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Gary Ross
China's continued construction in the South China Sea is part of a growing body of evidence that they continue to take unilateral actions which are increasing tensions in the region and are counterproductive to the peaceful resolution of disputes.
Mar 28 2017
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Rob Manfred

Unfortunately it now appears that there really won't be any meaningful change for the 2017 season due to a lack of cooperation from the MLBPA. I've tried to be clear that our game is fundamentally sound, that it does not need to be fixed as some people have suggested, and I think last season was the kind of demonstration of the potential of our league to captivate the nation and of the game's unique place in American culture. I believe it's a mistake to stick our head in the sand and ignore the fact that our game has changed and continues to change.

Rob Manfred

I have great respect for the labor relations process, and I have a pretty good track record for getting things done with the MLBPA. I have to admit, however, that I am disappointed that we could not even get the MLBPA to agree to modest rule changes like limits on trips to the mound that have little effect on the competitive character of the game. Unless your definition of 'cooperation' is blanket approval, I don't agree that we've failed to cooperate with the commissioner's office on these issues.

Rob Manfred

I don't think that the presence of legalized gambling in Las Vegas should necessarily disqualify that market as a potential major league city.

Rob Manfred

Two years ago we negotiated pace of play protocols that had an immediate and positive impact. Last year we took a step backward in some ways, and this offseason we've been in regular contact with MLB and with our members to get a better handle on why that happened. I would be surprised if those discussions with MLB don't continue, notwithstanding today's comments about implementation. As I've said, fundamental changes to the game are going to be an uphill battle, but the lines of communication should remain open.

Rob Manfred

I have great respect for the labor relations process, and I have a pretty good track record for getting things done with the MLBPA. I have to admit, however, that I am disappointed that we could not even get the MLBPA to agree to modest rule changes like limits on trips to the mound that have little effect on the competitive character of the game. There's a variety of changes that can be undertaken. I'm committed to the idea that we have a set of proposals out there and we continue to discuss those proposals in private.

Fidel Ramos

It is starting to become like that. Based on the guidance from the very top, there could be positive change (in) the way we do things in this country. Police work, which is a little different from military operations, does follow its basic rule of engagement, which is you shoot to disable, but not to kill. The way it is, there is a lack of consultation. Not just with his active commanders, maybe not even with the Cabinet members concerned, but also with the rest of the citizenry.

Alastair Newton

Just a couple of weeks ago, Washington imposed additional unilateral sanctions on Iran for a similar missile test, so we have to assume that Trump will do something.

Angela Merkel

We have to see what the U.S. administration does and then we have to decide whether to react or not to react. I have often said that I support multilateralism and mutual trade agreements. I believe the world mastered the financial and banking crisis because we reacted together in the G20. It's in the German interest to ideally strengthen the similarities that both sides share from our side, from the cooperation of intelligence agencies to issues of defence.

Matt King - Citi

When it comes to multinational corporates with the ability to issue offshore, the unilateral removal of deductibility in the US seems likely to have a very clear effect: companies would have an incentive to pay down domestic bonds and loans and issue from their offshore affiliates instead.

David Scowsill - World Travel & Tourism Council

The U.S. has suffered in the past from similar isolationist policies. We urge the Trump Administration to reconsider this ban.

David Scowsill - World Travel & Tourism Council

Many travellers have been unnecessarily disrupted, due to the unclear nature of the executive order, coupled with a lack of prior consultation and poor communication to airlines and border officials. Preventing 'aliens' from entering the US for legitimate business or leisure purposes is misguided and counter-productive for the American economy. Our sector is responsible for the livelihoods of millions worldwide. The US has suffered in the past from similar isolationist policies. We urge the Trump administration to reconsider this ban.

Vaibhav Saghal

The risk of cross border military incidents has increased since an attack on an Indian army base in Kashmir in September 2016, and could rise further should the U.S. take a more isolationist stance in South Asia.

Jane Foley - Rabobank International

What we've seen this year is more of a focus on the isolationist, protectionist policies of Trump. The market had chosen to ignore those last year, but now focus has swung back ... Protectionism is usually detrimental to growth.

Adam Reynolds - Saxo Capital Markets

I think reducing trade is dollar negative in the long run. And I think that isolationist policy is not a good thing for the dollar.

