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Seoul, South Korea CNN —South Korean forces fired warning shots on Sunday after North Korean troops accidentally crossed their shared border, Seoul’s military said, as tensions simmer on the Korean Peninsula following a series of tit-for-tat exchanges between the two sides. “There were no unusual movements other than the North Korean army immediately moving north after our warning shots,” said Col. Lee Sung-jun, spokesperson for South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. Video Ad Feedback How South Korea is retaliating against North Korea’s trash balloons 02:48 - Source: CNNThe 160-mile demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing North and South Korea is one of the world’s most heavily armed borders. The South Korean military said about 20 North Korean troops were involved but could not determine how many actually crossed the MDL. They did not disclose the number of warning shots fired.
Persons: , Lee Sung, Kim Yo Jong, Kim Jong Un, Lee Organizations: South Korea CNN — South, North, South Korean, North Korean, Korean, South Korea’s, Chiefs, Staff, South, Sunday, CNN, Joint Chiefs Locations: Seoul, South Korea, South, Korea, North
Taking her new seat at the head of the tribal council table, Lisa Goree spied among some office items a desk nameplate that read “Chaos Coordinator.”“I guess that will go in front of me,” chuckled Ms. Goree, 60, who in April was elected as the first woman to lead the Shinnecock Indian Nation on Eastern Long Island in more than two centuries. While the United States has never elected a female president, and Mexico did only this month, female Native American chiefs are not rare. The Shinnecocks had female tribal leaders until 1792, when they adopted an all-male governing structure, Ms. Goree said. They had not had a female leader since then. Now Ms. Goree’s supporters are touting her election as a return to its matriarchal leadership roots and a departure from centuries of male leadership sometimes marked by internal division and antagonism with local, state and federal government officials.
Persons: Lisa Goree, , Goree, Goree’s Locations: Goree, Nation, Eastern Long, United States, Mexico
Balloons possibly sent from North Korea seen off the coast of Incheon, South Korea on June 9, 2024. Yonhap News Agency/ReutersThe broadcasts inform North Korean soldiers and residents of the “reality of North Korea,” and the development of South Korea, and Korean culture, according to the JCS. As of Monday morning, the South Korean military has found “around 50 balloons” that fell into its territory overnight Sunday. Many of the other balloons are believed to have flown back into North Korea due to the wind, the JCS spokesman added. But the situation in North Korea deteriorated in the following years and diplomatic talks fell apart – prompting strict rules to snap back into place in the North.
Persons: Kim Jong, Kim Yo Jong, Kim, , ” Kim, Kim Jong Un Organizations: CNN, North, Korea’s, Chiefs of Staff, Yonhap News Agency, Reuters, South, South Korean Locations: Korea, Seoul, South Korea, North Korean, Korean, North Korea, , Incheon, South Korean, China
Still fighting Israel’s outside enemies on multiple fronts, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu woke up on Monday to a new political battlefield at home. The departure this weekend of Benny Gantz and his centrist National Unity party from Israel’s emergency wartime government is unlikely to immediately sever Mr. Netanyahu’s grip on power. Mr. Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot, another powerful member of National Unity, also left Mr. Netanyahu’s small war cabinet. Mr. Gantz accused Mr. Netanyahu of “political procrastination,” suggesting that he had been putting off critical strategic decisions to ensure his political survival. His decision to quit the wartime government ushers in a new period of political instability and left many Israelis wondering where the country goes from here.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Gantz, Gantz’s, Netanyahu, Gantz, Gadi Eisenkot, Israel, Mr Organizations: National Unity Locations: Gaza, Israel, Iran, Israel’s, Lebanon
About 330 balloons carrying bags of trash had been sent by North Korea since Saturday night, of which about 80 have landed in South Korea, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said on Sunday. South Korea’s National Security Council held an emergency meeting Sunday to discuss responses to the latest wave of balloons. Trash from a balloon presumably sent by North Korea lies on scattered the ground in Seoul, South Korea on June 9, 2024. South Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff/APIn May, North Korea responded by sending its own giant balloons south – containing trash, soil, pieces of paper and plastic, and what South Korean authorities described as “filth.”Kim said the balloons were “strictly a responsive act” to South Korea’s years-long practice of sending balloons with anti-North Korea leaflets the other way. South Korea’s JCS said Saturday night that North Korea was “boosting its presumed trash balloons,” and warned that the wind direction may lead to balloons moving south.
