The Evening: South China Sea Clash, Russian Warheads, Hand in Glove and More
October 2, 2018
It's Tuesday, October 2nd.
U.S. and China Clash over South China Sea
The United States and China today traded new accusations over naval operations in the South China Sea after warships from each country came perilously close to colliding in the disputed waters, as the New York Times’ Steven Lee Myers reports.
Dive Deeper: See CSIS’s interactive micro website, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) and its latest feature, South China Sea Energy Exploration and Development.
North Korea Willing to Walk Away
Pyongyang today suggested it might walk away from denuclearization talks if the U.S. continues to resist making a declaration to end the 1950-53 Korean War, as the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Jeong reports.
Dive Deeper: Listen to the CSIS podcast “The Impossible State.”
Russia must halt its covert development of a banned cruise missile system or the United States will seek to destroy it before it becomes operational, Washington’s envoy to NATO said today, as Reuters’ Robin Emmott reports.
Dive Deeper: Tailored Assurance: Balancing Deterrence and Disarmament in Responding to NATO-Russia Tension, by the Institute Francais des Relations Internationales’ Heather Williams.
French authorities today froze the assets of the interior security section of Iran's Intelligence Ministry as well as those of two Iranians, one a diplomat who is a suspect in an alleged aborted bid to attack an Iranian exile group, as the AP’s Elaine Ganley reports.
President Trump looks to be preparing for a potentially protracted economic war with China by clearing the decks of disputes with America’s other trading competitors, as Bloomberg’s Rich Miller, Andrew Mayeda and Jenny Leonard report.
Dive Deeper: “Exit NAFTA, Enter USMCA,” by CSIS’s Bill Reinsch.
“For Mexico, Canada, and the United States, a Step Backwards on Trade and Investment,” by the Peterson Institute’s Jeffrey Schott.
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In That Number
2,565 candidates are braving serious security risks to run for Parliament in Afghanistan. Seven candidates have already been killed.
"Counter measures (by the United States) would be to take out the missiles that are in development by Russia in violation of the treaty…They (Russia) are on notice."
— U.S. ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison
The U.S. Energy Information Agency estimates that the South China Sea holds about 190 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 11 billion barrels of oil, most of which lie along the margins of the South China Sea rather than under disputed islets and reefs. Explore the energy blocks of the South China Sea using CSIS's Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative's newest interactive feature.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: Carl Court/Getty Images). A bridge sits destroyed after being hit by an earthquake and tsunami. Photo taken today in Palu, Indonesia.
“Surge in fighting among Libya’s ‘super militias’ imperils Western peace efforts,” by the Washington Post ’s Sudarsan Raghavan.
This Town Tomorrow
At 10:00 a.m., join CSIS for a special presentation of the newly released report, Credit and Credibility: Risks to China's Economic Resilience.
Also, at 10:00 a.m., CSIS will host Ambassador Richard L. Armitage and Professor Joseph S. Nye for the release of a bi-partisan study on the U.S.-Japan alliance.
And at 3:30 p.m. CSIS will host a discussion on how Russia is likely to affect and be affected by the evolving European security order.
Today, CSIS hosted the launch of a new report on global attitudes towards the United States from the Pew Research Center entitled, Trump’s International Ratings Remain Low, Especially Among Key Allies. The report examines the global public image of the United States, including international public opinion of U.S. President Donald Trump and the global balance of power between the U.S. and China. Watch the full event here.
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