U.S. to ‘support efforts’ by South Korea, Japan to end worsening…

SEOUL ( ) – The United States will “do what it can do” to help defuse a worsening political and economic dispute between South Korea and Japan, a senior U.S. diplomat said on Wednesday, as South Korea warned that the row would have global repercussions.

The United States has been hesitant to publicly wade into the feud between its allies, but the dispute, which threatens global supplies of memory chips and smartphones, has overshadowed the visit by David Stilwell, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia policy.

Stilwell told reporters in the South Korean capital, Seoul, that he took the situation seriously but did not elaborate on what steps Washington might take and said fundamentally it was up to South Korea and Japan to resolve their differences.

“We hope that resolution will happen soon,” he said.

“The United States, as a close friend and ally to both, will do what it can do to support their efforts to resolve it.”

Last week, Stilwell had told Japan’s NHK broadcaster the United States would not intervene in the dispute, and instead encouraged dialogue between Washington’s two biggest allies in Asia to settle it.

Simmering tension, particularly over the issue of compensation for South Koreans forced to work for Japanese occupiers during World War Two, took a sharp turn for the worse this month, when Japan restricted exports of high-tech materials to South Korea.

Japan has denied that the dispute over compensation is behind the export curbs, even though one of its ministers cited broken trust with South Korea over the labor dispute in announcing the restrictions.

Instead, Japan has cited “inadequate management” of sensitive items exported to South Korea, with Japanese media reporting some items ended up in North Korea.

South Korea has denied that.

The export curbs could hurt global technology companies, including the operations of South Korean tech giant Samsung in the Texas state capital of Austin, a senior South Korean government official told reporters.

“It will adversely affect companies ranging from Apple, Amazon, Dell, Sony and billions of consumers all over the world,” the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss sensitive diplomatic issues.

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Samsung Electronics said in a statement in response to the official’s comments: “We cannot say there will be no impact on the Austin factory, but we will make utmost effort not to disrupt future production.”

When asked whether the South Korean government was considering retaliatory measures, the official said South Korea preferred to resolve the dispute diplomatically.

If Japan went so far as to drop,上海龙凤1314 shlfNadia, South Korea from its “white list” of countries with minimum trade restrictions, it would cause a “tremendous amount of problems” and strain ties between Japan, South Korea, and the United States, the official added.

South Korean Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki repeated his call for Japan to lift the curbs, while adding that South Korea would soon unveil plans to make its supply chain more independent.

“The government is working on comprehensive plans to reduce the country’s dependence on Japan’s materials, components and equipment industries,” he said at the start of a regular meeting of ministers responsible for various aspects of the economy.


Yasutoshi Nishimura, Japan’s deputy chief cabinet secretary, urged South Korea to take “appropriate steps” to resolve the labor issue, which was reignited by a South Korean court last year that ordered Japanese companies to pay compensation.

“There is no change to our stance that we strongly urge South Korea to take appropriate and timely steps to comply with international law, and accept an arbitrator in accordance with the treaty,” he said.

Japan believes the issue of compensation for its wartime actions was settled under a 1965 treaty.

When asked about media reports that Japan was considering seeking damages from South Korea if Japanese corporate assets were sold off to compensate laborers, Nishimura said the government would respond firmly and was considering options to “protect Japanese companies’ legitimate economic activities”.

The dispute could have implications for Nor,上海千花网友验证Kailani,th Korea policy, a key agenda item for Stilwell, who arrived on Tuesday.


The Japanese government has distanced itself from Japan,上海419龙凤体验Talon,ese media reports that South Korea violated international sanctions by exporting banned goods to North Korea, saying it had said no such thing.

Nevertheless, on Tuesday, a South Korean intelligence official fired back, telling lawmakers that Japan had been “lukewarm and passive” in enforcing U.N. sanctions on North Korea.

Relations between the neighbors have long been plagued by memories of Japan’s 1910-45 colonization of the Korean peninsula.

Study estimates 190,000 people killed in South Sudan’s civil war

NAIROBI ,爱上海Galt,( ) – An estimated 190,000 people have been killed in South Sudan’s civil war and when factors such as population displacement, disruption to health facilities and lack of food are included the death toll is at least 383,000, an independent study said.

Fighting broke out in December 2爱上海419013 after a political disagreement between President Salva Kiir and the former vice president he had sacked, Riek Machar.

A U.N. official said in 2016 that 50,000 people had been killed and nearly a quarter of the population of 12 million uprooted by the fighting, which has often been along ethnic lines.