Persons: Kim Kang Il, ” Kim, , Kim Jong Un Organizations: Seoul CNN —, South, Seoul’s, Chiefs of Staff, CNN, South Korea’s National Security Council, North Korea’s, Fighters, South Korea Joint Chiefs, Staff, Thursday South Korean Locations: Seoul, Korea, North Korea, South Korea, South, Pyongyang
A national cricket team that most Americans didn’t even know they had beat one of the sport’s global powers Pakistan, for whom the game is a national obsession. “There is this pivot from global north to global south,” said Chadwick. The first ever international fixture was between the United States and Canada in 1844 in New York. The World Cup is being carried in the US on Willow TV, a streaming service that is also available on cable systems for an extra fee. The global game, soccer, has several times hubristically tried to conquer the US and it’s taken years to reach its current level with strong pro leagues the MLS and the NWSL.
Persons: didn’t, , Monank Patel, Corey Anderson, “ It’s, , Peter Della Penna, Donald Trump, Narendra Modi, Simon Chadwick, “ You’ve, You’ve, It’s, Virat Kohli, Germain, LIV, Modi, Chadwick, Donald Bradman, Michael Jordan, Pakistan –, Saurabh, Milind Kumar, hubristically, it’s, Della Penna, you’re, ” Della Penna Organizations: CNN, team, Cricket, Pakistan, USA Cricket, New Zealand, Indian, , Indian Premier League, Major League Cricket, IPL, US, America, United Arab Emirates, Manchester City, Paris Saint, Formula One, Hindu, FIFA, Beijing, Bowlers, Down, England, Elite US, Willow, MLS, England’s Premier League, Manchester United, Arsenal, tailgates, Women’s National, TV, South Locations: Pakistan, United States, Caribbean, Texas, American, America, Long, , New York, India, Australia, Nassau County, Ahmedabad, Gulf, United Kingdom, Europe, East, South Asia, British, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zealand, England, North Carolina, Manchester, Qatar, Paris, Germain . Middle, Saudi Arabia, Los Angeles, There’s, Canada, New York, Sri Lankan, California, New Delhi, China, Belgium, Commonwealth
“It is time for the war to end,” the statement, shared with CNN, bluntly says. We call on Hamas to close this agreement, that Israel is ready to move forward with, and begin the process of releasing our citizens,” the statement says. Those 17 countries have citizens whom Hamas took captive at the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war. Immediately after Biden detailed the Israeli proposal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that his country would not end the war until Hamas was defeated. Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, convened for the first time last month an in-person meeting of ambassadors and chiefs of mission representing countries whose citizens were taken hostage by Hamas, CNN reported, at a moment when a deal was stalled.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, , Benjamin Netanyahu, Jake Sullivan, Sullivan, Bill Burns, Brett McGurk Organizations: CNN, Biden, United, Hamas, Qatar –, Senior, CIA, White Locations: United States, Israel, Gaza, Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, Washington, Egypt, Qatar
Chinese trade group seeks drone jammers for Russian buyers
  + stars: | 2024-06-05 | by ( Laura He | ) edition.cnn.com   time to read: +5 min
Hong Kong CNN —A Chinese government trade body has sought drone detectors and jammers for apparent Russian buyers, adding to concerns that Beijing may be supplying dual-use technology to Moscow. They are known for being used by the Russian army during its 2022 invasion of Ukraine to identify drone activity. He told CNN by phone that it was removed because it was “improper.” CNN has also reached out to the Yunfu trade association for comment. Mastro said she is “not particularly surprised” that local Chinese governments would help Russian companies seek drone equipment. Last week, the US warned it could act against Chinese firms and financial institutions in response to Beijing’s alleged backing of Russian war efforts.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Volodymyr Zelensky, , , Oriana Skylar Mastro, Stanford University’s Freeman, Mastro, doesn’t, Antony Blinken, Washington Organizations: Hong Kong CNN, Guangdong Provincial Association, Promotion of, province’s Commerce Department, Assel Labs, 3MX, City’s Association, Promotion of International Trade, United, CNN, US, Stanford, Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Locations: China, Hong Kong, Beijing, Moscow, Guangdong, Russia, Russian, Ukraine, United States, Singapore, “ Beijing
