Friday, December 15, 2017

Tag: South China Seas

War With China? Effects Of A U.S. Blockade In The South China Sea

“Chinese and Western experts” say a blockade by the U.S. in the South China Sea of China's artificial islands would be an “act of war” according to breathless Wall Street Journal reporters. The New York Times says unnamed “American Navy experts” are calling a blockade “tantamount to war”. Association of...

The Coming War on China

When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there. It was an almost perfect impression of a human being at ease: legs splayed, back bent, one hand by her side as she sat waiting for a bank to open. At a quarter...

China, Malaysia pledge to narrow differences on South China Sea

Kuala Lumpur also agrees to buy four Chinese naval vessels as part of Najib Razak’s visit to Beijing. China and Malaysia vowed to deepen cooperation on the ­disputed South China Sea on Tuesday as Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak met Premier Li ­Keqiang in Beijing. Li called on Malaysia and China...

Russia Reads US Bluster as Sign of War

As U.S. politicians and pundits have fun talking tough about Russia and demonizing President Putin, they are missing signs that Moscow isn’t amused and is preparing for actual conflict, writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern. During the Reagan administration, I was one of the CIA analysts assigned to present to White...

Philippines open for business with China, says finance minister

Opportunities for the two countries to cooperate on infrastructure, says Carlos Dominguez. The Philippines' new government plans to court Chinese investment to fund an ambitious infrastructure programme, the latest sign of warming ties between the two nations that have been at loggerheads over territorial claims in the South China Sea. “The...

First Cracks Appear in the U.S. Alliance With the Philippines

The Philippines' president has heaped abuse on the United States for weeks, but now Rodrigo Duterte is backing up his words with action. His defense minister said Friday the Philippines has suspended joint naval patrols with the United States in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Manila’s announcement...

You Must Be Kidding!

Adventures in an American World of Frustration. Recently, sorting through a pile of old children’s books, I came across a volume, That Makes Me Mad!, which brought back memories. Written by Steve Kroll, a long-dead friend, it focused on the eternally frustrating everyday adventures of Nina, a little girl whose...

Obama Unlikely to Vow No First Use of Nuclear Weapons

President Obama, who has weighed ruling out a first use of a nuclear weapon in a conflict, appears likely to abandon the proposal after top national security advisers argued that it could undermine allies and embolden Russia and China, according to several senior administration officials. Mr. Obama considers a reduction...

Sleepwalking into a big war

The major powers are planning for war and claim that’s the best way to defend against war. Will this mutual hawkishness lead to armed conflict? As the US presidential race approaches its climax and European officials ponder the implications of the UK’s Brexit vote, public discussion of security affairs is...

China, Russia Plan Naval Drills in South China Sea

Joint exercises follow international tribunal’s rejection of Chinese maritime claims. BEIJING - China and Russia will hold joint naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, the Chinese Defense Ministry said, amid heightened regional tension following an international tribunal’s rejection of Beijing’s maritime claims there. China's defense-ministry spokesman, Senior Col....

Troubled Russia Tries to Exploit Links to China

Putin to visit Beijing in bid to boost trade and ties as Russian economy struggles from Western sanctions. Russian President Vladimir Putin will try to bolster trade and economic ties when he visits China on Saturday to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, as Russia’s economy struggles amid Western sanctions and...

China, Russia expected to sign multibillion dollar high-speed rail deal during Putin’s visit to...

A multibillion-dollar high-speed rail deal between China and Russia is expected to be signed during Russian president Vladimir Putin's visit to Beijing this week, when the two nations are expected to extend military cooperation. China’s foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang announced on Monday the Putin would start his state visit...

India Sees a New Regional Role for Its Navy

New Delhi still has a ways to go before it can live up to its regional aspirations. India has been busy in the eastern Indian Ocean of late. In early February, the country finished its second International Fleet Review, which brought together 52 countries and more than 100 warships for ceremonial inspections, underscoring the...

SCO defense ministers’ conference held in Kazakhstan

ASTANA, June 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Chang Wanquan said here Wednesday that maintaining regional security is the top priority for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries. Chang made the remarks when he addressed the 13th conference of SCO defense ministers, which was held in the...

Why big investors think it’s time to hoard gold

Fear is on the rise and so is the price of gold. Gold futures for August hit a three-week high Thursday, rising to $1,272.70 per ounce, just under a key resistance level of $1,275. The yellow metal is up about 20 percent year to date, and some high-profile investors —...