C. Raja Mohan

India must not only prepare for a more protectionist America, but also prepare of a United States that does not plan to mess around with other people's affairs or squander blood and treasure in the name of promoting democratic values.

Michael Sapin

Each government is obviously free to have fiscal, competitiveness and corporate policies. But on financial regulation issues, there is international cooperation.

Federica Mogherini - European Union

I believe that it is very important for us all to refrain from unilateral actions, especially those that have serious consequences in large sectors of public opinion in large parts of the world.

Donald J. Trump

One cannot have such a clear-cut, unilateral position. You have to create the conditions for peace.

Lu Kang

Beijing strongly supports the U.N. Security Council sanctions. But we have never accepted and never approved any other countries using so-called unilateral sanctions.

Miles Celic - TheCityUK

The best Brexit deal will be one which is mutually beneficial to the UK, the EU and globally and which allows for a clear and predictable shift from current business conditions to whatever new arrangement is agreed.

Julie Bishop

The building of artificial islands and the possible militarisation is creating an environment of tension and mistrust between claimants and other regional states. We urge claimants to refrain from coercive behaviour and unilateral actions designed to change the status quo in disputed areas. This is not in the interest of any state and will lead to reputation and other costs for claimants engaging in such behaviour.

Fred Smith

There's no question about the fact that a lot of countries, over the years, have tried to pursue mercantilist policies, including unilateral currency devaluations, to promote their exports to the United States while cutting off our exports to them.

Hermogenes Esperon Jr.

It is our position not to have fishing activities inside the triangle. The president has decided to declare that as a sanctuary. That is a unilateral action from government.

Stephen Roach

This is an area where (Trump) is going to back down… somewhat, not completely. It's a two-way relationship, the United States depends on China and China depends on the U.S. so if the U.S. goes toward unilateral tariffs or this absurd currency manipulation charge, we can expect retaliation from China.

Steven Aftergood

The range of unilateral presidential authority is astonishingly broad. If you look at the presidential policy directives issued by Obama, they cover topics as diverse as biological weapons, nuclear weapons policy, intelligence surveillance policy, cyber operations, maritime security, arms-transfer policy, and on and on. And because it is based on presidential authority, it can also be revised and reshaped by a new president.

Mark McFarland

The RMB internationalization drive may receive a boost if the U.S. becomes more isolationist and China's political standing increases.

Stephen O'Brien

Brien said no patients and family members were evacuated during the three-day Russian unilateral ceasefire last week which ended on Saturday with a resumption of air strikes and a surge in ground fighting.

Jens Laerke - U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

When the weapons fall silent, we need all weapons to fall silent. We need assurances from all parties to the conflict, not just a unilateral announcement that this will happen. We need everybody to give us those assurances before it is immediately useful for us to do anything meaningful.

Sergei Rudskoy

Given the situation, a unilateral ceasefire makes no sense, since Jabhat al-Nusra and groups allied to it will once again be given a breakther, will regroup and restore their military capability.

Yoshihide Suga

Earlier this month, flares were newly witnessed at two of the gas exploration platforms China had installed in the East China Sea. It is extremely regrettable that China, despite our multiple representations, is carrying on with unilateral development in an area where no maritime border has been set. We protested to China through diplomatic channels right away.

Viktor Poznikhir

The illusion of invulnerability and impunity under the missile defense umbrella would encourage Washington to take unilateral steps in dealing with global and regional issues. That can objectively lead to lowering the threshold of nuclear weapons use to pre-empt the enemy's action.

Cai Jun

The United States' blind development of anti-missile systems that exceed demand and its search for absolute unilateral military superiority inevitably damage global strategic equilibrium and gravely harm major powers' strategic trust. China and Russia are in close communication on next year's exercises.

Ian Bremmer - Eurasia Group

The geopolitical recession is really just picking up steam. And that's about a lack of global leadership. It's unilateralism from the U.S. and everyone else and it's also the delegitimization of a lot of development governments – the anti-establishment tendencies that we're seeing in the U.S., we're seeing in Europe – it's making it a lot harder for organizations like the IMF to do their jobs.

