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English-fluent new Foreign Minister Kono makes global debut at ASEAN gathering

13 August 2017

Wang, however, quickly added, "Of course, we would like to urge other parties like the USA and South Korea to stop increasing tensions".

Trump's warning comes as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits countries in Asia, where he attended a regional meeting in Manila at the weekend and urged Southeast Asia to cut back on ties with North Korea.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued a stark warning to North Korea on Wednesday, telling Pyongyang that it should stop any actions that would lead to the "end of its regime and the destruction of its people".

'Our objective is to bring all parties involved in the nuclear issue back to the negotiating table ... to realise the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, ' Wang said on the sidelines of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) meetings in Manila.

"Since past year, when it forcibly implemented two nuclear tests and more than 20 ballistic missile launches, the security threats have entered a new stage", the Japanese defence ministry said in the 563-page document released on Tuesday.

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The question of whether Beijing would go along with much harsher sanctions against North Korea was answered this weekend.

But the diplomatic road ahead is rocky.

"We will make the USA pay by a thousand-fold for all the heinous crimes it commits against the state and people of this country", the statement said.

But Washington says it will be watching closely to ensure that China doesn't ease up on the North " if and when the world's attention is diverted elsewhere.

Since the relationship of dialog was established between them in 1991, China and ASEAN have adhered to the theme of cooperation and development, ever strengthening mutual political trust, and yielding fruitful results from pragmatic cooperation, Xi said. "So it is all about how we see their attitude toward approaching a dialogue with us".

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In pursuit of the vision started by the ASEAN founding fathers, President Duterte called for the harnessing of public-private partnership with his co-member states. The response has been polite but noncommital.

The meeting of vice foreign ministers will take place before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in early September. They smiled amiably and made small talk but ignored a reporter's question about how the fresh US sanctions against Russian Federation that President Donald Trump signed last week would affect their talks. A page-one editorial (link in Chinese) in the overseas edition of the state-run People's Daily argues the US and South Korea should suspend military exercises in the area.

"I think that's overly interpreting things".

The ASEAN conference also addressed other issues of regional concern. Issues regarding the South China Sea and other territorial disputes saw them locking horns in a tense face-to-face on Monday.

"It is conceivable that North Korea's nuclear weapons programme has already considerably advanced and it is possible that North Korea has already achieved the miniaturisation of nuclear weapons and has acquired nuclear warheads", it said.

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The United States is particularly concerned about Islamist militants gaining a foothold in the Philippines, after being pushed out of Syria and Iraq. An estimated US$5.3 trillion of trade passes annually in the disputed maritime region, parts of which are also claimed by the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and Taiwan.

English-fluent new Foreign Minister Kono makes global debut at ASEAN gathering