“About 383,000 South Sudanese have died as a result of the civil war … The true number may be considerably higher,” said the study by researchers at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, released on Tuesday.

“While it is plausible that some insecurity would have p,上海龙凤419Macy,ersisted in South Sudan even without the civil war, we are confident that a large majority of the 190,000 violent deaths were attributable to the war itself,” it said.

Researchers used to focus on those killed in fighting in estimates of the violence of a conflict, but increasingly they also look at how war has impacted overall death rates by increasing factors such as hunger and infant mortality.

The study, which covered the period between December 2013 to April this year, showed that most of the deaths occurred in Jonglei, Unity and the Equatorias states. The rate of deaths from the violence peaked in 2016-2017.

Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said he would check government data before making a comment.

Kiir signed a peace agreement with Machar and other rebel factions in the Ethiopian capital this month. A previous peace deal signed in 2015 fell apart a year later after clashes broke out between government forces and rebels.

In a sign of how fragile the situation is, government forces and the largest rebel group, allied to Machar, clashed in the north of the country on Monday.

With Thai soccer team freed, Hollywood gears up for the movie

LOS ANGELES ( ) – The dramatic rescue of a Thai boys soccer team and their coach from a flooded cave complex this week transfixed news viewers around the world for more than two weeks, and the story is already headed for a retelling by Hollywood.

Divers freed the last four of the 12 boys and their adult coach on Tuesday.

The saga is reminiscent of the 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days, a tale that was turned into the 2015 movie “The 33” starring Antonio Banderas.

Two production companies are now looking to put together movies about the Thai soccer team rescue.

Thailand’s Navy, whose SEAL unit led the rescue, and the Thai government have selected Ivanhoe Pictures to develop a film that would be directed by John M. Chu, the president of Ivanhoe Pictures, John Penotti, said in a statement.

Ivanhoe Pictures, which has offices in the United States and in Asia, focuses on Asia and North America. It is the co-producer of the upcoming film “Crazy Rich Asians,” based on the novel by Kevin Kwan and directed by Chu.

“I refuse to let Hollywood #whitewashout the Thai Cave rescue story!” Chu, who was born in California and has Chinese heritage, tweeted.

“There’,上海千花网Laticia,s a beautiful story abt human beings saving other human beings. So anyone thinking abt the story bet,上海419论坛Camden,ter approach it right & respectfully,” added Chu.

The other company looking to develop a movie on the event is U.S.-based Pure Flix, which specializes in Christian and family films.

Pure Flix co-founder Michael Scott, who lives in Thailand part of the year, said producers from his company were on the ground interviewing rescue workers for a potential film. He said his wife grew up with Samarn Poonan, the former Thai navy SEAL who died during the mission.

“It’s Thai, Westerners, Europeans, Aussies – people from all over the world who helped bring these kids to safety,” Scott told . “I think there is a worldwide appeal which I think will inspire millions across the globe.”

Like the Chilean rescue, the Thai drama showcases real-life courage in the face of harrowing circumstances, said Mike Medavoy, the Oscar-nominated producer of “The 33.”

“It’s about the triumphs of individuals and groups of human beings over tragedy,” Medavoy said. “It’s a terrific story.”

Bringing the Thai drama to the screen faces hurdles, however.

First, filmmakers need to secure the rights from each of the boys’ families, the coach, and any rescuers they want to portray in order to get their firsthand accounts of what happened. The boys range in age from 11 to 16.

And replicating the rescue on screen could be costly.

“The 33” was filmed in Colombia and Chile and produced for about $24 million. A movie about the Thai rescue could be made for less, Medavoy said, because filming in Thailand is cheaper.

But the rescue in murky water presents an added challenge.

“The water and scuba diving scenes would be expensive,” said Judi Farkas, the literary agent who represented author Antonio Mendez on the film rights sale of his book “Argo” for the Oscar-winning movie. “Any time you film in water it’s expensive.”

In addition, a big-screen production likely would take years to bring to theaters, and producers would have to decide if interest will remain once the story fades from the headlines, Medavoy said.

“The 33” brought in $24.9 million at theaters worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo, just slightly more than its production budget.

The Thai rescue may also draw interest from TV networks, which could provide a quicker path to the screen.

In the meantime, news programming is feeding public appetite for the story.

On Tuesday, U.S. television network ABC aired a special edition of “20/20” focused on the mission, and the Discovery Channel announced it woul爱上海d air a one-hour documentary on Friday.