CNN —Fans of Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce curious about where the couple’s relationship is headed can thank Jason Sudeikis for trying to get them closer to some answers. (L-R) Jason Sudeikis, Robert Smigel, Patrick Mahomes, George Wendt, and Travis Kelce perform onstage during 2024 Big Slick Celebrity Weekend on Saturday. That’s what four tickets cost to her concert anyway.”“She just got to Kansas City, boys. Kelce responded to Sudeikis’ interrogation with an embarrassed smile and an awkward chuckle, as he seemingly waited for it all to be over. Swift and Kelce began dating last summer and the singer is often spotted cheering on the athlete at his games.
Persons: Taylor Swift, Travis Kelce, Jason Sudeikis, Kelce, Sudeikis, Robert Smigel, George Wendt, Big, Patrick Mahomes, Kyle Rivas, Smigel, Wendt, , Taylor, Jesus, ” Kelce, “ Travis, Ted Lasso ”, ” Sudeikis, “ Taylor, Harrison Butker, Swift Organizations: CNN —, NFL, Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Locations: Kansas City , Missouri, Kansas
CNN —Katy Perry has reimagined a recent commencement speech by Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker that was criticized as homophobic and sexist. The pop star and former “American Idol” judge posted on her social media an edit of Butker’s May 11 address at Benedictine College, a small Catholic college in Kansas. Perry’s version took the NFL player’s actual words and reimagined them to make them more positive and empowering. “Fixed this for my girls, my graduates, and my gays — you can do anything, congratulations and happy pride,” the caption on Perry’s post reads. He later defended his commencement speech at a gala hosted by Regina Caeli Academy – a hybrid campus/homeschool Catholic school group with several locations across the country.
Persons: Katy Perry, Harrison Butker, Idol ”, Butker Organizations: CNN, Kansas City Chiefs, Idol, Benedictine College, NFL, Regina Caeli Academy, Catholic Locations: Kansas
Justin Jefferson #18 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 08, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minnesota Vikings and star wide receiver Justin Jefferson have agreed to a contract extension, the franchise announced Monday. The deal is worth $140 million with $110 million guaranteed, according to a report from the NFL Network, making Jefferson the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history. To all my teammates and coaches from the very beginning as a kid in Louisiana, all the way to the NFL, thank you for always being there for me and pushing me. Jefferson is only the fifth player in NFL history (along with Michael Thomas, Mike Evans, A.J.
Persons: Justin Jefferson, Jefferson, Wilf, Kevin O'Connell, Kwesi Adofo, Mensah, Michael Thomas, Mike Evans, Green, Randy Moss Organizations: Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, U.S . Bank, NFL Network, Jefferson, Vikings, NFL, First Locations: Minneapolis , Minnesota, Minnesota, Louisiana, A.J
Singapore CNN —China’s support to Russia will extend the war in Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday, as he called on countries across the Asia-Pacific to join an upcoming peace summit he accused Russia of trying to thwart. It comes ahead of the international peace conference on Ukraine slated to be held June 15-16 in Switzerland. “With China’s support to Russia the war will last longer. When asked later about China’s statement it would not attend the peace summit, the Ukrainian leader accused Russia of using Chinese diplomats to disrupt it. “Time is running out” including for Ukrainian children taken by Russia, Zelensky told a packed hall during an address on the closing day of the three-day security meeting.
