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No escaping China for Aquino, Obama

Posted on 30 September 2013 by admin

Publication Date : 30-09-2013

 

Defence cooperation, including China’s incursions into Philippine territory, will top the agenda of President Aquino’s meeting with US President Barack Obama during the latter’s two-day visit to the country next month.

In a radio interview, Ricky Carandang, head of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Group, said Aquino and Obama will talk at length on defence cooperation, specifically the “rotational presence” of US troops in the country.

The meeting will be held on either October 11 or 12.

“Whether or not we will sign something during the Obama visit is not something I can answer at this point. What I can assure our countrymen is that these discussions with the US will lead to enhanced security for the Philippines and that’s why we’re entering into these discussions,” Carandang said.

With the pivot of the United States toward East Asia, “our ties will continue to grow stronger,” he added.

Carandang said the talks would likely touch on China’s undiplomatic efforts to expand its maritime borders in the South China Sea, including into portions of the West Philippine Sea.

“I think we cannot avoid talking about this (territorial dispute with China) because that is part of the context of our action to enhance our maritime security. This is one of the biggest issues concerning not only the Philippines, but also Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Japan,” Carandang said.

The Philippines and the United States are currently in the midst of negotiations to step up the joint training of Filipino and American air, naval and ground forces and increased US military assistance to the country.

But Carandang stressed that talks to increase US troop presence in the Philippines were not rushed for completion in time for the Obama visit.

“These discussions have been going on for several months—if I’m not mistaken, over a year now, so we cannot say this is being hurried. We are making slow but steady progress on the rotational presence,�€ said Carandang.

“We’re hoping that this visit will be very fruitful in strengthening our relations with the United States. This is not only about defence, we have economic, cultural, historical ties that will be discussed during the visit,” he said.

US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr. earlier told a local forum that the issue of illegal Filipino immigrants in the US (dubbed TNT or “tago nang tagoâ�� for always hiding) would also be on the agenda of the Aquino-Obama meeting. The US Congress is currently deliberating an immigration reform bill that would grant citizenship to 11 million illegal immigrants in the US, among them many Filipinos.

Obama is visiting the Philippines on the invitation of President Aquino. The Philippines is the last stop in Obama’s Southeast Asian swing starting October 6 that will take him to Indonesia to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Economic Leaders meeting; to Brunei, to participate in a US-Asean Summit; and to Malaysia, where he will deliver the keynote address to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. He will make his final stop in Manila before returning to the US on October 12.

The last visit of a US president to Manila was in October 2003 when Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, passed by for a nine-hour stopover.

“We’re very pleased that the president is coming. As you know, he has a very good relationship with President Aquino. You may recall that President Aquino was the first Asean president that Obama had discussions with,” Thomas had told the press.

Obama, who began his first term as US president in 2009, and Aquino, who became Philippine president in 2010, have officially met at least three times: In New York in 2010 and 2011 and at the White House during Aquino’s working visit to the US last year.

Speaking of overall ties between the Philippines and the United States, Thomas said: “This is not primarily a military relationship. This is an economic, trade and people-to-people relationship.”

 

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Lessons from Aceh for south Thailand

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Seoul, Washington reaffirm goal of nuke-free North Korea

Posted on 30 September 2013 by admin

Publication Date : 30-09-2013

 

Top diplomats from Seoul and Washington reaffirmed their goal of denuclearising North Korea Friday amid reports that Pyongyang is reactivating its atomic weapons programs while offering to resume long-stalled disarmament-for-aid negotiations.

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se met with US Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to discuss bilateral ties, Pyongyang�s nuclear programme, the Syrian crisis and other regional and global issues.

They concurred that the communist regime should not be allowed to develop atomic weapons while calling for international aid, Seoul officials said.

Yun stressed the significance of the two countries’ close bilateral cooperation and China���s greater role in “achieving substantial progress on North Korea’s denuclearisation”, his ministry said in a statement.

Kerry in response acknowledged Seoul’s consistent North Korea policy and suggested further cooperation to that end.

