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China's Manila mission says 'dangerous' U.S. creating chaos in Asia
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
MANILA (Reuters) - China’s embassy in the Philippines has denounced the United States for “creating chaos” in Asia, after a visiting White House envoy backed countries in disputes with China and accused Beijing of using military pressure to further its interests. China claim to 90% of the South China Sea includes areas claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. The United States has repeatedly sent warships to the strategic waterway to demonstrate freedom of navigation there. “Facts have proved that the U.S. is the biggest driver of the militarization,” the embassy statement said, calling it “the most dangerous external factor” in the South China Sea. The United States embassy in Manila had no immediate response.
Persons: Robert O’Brien, “ we’ve, , O’Brien Organizations: White, United Locations: MANILA, Philippines, United States, Asia, China, Beijing, Manila, Taiwan, Vietnam, U.S, South, Taiwan and Hong Kong, Brunei, Malaysia, South China
'We've got your back' - Trump advisor vows U.S. support in South China Sea
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
“I think when we send that message – that peace-through-strength message – is the way to deter China. Vietnam and the Philippines have been the most vocal regional opponents to what they see as Chinese overreach in the South China Sea and its disregard for boundaries outlined in international maritime law. China claims 90% of the potentially energy-rich South China Sea, but Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam each claim parts of it. The United States has long opposed China’s expansive claims, sending warships regularly through the strategic waterway to demonstrate freedom of navigation there. Last year, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured the Philippines it would come to its defense if attacked in the South China Sea.
Persons: Robert O’Brien, Robert O'Brien, Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr, Eloisa Lopez, we’ve, , , ” O’Brien, Mike Pompeo Organizations: U.S . National, Foreign Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs, REUTERS, United, Forces Locations: MANILA, Philippines, Vietnam, China, Washington, U.S, Pasay City, Metro Manila, South, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, United States, Manila, South China
China says it will respond to U.S. admiral visit to Taiwan
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian attends a news conference in Beijing, China September 10, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia RawlinsA two-star Navy admiral overseeing U.S. military intelligence in the Asia-Pacific region has made an unannounced visit to Taiwan, two sources told Reuters on Sunday. Neither Taiwan nor the United States has officially confirmed the trip. China urges the United States to fully recognise the extreme sensitivity of the Taiwan issue, Zhao told a news briefing. China has already lodged “stern representations” with the United States, which should stop having these kinds of interactions with Taiwan, he added.
Persons: Zhao Lijian, Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Trump, China “, Zhao, , Alex Azar, Keith Krach, Robert O’Brien, Organizations: U.S . Navy, Chinese Foreign Ministry, Foreign Ministry, REUTERS, Sunday, Foreign, Health, U.S, White House Locations: BEIJING, MANILA, China, Taiwan, Taipei, Washington, U.S, Beijing, Asia, United States, Manila, , Washington . China
FILE PHOTO: The General Electric Co. logo is seen on the company's corporate headquarters building in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. July 23, 2019. REUTERS/Alwyn ScottWASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Electric Co. and a Vietnamese company on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a liquified natural gas power plant, according to GE and a senior Trump administration official. GE said the Long Son LNG facility in Ba Ria-Vung Province would provide 3,600-4,500 megawatts of power to the country. Pacific Corp., Vietnam’s Power Engineering Consulting Joint Stock Company 2 and TTC Group, and Mitsubishi’s Corp.’s local subsidiary, also will participate in the project, GE said. O’Brien was scheduled to meet government officials and speak to students during his visit.
Persons: Alwyn Scott WASHINGTON, Robert O’Brien, Donald Trump’s, Vietnam’s EVNGenco3, O’Brien, Michael Nguyen Organizations: General, Co, REUTERS, General Electric Co, Saturday, GE, Trump, . Pacific Corp, Power Engineering, Company, TTC Group, Mitsubishi’s Corp Locations: Boston , Massachusetts, U.S, Vietnamese, Hanoi, Vietnam, Massachusetts, Ho Chi Minh City, Son, Ba Ria, Vung Province
U.S. national security adviser O'Brien en route Vietnam, Philippines
  + stars: | 2020-11-18 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.51   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: National security adviser Robert O'Brien speaks to the news media outside of the White House in Washington, U.S., Nov. 17, 2020. REUTERS/Leah MillisWASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien is on his way to Vietnam and the Philippines to discuss regional security cooperation, the White House said in a tweet on Wednesday. While traveling, he will stop in Alaska “to promote America’s arctic security efforts,” the White House National Security Council tweeted. He will also meet American service personnel at Joint Base Hickam in Hawaii.
