The World This Week
Monday 20 July 1992
The dispute focuses a general fear among Asean nations that, with the withdrawal of the US from its bases in the Philippines, China is emerging as the region's biggest military power. The Philippines Foreign Minister, Raul Manglapus, couched his concern in terms of 'fear of the unknown' and added that 'China had slept for a long time under a soporific ideology but now it is waking up'. Russia and China will attend the meeting for the first time.
Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also claim part or all of the islands. If discussions over the Spratlys are fruitful, the topic will be raised at Asean's talks with the group's 'dialogue partners' on Saturday and Sunday. These include the US, Japan, the EC, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
The Group of 24 developing countries meet in the Albanian capital, Tirana, from Wednesday until Friday to discuss aid to Albania, the poorest country in Europe. The Foreign Secretary, Douglas Hurd, will represent the EC. Heads of government of Portuguese and Spanish-speaking countries meet in Madrid from Wednesday until Saturday, including the Cuban President, Fidel Castro, on his first official visit to Spain.
The Baltic state of Latvia follows the example of Estonia and abandons the rouble today, replacing it with the 'Latvian rouble'. It will introduce its own currency, the Lat, later in the year.
The Malawian government is expected to convene an important meeting today or some time this week. President Hastings Banda's ruling Malawi Congress Party is expected to introduce legislation to try to show Western aid donors that his much-criticised government is making human rights progress. An indication of his good intentions would be an act of leniency towards the dissident trade union leader Chakufwa Chihana, who is back in prison this week facing probable charges of sedition.
Another African exile, King Moshoeshoe of Lesotho, is expected to return home today. He has tried to return twice before but was stopped each time by the country's military rulers. He is reported to have reached an agreement with the government after mediation involving envoys from the Commonwealth Secretary General, Emeka Anyaoku.
The fifth international Aids conference opens today in Amsterdam. It was to have been held in Boston but this was scotched by US law, which prevents people with Aids from entering the country.
Olympias, a replica of an Athenian trireme used between the fourth and fifth centuries BC, commences sea trials today for three weeks from the Greek island of Poros.
The galley will be crewed by 170 rowers - who were not, a spokeswoman for the project insists, galley slaves at all, but free men who hired out their seafaring skills from ship to ship.
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Details emerge of two young Iranians using stolen passports in search for a better life
Three-quarters of Britons are saying it wrong - the top ten most common mispronunciations
Oscar Pistorius trial: Athlete's friend asked him if 'he was f***ing mad' after shooting through sunroof
How climate change helped Genghis Khan: Scientists believe a sudden period of warmer weather allowed the Mongols to invade with such success
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 1 Watch: The student election Macklemore parody that isn't completely awful - and all the others that are
- 2 Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 3 First Kiss: Filmmaker gets 20 strangers to make out on YouTube with awkward results
- 4 Joanna Lumley’s garden bridge over the Thames gets £30m seal of approval from Government
- 5 Ian Wright breaks down in ITV documentary charting his rise to Arsenal and England striker
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