In his address to the UN General Assembly on the day, Yun urged Pyongyang to forgo its policy of pursuing nuclear weapons and economic development in tandem. He also called for greater international pressure to induce that change, citing Syria’s recent promise to relinquish its chemical arsenal.

“As is the case with Syria, the international community should forge united efforts to roll back DPRK’s (North Korea’s) nuclear weapons programs to prevent the advent of another nuclear-armed state,” the minister said Friday.

“However, if the DPRK decides to give up its so-called parallel pursuit of economic development and nuclear armament, and in turn embarks on a path of genuine change through concrete actions, the Republic of Korea stands ready to help North Korea.”

Backed by its prime ally Beijing, Pyongyang has recently called for high-level dialogue with Washington and a restart of six-nation denuclearisation talks with South Korea, the US, China, Japan and Russia.

Yun’s remarks reflect Seoul and Washington’s firm demand for Pyongyang’s preemptive, stronger commitments than those in the so-called Leap Day deal in 2012 before starting any fresh round of talks.

In February 2012, the North agreed to put a moratorium on its uranium enrichment programme, stop atomic and missile tests and let in International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors, in return for 240,000 tons of nutritional aid from the US.

During a separate meeting earlier in the day with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Yun praised Beijing’s ongoing diplomatic efforts but emphasised that Pyongyang should prove its sincerity with action before the six-party talks could resume.

Wang expressed his expectations of Seoul’s “sustained efforts for inter-Korean reconciliation and cooperationâ��, Yun’s ministry said.

At a news conference later with Korean journalists, Yun said that though China calls for dialogue to resolve the North Korea issue as the host of the six-party talks, it remains committed to Pyongyang’s denuclearisation.

Satellite images and news reports recently indicated that the North likely expanded its nuclear facility in Yongbyon and restarted a graphite-moderated reactor to extract plutonium for atomic weapons.

Despite recent progress, inter-Korean relations also face a rough ride. The North suddenly called off reunions of separated families slated for last week and begun churning out barbs against Seoul.

“It is with utmost regret that the DPRK unilaterally cancelled this reunion, which is a humanitarian event in nature, citing political reasons. Such an inhumane decision cannot be justified for any reason,” Yun said in the speech.

“I urge the DPRK to convene the family reunion as soon as possible to ease the pain and suffering of the Korean people as a whole.”

 

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Tepco to scrap Fukushima Nos. 5, 6 reactors

Posted on 30 September 2013 by admin

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Laos, China agree to cement strategic partnership

Posted on 30 September 2013 by admin

Publication Date : 30-09-썝

 

Laos and China have signed a number of cooperation documents relating to the further development of their comprehensive strategic partnership and the future of their economic cooperation.

The agreements were signed during an official goodwill visit to China by Lao President and Secretary General of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, Choummaly Sayasone, from September 26-Ǿ in response to an invitation from his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

During their talks, the two leaders described the current situation in their respective countries before discussing how best to enhance their relations, friendship and cooperation.

Since Laos and China established their comprehensive strategic partnership in 2009, their mutual trust has deepened, particularly in political affairs, and economic cooperation has seen progress as anticipated.

China and Laos are friendly neighbours that share the same destiny as well as extensive common interests.

The two countries view their relationship from a strategic and long-term perspective and give priority to the development of the relationship, no matter how the international situation changes, according to Chinese media reports quoting Xi Jingping.

The two sides agreed to enhance their mutual trust and assistance in both the bilateral and multilateral arenas for their shared benefit, and contribute to regional and global peace, friendship and cooperation in development.

The two countries also agreed to further exchange visits between delegations of their two parties and governments, aiming to exchange views and develop their human resources to enhance the quality of their cooperation.

Laos is part of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China expects Laos to play an active role in consolidating China’s ties with the regional bloc.

According to the China Daily report, Laos serves a unique role in bringing China closer to its Asean neighbours and can act as a mediator amid some regional disputes.

