(Corrects dates of Sherman's travel to Tokyo to Oct. 24-26, not 24-27)
WASHINGTON, Oct 20 (Reuters) – U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will discuss North Korea's recent missile launches, China and tensions over Taiwan, in meetings with her Japanese and South Korean counterparts in Tokyo next week, a senior State Department official said on Thursday.
Sherman's Oct. 24-26 Tokyo trip will include a trilateral meeting with Japanese and South Korean counterparts and bilateral meetings with each country, the official told reporters.
"We will discuss a range of issues, including the DPRK's numerous ballistic missile launches this year, the PRC, and Russia's unprovoked and devastating war against Ukraine," the official said, referring to North Korea and China by the initials of their official names.
"We intend to discuss the whole panoply of issues that deal with regional security, and Taiwan is a big part of that."
The talks with Japan are also expected to cover Japanese defense reforms and a new national security strategy Tokyo is working on, the official said.
Sherman will travel to Asia at a time of heightened tensions over North Korea and Taiwan, a self-administered island China claims as it own.
North Korea has conducted an unprecedented number of ballistic missile launches this year and Washington and its allies believe it may also be about to resume nuclear bomb testing for the first time since 2017.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned on Monday that Beijing was determined to pursue reunification with Taiwan "on a much faster timeline," though he did not specify a date.
The top U.S. general said last year that China was unlikely to try to militarily seize Taiwan in the next couple of years and the commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command at that time told Congress this threat could manifest itself within six years.
However, the head of the U.S. Navy, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Gilday, told the Atlantic Council on Wednesday that U.S. forces must be prepared for the possibility of an earlier Chinese invasion, without predicting one.
"When we talk about the 2027 window, in my mind that has to be a 2022 window or potentially a 2023 window," he said.
China's leader Xi Jinping told the five-yearly congress of China's ruling Communist Party on Sunday that Beijing would never renounce the right to use force over Taiwan, but that it would strive for a peaceful resolution. (Reporting by David Brunnstrom and Simon Lewis; Editing by Paul Simao)
(Bloomberg) — Former US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said market watchers who were too sanguine about risks to the economy a year ago are now being too alarmist about the threats presented by inflation and the Federal Reserve’s monetary tightening.Most Read from BloombergAdidas Cuts Ties With Ye, Absorbing €250 Million Profit HitNew Covid Boosters Aren’t Better Than Old Ones, Study FindsToo Much Gas. Europe’s Energy Crisis Takes a Surprise TurnMusk Tells Bankers He Plans to Close Twitter D
British lawmakers on Tuesday voted in favor of bringing crypto assets under the scope of regulation pertaining to other financial instruments and services.
Boeing said Wednesday the company would take a new $766 million charge on its 2018 billion contract to build two new U.S. presidential airplanes that faced repeated setbacks. Boeing Chief Executive Dave Calhoun on Wednesday said "critics were right" to slam the planemaker's deal. Then President Donald Trump secured a promise from Calhoun's predecessor, Dennis Muilenburg, that the cost of replacing Air Force One would not exceed $4 billion.
Without naming the U.S., Saudi Arabia's energy minister says the depletion of emergency crude reserves could become “painful in the months to come.”
