UNDER the select theme ‘Open, Connect, Balance’, the 29th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s annual summit took place in Bangkok, Thailand in November 18–19. Established in 1989, the central purpose of APEC is to stimulate regional free trade and economic cooperation through non-obligatory way. APEC countries collectively account for more than 60 per cent of the global GDP, nearly a half of global trade, and 38 per cent of the world’s population. APEC leaders promised to defend and strengthen a rules-based multilateral trading system through the World Trade Organisation at its core. At the summit, leaders accepted some additional key resolutions and concluded with three important joint statements intended to further facilitate open trade and investments in the Asia-Pacific region.
The United States, Japan and South Korea on Sunday vowed a ‘strong and resolute response’ if Pyongyang carried out a nuclear test. A record-breaking recent spate of missile tests by North Korea has sent fears soaring that such a test — its seventh — may happen soon. Sunday’s joint statement stressed that ‘the path to dialogue remains open’, urging North Korea to return to negotiations. US officials say North Korea has shown no interest in talks and, privately, some think it may be in one of its periodic cycles of escalation and that there is no choice but to wait. ‘North Korea represents a threat not just to the United States, not just to South Korea and Japan but to peace and stability across the entire region,’ US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters.18 days ago New Age
A suspected intercontinental ballistic missile launched by North Korea on Friday is believed to have fallen in Japan's exclusive economic waters, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said. North Korea fired a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday, Seoul's military said, which Japan said may have had the range to hit the US mainland. North Korea claims the recent wave of launches is a response to Washington's moves to bolster its protection of regional security allies, South Korea and Japan. North Korea was also top of the agenda when leaders of China and Japan held their first face-to-face talks in three years Thursday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Bangkok. Earlier this month, North Korea conducted a flurry of launches, including an ICBM, which Seoul said at the time appeared to have failed.13 days ago New Age
BAPA executive committee member, also Banoful group executive director, Md Shahidul Islam, former BAPA vice-president SM Jahangir Hossain and PRAN-RFL group chief executive officer and chairman Ahsan Khan Chowdhury, among others, were present. — New Age photoPlanning minister MA Mannan on Friday urged the agro processing businesses to use modern technology for ensuring quality of their food production targeting both local and international markets. BAPA should invest in research for improving food quality, he said. BAPA executive committee member and Banoful group executive director Md Shahidul Islam delivered the welcome speech. He said, ‘We are exporting our processed food products to more than 145 countries across the world including the Middle East, European Union, America and Canada.’We are also adopting modern technologies for improving the quality of locally produced food products and soon the country will be a global agro-processed food products’ hub, he said.13 days ago New Age
North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Wednesday, Seoul’s military said, the latest launch from Pyongyang following a record-breaking testing blitz earlier this month. Earlier this month, North Korea conducted a flurry of launches, including an intercontinental ballistic missile, which Seoul said appeared to have failed. North Korea fired a ballistic missile on September 25, which kicked off a spate of launches, including an intermediate-range ballistic missile which overflew Japan. Even though the joint drills are done for now, it’s unlikely that North Korea will lower tensions,’ Park said. ‘North Korea seems to have sufficiently achieved its political and diplomatic purposes by its massive missile launches earlier this month,’ North Korean studies scholar Ahn Chan-il said.21 days ago New Age
North Korea fired one ballistic missile on November 17, 2022, Seoul's military said, the latest launch from Pyongyang following a record-breaking testing blitz earlier this month. North Korea has fired an ‘unidentified ballistic missile’, Seoul’s military said on Thursday, the latest in a record-breaking blitz of launches as Pyongyang warned of a ‘fiercer’ military response to the United States and its regional allies. ‘North Korea fires an unidentified ballistic missile into East Sea,’ South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, referring to the body of water also known as the Sea of Japan. Earlier this month, North Korea conducted a flurry of launches, including an intercontinental ballistic missile, which Seoul said appeared to have failed. Washington has responded to North Korea’s sanction-busting missile tests by extending exercises with South Korea and deploying a strategic bomber.14 days ago New Age
In four decades, North Korea has test-fired about 200 missiles and conducted six nuclear weapon tests. North Korea’s aggressive display of barrages of missile launching in 2022 has given rise to a range of questions. North Korea’s standing military force has six branches — Korean People’s Army Ground Force, KPA Naval Force, KPA Air and Anti-Air Force, KPA Strategic Force and KPA Special Operation Force. North Korea’s nuclear weapon and missile programmes, irrespective of the comparative size of the arsenal, seem to have given North Korea a reckonable deterrent value. Following the US and South Korea’s joint air exercise in November 2022, North Korea fired six missiles in a week and 100 artillery shells.1 day ago New Age
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw a test of Pyongyang’s newest intercontinental ballistic missile with his daughter in tow for the first time, state media reported on Saturday. The launch of the ‘new-type ICBM’ was successful, KCNA said, adding that the ‘test-fire clearly proved the reliability of the new major strategic weapon system’. Since Kim declared North Korea an ‘irreversible’ nuclear state in September, Washington has ramped up regional security cooperation, including its largest-ever joint air exercises with the South. The presence of the country’s first family provided ‘greater strength and courage in the dynamic advance for bolstering up the state nuclear strategic forces’, KCNA reported. The next day, North Korea fired an ICBM -- although Seoul said it appeared to fail mid-flight.12 days ago New Age