News / Asia

    US, Chinese Foreign Ministers Meet Ahead of UNGA

    John Kerry and Wang Yi shake hands after making statements before their meeting. Sept. 19, 2013. John Kerry and Wang Yi shake hands after making statements before their meeting. Sept. 19, 2013.
    x
    John Kerry and Wang Yi shake hands after making statements before their meeting. Sept. 19, 2013.
    John Kerry and Wang Yi shake hands after making statements before their meeting. Sept. 19, 2013.
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, meeting in Washington ahead of next week's opening of the United Nations General Assembly, discussed nuclear weapons in North Korea, chemical weapons in Syria and maritime security in the South China Sea.
     
    Secretary Kerry and Foreign Minister Wang also discussed mutual concerns from Syria and Iran to Beijing's territorial disputes with neighbors.
     
    "From our dialogue on intellectual property to maritime security and human rights, we are committed to working through difficult issues, and, as you can tell, we have a very big agenda,” said Kerry.
     
    Wang said it's important to make progress.
     
    "We look forward to making non-conflict and confrontation, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation part of all aspects of the China-U.S. relationship to benefit both countries," said Wang.
     
    Washington hopes that better relations with China will help resolve Beijing's conflict with Tokyo over islands in the East China Sea.  Competing patrols have raised tensions as has Japan's suggestion that it may station government workers there.
     
    Commenting on the ongoing situation, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei said, "China has an unshakeable resolve and determination to protect our territorial sovereignty and will not tolerate any escalation. If the Japanese side recklessly makes provocative moves, it will have to accept the consequences."
     
    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has also opined that Tokyo cannot ignore territorial challenges.
     
    "We have to read the landscape of international relations with our own eyes, use our heads to figure out Japan's role, and take actions with our legs," said the Prime Minister.
     
    The Obama administration has tried to stay out of this dispute despite a security treaty with Japan. Michael Auslin of the American Enterprise Institute says it's similar to Washington's "strategic ambiguity" over China and Taiwan.
     
    "You make clear your interests but you really never express your full thoughts on the issue. For example, when would you actively defend your ally?" asked Auslin.
     
    China is also facing competing claims in the South China Sea from the Philippines, Vietnam and other countries.  Manila is considering removing concrete blocks it believes China placed in the disputed waters as part of its claim.
     
    Commenting on that issue, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei pointed out, "Chinese activities around the islands and surrounding waters are completely within Chinese sovereignty. We ask the Philippines to stop provocative actions, to see eye-to-eye with China and protect the peace and stability in the South China Sea."
     
    Auslin says Washington is professing no opinion on this dispute either, noting "if we really didn't have a position, we wouldn't care how it's resolved and we wouldn't care what China did. But we have treaty allies that we're dealing with, particularly the Philippines, and we have other countries that we're feeling closer to over time, including Vietnam."
     
    The Philippines has taken its case to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, but Beijing has rejected Manila's request for arbitration, insisting that delineating maritime boundaries is a sovereignty issue not covered by that U.N. body.

    You May Like

    Video Russia's Expat Community Shrinking

    Russia's troubled economy, tensions with West have led hundreds of thousands of foreigners to leave for better opportunities

    Accelerating the Push Against Islamic State: What Will Work?

    Experts stress need to step up military action, address root causes of Muslims' disaffection, counter IS social media messages in a massive way

    Experts: N. Korean Abductions Sought to Halt Brain Drain

    Pyongyang abducted about 3,800 South Koreans and more than a dozen Japanese nationals in late 1970s

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: eyesonU from: California
    September 21, 2013 11:14 PM
    It's interesting to know what will happen between China and Japan, or Philippine.

    by: alanzee from: California
    September 21, 2013 4:16 PM
    Chineese surveyed and did siesmic test on SCARBOROUGH SHOAL and find positive reading of OIL and GAS deposits that contain 250 billion barrels of OIL and 2 trillion cubic mt. of GAS deposits and i guessed Chineese have reasons to Claim these vast atols/rock's well w/in the Philippines teritory...........

    by: Wangchuk from: NYC
    September 20, 2013 10:13 AM
    It's not surprising 50 Cent Party member Jon Huang is cheering the Chinese Communist Party. But the US must do more to improve human rights in China, Tibet & Xinjiang. The CCP has turned Tibet & Xinjiang into giant police states where Tibetans & Uighurs have no genuine freedoms. The CCP continues to repress Chinese dissidents while corrupt CCP officials grow fat from embezzled funds & bribes.

