Abe is hoping that the 56-year-old Kono, who is known for his close ties with the United States and positive relationship with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, will strengthen Japan’s role in trilateral security cooperation between Tokyo, Washington and Seoul amid the ongoing dispute, the Sankei said. … [Read more...] about Japan’s formin Kono may move to defence in cabinet shuffle
Financial support for Jordan from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was dramatically reduced when the GCC, grappling with the political crisis of the Qatar boycott and the financial pressure of plummeting oil prices, chose not to renew a five-year, $3.6 billion aid package in 2017. That left the United States as Jordan’s chief financial supporter, to the tune of about $1.25 billion per year, despite President Trump’s threat to cut off support to countries that do not support his decision to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. … [Read more...] about Japanese Prime Minister Looks to Jordan for Path to Mideast Influence
To be clear, there are reasons to discount the strong sense of nationalism that helps fuel territorial disputes. Governments are not reckless about supporting nationalism. In fact, they prefer to modulate nationalism by playing gatekeeper to activities that may complicate their actions at the bilateral level. In other words, governments are quite discerning about what activities to endorse or to block, even though they all serve the state cause of nationalism. Other scholars, too, have confirmed this behavior of governments selectively tolerating and repressing nationalism. … [Read more...] about China and Japan now seem on friendlier terms. But is this a real bilateral thaw?
However, Mexico made a new offer on autos “showing some flexibility” on Thursday, following the U.S. announcement of the national security probe into car imports, a person familiar with the talks said. It was not immediately clear if the offer encompassed other areas under negotiation. … [Read more...] about Mexico’s Pena Nieto ‘optimistic’ on NAFTA as country makes new offer
While the cancellation of what would have been the first-ever summit between the two countries is “regrettable,” [Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo] Abe told reporters in St. Petersburg that he respects Trump’s decision not to hold the meeting until progress on North Korea’s denuclearization and missile issues can be expected. … [Read more...] about Japan ‘Respects’ Trump’s Decision to Cancel North Korea Meeting