November 14, 2022
President Biden talks to China's President Xi Jinping at the G20 meeting in Bali while the two countries' tensions are high. Disagreements includes status of Taiwan, trade and Russia's war in Ukraine.
October 27, 2022
President Xi Jinping said China and the United States must "find ways to get along" to safeguard world peace and development, state media reported Thursday, as he embarks on his precedent-breaking third term in power.China and the United States have butted heads in recent years on issues ranging from Beijing's aggression towards self-governing Taiwan to its crackdown in Hong Kong and alleged rights abuses in Xinjiang.Washington has also accused Beijing of providing diplomatic cover for Russia's invasion of Ukraine.Xi sealed another five years as China's leader at the end of a twice-a-decade Communist Party Congress on Sunday."The world today is neither peaceful nor tranquil," Xi wrote in a congratulatory letter to the National Committee on US-China Relations -- some of his first remarks since the Congress -- according to Chinese state broadcaster CCTV."As major powers, strengthening communication and cooperation between China and the US will help to increase global stability and certainty, and promote world peace and development," he reportedly told the New York-based non-profit organisation.Xi added that China was "willing to work with the US to give mutual respect, coexist peacefully... (and) find ways to get along in the new era", the broadcaster reported.Doing so "will not only be good for both countries, but also benefit the world", Xi wrote.The Biden administration said this month that China is the only competitor to the United States "with both the intent to reshape the international order and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military and technological power to advance that objective".© 2022 AFP
October 26, 2022
The United States, Japan and South Korea warned Wednesday that a North Korean nuclear test would warrant an "unprecedentedly strong response", vowing unity after a blitz of missile launches from the hermit state.Following talks in Tokyo, the three nations' deputy foreign ministers said they would ramp up their deterrence in the region."We agreed to further strengthen cooperation ... so that North Korea can immediately stop its illegal activities and return to denuclearization talks," said South Korea's Cho Hyun-dong."The three countries agreed on the need for an unprecedentedly strong response if North Korea proceeds with its seventh nuclear test," he told reporters.Seoul and Washington have repeatedly warned that Pyongyang could be close to testing an atomic bomb for the first time since 2017, after a flurry of ballistic missile launches.One missile flew over Japan last month, and North Korea has separately claimed to have carried out tactical nuclear drills."All of this behavior is reckless and deeply destabilizing," said US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, urging North Korea to "refrain from further provocations".Last month, the North's leader Kim Jong Un declared the country an "irreversible" nuclear power, effectively ending negotiations over his banned arms programs.Kim met three times with Biden's predecessor Donald Trump, reducing tensions but resulting in no lasting agreement, and the country has shown little interest in taking up US President Joe Biden's offer of working-level talks.Japan's Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Takeo Mori said North Korea's "intensifying nuclear and missile activities... are a clear and serious challenge to the international community"."We agreed to ramp up the deterrence in our region with a view towards the denuclearization of North Korea," he said.The trio said they had also discussed a wide range of issues including the war in Ukraine, China and Taiwan.But Mori and Cho said there had been no discussion of bilateral relations between Japan and South Korea, which have long been strained.© 2022 AFP