Alain Juppé

I don't know Mr Trump, but there's a question mark and a big worry. His total ignorance of Europe, his disdain for France, his isolationist and protectionist points of view, his outrageous simplifications, his constant changes of tack, are a real concern. But it is for the people of the United States to choose.

Chang Yong-seok

Rather than being efficient, unilateral actions put psychological pressure on the North. But like criminal gangs, North Korea won't cringe much under psychological pressure.

Sergey Lavrov

We will keep working to reestablish the ceasefire. There have been attempts on the part of some of our colleagues to suggest that the government should take unilateral steps, but we insist that the opposition should also take the necessary steps and we have support of others on that.

Sung Kim

In addition to action in the Security Council, both the US and Japan, together with the Republic of Korea, will be looking at unilateral measures, as well as bilateral measures, as well as possible trilateral cooperation. We will be working very closely in the Security Council and beyond to come up with the strongest possible measure against North Korea's latest actions.

Sung Kim

In addition to action in the Security Council, both the U.S. and Japan, together with the Republic of Korea, will be looking at unilateral measures, as well as bilateral measures, as well as possible trilateral cooperation.

Sung Kim

We will be working together very closely in the Security Council and beyond to come up the strongest possible measure against North Korea's latest action. In addition to sanctions in the Security Council, both the U.S. and Japan, together with the ROK (South Korea), we will be looking at unilateral measures.

Roberto Azevêdo

In general, protectionist measures, especially unilateral measures, they're not helpful. Protectionism is contagious. That's the reality. One thinks that one is winning when we slap tariffs or introduce barriers to imports from another country and we think we win.

Hillary Clinton

Getting countries working together was my job every day as your secretary of state. It's more than a photo op. It takes consistency and reliability. And it certainly takes more than trying to make up for a year of insults and insinuations by dropping in on our neighbors for a few hours and then flying home again. That is not how it works.

Josh Earnest

We are concerned about a unilateral approach. The move "threatens to undermine progress that we have made collaboratively with the Europeans to make the international taxation system fair. When I say fair, I mean fair primarly to taxpayers but also fair to companies that are trying to do business around the world that ultimately benefits the economies.

Donald J. Trump

We're losing businesses to Mexico, like one after another. Ford is building a massive new plant. It's an extension of another one. It just keeps going.

Donald J. Trump

You can't just leave the United States and there's no consequence. When they make an air conditioning unit they're going to pay something at the border. Every time they ship in a unit they're going to have to pay something. Now, when we do that, they're not going to leave any more.

Donald J. Trump

We will be redoing some of these horrendous, like I mean horrendous, trade deals that have destroyed New York state, ... that have destroyed Pennsylvania, that have destroyed Michigan. Look at what's going on in Michigan. Car companies that are moving to Mexico, in particular. I'll stop it. Hillary Clinton can't stop it.

Anup Ghosh

A policy of hack-back would allow the DNC or any private firm to take unilateral actions against Russian intelligence, possibly starting a cyberwar. The only thing we know for certain is what we don't know: who is behind the attacks provable in a court of law.

Patrick Minford

The only actual option that seems to be available that would satisfy voters' demands is this unilateral free trade option.

Patrick Minford

When you look at policy there's kind of two possible outcomes here – there is worst case as we see it, EU-lite', and the best case is where we go to unilateral free trade.

Takuji Okubo

The Japanese yen is appreciating from an extremely weak level and the yen has to appreciate much further before Japan could gain an implicit approval from other G7 countries. Past episodes of intervention suggest a unilateral intervention without implicit approval from other G7 tends to be ineffective.

Jonathan Greenblatt

For many Americans, the term 'America First' will always be associated with and tainted by this history. In a political season that already has prompted a national conversation about civility and tolerance, choosing a call to action historically associated with incivility and intolerance seems ill-advised.

John Kerry

We have taken no position on any of the claims. The only position we have taken is, let's not resolve this by unilateral action. Let's resolve this by rule of law, by negotiation, by diplomacy.

Shinzo Abe

As for the South China Sea, we share serious concerns over unilateral actions that raise tensions, such as large-scale reclamation, the building of facilities and militarization. It is a significant achievement that we have agreed to cooperate to secure rule-based, free, safe seas.

