The Evening: South China Sea Exclusive, G20, Tusk and More
June 29, 2017
It's Thursday, June 29th.
China’s Island Building Continues
New satellite imagery released by the CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) shows China’s continued militarization of disputed islands in the South China Sea. Four new missile shelters have been built in the past three months. The Financial Times’ Demetri Sevastopulo and Charles Clover have the story.
Dive Deeper: Check out AMTI’s latest feature to explore a full gallery of updated imagery along with expert analysis of this latest development.
Trump and Putin at G20
Representatives for both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have confirmed that the two will meet on the sidelines of next week’s G20 summit in Hamburg. It will be the first time the two have met in person since Trump assumed the presidency. David Nakamura has the story in today’s Washington Post.
Dive Deeper: CSIS hosted a conference call with the world’s press to give an overview of the G20 summit and what to expect. Everyone can access the transcript here .
United States Sanctions Chinese Bank
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin today announced the imposition of sanctions on the Chinese Bank of Dandong, accusing it of helping North Korea launder money. Politico’s Louis Nelson has the story.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Matthew Goodman argues the case for economic diplomacy remaining a strong tool at the State Department in Global Economics Monthly, released today.
In That Number
The number of militiamen U.S. Special Operations Forces and their Arab and Kurdish allies have been working quietly to establish to help secure Raqqa, Syria. Source: Foreign Policy.
“The reality is that China has not taken what is the most important step, which is shutting down North Korean access to Chinese banks and front companies that enable them to launder money and continue their illicit activities. The secondary sanctions are not enough, we still need China to act.”
—CSIS’s Bonnie Glaser in the Washington Post today.
AMTI’s new feature on China’s military upgrades in the South China Sea shows that Fiery Cross Reef, pictured here, is the most advanced of China’s bases. See the full feature here.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo Credit: Jason Reed/Pool/Getty Images.)
Rear Admiral Marc Dalton, U.S. Navy (L-R); Admiral Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command (L), and Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher of Australia participate in a ceremony marking the start of Talisman Saber 2017, a biennial joint military exercise between the United States and Australia aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard amphibious assault ship in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Sydney today.
“The Trump administration calls China’s bluff on North Korea,” by the Washington Post’s Josh Rogin.
This Town Tomorrow
Join CSIS at 9:30 a.m. for a conversation on the challenges facing the international community due to the current crisis in South Sudan.
And, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea will keynote CSIS’s Global Leaders Forum tomorrow. Visit CSIS.org at 6:00 p.m. ET to watch the live webcast.
Yesterday, CSIS’s International Security Program hosted a discussion on what the upcoming 2018 U.S. National Security Strategy might look like.
From the archives: CSIS produced a crash course on South Korean’s participation in global affairs, covering topics ranging from nuclear energy to global health.
The Southern California sound is a music that has mesmerized me since I began listening to music. Of course Fleetwood Mac has been a colossal part of that. I mean, who does a song in partnership with their local University? Incredible. In this case, the University of Southern California, USC. “Tusk” was recorded live together with the supporting video at Dodger Stadium (without an audience) in Los Angeles in collaboration with USC’s Trojan Marching Band. This is just awesome.