“In its foreign policies, Laos sees China as a key partner. Economically, its fast development is closely linked with that of China,” China Daily said quoting Head of the Institute of Lao Studies at the Institute of China-Asean Research in the Guangxi Zhuang region.

China is a key trading partner with Laos and their annual trade volume has been increasing on a year-on-year basis.

In 2010 bilateral trade volume reached US$1 billion, rising to US$1.728 billion in 2012. In the first five months of 2013, bilateral trade stood at US$794 million, and China’s nonfinancial direct investment in Laos reached US$339 million.

China is one of the largest foreign investors in Laos mainly in the areas of hydropower, mining, agriculture and forestry.

During his visit, Choummaly also met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to further discuss their cooperation efforts.

The president was accompanied by his wife, Office Head of the Party Central Committee Bounpone Bouttanavong, ministers, deputy ministers and other officials.

 

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Did Moro leader escape to Sulu?

Posted on 30 September 2013 by admin

Publication Date : 30-09-2013

 

Where is Habier Malik?

The commander of the Moro rebels who attacked this city
20 days ago remained unaccounted for on Sunday as fighting continued between security forces and remnants of his insurgent band two days after the military declared its mission here accomplished.

There were reports on Saturday that Malik, a trusted lieutenant of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari, had been wounded, but the information could not be independently verified.

On Saturday night, the Inquirer received information that Malik had slipped through the military blockade and was already in Kanmindos village in Luuk town, Sulu province, with head and leg wounds.
But former Rep. Munir Arbison said it was impossible that Malik was in Luuk. Arbison’s brother Allayon is the mayor of Luuk.

Arbison dismissed the report of Malik’s presence in Luuk as “malicious and could have something to do with politics”.

He explained that Malik was his and his family’s enemy who supported their opponents and staged an attack in the town during May’s midterm elections.

“Never will we help an enemy who killed many of our followers,” Arbison said.

The military said on Saturday that it was looking for Malik “among the dead”.

Malik’s identification card had been found on the body of a slain rebel, but military spokeman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said it was too early to confirm his death, as forensic examinations were being carried out.
The military announced on Saturday that police were taking over from troops to clear coastal villages here that were seized and occupied by rebels from the MNLF faction led by Misuari.

But just minutes after the military said the threat to Zamboanga City was over, soldiers killed three MNLF fighters in a clash that also left six soldiers wounded.

“What happened was not organised resistance. These are stragglers trying to escape capture,” Zagala explained on Sunday, adding that only a handful of rebels remained.

The latest clash put the toll at 189 MNLF fighters killed, with 292 captured or surrendering, while 23 soldiers and policemen and 12 civilians had also been slain.

A total of 195 civilian hostages escaped or had been rescued, with no more believed to still be in the hands of the rebels, Zagala said.
As fighting went on in some coastal areas of the city on Sunday, fire broke out on Puerto Princesa Drive in Talon-Talon village, angering people who had heard about the clearing operations.

Some residents were so angry they believed the fire had been deliberately set.

“Tell the government to stop this drama. All of us here are suffering and hurt,” village guard Abnasser Ladja told the Inquirer.

Ladja’s two-storey house was razed in the fire. His family had provided food for the Special Action Force and Marine troops during the fighting.
“Is this how the government is repaying us?�� Ladja asked.

Another fire broke out in Rio Hondo on Sunday afternoon and like Ladja in Talon-Talon, Jasil Isniradji wondered if the government was out to raze the entire coast.

On September 10, Isniradji’s relatives were told to leave their home in Santa Barbara village and fire broke out there.

The family went to leave with Isniradji in Rio Hondo, but on September 17 the whole family was ordered out of the village and fire broke out there.

The whole family moved to Talon-Talon and fire broke out there on Sunday, leaving the Isniradjis nowhere else to go.

“We don’t know why they are doing this to us,” Isniradji said.

Ladja said the government should explain what it meant by “clearing operations.”