Andrew Mackenzie - BHP Billiton

The in and out campaigns are really about unilateralism versus internationalism. Most businesses support the EU and internationalism.

Ted Cruz

The way to respond to terrorist attacks is not weakness. It's not unilateral and preemptive surrender. Abandoning Europe, withdrawing from NATO, as Trump suggests, is preemptive surrender.

Jesse Jackson

Africans trading with other African countries is a big deal; and agriculture is a growing industry in this country and for the world. Also even as the US becomes more isolationist, Africa must be on the trading list because Africa has surplus trade. It's the most resourceful continent in the whole world.

Ed Royce

These unilateral actions will further prop up a communist regime in Cuba that has a long record of brutal human rights abuses. Instead of ignoring the law to hand more one-sided concessions to an oppressive regime, President Obama should be working with Congress to stand with the Cuban people who long for freedom.

Nikoleta Drougka

We are facing the imminent danger of a humanitarian crisis. Because people keep coming to Greece. We keep rescuing people from the sea around the islands. And at the same time, after unilateral and unannounced decisions by certain EU members, borders are now closed. We believe that urgent help from the EU is needed. Also an urgent process of resettlement needs to be orchestrated by the EU.

Mark Toner

We will also encourage a serious review of the incident and press for an appropriate response. We also continue to aggressively apply our unilateral tools to counter threats from Iran's missile program.

Ioannis Mouzalas

Will try to discuss how to respond to a humanitarian crisis in Greece that they themselves are intent on creating. Greece will not accept unilateral actions. Greece, too, can take unilateral action.

Halit Cevik

Turkey will not be going into Syria with the boots on the ground if it is not a collective action, either by the Security Council resolution or by the international coalition that we are a part of.

Mark Toner

We also continue to aggressively apply our unilateral tools to counter threats from Iran's missile programme.

Wang Yi

The Philippines did not inform the Chinese side in advance, nor did it seek China's consent and has initiated unilateral arbitration forcefully.

Ihab Bseiso

The Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah has been calling for a reshuffle of the government for the last few months, particularly after the war in Gaza, which really needed a reshuffle to expand the government to meet all the needs for the people, particularly our people in Gaza Strip after the Israeli war.

Robert Menendez

I have deep concerns that the more these talks progress, the more the administration continues to entertain unilateral concessions without – in return – getting agreement on fundamental issues that are in our national interest and those of the Cuban people.

Alexis Tsipras

Some have the nerve to talk about unilateral actions, and some in here have also repeated it. If they are doing it to frighten us, the answer is simple, they are not frightening us and this does not discourage us.

Vanis Varoufakis

The Greeks now have to implement what they have committed themselves to – and refrain from unilateral changes, without coordinating them with the troika.

Patrick Cronin - Center for a New American Security

We have to make the Chinese leadership understand that unilateral change and the rule of force is not acceptable.

Ali Asghar Soltanieh

We still hope that the right decision is made and our European friends and Russians and others spare no effort to find a peaceful settlement of this issue and do not let (the) unilateral policy of the United States take multilateral diplomacy as a hostage.

John Kerry

We are not approaching this with any particular view towards China, except to say when China makes a unilateral move we will state our position.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Of course as we move forward there has to be a removal of sanctions and in the end game there has to be a total lifting of all sanctions and both bilateral sanctions, unilateral sanctions as well as multilateral sanctions and UN sanctions.

Shimon Peres

Well, I think the declaration of the announcement of planning was a reaction to the fact that the Palestinians went one-sidedly to the United Nations. So I agree, this is a little on the provocative side, but Israel looks upon the unilateral approach to the United Nations as a sort of provocation. We have to stop provocation, I agree. If you don't stop, I mean, it will be an exchange of provocation and that is unnecessary.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Unilateral steps by them will be answered with unilateral steps by us. We are willing to continue negotiations but not at any [unreasonable] price.

Mahmoud Abbas

We will ask the states of the United Nations to recognise our state. In doing this, we do not aim to isolate Israel or deprive it of legitimacy. Work on these negotiations is not unilateral, but the continued construction of settlements is a unilateral action by the Israeli government.