Persons: Robert O'Brien, Leah Millis, Robert O’Brien Organizations: White, REUTERS, White House, White House National Security, Joint Base Hickam Locations: Washington , U.S, Leah Millis WASHINGTON, Vietnam, Philippines, Alaska “, Hawaii
U.S. security adviser O'Brien en route to Vietnam, Philippines
  + stars: | 2020-11-18 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.92   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: National security adviser Robert O'Brien speaks to the news media outside of the White House in Washington, U.S., Nov. 17, 2020. REUTERS/Leah MillisWASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien is on his way to Vietnam and the Philippines, countries that share U.S. concern over China’s increasingly assertive behavior and extensive maritime claims in Asia, the White House said on Wednesday. Tweets from the White House National Security Council said O’Brien would meet leaders in both countries “to reaffirm the strength of our bilateral relationships and to discuss regional security cooperation.”O’Brien’s trip follows a visit to Hanoi last month by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Washington also has concerns about human rights in the Philippines, where President Rodrigo Duterte has been engaged in a war on drugs in which thousands of urban poor have been killed, many in mysterious circumstances. On a visit last year, Pompeo assured the Philippines that Washington would come to its defense if it came under attack in the South China Sea, where Manila has competing claims with China and other countries, including Vietnam.
Persons: Robert O'Brien, Leah Millis, Robert O’Brien, O’Brien, , Mike Pompeo, Michael Nguyen, Rodrigo Duterte, Pompeo, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Trump, Xi Jinping Organizations: White, REUTERS, White House, White House National Security Council, U.S, Asia Summit, Reuters Locations: Washington , U.S, Leah Millis WASHINGTON, Vietnam, Philippines, Asia, Hanoi, Vietnamese, Washington, South China, Manila, China, Pacific, United States
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said on Tuesday it is President Donald Trump’s hope that all U.S. troops will be home from Afghanistan and Iraq by May. O’Brien spoke to reporters after the Pentagon announced troop drawdowns in both Afghanistan and May by January 15, five days before Trump leaves office. “By May it is President Trump’s hope that they’ll all come home safely and in their entirety,” O’Brien said.
Persons: Robert O’Brien, Donald Trump’s, O’Brien, Trump, Trump’s, ” O’Brien Organizations: WASHINGTON, White House, Pentagon, Locations: Afghanistan, Iraq
REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueBiden’s senior campaign staff have been discussing their roles in the transition and the new administration that takes over Jan. 20. A spokesman for Biden’s transition team declined to comment. Biden, a Democrat, is also set to receive a briefing on national security threats from his own advisers. Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, said on Monday he would ensure a professional transition in the likely event that Biden is deemed the winner. Georgia is undertaking a manual recount on its own, but in Wisconsin the Trump campaign would have to pay for a recount in advance.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Kevin Lamarque Biden’s, Cedric Richmond, Steve Ricchetti, Biden, Richmond’s, Jen O’Malley Dillon, Trump, Emily Murphy, , Murphy, Republican Trump, Robert O’Brien, , Harris, ” O’Brien, Matthew Brann, Brad Raffensperger, it’s, Raffensperger Organizations: White, REUTERS, Congressional Black Caucus, Democratic, Democrat, Republican, General, National Security Council, Global Security, Monday, Trump, BIDEN, Electoral College, U.S, District, Washington Post Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, WASHINGTON, U.S, Wilmington , Delaware, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin
Lebanese security chief visited Syria in efforts to free U.S. captive
  + stars: | 2020-11-14 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.55   time to read: +1 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )AMMAN (Reuters) - Lebanese Security Chief Abbas Ibrahim visited Damascus after a trip to Washington as part of efforts to free U.S. citizen Austin Tice, who is thought to be held in Syria, Lebanese broadcaster al Jadid reported on Saturday. U.S. President Donald Trump has adopted the case of the freelance journalist and former U.S. Marine officer who disappeared while reporting in Syria in 2012. Abbas said the trip to Damascus came after he visited Washington last month where he met with national security adviser Robert O’Brien. The trip was the first time such a high-level U.S. official had met in Syria with the isolated government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in more than a decade. Syria erupted into civil war nearly a decade ago after Assad in 2011 began a brutal crackdown on protesters calling for an end to his family’s rule.