Persons: Volodymyr Zelensky, Zelensky, China –, ” Zelensky, , Putin, of National Defense Dong, ” Dong, Lloyd Austin, Dong, Russia ”, Vladimir Putin, , Austin, Prabowo Subianto, José Ramos, Pat Ryder, Joe Biden Organizations: Singapore CNN —, of National Defense, CNN, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Criminal, Ministry of Foreign, US Defense, Horta, Ukraine, Pentagon, Twitter Locations: Singapore, Russia, Ukraine, Asia, Pacific, China, Switzerland, Beijing, Kharkiv, The Hague, United States, Timor
Biden’s Announcement Puts Netanyahu on the Spot
  + stars: | 2024-06-02 | by ( Aaron Boxerman | Mike Ives | ) www.nytimes.com   time to read: +5 min
But he has been put on the spot this weekend by President Biden’s announcement outlining a proposal for a truce. Mr. Netanyahu, a conservative, has long juggled competing personal, political and national interests. Now, analysts say, it is crunch time for Mr. Netanyahu, or Bibi, as he is popularly known. Mr. Biden “booted Netanyahu out of the closet of ambiguity and presented Netanyahu’s proposal himself,” Ben Caspit, a biographer and longtime critic of Mr. Netanyahu, wrote in Sunday’s Maariv, a Hebrew daily. Instead, they were conditional and open to interpretation — seemingly designed to leave Mr. Netanyahu’s options open.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel, Biden’s, Mr, Netanyahu, Biden, Bibi, Biden “, ” Ben Caspit, Sunday’s, Bezalel Smotrich, Itamar Ben, Gvir, , Netanyahu’s, Benny Gantz, Gadi Eisenkot, Ophir Falk, Falk, , Organizations: American, Qatari, Mr, Hamas, National Unity, Britain’s Sunday Times Locations: Gaza, Israel, Sunday’s Maariv
Fifteen Canadian veterans, including three or four that fought on D-Day, are traveling with the Canadian delegation, according to John Desrosiers, the director of international operations for Veterans Affairs Canada. US D-Day veterans attend an event at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial as part of the 79th anniversary D-Day celebrations on June 6, 2023. American and Canadian organizers told CNN that they will seat veterans last at their respective national ceremonies to keep them comfortable. The general public at the American event, for example, may need to be seated about an hour in advance due to security precautions. American troops march up from Omaha Beach on June 18, 1944.
Persons: Jake Tapper, , Jack Foy, Foy –, Foy, ” Foy, , Michel Delion, Mark, Katherine Sibilla, , Charles Djou, John Desrosiers, Desrosiers, Christopher Furlong, Joe Biden, Rishi Sunak, Justin Trudeau, Vladimir Putin, Volodymyr Zelensky, King Charles III, Queen Camilla, Prince William, Buckingham, Djou, Tom Schaffer, John Pinkerton, Schaffer, Gareth Fuller, Hitler, Ben, ” Brands, “ There’s Organizations: CNN, Chief Washington, Democracy, France CNN —, Mission, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Monuments Commission, Canadian, Veterans Affairs Canada, Cemetery, Memorial, British, French Interior Ministry, Defense, Underwood Archives, Ben Brands, , US Department of Veterans Affairs Locations: Caen, France, Ukraine, Europe, Normandy, US, United States, Belgium, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, British, Ver, Mer, Omaha, Sword, Utah, Omaha and Utah, Nazi Germany, Omaha Beach, Germany, Colleville, Canada, American
Soldiers inspect debris from a balloon sent by North Korea that landed in Incheon, South Korea on June 2, 2024. She compared North Korea’s actions to South Korea’s years-long practice of sending balloons with anti-North Korea leaflets the other way. North Korea is almost completely closed off from the rest of the world, with tight control over what information gets in or out. Earlier this year a South Korean research group released rare footage that it claimed showed North Korean teenagers sentenced to hard labor for watching and distributing K-dramas. But the situation in North Korea deteriorated in the following years and diplomatic talks fell apart – prompting strict rules to snap back into place.