Kiril Gevorgian

The regime established by the resolution safeguards the territorial integrity of Serbia, and precludes any unilateral action in Kosovo, either by its Albanian community or by Belgrade.

Alexander Stubb

With Iran, time is running out really fast. I have said it before: we should now work on real sanctions through the Security Council. Failing that, we should move to unilateral EU sanctions. I think everyone is fed up with the Iranian government.

Samantha Power - United Nations

Therefore, any further unilateral intervention by Russia into Ukrainian territory, including one under the guise of providing humanitarian aid, would be completely unacceptable and deeply alarming. And it would be viewed as an invasion of Ukraine.

Vuk Jeremic

We expect that the overwhelming opinion of the international community is going to be such that unilateralism has not won the day, that you can't unilaterally resolve the problems of the world, you cannot impose solutions from the outside. You basically need to sit down and negotiate until a compromise is found.

Bernard Kouchner

The Kosovars must understand that they are not alone in this. The Serbs are also involved. But Belgrade needs to understand that concessions must be granted. All wars finish with peace and peace must be negotiated, however hard that may seem. This is how the EU itself came about.

András Osztovits

The Supreme Court declared that using different exchange rates in this kind of contract is unfair. Regarding the unilateral contract changes, the court established a legality test. We think that based on the cases we've already seen and examined, most of the contracts the banks offered will not meet the necessary requirements.

Nabil Shaath

Israeli interests over religion, security, water and territory are concentrated in the West Bank, not in Gaza. Sharon achieved that by the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza, then separating it from the West Bank, geographically and by siege. This enabled the coup in Gaza in 2007, which led to additional separation: politically. During his rule, he imposed a blockade on President Yasser Arafat. He kept up his calls to get rid of Arafat. This confirms that he had a role in killing Arafat, and we are still looking at the conditions of the siege and investigating the murder of President Abu Ammar.

Petros Molyviatis

I pointed out to the ambassador the many negative repercussions this unilateral decision will have.

Moussa Koussa

We decided on an immediate ceasefire and on an immediate stop to all military operations across the country. Libya was surprised about the resolution, which permits military action against the Libyan people.

Kim Hyung-suk

North Korea's unilateral decision to push ahead with this measure cannot be justified in any way and North Korea will be held responsible for all consequences.

Boris Tadic

Nobody has the right to destabilise Serbia and the Balkans by hasty and unilateral decisions which would have unforeseeable consequences for other regions, fraught with problems of ethnic separatism as well.

Benjamin Netanyahu

There is no substitute to negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and any unilateral path will only unravel the framework of agreements between us and will only bring unilateral steps from Israel's side.

Rostam Qasemi

The West's sanctions and unilateral pressure have not had any influence on crude oil production. Iran, which was a petroleum importer once, has turned into a petroleum exporter now, and is marketing for its petroleum and other oil products.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Today we are building and we will continue building in Jerusalem and anywhere which is on Israel's strategic map. The Palestinian Authority's unilateral step at the UN General Assembly constitutes a blunt violation of the agreements that have been signed with the state of Israel. Therefore, the state of Israel rejects the General Assembly's resolution.

Shimon Peres

I think it's first of all a problem for the Palestinian people, not for Israel, because Hamas is for unilateral war, not for unilateral peace or for withdrawal. We shall not change our position but if Hamas doesn't want peace, doesn't want negotiations and wants to continue with their terrorist activity, I don't think they will have any support from outside or from Israel.

Hillary Clinton

Until we have tested within the timeframe set forth by the president where we think this engagement is going, I'm not sure that adding new unilateral sanctions is really that helpful.

Hanan Ashrawi

Within the three major parties there is a consensus, a Zionist consensus, and of course a continuation of the land grab, the occupation, the oppression and even when we look at the largest party – Kadima – we know it is the party that has institutionalised unilateralism.

Mahmoud Abbas

He will form the government and we hope he will change his policy from unilateral steps to negotiating steps.

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

The tax agreement is unilateral – you cannot just cut budgets. We also need to set goals and investment strategies, because otherwise we won't create growth and jobs.

Stephen Harper

Under the current circumstances in the oil and gas sector, it would be crazy, it would be crazy economic policy to do unilateral penalties on that sector. We're clearly not going to do it.

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