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Ignoring Outrage, Trump Makes Good On WHO Pullout

President Donald Trump on Tuesday formally started the withdrawal of the United States (US) from the World Health Organization (WHO), making good on threats to deprive the United Nations (UN) body of its top funding source over its response to the coronavirus.Public health advocates and Trump's political opponents voiced outrage at the departure from the Geneva-based body, which leads the global fight on maladies from polio to measles to mental health - as well as COVID-19, at a time whe

8 July 2020

China Takes On More Conflicts Around The World

From remote Himalayan valleys to small tropical islands and tense Western capitals, an increasingly assertive China is taking on conflicts around the world like never before as the United States (US) retreats.China's imposition this week of a controversial security law in Hong Kong, defying a barrage of criticism from the West, offered another example of its rising confidence as a global superpower.The confrontations are seen as part of President Xi Jinping's nationalist drive to re

4 July 2020

Chairman Kim Goes Back On Script

Like the leading character in a long-running television series, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has kicked off the latest crisis on the Korean Peninsula with familiar theatrics. After cutting off all communications with South Korea earlier this month, the Kim regime bombed the building in which it had previously hosted South Korean diplomats. It has redeployed troops into demilitarised border areas and issued renewed threats of violence against the South.

26 June 2020

US 'Assault' On UN Has Done 'Lasting Damage'

United States (US) President Donald Trump's all-out assault on the United Nations (UN) is doing "lasting damage" to international cooperation as the world faces a range of "existential threats", a former World Health Organization (WHO) chief warned Friday.Gro Harlem Brundtland, a former Norwegian prime minister who served as head of the UN health agency from 1998 to 2003, said she was deeply concerned about concerted efforts by populist leaders in the US and elsewhere

21 June 2020

US Questions New China Virus Figures

The United States (US) on Thursday questioned China's credibility on reporting fresh coronavirus cases in Beijing and called for neutral observers to assess the extent of the outbreak.China has locked down the capital as it seeks to prevent a second wave of COVID-19, reporting 158 cases since a fresh cluster was detected last week.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, an outspoken critic of China, urged greater transparency during talks Wednesday in Hawaii with senior Chinese official Yang Jie

19 June 2020

US, China To Hold Top-Level Talks On Tensions

United States (US) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet a top Chinese official in Hawaii Wednesday in the powers' first senior-level talks since tensions skyrocketed over the coronavirus pandemic, reports said.Pompeo will hold talks with senior Chinese foreign policy official Yang Jiechi, The South China Morning Post said, quoting an unnamed source.Politico and CNN also reported on plans for the meeting.

16 June 2020

Kim Denounces US Two Years After Singapore Talks

North Korea criticised Donald Trump in a stinging denunciation of the United States (US) on Friday, the second anniversary of a landmark summit in Singapore where the US president shook hands with leader Kim Jong-un.It was the latest in a series of vitriolic statements from Pyongyang aimed at both Washington and Seoul, and came a day after the North implicitly threatened to disrupt November's election if the US did not stay out of inter-Korean affairs.

13 June 2020

Asia’s New Cold War

In retrospect, the decision by the Communist Party of China (CPC) to impose a new security law on Hong Kong seems to have been preordained. Historically, rising powers always try to expand their spheres of geopolitical influence once they pass a certain stage of economic development.

11 June 2020

America’s Tragedy

It has been a calamity for the United States (US) that, when two national tragedies – the COVID-19 crisis and the country’s legacy of racism – collided this spring, the occupant of the White House was an unstable person, totally unfit to govern.President Donald Trump’s inability to cope with the pandemic has so far led to more than 112,000 deaths, one of the world’s highest per capita mortality rates for COVID-19, with the coronavirus still spreading to areas not previously hit.

10 June 2020

Philippine Exit From Key US Military Pact 'Suspended'

The Philippines has told the United States (US) it is suspending its bid to break off a key military pact, the two allies said Tuesday in a sharp turnaround of President Rodrigo Duterte's foreign policy.Duterte in February gave notice to Washington he was axing the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) after accusing the US of interference in his internationally condemned narcotics crackdown.That began a 180-day countdown to ending the deal central to hundreds of joint military exercises with

3 June 2020

Trump Strips Hong Kong Of Privileges

President Donald Trump said Friday he would strip several of Hong Kong's special privileges with the United States (US) and bar some Chinese students from US universities in anger over Beijing's bid to exert control in the financial hub.In a day of concerted action, the US and Britain also raised alarm at the United Nations (UN) Security Council over a controversial new security law for Hong Kong, infuriating Beijing which said the issue had no place at the world body.In a White Hou

31 May 2020

US Cuts Ties With WHO

United States (US) President Donald Trump faced a broad backlash Saturday over his decision to sever ties with the United Nation's (UN) health agency during a pandemic, as the coronavirus surged in Latin America and Europe further reopened from lockdown.The European Union (EU) called on Washington to reconsider its decision to leave the World Health Organization (WHO) over its handling of the pandemic, which has devastated the global economy, infected nearly six million people and killed

31 May 2020