Persons: Kim Jong Un’s, Kim Yo Jong –, , Organizations: CNN, Korea’s, Chiefs, Staff, United Nations Command, Korean Central News Agency, North Locations: Korea, Seoul, South Korea, Gyeonggi, Chungcheong, Gyeongsang, North Korea, Incheon, Korean, China
CNN —Ukraine’s largest hydroelectric dam, the Dnipro Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP), is in “critical condition” after it was hit in a Russian strike on Ukraine’s key energy facilities, authorities say. The head of the Zaporizhzhia region military administration, Ivan Fedorov, told Ukrainian television that the power plant can no longer produce electricity. Russia has continued its tactic of striking key energy facilities this week, with the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy warning Sunday of a “significant power shortage” as a knock-on effect of the strikes. Last year, the Nova Kakhovka dam, a major dam and hydro-electric power plant in Russian-occupied southern Ukraine collapsed. Russia denied any involvement in the disaster and in turn accused Ukraine of destroying the dam, without providing evidence.
Persons: CNN —, Ivan Fedorov, , Volodymyr Zelensky, Joe Biden, Organizations: CNN, Dnipro Hydroelectric Power, Ukrainian Ministry of Energy, ” Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy, Frankivsk Locations: Dnipro, Russia, Ukraine, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kirovohrad, Ivano, Kyiv, Russian, Kharkiv, Singapore, Asia, Pacific, Nova, Moscow
Mexico's drug cartels and gangs appear to be playing a wider role than before in Sunday's elections that will determine the presidency, nine governorships and about 19,000 mayorships and other local posts. The country's powerful drug cartels have long staged targeted assassinations of mayoral and other local candidates who threaten their control. Security analyst David Saucedo says it's likely some drug gangs will try to force voters to cast ballots for their favored candidates. "It it is reasonable to assume that the cartels will mobilize their support bases during Sunday's elections," Saucedo said. While they did not say who was behind the attack, the town is completely dominated by two warring drug cartels, Jalisco and Sinaloa.
Persons: David Saucedo, it's, Saucedo, Guerrero, Angélica Chávez, Chávez Organizations: Michoacan Civil Guard Locations: Michoacan, Morelia, Mexico, Chicomuselo, Chiapas, Jalisco, Sinaloa, La Concordia, Cotija
CNN —The Buffalo Bills have signed Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Gable Steveson to a contract, the team announced Friday. The Bills listed Steveson, a gold medalist in the 125kg weight class at the Tokyo Olympics, as a defensive tackle. He won gold after defeating three-time world champion Geno Petriashvili of Georgia with a two-point move with less than a second remaining in their match. Afterwards, Steveson declared it “the match of the century.”Minnesota wrestler Gable Steveson, right, wrestles Arizona State wrestler Cohlton Schultz in the 285 pound weight class final match during the NCAA Wrestling Championships at Little Cesars Arena. Raj Mehta/USA Today Sports/Reuters/FileAfter the Tokyo Games in 2021, Steveson signed with World Wrestling Entertainment until he was released by the organization earlier this month.
