Australia, US respond to Chinese missiles on Spratly Islands

Reports that China has placed missiles on the contested Spratly Islands have Australia and the US concerned, after China promised not to militarise the islands. Long-range anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles have reportedly been deployed on the islands, with China neither confirming nor denying the reports. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the “Australian government would…

US accuses China of targeting pilots with lasers in Djibouti

The US has filed a formal complaint against China over lasers originating from a Chinese base in Djibouti being shined at US pilots. Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White claimed the US knows that Chinese nationals are responsible for the lasers, and has asked China to investigate, with up to 10 incidents over the past few weeks.…

Tensions Increase Between Australia and China as Foreign Interference Laws Introduced

Malcolm Turnbull has admitted to increasing tensions between Australia and China following Canberra’s increased crackdown on foreign interference. The Prime Minister conceded that there was some strain between the two nations with the tension arising after the Federal Government’s announcement of a revamp of Australian laws against political donations and espionage. “There is certainly some…

Kim Jong-un Meets Xi Jinping in Beijing in First Known Foreign Trip

Kim Jong-Un has made a surprise visit to China, confirmed as his first known foreign trip since assuming power. The North Korean leader made unofficial the trip at China’s request and met Chinese President Xi Jinping, where he discussed giving up the country’s nuclear weapons, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua. Xinhua reported Mr…

IMF, China, Europe critical of Trump’s plan to impose tariffs

Europe has joined the IMF and China in criticising Trump’s plan to impose tariffs of 25% on steel and  10% on aluminium, saying it could spark a trade war. European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker warned that this will lead to tariffs being imposed on American products like Harley Davidson, Levi’s Jeans and Kentucky bourbon. “If…

South Korean President meets with Kim Jong Un’s sister

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has met with Kim Yo Jong, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, seeking to utilise the Olympic détente to further diplomatic relations. The pair met face-to-face for the first time at the opening ceremony, where they shook hands and cheered for Korean athletes marching under a unified…

New U.S. Sanctions to Crack Down on North Korea Nuclear Weapons Development

The U.S. Government has issued new sanctions in a bid to curb North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat. The Treasury Department introduced the sanctions on Wednesday on North Korean financial and business networks in China and Russia, to cut off revenue for its nuclear and missile programs. Sanctions have targeted North Korean and Chinese trading…

China, Russia accused of illegally selling North Korea oil

China has denied reports it sold oil products to North Korea, while Russia has been accused of doing the same in a report by Reuters. China vetoed US efforts to have the UN blacklist six ships accused of illegal trade with North Korea, five of which were mainland China or Hong Kong owned. Mr Trump…