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November 5, 2018 - US-North Korea talks could impact US Military posture in Korea: Dunford
U.S.-North Korea talks could impact U.S. military posture in Korea: Dunford | Reuters


Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, waves as he is recognized by U.S. President Donald Trump at a reception commemorating the 35th anniversary of the attack on the Beirut Barracks in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, U.S., October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Al Drago/File Photo

The top U.S. military officer said on Monday that the United States would have to start making changes to its military posture on the Korean peninsula over time if talks with North Korea advance.

“The more successful we are in the diplomatic track, the more uncomfortable we will be in the military space,” Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a forum at Duke University.

“Because over time, this negotiation will take a form where we’re going to have to start making some changes to the military posture on the peninsula. And we’re prepared to do that in support of Secretary Pompeo,” Dunford said. He did not elaborate on what changes might be expected.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol in New York on Thursday to discuss North Korea’s denuclearization.

In Washington last week, South Korea’s defense minister said the two countries would decide by December on major joint military exercises for 2019. Vigilant Ace, suspended this month, is one of several such exercises halted to encourage dialogue with Pyongyang, which has criticized joint U.S.-South Korea exercises in the past.

Although larger exercises were suspended, the two countries have continued small-scale drills.

On Monday, U.S. and South Korean marines conducted military drills under the Korean Marine Exchange Program for the first time in months, according to the South Korean ministry of defense.

North Korea has not tested a ballistic missile or nuclear weapon for nearly a year, and has said it has shuttered its main nuclear test site and plans to dismantle several more facilities.

In recent weeks, North Korea has pressed harder for what it sees as reciprocal concessions by the United States and other countries.
 

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Medvedev arrives in Shanghai to meet with Xi Jinping

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has arrived in China’s Shanghai where he will stay on an official visit from November 5 to 7, the press service of the Russian government said on Sunday.

Xi meets Russian prime minister

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who attended the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai.

Both China and Russia are in a crucial stage in achieving national development and revitalization, Xi said.

Facing an unprecedentedly complex international environment, it is more important to keep bilateral ties at a high level and reinforce strategic coordination between the two countries, Xi said.

He said a priority for the two sides' work in the next phase is to comprehensively implement the consensus between him and Russian President Vladimir Putin on practical cooperation between the two sides.

Xi welcomed Russia to attend the expo as one of the guests of honor.

China and Russia are firm in pursuing peaceful development and are committed to upholding international fairness and justice, reflecting their resolve and responsible attitude as major countries, Xi said, noting that under new circumstances, China is willing to maintain close high-level exchanges with the Russian side and continuously deepen strategic coordination.

Medvedev said Russia is willing to work together with China to implement the important consensus reached by heads of state of the two countries, expand practical cooperation in various areas, carry out closer coordination and cooperation in international affairs, safeguard international rules, and maintain world peace and stability.


Syria participates in China International Import Expo

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday announced the opening of China International Import Expo in Shanghai with the participation of more than 130 states including Syria.

In a speech delivered during the opening ceremony, President Xi described the expo as a pioneer step in the history of developing the international trade.

He affirmed that China’s initiative to broaden the imports isn’t just a temporary experiment, but it is a long-term initiative towards the world and the future which aims at enhancing the joint development.

The Chinese President called upon all the states to adopt a clear stance in which they affirm their adherence to the openness and their rejection of the unilateralism and protectionism and their adherence to the principle of comprehensive development and mutual interests for achieving the joint development.

The five-day expo, in which more than 3000 companies are participating, is the first of its kind in the world as it is specialized in the imports and it embraces expos of states and companies in parallel with holding Hongqiao International Economic and Trade Forum.

The Forum which accompanies the Expo will be attended by more than 2000 government officials and heads of international organizations, in addition to businessmen and pioneer academics from more than 130 states.


Russian export to China to exceed $50 bln in 2018

Russia’s export to China is on track to reach $50-54 bln in 2018, head of the Russian Export Center (REC) Andrey Slepnev said on Monday.

"Russian exports to China amounted to around $26 bln in the first half of the year, a 43% increase compared with the same period last year. That means it will be over $50 bln, $50-54 bln (by the yearend)," he said.

Overall, the Russian-Chinese mutual trade may reach around $100 bln in 2018, Slepnev said, adding that the result might double in coming years.