“Is this what they mean by it, burning our villages? Have they no pity?�€ Ladja said.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Sunday said 10,160 houses had been destroyed or damaged in fires in five coastal villages here since fighting between government troops and Misuari’s followers began on September 9.

Worst hit is Santa Catalina, where the rebels burned 3,5Ȼ houses to slow down the military advance, the council said.

The fighting displaced 118,819 people, who are now sheltered in 35 evacuation centers in the city.

In Malacañang, Ricky Carandang, head of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office, said the crushing defeat of the MNLF in Zamboanga City had degraded Misuari’s ability to launch similar attacks in other parts of the country.
In the coming days, Carandang said, the Department of Justice would bring rebellion and other criminal charges against Misuari, Malik and their followers who have been captured in Zamboanga City.—With reports from Gil Cabacungan and Marlon Ramos in Manila, and AFP

 

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Interpol to help track M’sian gangsters abroad

Posted on 30 September 2013 by admin

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Korea, China and Japan vow greater cultural exchange amid souring relations

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Nikkei ends at 2-week low on firm yen, U.S. budget woes

Posted on 30 September 2013 by admin

Tokyo stocks ended 2.06 percent lower on Monday, with the index reaching its lowest level in about two weeks amid a firm yen and concerns over the potential negative impact of U.S. budget problems.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average was down 304.27 points from Friday at 14,455.80, its lowest closing level since Sept. 17.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished down 23ሢ points, or 1.92 percent, at 1,194.10.


Sep 30
Japan coastguard arrests Chinese crew over fatal crash Japan’s coastguard said Monday it had arrested a Chinese crew member of a Sierra Leone-registered vessel over a collision with a Japanese ship that left five people dead and one missing. (South China Morning Post )
Sepಞ
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Sep 30
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Sep 30
Japanese woman shot during robbery in Cambodia A Japanese woman was shot in the left thigh as she resisted two men trying to steal her handbag in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Japanese embassy sources said Sunday. (Japan Today )
Sep 30
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Sep 30
Finance ministry staff member arrested for molesting teen girl in Shibuya Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of a staff member of the Ministry of Finance for the alleged molestation of a teenage girl commuting to school in Shibuya Ward on June 20. (Tokyo Reporter)
Sep 30
Female cops given a boost The Metropolitan Police Department issued an unusual set of instructions to its 40,000 male officers this month. The MPD asked male officers to start working better with female colleagues. (Japan Times )
Sep 29
Woman stabs 2 Chinese colleagues in workplace cafeteria Police in Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a woman for stabbing two female coworkers in a workplace cafeteria. (Japan Today )
Sep 28
5 killed in cargo ship collision in Japan Five Japanese sailors were killed after two cargo ships collided and one capsized about 11 kilometers west of the Izu Oshima Island off central Japan’s Pacific coast early Friday. (Jiji Press )
Sep 28
2 Tokyo men arrested for burying boss’s corpse in Saitama Police in Tachikawa have arrested two men over the disposal of their boss’s corpse. (Japan Today )
Sep 27
Missing Chiba girl found unharmed at shrine A 17-year-old girl who has been missing since July 13 was found unharmed on Thursday on the premises of a Shinto shrine in Mobara, Chiba Prefecture. (Japan Today )
Sep 27
Woman detained after school reports non-attendance of her daughter Police are questioning a 27-year-old woman in Fukuoka over the fate of her 7-year-old daughter after the school in which she was enrolled reported that the child had not attended school even once. (Japan Today )
Sep 27
Nagoya sex club employee gave Aichi cops money, cars In a trial over the alleged intimidation of an investigator of the Kodo-kai organized crime group, an employee of a chain of sex clubs in Nagoya testified on Thursday that he provided police officers with gifts. (Tokyo Reporter)
Sep 26
Japan suspends senior official over tsunami victims blog Japan’s government on Thursday suspended a senior bureaucrat who blogged about the pointlessness of rebuilding tsunami-wrecked towns because they were populated mostly by economically unproductive old people. (foxnews.com )
Sep 26
Bad weather linked to train suicides in Japan The number of suicides on Japanese railways increases after several days of bad weather, according to a study released Thursday, which urged train operators to increase patrols during rainy periods. (medicalxpress.com )

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Japan factory output slips ahead of tax hike decision

Posted on 30 September 2013 by admin

Japan’s factory output slipped more than expected in August but the government put an upbeat gloss on the data Monday, a day before Premier Shinzo Abe issues his long-awaited decision on hiking sales taxes.

