DUP accuses Dublin of ‘megaphone diplomacy’ over border

“Megaphone diplomacy from Dublin” will not solve the problem of the Irish border once the UK leaves the EU, a Democratic Unionist Party MP has said. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson was responding to comments by the Irish prime minister about his opposition to any sort of economic border post-Brexit. Taoiseach (PM) Leo Varadkar has said he would not design a border for those who campaigned to leave the EU. Sir Jeffrey said non-cooperation from Dublin could result in a “hard border”. “The Taoiseach needs to recognise that going back to the politics of the 70s and 80s in Anglo-Irish relations is … Continue reading DUP accuses Dublin of ‘megaphone diplomacy’ over border

Government says it’s not fair to accuse it of checkbook diplomacy

It’s not fair to say that Taiwan engaging in checkbook diplomacy to keep its official allies, the Presidential Office said Monday in a protest against local media reports. It is a common and long-standing practice in the international community to provide aid to foreign countries — calling this practice “checkbook diplomacy” is neither correct nor fair to those on the front line of diplomacy, Presidential Office spokesman Sidney Lin (林鶴明) said. Lin’s comment came after local media reported that Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) signed off on a financial aid package to Belize during his visit on July 27. Lee … Continue reading Government says it’s not fair to accuse it of checkbook diplomacy

Turkey assures safety of German business investments

Deputy PM Simsek says Turkey remains an open, liberal and investment-friendly country. Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek has assured German companies that their investments in Turkey are safe, and their business would not be affected by recent political disagreements between Ankara and Berlin. In an interview with the Der Spiegel weekly published on Saturday, Simsek underlined that Turkey had left behind a difficult period after the defeated coup attempt last year, and Turkish economy was performing well at the moment. “I can assure the business community. Turkey remains an open, liberal and investment-friendly country,” he said. Simsek stressed that … Continue reading Turkey assures safety of German business investments

Seeking a Way Forward in Afghanistan, Tillerson Pushes for Diplomacy

STATE DEPARTMENT — While President Donald Trump’s administration is seeking a reason to keep American troops in Afghanistan after 16 years of war, U.S. officials are also examining options to stabilize conflicts in the region, including a dialogue that would move forward a peace process. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is not advocating for military options, but looking to facilitate a dialogue between Kabul and the Taliban, according to the State Department. “I think one of the things that the secretary feels very strongly about is trying to develop — get to a place where we can have some sort … Continue reading Seeking a Way Forward in Afghanistan, Tillerson Pushes for Diplomacy

North Korea may test another missile, as US official says diplomacy may have ‘a few more months’

As despot Kim Jong Un prepares Pyongyang to flout international pressure with yet another intercontinental ballistic missile test, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has hinted there may be only “a few more months” left to solve the North Korean dilemma via diplomacy. U.S. officials have told Fox News there has been activity in North Korea in recent days – including moving a variety of gear – at a launch site where Pyongyang previously test-fired its intercontinental ballistic missile, known as the KN-20, on July 4. The rogue regime’s test may come as soon as Thursday – which … Continue reading North Korea may test another missile, as US official says diplomacy may have ‘a few more months’

India Says in Quiet Diplomacy With China to Tackle Border Stand-Off

NEW DELHI – When Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met on the sidelines of a regional conference last month, officials said they reached an understanding not to let the two countries’ long-standing “differences become disputes”. Yet within days, Chinese and Indian soldiers were jostling in a desolate but disputed border region in the Himalayas that has since grown into an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation from which neither army is ready to back off. The flare-up is the latest incident in a steadily deteriorating relationship between the Asian giants who are unable to agree on their 3,500 km … Continue reading India Says in Quiet Diplomacy With China to Tackle Border Stand-Off

Diplomat lays out conditions to improve Russian-US ties at talks with Shannon

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov stressed that illegal actions by the US regarding Russian diplomatic property cannot go unanswered MOSCOW, July 18. /TASS/. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has put forward conditions for improving relations between Moscow and Washington, including the return of the Russian diplomatic property, during his meeting with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon. “We came up with a number of ideas on how to achieve a visible and tangible improvement in relations. This also applies to the issue of the unconditional return of the Russian diplomatic property to us,” Ryabkov … Continue reading Diplomat lays out conditions to improve Russian-US ties at talks with Shannon

China’s railway diplomacy hits the buffers

Beijing is ‘sharing’ train technology worldwide, but are the schemes coming at too high a price? -speed train ride in 2015, the trip revealed more than an enthusiasm for rolling stock. It was also Beijing’s big sell for an engineering technology that it hoped would spearhead the launch of a grand geo-strategic ambition. China’s ability to build high-speed railways more cheaply than its competitors gave the technology a central place in “One Belt, One Road”, Beijing’s ambitious scheme to win diplomatic allies and open markets across more than 65 countries between Asia and Europe by funding and building infrastructure. Mr … Continue reading China’s railway diplomacy hits the buffers

Cuba courted in diplomatic push on Venezuela crisis

Colombian president flies to Havana to seek support for regional initiative Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia’s president, was set to fly to Cuba on Sunday on a mission to convince Havana to support a regional diplomatic push to staunch Venezuela’s growing crisis, which has left 90 dead after three months of protests. The initiative, which Argentina and Mexico are understood to support, is controversial but potentially effective as socialist Cuba is Venezuela’s strongest ally and its intelligence services are understood to work as close advisers to Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela’s embattled president. “Santos is one of the few people, perhaps the only … Continue reading Cuba courted in diplomatic push on Venezuela crisis

Top U.S. Diplomat Ends Talks in Gulf; No Sign Qatar Crisis Resolved

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia July 12, 2017. JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended talks with ministers from Saudi Arabia and three Arab allies on Wednesday over how to end a month-long rift with Qatar, but there was no immediate word of any breakthrough. Tillerson returned to Kuwait, the mediator between the feuding Gulf countries, without making any statement on his talks in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah. He had signed a U.S.-Qatari … Continue reading Top U.S. Diplomat Ends Talks in Gulf; No Sign Qatar Crisis Resolved