"We see ties expanding on traditional goods, such as timber, metals, chemistry and the like, agricultural trade has risen 1.5-fold since the beginning of the year. Green cosmetics and children’s goods are becoming increasingly popular. A big number of energy and high-tech projects are implemented. There are agreements regarding a joint project on heavy helicopters, cooperation is developing in space and energy fields," he said.


Russia, China Unveil Full-Scale Mockup of New Passenger CR929 Aircraft (PHOTOS)

Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) presented for the first time a full-scale prototype of CR929 wide-body long-range aircraft at the Zhuhai Airshow, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the scene.

"Today's event is an opening of the full-scale mockup of our joint aircraft and the opportunity to personally visit the cockpit, look at the organization of space in the first class, business class, economy class. It shows that we have something to get [potential buyers] interested," UAC President Yury Slyusar told journalists.


The full-scale mockup includes the cockpit and three classes of passenger compartment layout. The length of the layout is 22 meters (72 feet), it is 6.5 meters high and 5.9 meters wide. The salon is equipped with two rows of first-class seats, three rows of business-class seats and four rows of economy-class seats, including an entertainment system and interior design in Chinese and Russian styles.


The basic CR929-600 version in a three-class layout will be able to carry 280 passengers over a distance of up to 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles). The aircraft family will also consist of a modification with an extended fuselage (CR929-700) and a shortened fuselage (CR929-500).


The CR929 program is currently at the stage of preliminary design and selection of suppliers of basic systems and equipment, which will be completed before 2020, the chief designer of CR929 program from the Russian side Maxim Litvinov recalled.

He also noted that, according to the agreement with COMAC, the engineering center for the development of wide-body long-haul aircraft will be located in Russia.

Russia and China intend to implement plans to build the CR929 aircraft by 2025-2027. The cost of the program is currently estimated at $13-$20 billion. The maiden flight of the aircraft is expected in 2025.

China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition started in the city of Zhuhai on Tuesday and will last through Sunday.


Russia to Deliver Su-35, S-400 to China No Later Than 2020 - Rostec

Russia and China have concluded contracts on deliveries of weapons to be used in operations on the ground, in the air and in the sea, Viktor Kladov, the head of the delegation of Russian state corporation Rostec at the Zhuhai airshow, told Sputnik on Tuesday.

"We are actively cooperating with China in all defense sectors: land, air and water. In addition to the successful implementation of two contracts for the S-400 and Su-35, we have a lot of other projects. I would not like to go into details, but I’ll say that we have recently signed three more [weapons] contracts with the Chinese side," the official said.

According to Kladov, Russia will complete the contracted deliveries of 24 Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 air defense complexes to China on time, until 2020.

China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition started in the city of Zhuhai on Tuesday and will last through Sunday.
 

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Russia to showcase latest medium-range air defense missile system at Airshow China

Russia will demonstrate its latest Viking air defense missile system (the export version of the Buk-M3 complex) for the first time abroad at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai on November 6-11, the press office of Russia’s state arms seller Rosoboronexport reported on Tuesday.

The Russian arms exporter will also demonstrate the latest military hardware from its export list: the Il-78MK-90A aerial refueling tanker and the Il-76MD-90A military transport plane, the press office said.

"In Zhuhai, the latest Viking air defense missile system, a follow-up of the family of the famous Buk surface-to-air missile complexes, is on display for the first time at international exhibitions," Rosoboronexport said in a statement.

Russia’s newest military products for the Air Force include the Su-35 multirole super-maneuverable fighter jet, MiG-29M/M2 multi-purpose fighters, the Su-32 fighter-bomber, and also the new products on Rosoboronexport’s list: the Il-78MK-90A aerial refueling tanker and the Il-76MD-90A military transport plane.

At the Airshow China 2018, Russia will also launch a demonstration tour of Mi-171A2 and Ansat helicopters across South-East Asia, Rosoboronexport said.

"The tour will be held by Russian Helicopters [rotorcraft maker] with Rosoboronexport’s support. The visitors and participants in the exhibition at Zhuhai can see the capabilities of these helicopters and ask any questions about their technical and operational characteristics to representatives of both companies," the company’s press office said.

Overall, the Russian arms exporter will demonstrate over 100 weapon systems at its exhibition stand. The Russian exposition at Zhuhai is one of the most representative and biggest displays of all the international exhibitions, in which the company has taken part," the press office said.

