Tag: Diplomacy

Hashtag Saudi Arabia: Chasing critics on Twitter

The US Justice Department has charged three people, including two Saudis, with spying on Twitter users critical of the kingdom's royal family. The trio worked to unmask the ownership details behind dissident Twitter accounts on behalf of someone prosecutors designated "Royal Family Member-1", which The...

Iran says to resume enrichment at underground plant

President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that Iran would resume uranium enrichment at an underground plant south of Tehran in its latest step back from a troubled 2015 agreement with major powers. The suspension of all enrichment at the Fordow plant in the mountains near the...

Iran marks 1979 embassy siege with anti-US fervour

by Amir HAVASI With anti-American slogans and effigies mocking President Donald Trump, thousands rallied outside the former US embassy in Tehran on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis. Amid renewed tensions with Washington, state television showed rallies taking place in several...

Why Singapore’s appointment of a new ambassador to China is significant for both nations

Lui Tuck Yew, former navy chief turned top bureaucrat, is Singapore's new ambassador to Beijing. Lui who joined the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) in 2000, also served as transport minister from 2011 to 2015. Singaporean analysts say that the former cabinet minister's appointment adds...

Backlash grows over ‘Abominable’ film’s disputed S. China Sea map

by Patrick Lee A scene in the film "Abominable" featuring a map with Beijing's disputed South China Sea claims sparked a growing regional backlash Friday, with Malaysia cutting the segment just days after Vietnam pulled the movie entirely. The animated film about a Chinese teenager helping...

Britain preparing to ‘take back control’ at WTO: minister

Britain is looking forward to "taking back control" of its trade policy after it exits the European Union later this month, a government minister told the World Trade Organization Wednesday. Speaking at a WTO conference, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said her country was preparing...

North Korean negotiators head to Stockholm: Yonhap

A top North Korean negotiator left for Sweden on Thursday ahead of nuclear talks with the United States, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported. Kim Myong Gil departed Beijing on a flight to Stockholm with three other North Korean officials after arriving in the Chinese...

PM Lee stresses need for “small states” to cooperate against wars and climate change

Singapore—Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong emphasized that Singapore must work together with other small states to advance common interests and overcome challenges. PM Lee addressed world leaders during a reception of the Forum of Small States (FOSS) on Wednesday (Sept 25). Currently made up of 107...

Canada taps ambassador, looking to restart China talks

Canada nominated a key economic advisor on Wednesday as its new ambassador to China, hoping to kickstart dialogue and ease a diplomatic standoff with the world's second largest economy. Ugandan-born, Oxford-educated Dominic Barton, 56, helped shape the economic policies of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government...

China backs N. Korea amid deadlocked nuclear talks

China reasserted its backing for North Korea on Tuesday as its foreign minister visited Pyongyang, vowing to maintain "close communication" with its longstanding ally in the face of deadlocked nuclear talks with Washington. Beijing has long been North Korea's key diplomatic backer and main provider...