Europeans Push Back Against Beijing in the South China Sea

France has thrown its hat into the acrimonious South China Sea debate, calling for more European naval patrols in a contested waterway that is at the center of a growing dispute between China and the United States and its Asian allies. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, speaking Sunday at...

U.S. to Press China to Curb Industrial Output

BEIJING — The Obama administration plans to use annual talks with leaders in Beijing to push for cuts in excess Chinese industrial output, which has inundated foreign markets with discounted steel, aluminum and other products, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said in Beijing on Sunday ahead of the meeting. The...

A Court You’ve Never Heard of Is About to Raise the Stakes in the...

An international tribunal’s decision will reorder the tense chess game over the South China Sea — and test Washington’s commitment to the Philippines. An obscure court in The Hague will soon issue a ruling likely to inflame tensions in the South China Sea and force Washington to clarify how far...

China’s New Silk Road Into Europe Is About More Than Money

Beijing is spending billions on new ports and rail lines, but its ambitions for Europe are as much about geopolitics as commerce. China is actively building out the European portion of its ambitious new “Silk Road” plan, with port deals from Greece to the Netherlands, railroad investments in Greece, Serbia,...

The end of Pipeline Politics?

Pipelines are the most favoured, common way of gas transportation across the world. Physical limitations to alternative ways of trading, geographical proximity, and political and economic reasons account for this. In particular, gas can most efficiently be transported if compressed and injected into pipes, rather than converted into other states,...

Is Scarborough Shoal Worth a War?

If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight. Should we back down, says Aquino, the United States will lose "its moral ascendancy, and also the confidence of one of its allies." And what is Scarborough Shoal? A cluster of rocks and...

Washington’s Honeymoon in Cam Ranh Bay

Chinese bellicosity in the disputed waters of the South China Sea has brought the United States back to a strategic port and created enough misery to unite the former foes. “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows,” the jester Trinculo proclaims in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Shipwrecked on a mysterious...

Pentagon: Chinese Military Modernization Enters New Phase

China's decades-long military modernization “entered a new phase” last year under the aggressive leadership of President Xi Jinping, a new Pentagon report on Beijing’s military capabilities said today. The “sweeping transformation” includes making the formerly mass army a nimbler, more balanced force that is acquiring the kind of expeditionary...

Forecasting the Aftermath of a Ruling on China’s Nine-Dash Line

A tribunal is likely to rule on China's hazy claims to South China Sea sovereignty. How Beijing and others react isn't set in stone. The arbitration tribunal of five impartial experts that has been considering the Philippines suit against China under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea...

China May Be the Big Winner in the Pentagon’s Newest Spying Scandal

The secrets a U.S. Navy officer is suspected of slipping to China could ground America’s most important spy planes just when Washington needs them most. The U.S. naval officer at the center of a burgeoning spy scandal may not have simply betrayed his country: He may have also helped China...

Global military spending nearly $1.7T amid Mideast conflicts

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — ., driven by conflicts including the battle against the Islamic State group, the Saudi-led war in Yemen and fears about Iran, a report released Tuesday shows. The study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute also noted that the Chinese expansion in the South...

A World War has Begun: Break the Silence

I have been filming in the Marshall Islands, which lie north of Australia, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Whenever I tell people where I have been, they ask, “Where is that?” If I offer a clue by referring to “Bikini”, they say, “You mean the swimsuit.” Few seem...

A transcript of Donald Trump’s meeting with The Washington Post editorial board

FREDERICK RYAN JR., WASHINGTON POST PUBLISHER: Mr. Trump, welcome to the Washington Post. Thank you for making time to meet with our editorial board. DONALD TRUMP: New building. Yes this is very nice. Good luck with it. RYAN: Thank you... We’ve heard you’re going to be announcing your foreign policy team...

The Obama Doctrine

The U.S. president talks through his hardest decisions about America’s role in the world. Friday, August 30, 2013, the day the feckless Barack Obama brought to a premature end America’s reign as the world’s sole indispensable superpower—or, alternatively, the day the sagacious Barack Obama peered into the Middle Eastern abyss...

US Carrier Strike Group Arrives in South China Sea to Deter China

The carrier strike group is conducting ‘routine operations’ in the South China Sea, according to U.S. Navy officials. The U.S. Navy has dispatched one of its carrier strike groups to the South China Sea amid rising tensions with China. According to a press release by the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet, the John...

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