USA analysts locate secret North Korean missile sites

15 November, 2018, 13:42 | Author: Myra Gill
  • PM Modi shakes hands with US Vice President Mike Pence during their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Singapore on Wednesday

"Had a great interaction with ASEAN leaders at the ASEAN-India Informal Breakfast Summit". Numerous ten members of the Association of South East Asian Nations perceive India as a much-needed counterbalance to China, though their leaders are unlikely to say so in public, given the large Chinese presence in the economies of several Asean states.

Under President Donald Trump, the United States has pushed for a "free and open" Indo-Pacific partly in response to China's growing footprint in the region.

A USA think tank said on Monday it had identified at least 13 of an estimated 20 active, undeclared missile bases inside North Korea, underscoring the challenge for American negotiators hoping to persuade Kim to give up his weapons programmes.

Financial inclusion has become a reality for 1.3 billion Indians with the government launching a number of people-friendly digital platforms, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Wednesday as he pitched India as the "best" investment destination for tech firms at the prestigious Fintech Festival here.

The US has conducted a series of "freedom of navigation" exercises in the disputed South China Sea, triggering protests from Beijing over what it says is infringement of sovereignty.

FILE - An airstrip, structures and buildings on China's man-made Subi Reef in the Spratly chain of islands in the South China Sea are seen from a Philippine Air Force C-130 transport plane of the Philippine Air Force.

China's claims in the South China Sea, through which some US$3 trillion (RM 12.58 trillion) of shipborne trade passes each year, are contested by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.

"It depends on China", said Termsak Chalermpalanupap, a fellow with the ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore. "We just fill in some details and that's it".

A US congressional commission said on Wednesday that China appears to have relaxed enforcement of sanctions on North Korea as Pyongyang began to engage with the United States this year.

The White House said last week that Pence and Modi would discuss the India-US defence cooperation and the bilateral relationship during their meeting in Singapore.

He said that the U.S. tries to promote this vision by notably spurring private investment in infrastructure and pursuing trade which is "free, fair, and reciprocal".

During the Korea-ASEAN summit scheduled for Wednesday, Moon plans to propose holding a special Korea-ASEAN summit next year to further solidify relations with the Southeast Asian nations under his "new southward policy". "But we look forward to finding even more ways we can work together, even as the president [Donald Trump] moves toward another summit with Chairman Kim in the hope that we can finally bring a lasting peace to the Korean Peninsula".

Prime Minister Modi also met with the NCC cadets who got the opportunity to visit Singapore as a part of a cadet exchange programme.

Pence said little about trade Wednesday, although he did tell Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc that he envisioned a "more fair and reciprocal trade arrangement going forward". Southeast Asian countries export low-value factory goods, migrant labor and natural resources to much of the world.

The two leaders also had a brief discussion on trade-related matters.

"The ASEAN summit, from what I observe, is basically more opportunities for the leaders to meet other leaders bilaterally rather than coming up with something concrete multilaterally", he said.



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