Mexico leftist’s motley coalition augurs post-election balancing act

MEXICO CITY ( ) – Mexican leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has forged a coalition of voters of all stripes in a bid to win the presidency at the third time of asking and now, with victory within his grasp, he must ,上海贵族宝贝论坛Sabina,work out how to hold it together.

The 64-year-old former mayor of Mexico City, whom opinion polls give a wide lead over rivals before the July 1 election, will have to balance the interests of leftist economic nationalists, social liberals and religious conservatives.

Aside from loyalty to AMLO himself, as Lopez Obrador is commonly known, the broad group is united by little more than opposition to the status quo and to U.S. President Donald Trump.

Lopez Obrador has made a career of denouncing corruption, electoral fraud and economic mismanagement by the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the center-right National Action Party (PAN), which governed from 2000 to 2012.

Yet, a week on Sunday, dozens of former politicians for the two parties will line up alongside him, amplifying his appeal to a wide swathe of the electorate but also creating a divergent platform with no clear center of political equilibrium.

“The cohesive element in this whole mix of elements and ways of thinking is Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador,” said Abraham Gonzalez, a deputy interior minister in the last PAN government who now supports Lopez Obrador.

“So his actions, his ability to find common points of agreement, are crucial.”

So far Lopez Obrador has kept a lid on potential conflict within his alliance by adopting ambiguous stances on contentious issues such as abortion, gay marriage and economic liberalization.

Still, Mexico’s next president will face a more challenging start than his predecessors. Murders are at record levels, the peso currency is languishing close to historic lows against the dollar and a trade war has been brewing with Trump.

However, the U.S. president could prove useful. If Trump stays hostile, insisting Mexico will pay for his planned border wall and seeking to repatriate jobs to the United States, it could help Lopez Obrador paper over divisions on how to move Mexico forward.

“If Trump continues on the path he is on, he could easily help Lopez Obrador bring the country closer together,” said Andres Rozental, a former deputy foreign minister.


Opinion polls suggest Lopez Obrador could win twice as many votes as his nearest challenger, former PAN leader Ricardo Anaya, who is battling for second place with ex-finance minister Jose Antonio Meade, the PRI candidate.

After his defeat in 2012, Lopez Obrador jettisoned the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) and formed the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), which is on track to become the biggest force in Congress after the election.

Built around Lopez Obrador, MORENA entered an electoral pact with the smaller leftist Labor Party (PT) and the conservative, religious Social Encounter Party (PES).

The latter tie-up met with vocal resistance from a number of Lopez Obrador’s traditional supporters on the left, uneasy about allying with the staunchly anti-abortion PES.

Aaron Lara, a senior PES official, said the alliance was “strictly electoral” and conceded his party was quite likely to vote differently to MORENA in future “because our convictions are different from theirs”.

Excluding votes with cross-party backing, the PES nearly always voted with the PRI and against MORENA until the alliance was announced in December 2017, lower house records show. After that, votin,上海龙凤419Elizabeth,g became more aligned but differences persisted.


The electoral partnerships and drift of former PRI and PAN members into MORENA have stirred protests by party faithful.

In the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas, long a bastion of the PRI and PAN, many MORENA candidates have links to the two traditionally dominant parties.

The mayoral candidate for Reynosa, Tamaulipas’ biggest city, is a former PAN member of the state congress and brother-in-law to the PAN governor. MORENA’s contenders for the cities of Nuevo Laredo, Matamoros and Tampico are all ex-PRI.

Omar Salomon, a MORENA activist in Ciudad Mante in southern Tamaulipas, said “imposition” of candidates had gone too far and MORENA was at risk 上海419论坛of being overrun by opportunists.

“We’ve been invaded by PRI people,” he said, branding the PES a “far right” party. Salomon said he would vote for Lopez Obrador, but not MORENA’s local candidate for Congress, or for mayor of Ciudad Mante.

Lopez Obrador accused the PAN of rigging the vote to rob him of the presidency in 2006, yet his supporters now include the man who was then chairman of the party, and his successor. He also has the backing of a former PRI interior minister who oversaw the 1988 election of President Carlos Salinas, a man he often depicts as the arch-villain of Mexican politics.

Like many MORENA members, including Lopez Obrador, Salomon opposed outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto’s energy reform, which opened the oil and gas industry to private capital.

