21 September 2017

News Report: China Has Reason to be Jittery About Indo-Japanese Geniality

Experts are optimistic that the counterweight presented by increased Indian and Japanese cooperation may make China more sensitive to international norms.

New Delhi (Sputnik) — The grand hospitality extended by India to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the kick-starting of ambitious long-term joint projects and the trilateral talks of foreign ministers of India, Japan and the US on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, have clearly ruffled China's feathers, with its media mincing no words in deploring the India-Japan bonhomie.

Experts in international relations keeping a close watch on the developments say China has strong reasons to be uneasy about developments between India and Japan over the past month.

"China surely has to worry about India and Japan coming closer. Both Japan and India have been historically suspicious of China's intentions. These anxieties have been reinforced by recent Chinese behavior," professor Swaran Singh of the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University told Sputnik.

News Report: North Korea Warns US of ‘Final Ruin’ After Trump Takes Military Bluster to UN


The US will face a “horrible nuclear strike and miserable and final ruin” if US President Donald Trump puts his threat to “totally destroy” North Korea into action, according to a Wednesday statement published by the Korea Central News Agency.

US President Donald Trump’s renewed threat to "totally destroy North Korea" during comments before the UN General Assembly in New York this week only bolsters Pyongyang’s internal propaganda that the US wants to kill North Koreans – and thus the contention that the nation must build a powerful nuclear arsenal to thwart a pending US strike.

News Report: Rohingya Crisis May Reduce China's Geopolitical Weight and Unleash Islamism

Beijing is interested in restoring stability in Myanmar, which is currently being engulfed by the Rohingya crisis, experts told Sputnik. China's concerns about the potential upsurge in Islamic extremism in the country have geopolitical grounds as Myanmar serves as an alternative energy route for Beijing.

China is seriously concerned about the possibility of Daesh's penetration into Myanmar and the Chinese province of Yunnan amid the ongoing Rohingya crisis in Rakhine State, a Chinese expert in international affairs told Sputnik China speaking on condition of anonymity.

According to the expert, radical Rohingya and Uighur Muslims may jump at the opportunity to establish contacts with Islamist forces in Southeast Asia. Over recent years, China has been constantly dealing serious blows to extremist Islamist groups inside the country, the source added.

"The crisis in Rakhine continues to escalate," the expert said. "It can lead to the merging of local extremists with terrorist forces in the Middle East. All these pose a huge challenge to Southeast Asia and China, therefore we must take preventive measures."

News Report: Six Points in Myanmar Leader's Rohingya Speech That Need Fact-Checking

Aung San Suu Kyi
On Tuesday, Myanmar's state counselor and de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, broke silence on the ongoing Rohingya crisis in a televised address. But the speech required reasonable fact-checking and was even described as a "a mix of untruths and victim blaming" by Amnesty International.

Suu Kyi called on the international community to assist the country's authorities in resolving the ongoing Rohingya Muslim minority crisis. She added that the government intends to carefully examine the situation and listen to all incoming arguments and counterarguments. Nevertheless, there were some dubious claims by the country’s leader that need to be scrutinized. 

1. Suu Kyi stressed that the Myanmar government needs time to find out the real causes of the ongoing crisis. 

This claim directly contradicts the Final Report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, chaired by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. The document was submitted to national authorities on August 23 and puts forward recommendations to end the crisis in Rakhine. In particular, the report details the reasons behind the ongoing Rohingya crisis, including the lack of citizenship for Rohingya Muslims and military and police actions in the region. 

"Unless concerted action – led by the government and aided by all sectors of the government and society – is taken soon, we risk the return of another cycle of violence and radicalization, which will further deepen the chronic poverty that afflicts Rakhine State," Annan said in a statement. 

News Report: Indian Minister Says Pakistan Should Keep Rohingya Muslims

The Indian Minister’s statement comes in response to Pakistan-based terrorist Masood Azhar’s call for unity among Muslims of the world to launch Jihad (armed crusade) against Myanmar's government and other countries for persecuting Rohingyas.

New Delhi (Sputnik) — Reacting to the support coming for Rohingya Muslims from Pakistan based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, an Indian Minister has said that Pakistan must give shelter to Rohingya refugees.

Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Giriraj Singh reiterated the Indian Government's stand that illegal Rohingya migrants are a threat to India's security and stability.

"If Masood Azhar has sympathy for the illegal Rohingya refugees then he must take away all of them to Pakistan and provide shelter. India is not going to accept these illegal migrants," Giriraj Singh told Sputnik.

