Japan-Indonesia sign defence agreement due to increasing Chinese threat
The Japanese foreign ministry said, ‘The consistent efforts to make changes unilaterally, in the South China Sea by using force, has become a cause for major concern. The concerns felt by Japan and Indonesia are identical.’ The Japanese foreign ministry underlined the Chinese threat without directly taking names during the two-plus-two talks between the Foreign and Defence Minister of both the countries. After these two-plus-two talks, Japan signed a historic agreement to supply defence equipment and advanced technology to Indonesia.
Indonesian Defence Minister, Prabowo Subianto, welcomed the agreement saying that this is a historical development. Defence Minister Subianto appealed that Japan should provide more assistance to Indonesia in modernising the Indonesian defence strengths and training of the Indonesian military and navy.
US will not withdraw taxes imposed on Chinese goods: US Trade Representative
Washington: US Trade Representative claimed that the taxes imposed on the Chinese goods during former US President Donald Trump’s tenure would not be withdrawn. US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said that withdrawal of China’s taxes could negatively affect the US economy. While indications of a softer stand regarding China are being received from the Biden administration, the stand adopted in this matter attracts attention.
Former US President Donal Trump had declared an open trade war against China, accusing that China was fleecing the United States in bilateral trade. The Trump administration imposed taxes on Chinese goods imported into the United States, worth nearly $550 billion, during 2018 and 2019. In retaliation, China also started imposing taxes on US goods. The Global economy also was severely hit due to this trade war between the two leading economies of the world.
Palau President strongly snubs Chinese pressure tactics by visiting Taiwan
Taipei: – China is using the ‘Carrot and Stick’ policy to make Palau sever its ties with Taiwan. But Surangel Whipps, President of Palau, assured that Palau would never sever its relations with Taiwan despite the Chinese pressure. President Whipps is on a visit to Taiwan with his delegation. US Ambassador to Palau, John Hennessey-Niland, is a part of the Palau President’s delegation. The visit of the Palau President to Taiwan and the US Ambassador’s inclusion in the delegation is considered to be a blow to the Chinese expansionist policy.
Palau is an island country located close to Australia. The total population of the country is a mere 21,600. Therefore, even a small country like Palau has made China aware that it cannot play with its sovereign rights.