However, Alfonso Romo, one of Lopez Obrador’s top economic advisers, said the candidate will not overturn the reform, and the new intake of MORENA lawmakers is set to feature former PRI and PAN legislators who voted for the historic measure.

Austria deploys police and troops for immigration exercise on border

SPIELFELD, Austria ( ) – Austria deployed police, soldiers and Black Hawk military helicopters on Tuesday in an exercise, overseen by the far-right interior minister, which enacted the arrival of hundreds of migrants on its border with Slovenia.

The drill, designed to show Austria’s preparedness for any repeat of Europe’s migration crisis, dovetailed with the right-wing government’s efforts to discourage migrants from setting off to find a home in central Europe.

Austria took in more than 1 percent of its population in asylum seekers during the 2015-2016 migration crisis, and Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s conservatives won last year’s election pledging to prevent a repeat of that influx. They govern in coalition with the far-right Freedom Party.

“A state that in the worst case cannot protect its borders loses its credibility,” Interior Minister Herbert Kickl of the Freedom Party told reporters.

“I am determined that events like those of 2015 must not occur again. And that is exactly the message we want to send from here.”

Neighboring Slovenia however said the drill exaggerated the risk of another influx.

“The exercise is not needed. I see it even as a little provocative,” Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar was quoted as saying by national news agency STA.

The exercise was carried out at Spielfeld, a crossing where Austria se,爱上海419Eileen,t up a large crowd-management system in early 2016 designed to handle up ,爱上海Jaxton,to 11,000 people a day, only for the number of arrivals to collapse soon afterwards.

In contrast to a smaller exercise held under the previous government, Tuesday’s drill did not involve migrants being violent or any arrests. But five military helicopters, including two Black Hawks, hovered overhead.

Two hundred trainee police officers acted the part of migrants seeking entry. The peaceful crowds were hemmed in by security forces and fed through a system of fences and other barriers.

Migration has ret爱上海419urned to the top of the political agenda in Europe after the Bavarian sister party to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats last week gave her an ultimatum to broker a European immigration deal. The issue threatens to wreck her coalition government.

After meeting Germany’s Bavarian interior minister this month, Kurz called for an “axis of the willing” on illegal immigration including Italy, where the far right is also in government.

He is pushing for the European Union to set up centers outside its territory where asylum claims can be processed. He also wants migrants rescued in the Mediterranean to be taken back to Africa rather than transported to Europe.

Australian Qantas A380 gets rare ‘jolt’ from wake turbulence

( ) – Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd said on Thursday one of its Airbus SE A380 jets had experienced a rare “jolt” from wake turbulence after flying 20 nautical miles behind another one of its super-jumbos.

No passengers were injured and there was no aircraft damage from the incident which involved an A380 taking off from Los Angeles late on Sunday LA time bound for Melbourne, flying behind another Qantas A380 en route to ,上海419论坛Darwin,Sydney, a Qantas spokesman said.

Wake turbulence forms behind an aircraft as it passes through the air, and air traffic control requires more spacing behind larger jets like the A380 to avoid it.

Wake turbulence is uncommon and typically involves a larger jet and a smaller aircraft rather than two super-jumbos.

In January 2017, wake turbulence behind an Emirates A380 sent a business jet into an uncontroll上海419论坛ed descent, with the smaller plane losing nearly 9,000 feet before the crew was able to gain control, according to an interim report by German investigators.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which handled air traffic control during the Qantas incident, requires at least 5 nautical miles separation for all jets during the cruise phase of flight.

On take-off and landing, where there is a higher risk of wake turbulence, it specifies that Boeing 747s require 4.5 nautical miles of separation from an A380 and smaller jets up to 8 nautical miles. An A380 behind another A380 requires only a minimum separation distance.

“The trailing airplane, the Qantas 94, encountered some wake turbulence from the Qantas 12, and that caused a jolt to the airplane for a short period of time,” Qantas Chief Technical Pilot Alex Passerini told a Sydney radio station.

“The airplane climbed maybe 100 feet or so and descended back to its cruising altitude, and the captain took action to avoid the further exposure to the wake vortex.”

Australian television presenter Eddie McGuire, who was on board the flight, said the incident lasted about 10 seconds.

“It did have that feel of, you know when you go over the top of a rollercoaster and you,上海龙凤419Indigo, just get a little bit of a feeling, and the plane d,上海419论坛Laurel,id bank to port, to the left-hand side, a little bit,” he said on Channel 9.