Viking air defense missile system

The Viking air defense missile complex is the export modification of the latest Buk-M3 surface-to-air missile system accepted for service in the Russian Army. The weapon system is a follow-up of medium-range air defense missile systems and is designed to protect troops and infrastructure facilities against modern and future air attack weapons amid jamming and counter-fire.

As compared to its predecessor, the Buk-M2E, the Viking’s firing range has increased by almost 1.5 times to 65 km. The number of simultaneously engaged targets has risen by 1.5 times to six for each self-propelled launcher while the number of ready-for-launch surface-to-air missiles in a firing position of two combat units has increased from 8 to 18.

The Viking air defense missile system features an option of its integration with the Antey-2500 surface-to-air missile complex. The Viking is capable of striking with high accuracy not only aircraft and elements of precision weapons but also tactical ballistic and cruise missiles and also sea and ground targets.


Russia, China wrap up talks on heavy-lift helicopter

Russia and China have completed talks and are ready to ink a contract on creating a heavy-lift helicopter, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy at Russia’s Rostec state hi-tech corporation Viktor Kladov told reporters on Tuesday.

"De facto, the negotiations have been completed. The sides are ready to sign a general contract," Kladov said, noting that this is a contract on the helicopter’s design and after it is signed, the design engineering will begin.

"This will be a Chinese helicopter. Most works will be carried out by a Chinese company, and the Chinese side has tasked Russia with developing some key angles and components," he said.


Russian tourism agency: Moscow, Beijing completing preparations of new tourism agreement

A new intergovernmental agreement on the Russian-Chinese cooperation in the tourism field is almost ready, Head of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism Oleg Safonov said on Tuesday, adding that the document might be signed in the near future.

"We are at the final stage of preparing the intergovernmental agreement. Hopefully the intergovernmental agreement will be signed in the near future," he said, adding that the signing might take place in 2019. "Hopefully it will be signed next year," he said.

Speaking about the working intergovernmental agreement that was signed in 2000, Safonov noted that for many countries it has become a kind of example of organizing tourism cooperation.
 

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Russia, China Can Ink Deal on National Currencies Payments by End of Year - Bank

Russia and China can sign an agreement on settlements in national currencies by the end of the year, the head of the Russian state development bank Vnesheconombank, Igor Shuvalov, told reporters on Wednesday.

"We are interested [in this agreement], the Chinese side is no less interested, and perhaps it is even more interested, as yesterday Chinese chairman [President Xi Jinping] said that this agreement should be signed as soon as possible… It would be perfect to be able to sign it by the end of the year," Shuvalov said.

Delivering a speech at the opening of the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he welcomed a further increase in the mutual lending in national currencies, including loans for the implementation of investment projects.

In May, Russia's largest bank, Sberbank announced plans to develop yuan-denominated loans for Russian companies and was considering issuing yuan-denominated obligations.


PM says Russian-Chinese trade turnover may reach $200 bln

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has set a new level for bilateral trade between Russia and China, saying that a level of $200 billion is quite achievable.

"Bilateral trade is actively developing, and this year we will approach the level of $100 billion, which seemed fantastic to us 10 years ago; now we are speaking about other levels, about the possibility of reaching $200 billion of trade turnover, and I believe this figure to be quite realizable for our countries if we actively promote cooperation in the agreed spheres," Medvedev said at a press conference after the 23rd regular meeting between the Russian and Chinese government heads.

The Russian prime minister reported that he agreed with his Chinese counterpart on a number of additional steps for support for small businesses, the development of electronic trade and the development of payment system. Medvedev also promised to continue work to lift barriers in different spheres, not just in the bilateral format. He stressed the importance of linking the Eurasian Economic Union and the Silk Road Economic Belt.

Medvedev added that the two countries have a number of investment projects in the energy, oil, gas and oil refining industries, high technologies, including manned space navigation, the establishment of new materials and the creation of artificial intelligence. It was decided to pay special attention to issues of developing the Far East and wood processing. There are special prospects in agriculture, Medvedev said. "We increased the exports of Russian agricultural products to China, and at the same time the Chinese partners are working in the same direction, and we are definitely interested in implementing new projects, including exporting Russian soybeans to China and a number of other areas, that is the development of transport-logistics capabilities," the prime minister explained.
 

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Russian agency says creating S-300, S-400 maintenance and support center in China viable

Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) believes that it will be economically viable to set up a maintenance center for S-300 and S-400 missile systems in China, FSVTS head Dmitry Shugaev told reporters.

