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Envoys from Japan, S. Korea, US commit to stronger security ties amid fears of N. Korean nuclear test

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  • On Wednesday, a trilateral meeting in Tokyo attended by envoys from Japan, the United States and South Korea resulted in an agreement to strengthen security ties between the nations amid fears of potential nuclear tests from North Korea.
  • The concerns stem from the alarming number of missile launches that North Korea has conducted this year.
  • "North Korea is continuing and even accelerating its nuclear and missile capabilities, and there is a looming chance of further provocation, including a nuclear test," said Japanese Foreign Ministry's Director-General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Funakoshi Takehiro. "At the same time, we remain open to entertaining dialogue with North Korea."
  • “Our bottom line has not changed,” the U.S. Special Representative for the DPRK Ambassador Sung Kim said. “Our goal remains a complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."

Senior officials from Japan, the United States and South Korea have committed to strengthening security ties between the nations amid fears of potential nuclear tests from North Korea.

The agreement was made in Tokyo on Wednesday during a trilateral meeting hosted by the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Director-General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Funakoshi Takehiro.

China says US support for Taiwan ‘futile’ after Washington delegates visit Taipei amid Ukraine crisis

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  • Amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a delegation of former American officials visited Taiwan to “reassure” the island of the United States’ “commitments.”
  • The Ukraine crisis has raised concerns of a Chinese threat in Taiwan, which prompted President Tsai Ing-wen to raise its military alert level last week.
  • In response to the visit, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said whoever the U.S. sends to support Taiwan “is bound to fail.”
  • After meeting the U.S. delegation, Tsai announced setting up a donation account for Ukraine and pledged a month’s salary, along with two other officials.

China has downplayed U.S. support for Taiwan after a delegation of former Washington officials arrived in Taipei on Tuesday.

The two-day visit came amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which prompted Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen to raise its military alert level against “foreign forces intending to manipulate the situation” and “affect the morale of Taiwanese society.”

Ex-UN Ambassador Nikki Haley blasts Olympic skier Eileen Gu: ‘You’re either American or you’re Chinese’

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  • Nikki Haley, a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, has slammed American-born skier Eileen Gu for representing China at the Beijing Olympics.
  • “In terms of the citizenship, look, China or the U.S.? You have got to pick a side. Period,” Haley said in an interview with Real Clear Politics.
  • Gu has been facing public scrutiny over her citizenship status in China and the U.S. while avoiding questions regarding her nationality.
  • While China does not recognize dual-citizenship, many have speculated that the athlete is receiving special treatment.
  • “My hope and prayer is that Americans realize that China is the one that gave us COVID,” Haley added. “At some point, we need to understand it is time to move on from China.”

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley criticized American-born skier Eileen Gu for her decision to represent China at the Beijing Olympics.

Haley, who is of Indian descent and previously served as the first female governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017, accused the 18-year-old Olympic medalist, whose mother is Chinese, of “standing for human rights abuses” in an interview with RealClearPolitics

US, China pledge to work together to tackle escalating climate change catastrophe

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The U.S. and China have vowed to tackle the escalating climate change problem in a joint statement released during the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, also referred to as COP26 (Conference of Parties), in Scotland on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The news was announced by U.S. climate envoy John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart, Xie Zhenhua, at the event on Wednesday at a separate news conference, according to NBC News.

Trump is Looking to Deport Thousands of Vietnam War Refugees

Protections that have enabled Vietnam War refugees to live in the United States for decades are now under threat following the Trump administration’s reinterpretation of a 2008 agreement between the U.S. and Vietnam.

The deal, which was made after the Vietnam War as the two countries re-established diplomatic ties, states that undocumented Vietnamese immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before July 12, 1995, will not be deported.

U.S. Finally Returns ‘War Trophies’ Taken from the Philippines in 1901

After over a hundred years, the three Balangiga church bells that American troops took home as war trophies have finally been returned to the Philippines.

United States Ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim, led the handover ceremony for the “Bells of Balangiga” to the Philippine defense chief Delfin Lorenzana at an air force base in Manila on Tuesday, reports Agence France-Presse.

Watch US Soldiers Try Food Rations Served in the Singapore Armed Forces

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In recent years, Singaporean food has grown to be more appealing to the palate of many foreigners — from ordinary tourists to Michelin-starred chefs such as Gordon Ramsay and the late Anthony Bourdain

Interestingly, American soldiers got their taste of Singaporean food in the middle of training in Oklahoma during the Exercise Daring Warrior 2018, a combined live-firing exercise conducted by the U.S. Army and the Singapore Army last month.

Church Founded By South Koreans Reveals Why They Worship Guns and Wear Crowns

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The World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, also known as the Sanctuary Church, made headlines earlier this year when crown-wearing members showed up with AR-15 rifles in a “commitment ceremony.”

Since then, the small church in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania has attracted widespread attention, more recently when its current leader Rev. Hyung-jin “Sean” Moon crashed a GOP event to “bless” it.

Mindy Kaling Slams Donald Trump’s Plan to Abolish Birthright Citizenship

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has come under fire for his plan to sign an executive order that aims to officially end birthright citizenship in America. One of the voices who expressed dissatisfaction with this plan is Indian-American Hollywood actress Mindy Kaling

Kaling, born from Indian immigrant parents who received green cards to live in the US, asked questions on her Twitter post on Tuesday, Oct. 31, on what will happen to her citizenship once this executive order gets signed.