Tuesday, May 18, 2021


Belgian ambassador to South Korea apologises after wife assaults shop assistant

The case has provoked anger in South Korea amid claims his wife will be able to claim diplomatic immunity in order to avoid prosecution.

Chinese ‘vaccine diplomacy’ on display in overtures to Taiwan allies

Taipei persuaded India to provide vaccines to Paraguay to counter Chinese pressure.

China bans British MPs in tit-for-tat sanctions

From the moment the UK imposed its first ever sanctions on Chinese officials earlier in the week, a response from Beijing was inevitable.

China, Russia foreign ministers meet in show of unity against West

In the last century Moscow and Beijing were Cold War communist rivals but they are now forging extensive economic, military and scientific ties.

North Korean extradited from Malaysia appears in US court

Mun Chol Myong is accused of laundering money through the US financial system between April 2013 and November 2018 to provide luxury items to North Korea.

North Korean diplomats shutter embassy in KL after ties cut

Before departing, the North's most senior diplomat in Malaysia accused Malaysia of siding with Washington in a 'conspiracy' against Pyongyang, and committing a 'large hostile act'.

Malaysia defends extradition after North Korea cuts ties

The foreign ministry says Mun Chol Myong's extradition was only carried out after the due legal process had been exhausted, and in accordance with the principles of justice and rule of law.

Quarrelsome start to US-China summit in Alaska

The contentious tone of the diplomats' opening public comments suggest the private discussions would be even less amicable.

‘Takes one to know one’: Putin mocks Biden over ‘killer’ comment

However the Russian leader rules out severing ties with the US altogether.

North Korea breaks ties with Malaysia over citizen’s extradition to US

Pyongyang says Putrajaya 'committed an unpardonable crime' of 'forcibly delivering the innocent citizen (of North Korea) to the US'.

Leaders of Japan, India, Australia, US to meet virtually to discuss Indo-Pacific security

The four countries make up the Quad, which is seen as part of efforts to balance China’s growing military and economic power.

The paradox of Israel’s moral legitimacy

The two-state solution which remains elusive under the watch of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shows that the triumphalism from the normalisation deals is illusory.

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