"Considering that China continues to operate S-300 missile systems and given the delivery of new S-400 systems, the creation of a center for the after-sale support of the long-range defense systems would be logical and economically feasible," he noted.

The agency’s director recalled that a maintenance center for the Tor-M1 air defense missile systems had been established last year. "Projects for full service support of helicopters as well as in the field of aircraft engine building are at different stages of development," he added.

According to the FSVTS chief, China has imported a lot of military hardware made in Russia, which is why the creation of a quality, timely and fully convenient after-sale support center is one of the most important issues on the bilateral agenda.

China is hosting a defense exhibition called Airshow China on November 6-11, where Shugaev is heading the Russian delegation.


Russia and China plan to sign contract for joint heavy helicopter soon — source

Russia and China will sign a contract to create a joint Russian-Chinese heavy helicopter AHL (Advanced Heavy Lifter) "in the coming days", a source in the Russian government told TASS.

"The contract will be signed in the coming days. Only technical protocol formalities are left," he said.

First Deputy Chief of the Russian Government Staff Sergei Prikhodko told reporters earlier that Russian Helicopters and China’s Avicopter are expected to sign a framework contract for the development of the AHL (Advanced Heavy Lifter) helicopter.

"It is planned to sign the framework contract and all the sub-contracts on November 7, during the 23rd regular meeting of the Russian and Chinese heads of government," he said in reply to a TASS question.

According to Prikhodko, Russian Helicopters and China’s Avicopter had 24 rounds of talks on a would-be contract in a period from May 2014 to October 2018. In May, the sides initialed all the sub-contracts and finished the work on a master contract and initialed its text in October.

The agreement on the development of the AHL helicopter was signed between Russia and China in June 2016.

Under the agreement, Russian Helicopters Group, part of Russia’s Rostec state hi-tech corporation, will make investments in the program in the form of technologies and design separate systems of the helicopter, while China will be responsible for implementing the program as a whole.

In the summer of 2017, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy at Russia’s Rostec Corporation Viktor Kladov said that at least 200 AHL helicopters would be built under the contract.

According to data presented earlier, the helicopter will have a maximum takeoff weight of 38.2 tonnes, a service ceiling of 5,700 meters, a range of 630 km (391 miles) and a maximum speed of 300 km/h (186 mph). The AHL’s lifting capacity will stand at 10 tons for internal cargo carriage and at 15 tonnes for underslung cargo.


Russia, China to sign contract on AHL helicopter production shortly, says deputy PM

The signing of the state contract with China on production of the Advanced Heavy Lifter (AHL) helicopter is expected in the near future after the Chinese side completes all formalities, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov said Wednesday.

"The situation is absolutely cloudless here, we simply treat the Chinese side’s need to complete all formalities with respect. I expect that in the near future," he said, adding that "there are no unresolved issues on the agreement in the helicopter field."

The Russian-Chinese AHL (Advanced Heavy Lift) helicopter is being co-developed by Russian corporation Russian Helicopters and Chinese corporation AVIC. The machine will have a maximum takeoff weight of 38.2 tonnes, a service ceiling of 5,700 meters, a range of 630 kilometers and a maximum speed of 300 kilometers per hour. The AHL’s lifting capacity will stand at 10 tonnes for internal cargo carriage and at 15 tonnes for underslung cargo.
 

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November 7, 2018 - Russia asks U.N. Security Council to discuss North Korea sanctions Thursday
Russia asks U.N. Security Council to discuss North Korea sanctions Thursday | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS - Russia has asked the United Nations Security Council to discuss North Korea sanctions on Thursday, diplomats said, a move that comes after a planned meeting between top U.S. and North Korean officials in New York this week was postponed.

It was not immediately clear why Russia wanted the council to discuss the issue, though China’s foreign ministry said last month that Beijing, Moscow and Pyongyang believed it necessary to consider adjusting the U.N. sanctions at an appropriate time.

The 15-member Security Council has unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

China and Russia have said the council should reward Pyongyang for the “positive developments” after U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in June and Kim pledged to work toward denuclearization.

But the United States and other Western powers have said sanctions must be enforced until there is full denuclearization. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has also accused Russia of cheating on U.N. sanctions on North Korea.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had been due to meet senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol in New York on Thursday to try to pave the way for a second summit between Trump and Kim and make progress on denuclearization.

The State Department announced on Wednesday that the talks would be rescheduled, but gave no reason for the delay. North Korea’s U.N. mission did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the postponement of the talks.

