Difficulties expected as RCEP negotiation deadline missed again

Difficulties expected as RCEP negotiation deadline missed again

NDO – At the recent 2nd Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Summit in Singapore, leaders of RCEP countries agreed to push back the finalisation of the deal until next year. So once again, the RCEP fails to meet the set negotiation deadline. The multiple postponements of the negotiation conclusion could possibly drive the agreement to face great difficulties. (20 hours ago)


A “narrow gate” seeks to maintain EU-Iran economic ties

  Nov 03, 2018 12:16:42
NDO – In the context of the United States imposing economic sanctions against Iran and planning stronger sanctions aimed at Tehran from November 4, especially in the oil sector, the European Union (EU) is seeking every possible way to “escape” the aforementioned sanctions, aiming to protect the interests of European businesses in Iran. 

A positive sign for removal of deadlocks in US-Russia relations

  Nov 02, 2018 14:05:17
NDO – Russian and United States officials are actively preparing for a summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump, scheduled to take place in Paris, November 11. US National Security Adviser John Bolton also announced that the White House has sent an invitation to President Putin to visit Washington. 

A radical solution needed for immigration crisis in Central America

  Oct 29, 2018 15:46:12
NDO – The United States has become the promise land of a huge influx of migrants from Central America in recent days. The Washington administration has struggled to set up walls, both literally and figuratively, to stop the aforementioned caravan of migrants. However, the reality proves that this method cannot radically resolve the current migration crisis in Central America. 

An unconvincing reason for US’s INF withdrawall

  Oct 25, 2018 13:35:32
NDO – US national security advisor John Bolton has recently concluded his visit to Russia. The visit came shortly after US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s intention of withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) on allegations that Moscow violated the document. An array of countries, including US allies, have confirmed the importance of the INF to global strategic stability and the need to maintain the treaty.  

Saudi-West escalating tensions threaten to cause unpredictable consequences

  Oct 24, 2018 12:51:52
NDO – Tensions have escalated in relations between Saudi Arabia and the West after the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Both the United States and its key allies, such as the United Kingdom, France and Germany, vehemently opposed the suspected murder of the journalist inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Political tensions threaten to damage the US’s economic interests, although Saudi Arabia has said it will not use oil as a weapon, as Riyadh had done to cause a crisis in 1973. 

Pressure and motivation for Palestine

  Oct 22, 2018 15:53:10
NDO – Russia has signalled a willingness to host an official summit between Israel and Palestine in the context of Palestine’s opposition to the United States being the only intermediary in the Middle East peace process. Tensions in the Gaza Strip now require international diplomatic efforts, aiming to put out the “flame of conflict” that threatens to spread and push Palestine’s coastal land to the brink of a humanitarian disaster. 

Asia and Europe connect to respond to global challenges

  Oct 20, 2018 14:44:58
NDO – Strengthening the partnership between the Asian and European continents in response to global challenges is the main topic of discussion at the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM 12) Summit, held in Brussels, Belgium, from October 18 to 19.  

Turkey and US work to heal cracks in bilateral relations

  Oct 19, 2018 18:10:49
NDO – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Ankara shortly after Turkey released the US pastor, Andrew Brunson. Washington has also opened up the possibility of lifting its sanctions against Turkey. The cracked relationship between the two NATO allies is showing signs of being healed through their binding strategic interests. 

An arduous path towards peace in Syria

  Oct 16, 2018 17:30:12
NDO – The Syrian government is ready to reopen its border crossings with its neighbouring countries. This is a step forward aimed at boosting trade exchanges, as well as “receiving” the flow of refugees back home, in the context that the government troops have regained control over large areas of territory. However, the political path toward peace remains barbed, as the security threats still exist, alongside the calculations of powers on the “Syrian chessboard.” 

Global economy on threshold of slowdown

  Oct 10, 2018 17:49:16
NDO – The Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WB) have just opened in Bali, Indonesia. Ahead of the conference, the two aforementioned financial institutions and many economic experts warned of the risks of global economic uncertainties, while some held the belief that the world economy is on the threshold of recession if drastic actions are not taken by governments. 

A tough legal battle between Iran and the US

  Oct 05, 2018 12:34:20
NDO – The legal battle between Iran and the United States is escalating tensions between the two sides. Iran is seizing the advantage as the decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands, has partly met Tehran’s demands toward the US. The US has announced its termination of the 1995 “Treaty of Amity” signed with Iran, while Tehran does not rule out the possibility of withdrawing from the historic nuclear deal it signed with world powers. 

Raising responsibility to the planet

  Oct 01, 2018 17:29:44
NDO – The second One Planet Summit, which was held within the framework of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the United States, has strengthened the efforts of protecting a green planet. 

Brexit remains hot issue at EU summit

  Sep 20, 2018 11:45:23
NDO – The leaders of European Union (EU) countries are scheduled to meet in a two-day summit which starts on September 20, with Brexit (the United Kingdom leaving the EU) remaining a “hot” topic for discussion, as the two sides are still in a “tug of war” despite the deadline for negotiations approaching. 

US’s “fight and talk” strategy in trade war with China

  Sep 19, 2018 16:14:24
NDO – The trade war between the United States and China has been escalated to a new level after US President Donald Trump announced plans for tariffs on US$200 billion worth of Chinese imports. The move came just days after the White House announced it had invited Chinese partners to join a new round of trade talks.