News Report: US Vice President Condemns 'Terrible Savagery' Against Rohingya Muslims

Cindy Saine

Vice President Mike Pence, speaking about the Rohingya crisis in the strongest terms used by any senior official to date, on Wednesday condemned the “historic exodus” of the Rohingya from Myanmar to Bangladesh in the face of violent attacks.

Speaking at a U.N. peacekeeping meeting, Pence said the world was witnessing a "great tragedy unfolding" in the Southeast Asian nation, also known as Burma.

“Recently, Burmese security forces responded to militant attacks on government outposts with terrible savagery, burning villages, driving the Rohingyas from their homes," Pence said at the high-level Security Council meeting. "The images of the violence and its victims have shocked the American people, and decent people all over the world.”

Over the past month, more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from Myanmar, where they face human rights violations and discrimination. Pence noted that tens of thousands of those who fled on foot were children.

Rohingya militants attacked Burmese security forces in late August. Since then, analysts and rights workers say, the Burmese military has carried out a brutal crackdown, burning villages and killing women and children as they fled.

Pence noted that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had spoken with Myanmar’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, about the Rohingya refugees Tuesday and had urged the Burmese military and security forces to facilitate humanitarian aid.

“While we welcome [Aung San] Suu Kyi’s comments that returning refugees have nothing to fear, the United States renews our call on Burma’s security forces to end their violence immediately and support diplomatic efforts for a long-term solution," Pence noted.

News Report: Trump Says He's Decided Whether US Should Stay in Iran Nuclear Deal

U.S. President Donald Trump
U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he has made a decision on whether to pull the United States out of the 2015 international pact curbing Iran's nuclear weapons development.

Trump declined to say what his decision is, but the U.S. rift with Iran took center stage at the United Nations General Assembly, a day after he denounced Tehran as "an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos."

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in his speech Wednesday, told the annual gathering of world leaders at the 193-nation organization that Tehran does not tolerate threats from anyone and was unmoved by Trump's complaints. Rouhani called them "ugly, ignorant words."

In an apparent reference to the U.S. leader, Rouhani said "destruction" of the nuclear deal "by 'rogue' newcomers to the world of politics will never impede Iran’s course of progress and advancement.

News Report: India, Japan Expected to Increase Maritime Activity Aimed at China

Ralph Jennings

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — India and Japan, anxious to keep Asia’s dominant power Beijing in check, may send patrols into the contested South China Sea or sell arms to rival states following a pair of high-level meetings this month, experts say.

Both Asian countries could sell or donate more weapons to China’s rival maritime claimants, such as Vietnam, so they can build a defense against Beijing. Japan may also use coast guard or naval ships to patrol the sea to show it’s open despite China’s claim to some 90 percent of it.

India will probably continue joint exploration with Vietnam for oil and gas under the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea, analysts say.

“Delhi and Tokyo have both been stepping up their capacity-building efforts in the region, with Japan focused mainly on providing patrol vessels and training for Southeast Asian states and India selling arms to and training the Vietnamese navy,” said Gregory Poling, director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the American think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies.

News Report: Critics of Iran Nuclear Deal Debate the Way Forward

Daniel Schearf

NEW YORK — During his speech Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly, U.S. President Donald Trump made his disdain for the nuclear agreement with Iran absolutely clear.

"The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into," Trump said. "Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don't think you've heard the last of it, believe me."

On the sidelines of the UNGA, some prominent critics of the Iran nuclear deal endorsed his position Tuesday, debating how best to move forward to prevent Tehran from becoming a nuclear weapons state, while underscoring concerns about Tehran's links with North Korea.

Participants in the United Against Nuclear Iran conference (UANI) agreed they see flaws in the 2015 deal, which offered incentives to Iran in return for guarantees that it would not develop nuclear weapons. But speakers disagreed on whether the United States should attempt to renegotiate and expand the deal negotiated under former President Barack Obama, or scrap it altogether.

News Story: DPRK slams Japanese lawmaker for drumming up military rearmament

PYONGYANG, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Wednesday slammed a Japanese lawmaker for drumming up military rearmament by creating various pretexts of threats from the DPRK.

The official daily Rodong Sinmun said that Katsuyuki Kawai, who is also a special aide to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has recently said there is need to discuss the issue of arming its Self-Defense Forces with intermediate-range ballistic missiles and cruise missiles.

The Japanese lawmaker also recently met with the head of the Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based policy research institute, and asserted the need to introduce cruise missiles into Self-Defense Forces, said the official daily of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.

Read the full story at Xinhua


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PacificSentinel: If the North Koreans don't want Japan to have Cruise/Ballistic Missiles then it's quite simple, remove the motivation for the acquisition, STOP launching Ballistic Missiles over Japan and threatening to sink their island, then there won't be a need for the Missiles.