North Korea’s foreign minister told the United Nations in September that continued sanctions were deepening its mistrust of the United States and there was no way the country would give up its nuclear weapons unilaterally under such circumstances.

In July, Russia and China delayed a U.S. push for the Security Council’s sanctions committee to order a halt to refined petroleum exports to North Korea, asking for more detail on a U.S. accusation that Pyongyang had breached sanctions, diplomats said.


November 8, 2018 - South Korea to closely coordinate with British Government on NuGen Nuclear project
South Korea to closely coordinate with British government on NuGen nuclear project | Reuters

South Korea’s energy ministry said on Thursday it will closely coordinate with the British government on the NuGen nuclear project in Britain after Toshiba announced plans to liquidate the project to shed troubled assets.

South Korea’s state-run Korea Electric Power Corp (KEPCO) has been in talks with Toshiba to buy a stake in Britain’s NuGen nuclear project, planned for Moorside in northwest England.

“The ministry plans to closely coordinate with the British government on the Moorside project while monitoring the NuGen liquidation process with KEPCO,” the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said in a statement.
 

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Xi meets Russian prime minister

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who attended the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai.

Both China and Russia are in a crucial stage in achieving national development and revitalization, Xi said.

Facing an unprecedentedly complex international environment, it is more important to keep bilateral ties at a high level and reinforce strategic coordination between the two countries, Xi said.

He said a priority for the two sides' work in the next phase is to comprehensively implement the consensus between him and Russian President Vladimir Putin on practical cooperation between the two sides.

Xi welcomed Russia to attend the expo as one of the guests of honor.

China and Russia are firm in pursuing peaceful development and are committed to upholding international fairness and justice, reflecting their resolve and responsible attitude as major countries, Xi said, noting that under new circumstances, China is willing to maintain close high-level exchanges with the Russian side and continuously deepen strategic coordination.

Medvedev said Russia is willing to work together with China to implement the important consensus reached by heads of state of the two countries, expand practical cooperation in various areas, carry out closer coordination and cooperation in international affairs, safeguard international rules, and maintain world peace and stability.


Syria participates in China International Import Expo

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday announced the opening of China International Import Expo in Shanghai with the participation of more than 130 states including Syria.

In a speech delivered during the opening ceremony, President Xi described the expo as a pioneer step in the history of developing the international trade.

A brief note and recent observation on China ...

Since the announcement of President Trump's "Trade War" with China, the American Press has been working overtime to demonize the Country. The tactics are no different then those used against other Countries, like North Korea or the Philippine's, when they got singled out and found themselves in the cross-hairs of the dominating Political climate in the US. One of the first tactics applied is "Sanction's" while the Press and talking News heads issue accusations targeting "Human Right's violations". The accusations are rarely accompanied by factual documentation or references to a secondary verifiable source. Basically, they are "made-up-lies or gossip" or a combination of both. Neither being - fact based.

I could probably pull up a half dozen or more articles on China, currently circulating the various news sites, that allude to Civil and Human Right's violations. We don't live in a perfect World, so I don't totally discount - that there might be some accurate accounts but some reports are outright devious and defy simple logic - like this one ...

November 8, 2018 - Underperforming Chinese workers made to drink urine, eat bugs
Underperforming Chinese workers made to drink urine, eat bugs | Reuters

BEIJING - Workers at a Chinese home renovation company who failed to complete their tasks had to drink urine, eat cockroaches or get whipped by a belt.

Others had to shave their heads or drink water from a toilet bowl and had their salaries withheld by a month, according to images and videos on Chinese social media cited by state media.

The punishments were all publicly meted out in the presence of other staff, state media said, citing workers who had quit the company in the southwestern province of Guizhou.

Forgetful staff who did not wear leather shoes to work or failed to turn up in formal attire were given 50 yuan ($7.20) fines.

Their misdemeanors were duly recorded in little white slips.

But most staff chose to stay despite the punishments, which started this year, state media said.

Three managers at the company were jailed from five to 10 days on the charge of humiliating others, according to a social media post by the local public security bureau.

Labor conditions in China have often been described by activists as harsh and unforgiving, with workers having to work excessive hours and live in cramped quarters on meager wages.

At the Guizhou company, many of the punished showed little outward sign of unhappiness, according to state media, choosing instead to accept their fate.
 

