September 1st, 2017 | Victims of Communism

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September 1st, 2017

CHINA

China Claims Military Solution To North Korea Not An Option As World Leaders Call On It To Step Up Pressure
Victoria Craw, News.com.au
China’s government has shut down the option of a military response to North Korean missile testing, saying war is not the solution to growing nuclear capabilities. Chinese defence spokesman Colonel Ren Guoqiang warned the US and other countries involved to refrain from language that could escalate tension “China maintains its stance on the denuclearised Korean Peninsula,” he said. “Military means must not become an option in the Peninsula issue.”

China Says Xi Transcends West As A Diplomatic “Pioneer”
Channel NewsAsia
Xi Jinping is a diplomatic pioneer whose ideology has transcended centuries of Western international relations theory, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday, lauding Xi ahead of a congress of the Communist Party. China has become more assertive in its foreign policy under Xi, who has touted his global Belt and Road infrastructure plan and sought to position China as a pillar of globalisation. China has also extended its global military reach, opening its first overseas base in Djibouti and using its expanding navy to take a more assertive stance in maritime disputes with neighbours. 

CUBA

University of Miami President Meets Faculty Concerned About Cuba Policy
Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed
A group of faculty members at the University of Miami whose research or teaching relates to Cuba met with President Julio Frenk Tuesday to discuss the university’s recent announcement that it would not enter into institutional agreements with the Cuban government or its universities. The announcement was made following a meeting between Frenk and leaders of local Cuban exile groups, leading faculty and others to express concern that the university was allowing outside organizations to drive its intellectual agenda. 

NORTH KOREA

France Says North Korea Close To Long-Range Missile Capability
Reuters
France’s foreign minister said on Friday that North Korea would have capability to send long-range ballistic missiles in a few months and urged China to be more active diplomatically to resolve the crisis. “The situation is extremely serious… we see North Korea setting itself as an objective to have tomorrow or the day after missiles that can transport nuclear weapons. In a few months that will be a reality,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told RTL radio. 

Putin Says Pressure On North Korea Is Both “Futile” And “A Dead-End Road”
Sam Meredith, CNBC
Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the U.S. and others to avoid going down a “dead-end road” with North Korea on Friday, adding only dialogue without pre-conditions could resolve the crisis. “Russia believes that the policy of putting pressure on Pyongyang to stop its nuclear missile program is misguided and futile,” Putin said in an article published overnight by the Kremlin, ahead of the BRICS summit in Xiamen, China.

VENEZUELA

Turmoil In Venezuela To Vie For Pope’s Attention In Colombia
Joshua Goodman and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press
The brick-built Center for Migrants in Bogota opened its doors as a haven for families displaced by Colombia’s then-raging internal conflict. So as peace came within reach two years ago, its work seemed to be coming to an end and the Scalabrinian nuns contemplated shuttering the 25-bed shelter. Now it’s bursting at the seams again, this time due to a flood of Venezuelan refugees. The plight of so many struggling people from the neighboring nation is likely to steal at least some of Pope Francis’ attention when he arrives in Colombia on Wednesday.

VIETNAM

Despite Strains, Vietnam And China Forge Closer Economic Ties
Reuters
Tensions are high on the South China Sea as Vietnam faces off against China over their overlapping maritime claims. But for the boatmen on the junks cruising the calm expanse of Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay, another growing Chinese presence in the region is very welcome indeed. “More than half our tourists are Chinese now,” said Nguyen Van Phu, 33, who has spent six years working on the boats that chug between the bay’s spectacular stone towers. “If they stopped coming it would be a big problem, if not a disaster.”

Vietnam Protests Over Chinese Military Drill In The South China Sea
Channel NewsAsia
Vietnam on Thursday opposed what it called a Chinese announcement of military exercises in the disputed South China Sea, disagreements over which have pushed tension between the neighbours to its highest in three years. China has appeared uneasy at Vietnam’s efforts to rally Southeast Asian countries over the busy waterway as well as at its neighbour’s growing defence ties with the United States, Japan and India. In July, under pressure from Beijing, Vietnam suspended oil drilling in offshore waters that are also claimed by China. 




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