World Media

United States lauds ASEAN stand on sea row despite 'tremendous pressure'

United States lauds ASEAN stand on sea row despite 'tremendous pressure'

"The ministers further urged ASEAN member states and China to ensure that the code of conduct be finalized in a timely manner, and that it be legally binding, meaningful, effective, and consistent with worldwide law", according to a joint statement on August 6 by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

"It does not matter what we put, what we don't put at the zero draft because what matters reflect what the majority wants..." While its members acknowledge the concern, they also say it guarantees solidarity in decisions and statements they come up with.

Kono is also believed to have expressed concerns about Chinese government ships' repeated entry into Japanese waters around the Senkaku Islands and about China's gas development activities in the East China Sea despite Japanese opposition.

"Neither shall we flinch even an inch from the road to bolstering up the nuclear forces chosen by ourselves, unless the hostile policy and nuclear threat of the USA against [North Korea] are fundamentally eliminated", he said.

Two US service members killed in combat operations
Stephen Townsend, the commander of USA forces battling the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq as saying. The statement did not name the slain soldiers, deferring identification to national authorities.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha made the statement at the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in the Philippine capital of Manila on Monday.

The "dual suspension" argument was first floated in March, when foreign minister Wang Yi spoke to reporters in Beijing.

The three countries called on China and the Philippines to honor an arbitration ruling made past year.

"China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have the ability to work together to maintain regional peace and stability and we will work out regional rules that we mutually agreed upon so as to open up a bright future for our future relations", he said.

Scaramucci: Trump Charlottesville Statement Should Have Been 'Much Harsher' on White Supremacists
"Do you believe Steve Bannon does that?" "He has to moved away from that sort of Bannon-bart nonsense", Scaramucci added. The interview with Stephanopoulos was Scaramucci's first since he was sacked 11 days into his White House job .

The South China Sea has always been the most divisive issue for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), with China's influence looming large over its activities.

In its current form, the framework primarily offers guidance for avoiding tense incidents between the aircraft and naval vessels of various nations in the South China Sea-a far more limited code than what the U.S., Australia, and Japan have in mind. Originally reefs, additional dumping of sand and other materials have transformed them in to the islands of Subi, Mischief, and Fiery Cross - all of which are now under China's control and subject to increased military activity.

Tillerson said the U.S. has other means of communication open to the North if it wants to express a desire to talk.

"As being chair, our main task was to produce a joint communiqué that all Asean members would sign regardless of differences in position", Abella told a press conference. "We will decide what is good for us, what strategy is good for us, because we are a sovereign nation", he added.

Lacazette speaks on Arsenal debut
Their function is hard to describe, the human inside is certainly a "character" and they do inexplicable things with regularity. But it was not to be as substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Giroud struck late on to seal a remarkable three points for Wenger's side.

His father, Yohei Kono, also a former foreign minister, is widely known for the statement he issued under his name as chief Cabinet secretary in 1993.


  • Public Libraries Giving Away Solar Eclipse Glasses

    Public Libraries Giving Away Solar Eclipse Glasses

    However, not all of the glasses found on the site are safe to use, with some vendors selling counterfeit or unsafe versions. A limited supply of free eclipse glasses are also available from the Brookings Public Library (limit two per family).
    Man arrested over auto  attack in Virginia

    Man arrested over auto attack in Virginia

    The driver suspected of plowing his auto into counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia , on Saturday is in police custody. His messages came about an hour after first lady Melania Trump addressed the tense protests taking place in Charlottesville .
    Tottenham close in on £35 million move for Davinson Sanchez

    Tottenham close in on £35 million move for Davinson Sanchez

    Tottenham are reportedly preparing an offer of £28m to test Ajax's resolve over their star defender Davinson Sanchez . The fact that he is only 21, can mean that he will be a long-term member of the Spurs.
  • Gary Neville: Nemanja Matic's Man United arrival from Chelsea 'strange'

    Gary Neville: Nemanja Matic's Man United arrival from Chelsea 'strange'

    Antonio Conte concedes that the departure of Nemanja Matic was an unexpected blow to his plans at Chelsea this season. The signing of Bakayoko meant that, had Matic stayed, he would have been forced to accept the role of a benchwarmer.
    Bolt pulls up injured in final race of his career

    Bolt pulls up injured in final race of his career

    Provided his Jamaican team-mates escape a mistake in this morning's heats, Bolt will line up for one final swansong at 9.50pm. I gave it my all and I really wanted Usain to leave golden, or even if it was just a medal, it was really heart-wrenching.
    Action again North Korea's ballistic missiles a hard  call for US

    Action again North Korea's ballistic missiles a hard call for US

    Those caught outside should lay down, cover their heads and "not look at the flash or fireball" to avoid going blind. The fact sheets didn't seem to cause any widespread anxiety or affect day-to-day Guam life.
  • Parents upset over Lakeland school VIP lunch-line pass

    Parents upset over Lakeland school VIP lunch-line pass

    Parent Chris Stephenson was shocked when he saw the offer while going through his child's packet, and posted it on Facebook. A Florida school included a fundraising document in the students' orientation packets that caused a ruckus among parents.
    North Korea would face greater isolation: Kang

    North Korea would face greater isolation: Kang

    China, however, is easily North Korea's biggest trading partner and economic benefactor, and helped design the sanctions package. The sanctions could further choke North Korea's struggling economy by slashing its $3 billion annual export revenue by a third.
    Championship leader Marc Marquez claims third straight pole in Austria

    Championship leader Marc Marquez claims third straight pole in Austria

    Nearly a flash of unified color around the penultimate corner, breath was held as the moment arrived - and so did Marquez. All eyes were on Ducati Team's Andrea Dovizioso ahead of Saturday's qualifying for Austria MotoGP at Red Bull Ring.
  • Bryce Harper does not have ligament or tendon damage

    During Baker's two years between jobs, Giants manager Bruce Bochy passed him on the all-time managerial victories list. Hitting coach Rick Schu and trainer Paul Lessard then helped Harper off the field, with Manager Dusty Baker trailing.
    Scaramucci: White house plotters seeking Trump exit

    Scaramucci: White house plotters seeking Trump exit

    Senator John McCain of Arizona said Saturday's events marked "a confrontation between our better angels and our worst demons". Republican allies advised Trump to actively repudiate white supremacists who describe themselves as his supporters.
    Manchester United vs. West Ham live stream

    Manchester United vs. West Ham live stream

    However the ability of his United side to reach those heights will depend on the ability of Lukaku, according to Martin Keown. Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, before adding a second not long after the half-time interval.