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South Korean president vows to support trilateral cooperation with Russia and North Korea

The Republic of Korea will work to create a basis for trilateral economic cooperation with Russia and North Korea, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said during the first Russian-Korean Summit on Interregional Cooperation that was held on Thursday in the city of Pohang.

"The government will lay a stable foundation for economic cooperation in the triangle South Korea - North Korea - Russia. It will help establish peace on the whole Korean Peninsula," the president stressed. He also noted that North Gyeongsang Province will become a key region in trade relations with South Korea’s northern partners.

Moon Jae-in alto thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for "unfailing strong support for the movement toward peace on the Korean Peninsula." He reiterated that the two countries’ leaders agreed during the previously held meeting to establish a forum for the development of bilateral cooperation. Russia’s Far East should play the central role in it.

"Today is the historic day when the first move in this direction was made," Moon Jae-in said. "It will become a turning point in the development of comprehensive cooperation between the regional and central governments of Russia and Korea."

The president stressed that Seoul and Moscow have waited for this day for almost 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between them. He noted that the regions may play a crucial role in the galvanization of economic ties.

The first Russian-Korean Summit on Interregional Cooperation was launched in Pohang on Wednesday and will run until November 9. It involves representatives for nine entities of Russia’s Far Eastern Federal District and 17 regions of the Republic of Korea. At the forum representatives for regional governments, experts and businessmen are discussing prospects for the development of bilateral economic cooperation.


Regular ferry line to link Vladivostok and South Korea’s Pohang

South Korea’s city of Pohang and Russia’s Vladivostok may be linked by a ferry in the near future, Pohang Mayor Lee Kang-Deok said on Thursday at the first Russian-Korean Forum of Interregional Cooperation.

"A direct ferry line is to open soon between Pohang and Vladivostok. It will link these two cities with North Korea’s ports in the future, which will help ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula and help all countries develop mutually beneficial economic cooperation," the city mayor stressed.

He noted that the Korean side considers the organization of transport communication between these two ports a major item of interregional cooperation. In particular, it will make it possible to deliver Russian coal for the steel works POSCO, which is located in Pohang, and link the South Korean city with the Northeast Passage.

Lee Kang-Deok called on the South Korean and Russian authorities to create a bilateral platform for constant communication, for example in the form of a secretariat which would make it possible to quickly solve arising issues and problems. The Pohang mayor also noted the necessity to change from raw material trading, which prevails in the bilateral trade turnover, to the joint processing and exports of finished products.

Pohang, a city of 530,000, is located in the south-east of the Republic of Korea. It is the largest steel production center in the country. The city’s commercial seaport provides cargo turnover of 50 million tonnes.

The official part of the forum was launched on November 8. It involves nine entities of the Russian Far Eastern Federal District and 17 regions of the Republic of Korea. At the event representatives for regional governments, experts and businessmen are discussing prospects for the development of bilateral economic cooperation.


China Unveils Stealth Drone for First Time at Zhuhai Airshow (PHOTOS)

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On display at the 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, otherwise known as the Zhuhai Airshow, is a model of the country's new CH-7 unmanned aerial vehicle ‒ a stealth drone expected to be the first to hit global markets.

Built by the state-owned Chinese Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the drone is expected begin test flights sometime in 2019, with mass production starting in 2022 if all goes well.

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In this Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, China's new-generation stealth unmanned combat aircraft prototype, the CH-7, is displayed during the 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, also known as Airshow China 2018, in Zhuhai city, south China's Guangdong province / © AP PHOTO/ KIN CHEUNG

Shi Wen, the CH-7's chief designer, told the AP on Wednesday that the aircraft can "fly long hours, scout and strike the target when necessary."

"[We] can see the CH-7 flying in the blue skies, gradually being a practical and usable product in the future," the designer told the news outlet, adding that the drone will likely be sold abroad. It's unclear what countries might be on the list of potential buyers.

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CH-7 China new-generation stealth unmanned combat aircraft prototype is displayed during the 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, also known as Airshow China 2018, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Zhuhai city, south China's Guangdong province / © AP PHOTO/ KIN CHEUNG

The single-engine model, which is capable of flying at the speeds of a commercial jet plane, has a wingspan of roughly 72 feet and measures at a length of 33 feet, CBS News reported.

Although other countries are working on developing their own versions of stealth drones, experts have indicated that China's low prices and willingness to share its technology are attracting more attention from interested buyers. According to China Daily, if the CH-7 stays on track with its flight tests, China's UAVs will be the first on the market and the "sole option for buyers wanting to field stealth combat drones."

