US slams China’s ‘opaque’ chequebook diplomacy, trade practices

PTI/AFP US Vice President Mike Pence pilloried China’s “opaque” chequebook diplomacy in a combative speech Saturday, taking aim at Beijing’s business practices and warning trade tariffs would remain in place. US-China trade tensions are likely to take centre stage at the APEC regional summit, with experts warning the spat could be catastrophic for the global […]

Technology is Changing Diplomacy

The world has changed more rapidly over the last 35 years than over the last 350 years. These changes ultimately permeated the world of diplomacy. Diplomacy originated from the deep belly of darkness we call “the dawn of history,” when the stage was set to forgo unprofitable squabbles over land and commerce. Key components of […]

North Korea Tests New Weapon Amid Stalled Nuclear Diplomacy

North Korea tests ‘newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon’ amid stalled diplomatic efforts. (In this undated photo released Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, listens to a military official as he inspects a weapon testing at the Academy of National Defense Science, North Korea. Kim observed […]

India, Russia support Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process: Deputy NSA

PTI India and Russia support the Afghan government’s efforts towards the realisation of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, Deputy National Security Adviser Pankaj Saran said Wednesday. His remarks come days after India in a “non-official” capacity attended a meet in Moscow where Taliban representatives were also present. Delivering the keynote address at the second […]

Sino-Indian secretaries discuss setting up defence hotlines

Indian Army had been maintaining that hotline should be set up between its DGMO and its equivalent in the People’s Liberation Army. New Delhi: Indian and Chinese defence secretaries met in the Capital on Tuesday to discuss setting up of hotlines between the central and regional military headquarters of the two countries. Beijing’s intransigence to […]

Top India, China officials hold defence, security dialogue, agree to step up military exchanges

PTI BEIJING: Top officials of India and China held the ninth Annual Defence and Security Dialogue here after a one-year gap due to the Doklam standoff, as both countries agreed to enhance military exchanges and interactions. The dialogue on November 13 was held between the two defence delegations headed by Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra and […]

Japan boosts int’l coast guard diplomacy in PH-SEA waters

By Roy Mabasa A Filipino coast guard officer has cited Japan’s role and support in promoting “coast guard diplomacy” to the Philippines and to the Southeast Asian region, in view of the developing issues and challenges. Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Lieutenant Commander Jay Tristan Tarriela conveyed view of Japan amid regional maritime issues such as […]

India, Indonesia launch their maiden naval exercise

NEW DELHI: The first bilateral naval exercise named “Samudra Shakti” between the Indian and the Indonesian Navies was inaugurated on Tuesday in Surabaya, Indonesia giving further momentum to bilateral strategic partnership. These bilateral naval exercises will be conducted in Java Sea and would last until 18 November. Rear Admiral Mintoro Yulianto, S.Sos, M.Si, Commander of […]