US rejects China’s claims in South China Sea drawing Beijing ire

The Chinese foreign ministry’s comments came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Beijing’s claims to the region are “completely unlawful”. China claims almost the entire area but that is disputed by several other Southeast Asian countries. Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports from Bangkok. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on … Read more US rejects China’s claims in South China Sea drawing Beijing ire

Beijing says US undermining stability in South China Sea, as Pompeo calls Chinese moves ‘unlawful’

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has said that China’s claims to offshore resources in the South China Sea are “illegal”. Beijing has been building military bases on artificial islands in the region, although the waters are also claimed by other countries. China answered the accusation saying the US is “undermining” the region’s “stability” with … Read more Beijing says US undermining stability in South China Sea, as Pompeo calls Chinese moves ‘unlawful’

US brands Beijing pursuit of resources in South China Sea ‘illegal’

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has said that China’s claims to offshore resources in the South China Sea are “illegal”. Beijing has been building military bases on artificial islands in the region, although the waters are also claimed by other countries, as FRANCE 24’s Beijing correspondent Charles Pellegrin reports. Subscribe to France 24 now: … Read more US brands Beijing pursuit of resources in South China Sea ‘illegal’

Lebanese accused of financing Hezbollah returns home

A Lebanese businessman who has been accused of financing Hezbollah has returned home – after three years in a United States jail. Kassim Tajideen had been sentenced to five years in prison but was released due to poor health, and the risk of contracting COVID-19 in prison. It comes as the US secretary of state … Read more Lebanese accused of financing Hezbollah returns home

Iran’s Zarif says ending arms ban ‘inseparable’ from nuclear deal

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has addressed the United Nations Security Council, urging them to extend an arms embargo on Iran – which expires in October. Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said the Security Council faced a decision between respect for the rule of law or returning to the “law of the jungle”. … Read more Iran’s Zarif says ending arms ban ‘inseparable’ from nuclear deal

Iran explosion | Massive blast rocks gas storage facility near military & research site

After hours of speculation, the Iranian military has claimed that a thundering explosion outside Tehran was an incident at a gas storage facility, not an attack… According to Defense Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Davoud Abdi, a gas tank blew up between 11pm and midnight in a ‘public area’ nearby – although people have claimed online … Read more Iran explosion | Massive blast rocks gas storage facility near military & research site

US vs UN human rights council in the wake of killing of George Floyd

The US Secretary of State has accused the UN Human Rights Council of hypocrisy, after it released a resolution drawn up in the wake of the killing of George Floyd almost a month ago. Mike Pompeo also pointed his finger at Cuba, China and Iran – where he thinks racial disparities are truly systemic. However … Read more US vs UN human rights council in the wake of killing of George Floyd

Russia sentences ex-US marine to 16 years in prison for espionage

The US secretary of state says his country is outraged by the prison term handed down to a former marine in Russia. Paul Whelan has been sentenced to 16 years in a maximum-security prison after being found guilty of spying for the US. The 50-year-old says he was set up, and he has called on … Read more Russia sentences ex-US marine to 16 years in prison for espionage

US says Hong Kong ‘no longer autonomous from China’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his government no longer considers Hong Kong to be autonomous from China, as Beijing approved the proposal for a national security law to be imposed on the city. The governments of the US, UK, Australia and Canada released a joint statement against China’s move, saying it would undermine … Read more US says Hong Kong ‘no longer autonomous from China’

Hong Kong autonomy: Special status with US in doubt

The US secretary of state has told Congress Hong Kong’s special status with the United States should end, as it is no longer an autonomous territory. It comes as China prepares to impose new security laws on Hong Kong, which has sparked protests. Ying Rong is a vice president and senior research fellow at the … Read more Hong Kong autonomy: Special status with US in doubt

US declares Hong Kong no longer merits special status under US law | ABC News

US Secretary of State of Mike Pompeo has advised the US Congress that the Trump administration no longer regards Hong Kong as autonomous from mainland China. His note to the US Congress sets the stage for Washington to withdraw preferential trade and financial status that the former British colony has enjoyed since it reverted to … Read more US declares Hong Kong no longer merits special status under US law | ABC News

Mike Pompeo attacks China and says ‘we stand with Australia’

The US secretary of state criticises China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, while backing Australia’s push for an investigation into the origins of Covid-19. In a media address, Mike Pompeo attacks the Chinese Communist party, declaring it ‘ideologically and politically hostile to free nations’. His comments come after China slapped 80% tariffs on Australian barley … Read more Mike Pompeo attacks China and says ‘we stand with Australia’

Good friends don’t need masks?

US Secretary of State Mike #Pompeo emerged from his plane after touching down for a flying #visit to #Israel sporting an especially patriotic red, white and blue striped mask – but the novelty didn’t last long. MORE: https://on.rt.com/agyv Subscribe to RT! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpwvZwUam-URkxB7g4USKpg?sub_confirmation=1 RT LIVE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFAcqaNzNSc Check out http://rt.com Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnews Follow us … Read more Good friends don’t need masks?

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Israel

The visit by US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and his entourage represents the first diplomatic trip of this seniority by any government globally since the peak of coronavirus outbreak. Mr Pompeo wore a face mask as he got off his plane to be greeted by officials in Israel. He removed it during key talks … Read more US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Israel

Pompeo in Israel: Iran, China, and annexation high on agenda

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew to Israel Wednesday to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and incoming defence minister Benny Gantz. Yossi Mekelberg, professor of international and social sciences, Regent’s University, says a key topic was the common arch foe of Iran, with the embargo on arms supply to Iran due to expire … Read more Pompeo in Israel: Iran, China, and annexation high on agenda