China-Japan: Update. China broadcast that three of its coast guard ships patrolled in its territorial waters of the Diaoyu Islands (aka, Senkaku Islands). No Japanese response has been reported in English language media.
Comment: The Chinese coast guard is patrolling daily in the Senkakus.
North Korea: South Korean press reported that during his visit to Beijing in May North Korean Vice Marshal Choe Ryong-hae, a favorite of Kim Jong Un proposed "four-party talks" to China. The report contained no mention of the Chinese response to the proposal, but apparently China rejected it because Chinese officials called for the early resumption of Six Party Talks.
Comment: The four party proposal explains how North Korea could announce its willingness to talk about its nuclear program and try to reassure the Chinese of its good intentions, while publicly and explicitly rejecting the Six Party Talks. North Korean leaders attempted a subterfuge with the Chinese, which backfired.
North Korean media reported that on Tuesday, North Korea's first vice foreign minister Kim Kye-gwan "had a friendly talk" with China's chief nuclear negotiator Wu Dawei in Pyongyang.
Comment: Chinese President Xi Jinping has stated publicly his support for the resumption of Six Party Talks. Readers may be confident that Wu Dawei conveyed Chinese expectations that the North will comply.
Pakistan-Afghanistan: The Chinese news serviceXinhuapublished a report on the outcome of talks between Afghan President Karzai and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Excerpts follow.
"Pakistan said Tuesday that Afghan Taliban insurgents are unwilling to talk to Karzai government and its peace negotiators at least for now."
"The statement came hours after Afghan President Hamid Karzai concluded a two-day visit to Pakistan that was focused on efforts to encourage Taliban to come to the negotiating table."
"Karzai's spokesman, Aimal Faizi, said in Islamabad that Karzai had pressed for Islamabad's help to bring Taliban leaders to the negotiating table."
"Afghan government claims that leaders of Taliban are living in Pakistan and that Islamabad should use influence on them and facilitate direct talks between Taliban and Afghan High Peace Council."
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