(Bloomberg) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to make a major appearance at the annual Valdai discussion club Thursday, a day after overseeing scheduled nuclear exercises that tested a “massive” retaliatory strike.Most Read from BloombergNew Covid Boosters Aren’t Better Than Old Ones, Study FindsAdidas Cuts Ties With Ye, Absorbing €250 Million Profit HitUS Warns South African Economic Hub May Be Terror TargetBlinken Warns of Consequences If Nuclear Weapon Used in UkraineKsenia Sobchak,
(Bloomberg) — Chinese stocks in Hong Kong extended their recovery from a rout earlier this week, as investors focused on a slew of earnings and awaited further policy guidance following the Party congress.Most Read from BloombergNew Covid Boosters Aren’t Better Than Old Ones, Study FindsAdidas Cuts Ties With Ye, Absorbing €250 Million Profit HitUS Warns South African Economic Hub May Be Terror TargetBlinken Warns of Consequences If Nuclear Weapon Used in UkraineThe Hang Seng China Enterprises I
(Bloomberg) — A classic recession warning is flashing in the US Treasury market, where the 10-year note’s yield fell below the three-month bill’s, a rare occurrence that signals investors anticipate dire economic consequences of the Federal Reserve’s campaign against inflation. Most Read from BloombergNew Covid Boosters Aren’t Better Than Old Ones, Study FindsAdidas Cuts Ties With Ye, Absorbing €250 Million Profit HitToo Much Gas. Europe’s Energy Crisis Takes a Surprise TurnHere Are the Most Ex
Asset prices have plenty of room to fall further if the Federal Reserve accidentally engineers a steep downturn, analysts say.
(Bloomberg) — US officials have been forced to scale back a plan to impose a cap on Russian oil prices, following skepticism by investors and growing risk in financial markets brought on by crude volatility and central bank efforts to tame inflation.Most Read from BloombergNew Covid Boosters Aren’t Better Than Old Ones, Study FindsAdidas Cuts Ties With Ye, Absorbing €250 Million Profit HitUS Warns South African Economic Hub May Be Terror TargetBlinken Warns of Consequences If Nuclear Weapon Use
Bitcoin has soared today as the UK parliament votes to recognise crypto as a regulated financial instrument.
An Indian American lawmaker is calling out the Seattle Police Department for purportedly failing to investigate her report about an unidentified man who allegedly threw plastic bags filled with human excrement onto her property. Kshama Sawant, a 49-year-old member of the Socialist Alternative party and the Seattle City Council since 2014, reported the incident after the suspect repeatedly threw the bags of feces in her yard starting this month – an attack she believes is potentially “politically motivated,” according to reports. Can you help identify man suspected of throwing feces at city council member’s home?
Deutsche Bank strategists warned this week that more than 4 million Americans could lose their jobs as a result of the Federal Reserve's war on inflation.
Hu Jintao was sitting next to his successor <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/topic/xi-jinping">Xi Jinping</a> for closing ceremony of twice-a-decade party gathering
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -China has decided the status quo of Taiwan's situation is no longer acceptable and has begun to ratchet up pressure on the self-governing island, including holding out the possibility of using force, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday. Speaking at an event organized by Bloomberg, Blinken said China had altered a decades-old basic understanding between Washington and Beijing that its differences with Taiwan would be managed peacefully. "What's changed is this: the decision by the government in Beijing that that status quo was no longer acceptable, that they wanted to speed up the process by which they would pursue reunification," Blinken said.
In his first day in Parliament handling question time, Rishi Sunak was confronted with a question about his wealthy wife.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday vowed to retake Crimea after parliamentary leaders convened in Croatia to coordinate the international response to Russia’s occupation in the region. “We will definitely liberate Crimea,” Zelensky said in his nightly address. “We will return this part of our country not only to the all-Ukrainian space, but also to…
A number of individual U.S. states have taken it upon themselves to provide some household budget relief to residents still struggling with the enduring high costs of goods and gas due to inflation….
The U.S. Inflation Reduction Act and soaring energy prices pose a risk to some of Europe's businesses, European Union antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager warned on Wednesday as the United States and European Union launched a task force on the issue. U.S. President Joe Biden signed the $430 billion anti-inflation bill into law in August, which includes state aid for certain industries, such as the car sector. The EU has said the new legislation, which makes tax breaks conditional on U.S-manufactured content, puts at a disadvantage European car companies and those producing a wide range of goods from the "green economy" sector including batteries, hydrogen and renewable energy equipment.
Net zero restrictions on oil drilling are tightening Saudi Arabia's grip over the global market for crude and will deepen tensions with the West, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned.
Months ago, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state had a plan in the works regarding the district, but few details were shared.


Shop Sephari