“But it steadied up after about 10 seconds, and I have to say that what the most reassuring part of the situation was that the Qantas pilot came on immediately and said we’d gone in to the back of the turbulence of the Sydney plane.”

Qantas said it has notified the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) about the incident. The ATSB said it had determined it did not require an investigation.

An Airbus spokesman said Qantas had reported the incident to the manufacturer. “The situ,上海贵族宝贝论坛Harold,ation was handled fully in accordance with procedures and the aircraft performed as designed,” he said.

Former Guard commander say 上海龙凤419论坛s Iran should seize UK oil tanker

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A former leader of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard says the Islamic Republic should consider seizing a British oil tanker in response to authorities detaining an Iranian oil tanker off the coast Gibraltar.

Mohsen Rezaei, who led the Guard during the 1980s “Tanker War” in the Persian Gulf, wrote Frid,上海龙凤419Amelia,ay on Twitter: “If England does not release the Iranian oil tanker, the duty … (of Iran) is to respond and seize one English oil tanker.”

Authorities in Gibraltar intercepted Thursday a super tanker believed to be breaching European Union sanctions by carrying a ,上海419论坛Hannah,shipment of Iranian crude oil to Syria. Spanish authorities say the seizure came at the request of the U.S.

The seizure comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. over Tehran’s unraveling nuclear deal with world powers.

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Xinjiang’s prosperity driven by China’s strength 上海龙凤419论坛

Residents and visitors dance happily in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Photo: Cui Meng/GT

What is Xinjiang like today? At the end of last month, Xinjiang began to operate special tourist trains connecting major scenic spots in the north and south of the region. Tourism is recovering and developing rapidly throughout the autonomous region, and performance of tourism is a gauge of local social security conditions.

Today, Xinjiang experiences peace and development. The region was one step away from the turmoil triggered by terrorist attacks and ethnic and religious conflicts. It came close to becoming a second Chechnya or a second Syria. Both internal and external forces once launched a raid to turn Xinjiang into the new focus of the “three evil forces” (terrorism, extremism and separatism) in Central Asia. However, the Party and government led people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang to turn the tide and eventually ease the situation and place the region on the right track. 

For people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang, peace and stability are the starting point of happy lives. Back in the days when violent terrorism was frequent, investment continued to leave, tourists avoided the region, the economy declined and people were haunted by fear. Such a nightmare gave human rights no space. What once happened in Xinjiang was also having an impact outside the region, including Beijing, Kunming and other Chinese cities. 

In recent years, the governance measures Xinjiang has taken have brought a miraculous change to the region.

Xinjiang has been free of violent terrorist attacks for nearly 30 consecutive months. This has not only restored peace and tranquility in Xinjiang, but has also rebuilt confidence in its society and reversed Xinjiang’s image in the country. 

Western public opinion has been carrying out various smears on the governance of Xinjiang. In particular, they have attacked vocational education and training centers in the region. However, the disturbance brought on by these attacks is incomparable with the benefits enjoyed by people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang and Chinese society as a whole. Real peace and stability in Xinjiang is far more important than what Western public opinion thinks of the situation. Chinese people’s understanding of this situation is maturing and gradually becoming an unassailable force.

Those Western powers vocal about the issue do not care about the well-being of Xinjiang’s people. The Western forces that attack China’s governance in Xinjiang are all the proponents of the “China threat” and “China collapse” theories. Challenging China via the Xinjiang issue is, for them, interchangeable with challenging China via the Hong Kong issue.

As long as Xinjiang remains peaceful and stable, it will be very difficult for those in the West to create a stir about Xinjiang or keep Western public opinion focused on the area in the long run. The hyped topics, such as vocational education and training centers, will gradually become monotonous and will increasingly lose their credibility in Western media. 

Over the past 10 years the situation in Xinjiang has remained under control, but a fundamental turnaround has also been achieved after a turbulent journey. This is the joint result of China’s institutional and national strengths. China can accomplish any task under the leadership of the Party, including the eradication of the influence of the “three evil forces” in Xinjiang.&nbs,上海419论坛Charles,p;

Chinese society as a whole should thank the Xinjiang officials and people for their hard work and sacrifice over the years. The world should respect and understand the fundamental improvement of Xinjiang’s situation at minimum social cost. Xinjiang has not b,上海贵族宝贝论坛Selim,ecome an “ulcer” in Central Asia, but has become a permanent contributor to regional prosperity. Those Western forces who have long accused Xinjiang of improper governance should re-examine their consciences.