Persons: Gable Steveson, , ” Steveson, Sean, McDermott, Brandon Beane, Geno Petriashvili, Steveson, Cohlton Schultz, Raj Mehta, Louis Rees, Zammit Organizations: CNN, Buffalo Bills, Bills, Tokyo, ESPN, , Olympics, Arizona, NCAA Wrestling, Little Cesars, USA, Sports, Tokyo Games, World Wrestling Entertainment, NCAA, University of Minnesota, NFL, rugby, Kansas City Chiefs Locations: American, Georgia, ” Minnesota
Zelensky’s surprise attendance at the gathering is a stark illustration of Kyiv’s determination to keep the international community engaged in Ukraine’s defense – and its vision for peace – more than two years into Russia’s devastating invasion. A CNN team at the summit witnessed Zelensky and his delegation arriving. His attendance at the Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore provides a rare opportunity for Zelensky to potentially meet with defense chiefs from across the Asia-Pacific, including China which has deepened its relations with Moscow since the war. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and defense heads from US allies Australia, Japan, and South Korea, as well as China’s Defense Minster Dong Jun are expected to be in attendance for the three-day gathering. Announcing his arrival at the summit, Zelensky said in a statement on X that he would hold “a number of meetings,” in particular with Austin, Singapore’s president and prime minister, Timor-Leste’s president and Singaporean investors.
Persons: Volodymyr Zelenksy, Zelensky, Lloyd Austin, Dong Jun, , Austin, Rustem Umerov, , Roman Pilipey, Zelenksy, Ukraine’s, Dong, Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy, , It’s, Sergey Lavrov, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, CNN’s Ivan Watson, Xiaofei Xu, Alex Stambaugh, Natasha Bertrand, Sharon Braithwaite Organizations: Singapore CNN —, CNN, US, Austin, Ukrainian Defense, Getty, NATO, Russia, Northern, Firefighters, Reuters, Ministry, RIA Novosti, Russian, Key Locations: Singapore, Asia, Kharkiv, China, Moscow, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Timor, Ukraine, AFP, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Europe, North Korea, Beijing, Beijing’s, Russian, Reuters Beijing, Zelensky, Kyiv
He also warned that the death of any Filipino citizen at the hands of another country in the South China Sea would be “very close” to an act of war. It is also a rare opportunity to hear from, and pose questions to, senior Chinese military leaders. Robert Ward, IISS Japan chair, told CNN he felt Dong’s tone was “more shrill” than he’s seen in previous speeches by Chinese defense chiefs at the gathering. “The strategic environment in Asia has actually got more tense and I think we saw that in the Chinese defense minister’s speech today,” Ward said. “Every year for three years, a new Chinese defense minister has come to Shangri-La,” the official told CNN.
Persons: Dong Jun, ” Dong, , Xi Jinping, Dong, Lloyd Austin, ” China’s, , Lai Ching, China, Ferdinand R, Marcos Jr, Austin –, China “, Robert Ward, he’s, ” Ward, they’ve Organizations: Singapore CNN, Taiwan, National Defense, Communist Party, Democratic Progressive Party, China’s Defense Ministry, South China, Austin, International Institute for Strategic Studies, CNN, US Locations: Singapore, Beijing, Taiwan, United States, China, Taiwan Strait, East, South, South China, Philippines, , American, The Hague, Philippine, Ukraine, Dong, Russia, Asia, Pacific, Japan
CNBC witnessed the two delegations walking out of the meeting venue, but neither Dong nor Austin responded to reporters' questions. According to a readout from the Pentagon, Austin said that the U.S. remains committed to its "one China" policy. He also added that more communication is necessary and will help to stabilize the military to military relations. The Pentagon readout mentioned Austin and Dong discussed North Korea's provocations, such as its contributions to Russia's war in Ukraine. Friday's meeting follows a video teleconference call between Austin and Dong in April.
Persons: Defense Lloyd Austin, Lloyd Austin, Dong Jun, Dong, Austin, Joe Biden, Xi Jinping, Wu Qian, Wu, CNBC's Lin Lin Organizations: Defense, SINGAPORE — U.S . Defense, CNBC, Pentagon, U.S, U.S . Department of Defense, PRC Locations: Singapore, Taiwan, SINGAPORE, China, U.S, Ukraine, Gaza, Austin
The US and China's defense chiefs met for the first time in two years. Sign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementUS and China defense chiefs held their first face-to-face meeting for two years amid escalating tensions over Taiwan and Ukraine. The meeting was part of a bid to repair the China-US relationship, which has become severely strained.