Persons: Abbas Ibrahim, Austin Tice, Jadid, Ibrahim, al Jadid, Tice’s, , Donald Trump, Abbas, Robert O’Brien, Trump, Tice, Bashar al, Assad Organizations: U.S . Marine, White House Locations: AMMAN, Damascus, Washington, Syria, Lebanese, Syrian
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien will represent the United States at back-to-back virtual summits with Asian countries this weekend, the White House said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien takes off his a face mask during a meeting at Sao Paulo's Industries Federation President in Sao Paulo, Brazil October 19, 2020. “Ambassador O’Brien will reaffirm the commitment of the United States to prosperity and security in the Indo-Pacific during virtual remarks,” the White House said in a statement. Vice President Mike Pence represented the United States at the meetings in Singapore in 2018, while O’Brien did so in Thailand last year. (This story corrects final sentence to show that Pence represented the United States in 2018 and O’Brien last year)
Persons: Robert O’Brien, Robert O'Brien, Amanda Perobelli, Donald Trump, Trump, Joe Biden, O’Brien, , Barack Obama’s, Mike Pence, Pence Organizations: WASHINGTON, . National, Sao Paulo's Industries, REUTERS, U.S ., Association of Southeast Asian Nations, East Asia Summit, Economic, Pacific, Economic Cooperation, Asia Pacific, U.S, Democratic, , ASEAN, EAS Locations: United States, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Asia, Pacific, China, East Asia, U.S, Manila, Singapore, Thailand
U.S. Secret Service officers sidelined by COVID-19
  + stars: | 2020-11-13 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dozens of U.S. Secret Service officers assigned to protect President Donald Trump have been sidelined by COVID-19, the Washington Post and New York Times reported on Friday as the coronavirus outbreak spread at the White House. Two U.S. government sources familiar with the situation confirmed to Reuters that Secret Service officers had tested positive for the virus but did not provide a specific number. The New York Times reported that at least 30 uniformed Secret Service officers recently tested positive for the virus, and that around 60 were asked by the agency to quarantine themselves. Secret Service representatives declined to give a tally of officers affected. White House spokesman Judd Deere referred questions to the Secret Service, but told the Post separately that the administration took every case seriously.
Persons: Donald Trump, COVID, Judd Deere, Trump, Melania Trump, Trump’s, Barron, Hope Hicks, Robert O’Brien, Kayleigh McEnany, Ben Carson, Corey Lewandowski, Nancy Pelosi, Organizations: WASHINGTON, Secret Service, Washington Post, New York Times, White House, Reuters, The New York Times, Secret, Trump, White, U.S . Department of Housing, Urban, . House Locations: U.S, Corey Lewandowski .
White House chief of staff Meadows has COVID-19, source says
  + stars: | 2020-11-07 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who has frequently appeared at public events without wearing a mask, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters on Friday. Another top campaign aide, Nick Trainer, has also tested positive for the virus, according to the source. Meadows, who was at a White House election night party attended by dozens of Trump loyalists, is the latest official within Trump’s close circle to have contracted COVID-19, which has killed more than 236,000 Americans. He has contradicted the public statements of top health experts, even after an outbreak seized the White House in October. Another friend of Trump’s, former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, died of the coronavirus in July after attending one of Trump’s rallies.
Persons: Mark Meadows, Nick Trainer, Donald Trump, Trump, Barron, Robert O’Brien, Trump’s, Herman Cain Organizations: WASHINGTON, White House, Reuters, Trump loyalists, Republican Locations: Trump’s, North Carolina, Meadows
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