Tepid export and consumer demand at home weighed on industrial production last month, with output falling by 0.7 percent from the previous month.

The drop — reversing a 3.4 percent rise in July — is one of the last pieces of economic data that Tokyo will be able to study before issuing a decision Tuesday on whether to raise the sales levy, a move some fear will derail Japan’s fledgling economic recovery.

Also due Tuesday are household spending data and the Bank of Japan’s quarterly Tankan survey, a widely watched indicator of confidence in the corporate sector.

Analysts were mixed on the fresh factory output figures, with Junko Nishioka, chief economist at RBS Securities Japan, noting that the country’s export picture was lacklustre.


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Japan coastguard arrests Chinese crew over fatal crash Japan’s coastguard said Monday it had arrested a Chinese crew member of a Sierra Leone-registered vessel over a collision with a Japanese ship that left five people dead and one missing. (South China Morning Post )
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Govt. to consider reviewing PM2.5 guidelines Japan’s Environment Ministry is considering whether to review its guidelines for airborne particles called PM2.5, after finding that smog alerts based on them are sometimes inaccurate. (NHK )
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Sep 30
Japanese woman shot during robbery in Cambodia A Japanese woman was shot in the left thigh as she resisted two men trying to steal her handbag in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Japanese embassy sources said Sunday. (Japan Today )
Sepಞ
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Sep 30
Finance ministry staff member arrested for molesting teen girl in Shibuya Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of a staff member of the Ministry of Finance for the alleged molestation of a teenage girl commuting to school in Shibuya Ward on June 20. (Tokyo Reporter)
Sep 30
Female cops given a boost The Metropolitan Police Department issued an unusual set of instructions to its 40,000 male officers this month. The MPD asked male officers to start working better with female colleagues. (Japan Times )
Sep 29
Woman stabs 2 Chinese colleagues in workplace cafeteria Police in Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a woman for stabbing two female coworkers in a workplace cafeteria. (Japan Today )
Sep 28
5 killed in cargo ship collision in Japan Five Japanese sailors were killed after two cargo ships collided and one capsized about 11 kilometers west of the Izu Oshima Island off central Japan’s Pacific coast early Friday. (Jiji Press )
Sep 28
2 Tokyo men arrested for burying boss’s corpse in Saitama Police in Tachikawa have arrested two men over the disposal of their boss’s corpse. (Japan Today )
Sep 27
Missing Chiba girl found unharmed at shrine A 17-year-old girl who has been missing since July 13 was found unharmed on Thursday on the premises of a Shinto shrine in Mobara, Chiba Prefecture. (Japan Today )
Sep 27
Woman detained after school reports non-attendance of her daughter Police are questioning a 27-year-old woman in Fukuoka over the fate of her 7-year-old daughter after the school in which she was enrolled reported that the child had not attended school even once. (Japan Today )
Sep ǻ
Nagoya sex club employee gave Aichi cops money, cars In a trial over the alleged intimidation of an investigator of the Kodo-kai organized crime group, an employee of a chain of sex clubs in Nagoya testified on Thursday that he provided police officers with gifts. (Tokyo Reporter)
Sep 26
Japan suspends senior official over tsunami victims blog Japan’s government on Thursday suspended a senior bureaucrat who blogged about the pointlessness of rebuilding tsunami-wrecked towns because they were populated mostly by economically unproductive old people. (foxnews.com )
Sep 26
Bad weather linked to train suicides in Japan The number of suicides on Japanese railways increases after several days of bad weather, according to a study released Thursday, which urged train operators to increase patrols during rainy periods. (medicalxpress.com )

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