"It would represent an area of Chinese arms export offerings which no other country offers," aviation expert Justin Bronk told AP.

Also showcased at the outdoor portion of the airshow was China's J-20 stealth fighter and J-10B fighter. And that's not all, folks. Inside was a replica of Beijing's future space station, Heavenly Palace, which is set to replace the International Space Station once it retires in 2024.


China plans to buy six Mi-171A2 helicopters

China plans to buy six Russian Mi-171A2 multipurpose helicopters by 2022, a spokesperson of the Russian Helicopters holding told reporters on Thursday at the AirShow China.

"China General Aviation Service confirmed the intention to buy a batch of Mi-171A2 helicopters," the spokesperson said.

"Deliveries in interests of such a large operator will definitely facilitate awarding further orders," Chief Executive Officer of the holding Andrei Boginsky said. Validation of the certificate for Mi-171A2 in China is underway, the company said.

The multipurpose Mi-171A2 helicopter is a deliverable of deep upgrade of Mi-8/17 helicopter family, with more than 80 changes made in its design. The aircraft can operate day and night, in the environment of high mountains, high and low temperature, higher humidity, and above water surface. Mi-171A2 are fitted with a "glass cabin" avionics package. The crew consists of two persons.


Russian hi-tech firm to team up with China to develop liquid rocket propellants

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Russian liquid-fuel rocket engines produced by Energomash / © Alexei Filippov/TASS

Russia’s rocket engine producer Energomash and the Sixth Academy of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation have signed a protocol of cooperation in the development and manufacture of liquid rocket propellants, the Energomash press office reported on Thursday.

The document was signed at the Airshow China 2018 aerospace exhibition, Energomash said.

Under the protocol, both sides can cooperate in the field of rocket engines by developing liquid rocket propellants using the oxygen-kerosene, oxygen-hydrogen and oxygen-methane propellant components," the Energomash said in a statement.

Until the end of 2018, the Chinese side will send technical work requirements to Energomash and in January 2019 both sides will hold consultations to formulate their final version. After that, Energomash will draft and submit a package of documents to Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos for a government resolution on the possibility of cooperation in this area, the statement says.

"The negotiations with the Chinese side lasted several years. But we were restrained in our negotiating process until the end of 2017 as the agreement between the governments of Russia and China, ‘On Measures for Technology Protection in View of Cooperation in the Exploration and the Use of Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes, the Development and the Operation of Launch Vehicles and the Ground-Based Space Infrastructure,’ was not ratified," Energomash CEO Igor Arbuzov said.

"Beginning from 2018, our discussions became substantive and today’s protocol is a switchover of our relations to the practical realm," he added.

The areas of cooperation in the sphere of rocket engines were defined by the protocols of sessions of the Russian-Chinese commission for cooperation in carrier rockets and rocket engines held in 2018 and were approved on September 28, 2018 in Beijing by a protocol of the 19th session of the sub-commission for interaction in outer space of the Russian -Chinese commission for preparing regular meetings of the heads of governments.


China purchases 20 Ansat aircraft at Airshow China

Russian Helicopters inked a contract for supply of 20 Ansat helicopters to the China Association of Emergency Medicine at the Airshow China exhibition, a spokesman of the Russian holding told reporters on Thursday.

"The Russian Helicopters holding made a contract for delivery of 20 Ansat helicopters in the interests of the Association of Emergency Medicine of the People’s Republic of China within the framework of the Airshow China international air show," he said.

Russian Helicopters plan to "validate a certificate in China and supply all helicopters under this contract in 2019-2020," Chief Executive Officer of the holding Andrei Boginsky said.

Helicopters will be handed over to the customer in a multipurpose build. Purchased Ansat helicopters when fitted with a medical module can be used to provide first aid and perform emergency evacuation of patients, including from areas with a hostile terrain.

The Ansat is a lightweight twin-engine multipurpose helicopter. It can carry up to nine people depending on the modification.
 

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November 10, 2018 - Seoul says 2 Koreas complete disarming 22 guard posts
Seoul says 2 Koreas complete disarming 22 guard posts

The Koreas plan to destroy 20 of the structures by the end of November, while symbolically leaving one demilitarized guard post on each side.