Persons: , Lloyd Austin, Dong Jun, Wang Yi Organizations: Service, US, National Defense, US Department of Defense, Business Locations: Taiwan, Ukraine, China, Singapore
The U.S. secretary of defense, Lloyd J. Austin III, and China’s minister of defense held their first face-to-face talks in 18 months on Friday, against a backdrop of distrust over Taiwan, the South China Sea and other regional disputes. President Biden has made the case that high-level communication channels between the United States and China had to remain open to prevent potential clashes between two of the world’s most powerful militaries. Yet military issues have remained the most intractable area of tension between the two nations, and expectations for the meeting between the defense chiefs in Singapore were modest. “These are not negotiations with the intention to compromise,” said Drew Thompson, a visiting senior research fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore who formerly served as a Pentagon official dealing with the Chinese military. “This is an opportunity for the two sides to exchange well-established talking points.”
Persons: Lloyd J, Austin III, Austin, Dong Jun, Biden, , Drew Thompson, Lee Organizations: Mr, Russia, Lee Kuan Yew, of Public, National University of Singapore, Pentagon Locations: Taiwan, South, Singapore, Beijing, China, Ukraine, United States
Singapore CNN —US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Saturday hailed the arrival of a “new convergence” in the Indo-Pacific, as the United States fortifies strategic and security partnerships in the region amid rising threats from China and Russia. “Today, we are witnessing a new convergence around nearly all aspects of security in the Indo-Pacific,” Austin said at the Shangri-La Dialogue security forum in Singapore. Looming large in that regional vision is a more assertive China, which Austin alluded to without mentioning it by name. Austin’s emphasis of a “new convergence” in Asia Pacific appeared to have struck a raw nerve with the Chinese delegation in the audience. Austin also reaffirmed US commitment to the Asia Pacific region, saying peace and stability across the region are crucial for the whole world.
Persons: Lloyd Austin, ” Austin, Austin, Lai Ching, “ We’ve, We’ve, we’ve, , Joe Biden, Xi Jinping, Cao Yanzhong, , Mr.Putin, Dong Jun, Dong, Ferdinand R, Marcos Jr Organizations: Singapore CNN — US, Saturday, , South China Seas, Asia Pacific, NATO, Institute of War Studies, Academy of Military Sciences of, China’s, National Defense Locations: Singapore, United States, China, Russia, Taiwan, Beijing, South China, Asia Pacific, South, Washington, Asia, Ukraine, Philippines, Philippine
The meeting, between US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and China’s Minister of National Defense Adm. Dong Jun, is the first face-to-face talks between the two defense chiefs and Austin’s first such discussions with a Chinese counterpart since late 2022. The meeting, on the sidelines of an annual defense conference in Singapore, takes place against a fraught regional backdrop. Austin is expected to raise concerns with Dong about China’s support for Russia, US officials said ahead of the meeting. Talks between Austin and Dong are not expected to see substantive progress towards resolving many entrenched issues between them. Several weeks later, US and Chinese top generals spoke in a video call, paving the way for this week’s in-person meeting between the defense chiefs.
Persons: Lloyd Austin, Dong Jun, Austin’s, China’s, Austin, Dong, Nancy Pelosi, Li Shangfu, Li, won’t, Xi Jinping’s, Xi, Joe Biden Organizations: Singapore CNN, US, National Defense, South China Seas, Communist Party, Coast Guard, Defense, Washington, Russia, America, East, Communist, Central Military Commission Locations: Singapore, Asia, Pacific, Taiwan, Beijing, East, South, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, China, South China, American, Russia, Ukraine, Austin, Asia –, San Francisco
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