokyo’s medical schools, with an investigation revealing the university deliberately marked down all female applicants to limit the number of… By North Asia correspondent Jake Sturmer in Tokyo ABC It is understood the senior officials at Tokyo Medical University wanted to keep the number of women at about 30 per cent, so they altered the computerised marking system. The practice had reportedly been going on for more than a decade. The report ... Read More »

Yemen: US allies strike deals with al-Qaida in war on rebels

ATAQ, Yemen (AP) — A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the United States has cut secret deals with al-Qaida fighters, paying some to leave key cities and towns the militants had seized across Yemen and letting others retreat with weapons, equipment and wads of looted cash, an investigation by The Associated… MAGGIE MICHAEL, TRISH WILSON and LEE KEATH AP Hundreds more were recruited to join the coalition itself. Again and again over the past two years, ... Read More »

Undeterred by violence, students close Dhaka’s roads to demand justice

Dhaka: Thousands of Bangladeshi students have vowed to stay on the streets protesting until their government agrees to demands for improved road safety and justice for those who died in… Julfikar Ali Manik The Canberra Times Thousands of students paralysed parts of Bangladesh’s capital on Sunday to protest the country’s abysmal road safety conditions. Teenagers dressed in school uniforms erected checkpoints across the city, forcing the police and government ministers to observe traffic laws that are otherwise poorly enforced. Shahidul Alam, ... Read More »

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani denounces US ‘psychological warfare’

Iran has been in economic turmoil since US President Donald Trump announced he would withdraw from an international deal that lifted sanctions against Iran’s economy. The measures are set to be reintroduced at midnight. DW Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech on Monday that the United States had launched “psychological warfare” against Iran in the aftermath of its withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear deal. “They want to launch psychological warfare against the Iranian nation and create divisions ... Read More »

Europe vows to preserve Iran deal as US sanctions return

EU diplomats say they will work to protect Iran’s continued export of oil and gas as US threatens ‘severe consequences’. AlJazeera Europe’s top diplomats have vowed to work together to preserve a multinational nuclear deal with Iran, as US President Donald Trump signed an executive order paving the way for the return of biting sanctions against Tehran on… In a joint statement issued on Monday, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Britain said the remaining ... Read More »

This Knocks the Legs Out from Under the Atom Bomb Revisionists Who Criticize Truman for Hiroshima

The best way to get across the situation that Czarist Russia and then the Soviet Union faced in the Far East is to make it clear that the Maritime Provinces and their principal port, Vladivostok, were far, far more vulnerable than even the tenuous US position in the Philippines at the time of Pearl Harbor. D. M. Giangreco History News Network The lifeline upon which so much depended for the Russians was the Trans-Siberian Railroad and the chief of the US Military ... Read More »

What else can ASEAN do to deescalate the South China Sea conflict?

With limited options to deescalate the conflict, ASEAN turns to diplomacy while building broader economic and military alliance with the USA Kumaran Pillai The Independent The new Chinese hegemony in Asia Pacific poses both opportunities and risks for member states of ASEAN. China’s Belt and Road initiative promises new economic frontiers and some South East Asian countries are only too willing to concede to the territorial ambitions of China in the South China Seas to pursue economic growth. This week, ... Read More »

Turkey to freeze assets of two US ministers as retailiation to sanctions: Erdoğan

Turkey will freeze the assets of two United States ministers as retaliation to Washington’s sanctions against Ankara, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced. Hurriyet “The latest step taken by the U.S. in the incident of Pastor Brunson in İzmir was not suitable to a strategic partner. The U.S. has displayed a serious disrespect with this step,” Erdoğan said in a speech at the ruling Justice and… “We have had shown patience until yesterday evening. Today I am instructing my friends ... Read More »

Four Years on, Evidence of ISIS Crimes Lost to Time

Iraq Should Exhume Yezidi Mass Graves Before Islamic State (also known as ISIS) fighters descended on Sinjar, Iraq in August 2014, the area was home to 360,000 Yezidis. Belkis Wille HRW Today, at least 90 percent of the Yezidi population has been displaced, after fleeing an ISIS onslaught that killed between 2,000 and 5,500 Yezidis. Additionally, ISIS fighters abducted an estimated 6,300 Yezidis and even forced their women and girls into a system of organized rape and sexual slavery… Four Years on… Read More »

America’s Turkey Problem Finally Comes to a Head

This week brought signs that the deeply flawed status quo of U.S.-Turkish relations has begun to crack. Matthew RJ Brodsky National Review For successive administrations, inertia may have kept the flawed status quo of U.S.–Turkey relations in place, but the train appears finally to be running out of track. It was bound to happen eventually, regardless of the Trump administration’s just-announced decision to impose sanctions on two Turkish cabinet officials in response to Turkey’s continued detention of an… And now ... Read More »

New Pakistani government faces many challenges

Pakistan is passing a critical stage and facing many challenges on the domestic as well international fronts. The newly elected Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government will inherit these… Zamir Awan Asia Times Pakistan is situated at a geo-strategic location. It connects Central Asia, Russia, East Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Being a Muslim nation, it is bridge between the Muslim world and other nations. It… It is situated at the entrance to the Persian Gulf – the Strait of Hormuz, which is ... Read More »

Blood, soil and paper: Thailand’s mission to reduce statelessness

Last month’s epic rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team from a cave in northern Thailand gripped the world. Janepicha Cheva-Isarakul The Conversation When it emerged that some of the boys are stateless, the news headlines changed in subtle ways from “Thai boys in the cave” to “boys in Thai cave”. Amid the widespread joy over the successful operation, the rescue has drawn attention to the broader issue of statelessness in Thailand. My research into the lives of stateless youth ... Read More »