South Korea and the United States conducted joint-military drills over a four-day period last week.
ndonesia, home to world’s largest Muslim population, also condemned Trump for his illegitimate remarks.
Trump’s recent decision to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has united people fighting for the rights of Palestinians world over, spurring protests in countries, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and China who have all joined in the condemnation.
On Monday, General Valery Gerasimov informed Japan of Moscow’s concerns that U.S.-spearheaded military exercises around the Korean Peninsula – with junior ally Japan – could escalate tensions with North Korea.
The two socialist nations have maintained a warm political relationship since 1960, after the Cuban Revolution led by the late Fidel Castro. The countries have political, economic and cultural ties.
Ernesto Che Guevara toured the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in 1960 on an official Cuban visit and met with the leader of the Korean Workers’ Party and first head of the DPRK Kim Il Sung, praising the socialist development in the country.
Cuba maintains an embassy in the DPRK and traded up to US$9 million with the country in 2016, while it refuses to have diplomatic relations with South Korea.
Subject to its own economic and travel blockade from the United States and facing renewed attacks from U.S. President Donald Trump, Cuba has openly criticized and disregarded international sanctions imposed on the DPRK.
In September 2015, the first Cuban Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel visited the Asian country and met with DPRK leader Kim Jong-un and in December 2016, a delegation of DPRK ministers attended Fidel’s funeral.
Outside the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit, over 2,000 Filipinos protested U.S. President Donald Trump, ending their demonstration burning him in effigy.
“Ban Trump in the Philippines,” signs read while a “fascist spinner,” an image of Trump stood as the backdrop for the event with his four arms holding a gun, a bag of money, a backhoe, and a nuclear bomb.
The South Korean Navy has announced that the United States, South Korea and Australia are participating in navy drills in the East China Sea.
The drills, according to the Navy, are aimed at preventing “the import and export of North Korea nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, and at the implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions regarding illicit and provocative actions of North Korea.” The exercises will take place for two days, according to Sputnik.
A total of four vessels are participating: two Australian frigates, the Melbourne and the Parramatta, a U.S. Chafee destroyer and a South Korean Sejong destroyer equipped with an Aegis combat system.
The exercises coincide with U.S. President Donald Trump’s trip across Asia. In a speech before U.S. troops based in Japan, Trump claimed that “no dictator, no regime and no nation, should underestimate, ever, American resolve.”
“Every once in a while, in the past, they underestimated us. It was not pleasant for them, was it? It was not pleasant. We will never yield, never waver and never falter in defense of our people, our freedom, and our great American flag.”
The Communist Party of China’s General-Secretary Xi Jinping has unveiled what is thought to be its new program for the coming years at the opening session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has admitted that he learned about North Korea possessing a nuclear bomb as early as the early 2000s, five years before it conducted its first nuclear test. Putin made the revelation during a plenary session of the first Russian Energy Week forum in Moscow.
The United States is threatening to use its “considerable military forces”against the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said at the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday.
The security council session convened to discuss the international response to the DPRK’s launch of a successful ballistic missile test earlier this week, which Haley said “shows that North Korea does not want to be part of a peaceful world.”
Speaking at the session, Haley said that the DPRK’s “actions are quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution. The United States is prepared to use the full range of our capabilities to defend ourselves and our allies. One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. We will use them if we must.”
Chinese-Russian relations and strategic cooperation is the best it has been in history, Chinese President Xi Jinping said during his official state visit to Russia this week.
Both leaders emphasized support for each other’s economic and political interests, agreeing to work on aligning strategies both economically and geopolitically, forging unity between the China-led Belt and Road initiative, and the Russian Eurasian Economic Union.
“Our two sides are working hard to align our development strategies. President Putin and I have reached an important agreement to strengthen the complementarity of the Belt and Road Initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union. Bilateral cooperation in energy, trade, investment, high-tech, finance, infrastructure and agriculture is growing rapidly and increasingly geared toward modernization and innovation in science and technology,” President Xi said.
“One needs good partners to walk with, and good neighbors to live with,” Xi noted in a speech when he arrived in Russia.