    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    September 20, 2013 9:08 AM
    Go China go!
    In Response

    by: alanzee from: California
    September 21, 2013 4:08 PM
    China's 9 dash line or south china sea including other asean 200 nautical mile EEZ or exclusive economic zone is contrary to U.N.C.L.O.S. or United nation convention of the law of the sea therefore it is baseless claim. Example in SCARBOROUGH SHOAL is well W/in the Philippine teritory under the town called Zambales and chineese are claiming....

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibiti
    X
    Hamada Elsaram
    February 05, 2016 4:30 PM
    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibit

    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video E-readers Help Ease Africa's Book Shortage

    Millions of people in Africa can't read, and there's a chronic shortage of books. A non-profit organization called Worldreader is trying to help change all that one e-reader at a time. VOA’s Deborah Block tells us about a girls' school in Nairobi, Kenya where Worldreader is making a difference.
    Video

    Video Genius Lets World Share Its Knowledge

    Inspired by crowdsourcing companies like Wikipedia, Genius allows anyone to edit anything on the web, using its web annotation tool
    Video

    Video Former Drug CEO Martin Shkreli Angers US Lawmakers

    A former U.S. pharmaceutical business executive has angered lawmakers by refusing to explain why he raised the price of a life-saving pill by 5,000 percent. Martin Shkreli was removed from a congressional hearing on Thursday after citing his Fifth Amendment right to stay silent. Zlatica Hoke has more.
    Video

    Video Super Bowl TV Commercials are Super Business for Advertisers

    The Super Bowl, the championship clash between the two top teams in American Football, is the most-watched sporting event of the year, and advertisers are lining up and paying big bucks to get their commercials on the air. In fact, the TV commercials during the Super Bowl have become one of the most anticipated and popular features of the event. VOA's Brian Allen has a sneak peek of what you can expect to see when the big game goes to commercial break, and the real entertainment begins.
    Video

    Video In Philippines, Mixed Feelings About Greater US Military Presence

    In the Philippines, some who will be directly affected by a recent Supreme Court decision clearing the way for more United States troop visits are having mixed reactions.  The increased rotations come at a time when the Philippines is trying to build up its military in the face of growing maritime assertiveness from China.  From Bahile, Palawan on the coast of the South China Sea, Simone Orendain has this story.
    Video

    Video Microcephaly's Connection to Zika: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    The Zika virus rarely causes problems for the people who get it, but it seems to be having a devastating impact on babies whose mothers are infected with Zika. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
    Video

    Video Solar Innovation Provides Cheap, Clean Energy to Kenya Residents

    In Kenya, a company called M-Kopa Solar is providing clean energy to more than 300,000 homes across East Africa by allowing customers to "pay-as-you-go" via their cell phones. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from Kangemi, customers pay a small deposit for a solar unit and then pay less than a dollar a day to get clean energy to light up their homes or businesses.
    Video

    Video Stunning Artworks Attract Record Crowds, Thanks to Social Media

    A new exhibit at the oldest art museum in America is shattering attendance records. Thousands of visitors are lining up to see nine giant works of art that have gotten a much-deserved shot of viral marketing. The 150-year-old Smithsonian American Art Museum has never had a response quite like this. VOA's Julie Taboh reports.
    Video

    Video Apprenticeships Put Americans on Path Back to Work

    Trying to get more people into the U.S. workforce, the Obama administration last year announced $175 million in grants towards apprenticeship programs. VOA White House correspondent Aru Pande went inside one training center outside of Washington that has gained national recognition for helping put people on the path to employment.
    Video

    Video New Material May Reduce Concussion Effects

    As the 2016 National Football League season reaches its summit at the Super Bowl this coming Sunday (2/7), scientists are trying to learn how to more effectively protect football players from dangerous and damaging concussions. Researchers at Cardiff and Cambridge Universities say their origami-based material may solve the problem. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Saudi Arabian Women's Sports Chip Away at Stereotypes

    Saudi Arabian female athletes say that sports are on the front line of busting traditions that quash women’s voices, both locally and internationally. In their hometown of Jeddah, a group of basketball players say that by connecting sports to health issues, they are encouraging women and girls to get out of their homes and participate in public life. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.
    Video

    Video A Year Later, Fortunes Mixed for Syrians Forging New Lives in Berlin

    In April of last year, VOA followed the progress of six young Syrian refugees -- four brothers and their two friends -- as they made their way from Libya to Italy by boat, and eventually to Germany. Reporter Henry Ridgwell caught up with the refugees again in Berlin, as they struggle to forge new lives amid the turmoil of Europe's refugee crisis.
    Video

    Video Zika Virus May be Hard to Stop

    With the Zika virus spreading rapidly, the World Health Organization Monday declared Zika a global health emergency. As Alberto Pimienta reports, for many governments and experts, the worst is yet to come.