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Pristina-Belgrade dialogue to be resumed in late February


Avni Arifi, Chief of Kosovo delegation in technical talks with Serbia, announced to online media Telegrafi that the EU-facilitated talks between Pristina and Belgrade will resume in Brussels by the end of February. Arifi said the date was yet to be set but the resumption of the dialogue is expected in late February, after the cancellation of talks following the killing of the Kosovo Serb politician, Oliver Ivanovic, on 16 January in Mitrovica North. Such dialogue is oriented both on the integration of Serbian community within Kosovo legal frame, and the normalization of relations between the two countries.

Japan seeking policy talks with China before leaders’ visits


Japan is proposing fresh dialogue with China in several specific fields to prepare for the potential resumption of reciprocal leaders’ visits. It is a significant thaw in Japan-China relations, that are showing signs of improvement: Neither Abe nor Xi has held talks in the format of an official visit to the other’s country since they both took office in 2012. Frameworks will concern the climate change and how best to reduce emissions; the nuclear disarmament to reduce tensions over the fundamental difference in their position (Japan is sheltered by the U.S. “nuclear umbrella”, while China has its own nuclear arsenal); the common ground about counterterrorism.

The dialogue between the Government and the opposition will continue this Saturday


The delegations of the dialogue between the Government and the opposition gathered in the Dominican Republic, did not reach an agreement and will meet again this Saturday, after two days of “intense negotiations”, according to the minister of foreign relations. from the Caribbean island, Miguel Vargas. The official spokesman of the Venezuelan government, Jorge Rodriguez said after the meeting that it was “a profoundly intense and productive day”, where the parties are “very close to reaching a definitive agreement of coexistence and peace among the political sectors”, in addition to affirming that “extremely important progress was made at the confluence points”, without specifying what they were.

South Korea and North Korea to hold working-level talks on January 15


North Korea and South Korea have agreed to hold working-level talks at the Tongil Pavilion on the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom on January 15. South Korea had also said that it is seeking to form a combined women’s hockey team with the North. The North Korea’s International Olympics Committee (IOC) official said the committee is considering the proposal, while the two sides will also have talks hosted by IOC on Jan. 20. This is the third round of bilateral talks between the two Koreas, signalling a further thaw in their strained relations. Officials from North and South earlier this week said they had agreed to hold negotiations to resolve problems and avert accidental conflict, after their first official dialogue in more than two years amid high tension over the North’s weapons program.

High-level dialogue mechanisms beneficial to US-China relationship


The four high-level dialogue mechanisms established between China and the United States help promote bilateral relationship, according to US officials and experts. China and the United States held their first law enforcement and cybersecurity dialogue on Wednesday, during which the two sides reached broad consensus on issues of counterterrorism, counter-narcotics, cybersecurity and immigration. It was the last of the four high-level dialogues established during a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump in April. The four high-level dialogue mechanisms have set the course for future cooperation between Beijing and Washington. The other three dialogues cover diplomatic and security issues, the economy, and social and cultural issues. During a recent briefing,  US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the United States wanted to have “a good understanding and a good working relationship with China”. “The better that we can both understand one another, the more that we can have meetings to talk about areas of mutual concern, areas where we can better work together”, said Nauert. In a recent interview with Harvard professor Joseph Nye, who coined the term “soft power,” said that dialogues between the largest developing country and the largest developed country are important. “I think the dialogues are important and we do need to have talks”, said Nye. “I think the more that Chinese and Americans have contact with each other and understand each other, the less likely they are to have worst case analysis of the other”.

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