South Korean Defense Ministry shows South Korea’s chief delegate Major General Kim Do-gyun shaking hands, amid talks between the two countries to ease longstanding tension. (File/AFP)

SEOUL, South Korea: A South Korean Defense Ministry official says the North and South Korean militaries have completed withdrawing troops and firearms from 22 front-line guard posts as they continue to implement a wide-ranging agreement reached in September to reduce tensions.

The official says soldiers on Saturday completed disarming 11 guard posts on the southern side of the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Koreas.

The official says the ministry believes the North has also finished withdrawing personnel and weapons from 11 guard posts on the northern side of the DMZ.

The Koreas plan to destroy 20 of the structures by the end of November, while symbolically leaving one demilitarized guard post on each side. They plan to jointly verify the results in December.


November 11, 2018 - North and South Korea begin destroying border guard posts
North and South Korea begin destroying border guard posts

  • The moves come as a diplomatic thaw between the former wartime foes gathers pace
  • The militaries on Sunday began destroying the 20 border guard posts in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas
SEOUL: The two Koreas began destroying 20 guard posts along their heavily-fortified frontier Sunday under a plan to reduce tensions on the border.

Under an agreement made between their generals in late October, North and South Korea agreed to each remove 10 posts and preserve one on either side of the frontier.

The militaries on Sunday began destroying the 20 border guard posts in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas after withdrawing troops and equipment from them, Yonhap news agency reported, citing Seoul’s defense ministry.

South Korea has around 60 such posts along the rest of the border while the North has about 160, Yonhap said.

The border truce village of Panmunjom — or the Joint Security Area (JSA) — is the only spot along the tense, 250-kilometer (155-mile) frontier where soldiers from the two Koreas and the US-led UN Command stand face to face.

But as part of the latest reconciliatory gesture, the two Koreas last month removed all firearms and guard posts from the area, leaving it manned by 35 unarmed personnel from each side.

The moves come as a diplomatic thaw between the former wartime foes gathers pace.

Under dovish South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Seoul has pursued a policy of engagement with its isolated, nuclear-armed neighbor, in contrast with the US which insists pressure should be maintained on Pyongyang until it denuclearizes.

Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed on a broad plan to ease tensions along the border during their third summit in Pyongyang in September.

The two nations technically remain at war after the 1950-53 Korean War that sealed the division of the peninsula and ended with a cease-fire instead of a peace treaty.

But ties improved markedly this year as Moon and Kim took a series of reconciliatory gestures.

Kim and US President Donald Trump also held a historic summit in June in Singapore and signed a vaguely worded deal on denuclearization, but little progress has been made since then, with the two countries sparring over the exact meaning of the agreement.

Planned talks between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and one of Kim’s right-hand men, Kim Yong Chol, were also delayed this week.


November 11, 2018 - Summit bears fruit as South Korea flies tangerines to North
Summit bears fruit as South Korea flies tangerines to North

  • The present comes after the North Koreans gave South Korean President Moon Jae-in two tons of pricey pine mushrooms after a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang in September
  • North Korean leader Kim faces continued international pressure over his weapons programs
SEOUL: South Korean military transport aircraft began a tangerine airlift to North Korea on Sunday, the first of a gift of 200 tons of the fruit from the southern island of Jeju, South Korea’s presidential Blue House said.

The present comes after the North Koreans gave South Korean President Moon Jae-in two tons of pricey pine mushrooms after a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang in September.

North Korea has pursued nuclear and missile programs in defiance of UN sanctions and South Korean officials said last week they had tested the mushrooms for radiation after an opposition lawmaker complained.

The Jeju tangerines were packed in 20,000 boxes and will be flown to Pyongyang by four C-130 aircraft during multiple flights on Sunday and Monday, the Blue House said in a statement.

Several senior South Korean officials, including Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung and presidential secretary for unification policy Suh Ho, flew to Pyongyang to deliver the first shipment.

North Korean leader Kim faces continued international pressure over his weapons programs.

He vowed to work toward denuclearization during his historic June summit with US President Donald Trump, but Pyongyang’s actions have fallen short of US demands for irreversible steps to scrap its arsenal, including a full disclosure of nuclear facilities and materials.

That has left inter-Korean efforts limited by international and unilateral sanctions that bar many forms of economic interaction with North Korea.

But South and North Korea have conducted a number of inter-Korean projects designed to lower tensions, including joint sports and cultural events, closing some guardposts along their shared border, and regular high-level negotiations.
 
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