China protests US ship sailing by island in South China Sea

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 13, 2017

The Philippines did not want to mention land reclamation and militarization in the joint communique of the foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano revealed on Tuesday.

"When the conditions are right, then we can sit and have a dialogue around the future of North Korea so they feel secure and prosper economically", Mr Tillerson told reporters.

North Korea has made no secret of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States, and has ignored worldwide calls to halt its nuclear and missile programmes. In what was apparently a chance meeting at a gala dinner Sunday night, Ri spoke briefly with his counterpart from South Korea, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.

Ri says in the speech that responsibility for the Korean Peninsula crisis lies exclusively with Washington.

After a typhoon washed out the bridge in October past year, China began to undertake reclamation anew on the southern end of North Island and "built a retaining wall around the [2.73 hectares] of new land to prevent further erosion".

As China and ASEAN celebrate the 15th anniversary of strategic partnership next year, both sides are also facing a critical point to bring the ties to a higher level, Wang said, calling for future actions to build a higher level China-ASEAN strategic partnership and a closer community of common destiny of China and ASEAN. But he says it won't be a matter of a mere 30-day pause leading to the USA being willing to talk. The sanctions are expected to cause harm to the North Korean economy.

"Your excellency, welcome. We are very pleased to have you here", Duterte told Ri as they shook hands minutes before the start of the program attended by Southeast Asia's top diplomats.

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North Korea rarely attends, or is even invited to, worldwide forums like the ASEAN meeting.

He urged the North to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

Lavrov told reporters that he believed the United States would continue a dialogue with Russian Federation despite what both sides have described as the worst tensions since the Cold War ended.

The Global Times, a separate newspaper published by the People's Daily, said the United States must rein in its "moral arrogance over North Korea".

Satellite photos also showed that China continued its efforts to connect North Island and Middle Island in 2016.

Thornton also said that the United States would be "watchful" to ensure that China did not slip from its adherence to the new sanctions, which she characterized as the strongest in a generation.

"It is conceivable that North Korea's nuclear weapons programme has already considerably advanced and it is possible that North Korea has already achieved the miniaturisation of nuclear weapons and has acquired nuclear warheads", it said.

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