Harry Potter analogies misplaced in China-Japan diplomatic row

Harry Potter analogies misplaced in China-Japan diplomatic row

Call it the Harry Potter theory of international relations. The Chinese and Japanese ambassadors to Britain have denounced each other's country's aggressive policy by likening it to the Dark Lord Voldemort.

Tuesday, 14 January, 2014, 9:58am 4 comments

New US ambassador Caroline Kennedy arrives in Japan

New US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy. Photo: AP

Caroline Kennedy, the lone surviving child of slain US president John F Kennedy, arrived in Tokyo on Friday to take up the post of US ambassador to Japan, pledging to boost ties.

The 55-year-old Kennedy’s arrival comes a week before the 50th anniversary of her father’s assassination in Dallas.

15 Nov 2013 - 5:47pm

Caroline Kennedy sworn in as US ambassador to Japan

The new US ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy. Photo: AFP

Caroline Kennedy, the new US ambassador to Japan and daughter of slain President John F Kennedy, leaves Washington for Japan on Thursday to begin her work to strengthen the critical bond between the US and the Asian nation.

20 Nov 2013 - 9:43pm

China backs African bid to suspend ICC Kenya case

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta. Photo: AFP

China on Monday threw its weight behind an African bid to suspend an International Criminal Court crimes-against-humanity case against Kenya’s president.

It said the “dignity” of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice-President William Ruto had to be respected by the UN Security Council and the ICC.

5 Nov 2013 - 10:26am

UN seeks Syria peace talks amid military strike threat

Jeffery Feltman. Photo: AFP

The United Nations is making a desperate new push for a Syria peace conference even as the United States prepares a possible military strike, according to diplomats.

Talks on a conference are to be re-launched at the Group of 20 summit in Russia this week with the 30-month-old conflict at a new level of bitterness after the suspected use of banned chemical weapons, envoys said.

5 Sep 2013 - 10:38am

Taipei, Manila agree to prevent violence in fishing disputes

Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shih-cheng's boat, the Kuang Ta Hsing No 28, is inspected by Taiwanese officers after arriving at Liuqiu port in Pingtung County, Taiwan, on May 11. Photo: AP

The agreement was reached during their first preparatory meeting on fishery cooperation held in Manila on Friday, Taiwan’s foreign ministry said in a statement released late Saturday.

16 Jun 2013 - 1:48pm 1 comment

Britain pushes India's nuclear ambitions

An Agni-IV missile is displayed during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. London, Washington, Paris and others argue nuclear-armed India should join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). Photo: AFP

Britain has stepped up efforts to let India join an influential global body controlling nuclear exports, a move that would boost New Delhi's standing as an atomic power but which has faced resistance from China and other countries.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:12am

Prince Naruhito's visit marks 400 years of Japanese ties with Spain

Prince Naruhito reviews Spanish royal guards at El Pardo palace in Madrid at the start of his week-long trip to Japan. Photo: AFP

Crown Prince Naruhito has launched a celebration of Japan's 400-year relationship with Spain on a visit that will take him to a curious town where many residents still carry the name "Japon" to honour the Japanese who visited in the 17th century.

12 Jun 2013 - 12:24am

China, too, can play the containment game

China's President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto as they visit the archaeological site of Chichen itza, State of Yucatan. Photo: AFP

When Xi Jinping sat down with Barack Obama in a luxurious estate on the edge of the California desert over the weekend, the Chinese president delivered a subtle message to his American host: China can play the containment game just as well as the US.

11 Jun 2013 - 10:03pm 3 comments

No one nation, whether America or China, can rule Asia

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and U.S. President Barack Obama take a walk before heading into their second meeting, at the Annenberg Retreat, California. Photo: Xinhua

At their California summit, President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Barack Obama discussed a long list of disputes, from trade to climate change and cyberhacking. Both were anxious to get along and there will be only small steps forward. The key point to come out of the meeting is rapport.

11 Jun 2013 - 1:44am

Two Koreas hold talks on border as military tensions ease

The two Koreas agreed to send three delegates each to Panmunjom, a traditional point of contact on their border. Photo: EPA

South and North Korea will hold working-level talks in the border truce village of Panmunjom today - the first such dialogue in more than two years.

9 Jun 2013 - 6:56am

Xi and Obama can find room to bloom in the desert

Stephen Noerper says Sunnylands will give the leaders of the dominant and ascendant world powers a good chance to get a measure of each other. Photo: Reuters

Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping , G2 leaders and likely new pals, are meeting at Sunnylands. Aptly named, this sprawling desert retreat sits two hours from Los Angeles in Rancho Mirage. Deserts loom large in US literary minds, from the Bible to Paul Bowles, and oft suggest blank space for exploration of the soul.

7 Jun 2013 - 1:13am

Will Indonesia's idea for an Asian peace treaty fly?

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa recently called specifically for a new "Indo-Pacific-wide treaty of friendship and co-operation". Photo: AFP

Everyone else in East Asia knows how to behave - with practised disdain for those around them. China hates Japan. Vietnam hates China. Everybody hates North Korea. North Korea hates everybody. Basically, we all know where we stand.

6 Jun 2013 - 2:10am

Xi Jinping plans to step up energy links with Trinidad and Tobago

President Xi Jinping talks with the president of Trinidad and Tobago, Anthony Carmona, in Port of Spain. Photo: Xinhua

Calling for a joint effort to advance ties, Xi said he saw great potential for further co-operation with Trinidad and Tobago, one of the wealthiest countries in the Caribbean, which has large reserves of oil and gas.

3 Jun 2013 - 6:13am

Japan to give US$14 billion in aid to Africa

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a speech during the Tokyo International Conference on African Development. Photo: AP

Around half of the money will be earmarked for infrastructure development, with Japan seeking to match its manufacturers' desire to export transport systems and power grids with Africa's huge needs.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am