Chinese FM stresses two directions in dealing with nuclear issue on Korean Peninsula – People’s Daily Online

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North Korea and weapons of mass destruction

North Korea and weapons of mass destruction (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is the top story in China’s leading newspaper, People’s Daily. It reports on Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi addressing a United Nations Security Council minister, stressing the need to contain the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsular, with the UK and Russian foreign ministers in attendance too.

Source: Chinese FM stresses two directions in dealing with nuclear issue on Korean Peninsula – People’s Daily Online

With the Security Council meeting chaired by the US, this was a reminder to the US that China is probably the only restraining influence on North Korea. The Chinese FM cited previous diplomatic successes with North Korea.

With both the US and North Korea being led by volatile and unpredictable leaders, China’s restraining influence is welcome. Unfortunately, the Trump regime is probably looking for quick wins. For UK readers, it was good news that Boris Johnson took a low profile.

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The World Beyond Europe Does Not Favour Brexit | Chatham House

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Top international affairs think-tank, Chatham House, argues that a stock-take of international developments and perspectives contradicts the Brexit narrative on two levels.

Source: The World Beyond Europe Does Not Favour Brexit | Chatham House

Based in London, Chatham House is one of the most respected international think tanks in the world.

The latest article will challenge the credibility of the Brexit case that the UK can negotiate new trade deals outside Europe.

Brexit risks a rapid reduction of trade and investment with the simplistic Little Englander ideas of going it alone without the EU.

The Brexit leaders are too afraid to publish economic projections and risk assessments – they know that they’ll lose views with escalating fear levels. Most of their arguments are flaky, especially in relation to Britain finding new markets. Where is the Brexit team’s evidence?

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