Friday, March 22, 2019

Tag: Taiwan

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...

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,...

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...

U.S. plans naval exercises with India and Japan in Philippine Sea

India, the United States and Japan will hold naval exercises in waters off the northern Philippines near the South China Sea this year, the U.S. military said on Wednesday, a move likely to further raise tensions with China. The announcement comes a day after the United States warned China against...

EU hits China with new steel anti-dumping probes

The EU launched new probes today (12 February) into imports of Chinese steel, warning it would not allow “unfair competition” to threaten Europe’s industry already crumbling under a flood of cheap imports. European steelmakers are reeling from a global glut and last week Luxembourg-based world leader ArcelorMittal blamed China for a colossal...

The Trade Wars Begin: U.S. Imposes 256% Tariff On Chinese Steel Imports

Two weeks ago, when looking at the latest import price index data, we showed something disturbing: China has become an all out exporter of deflation. As the chart below shows, In November, import prices from China decreased 1.5% over the past 12 months, the largest year-over-year drop since the...
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How the West Re-colonized China

In the last three decades, a remarkable change has transformed the face of the world’s most populous country. The figures are mind-boggling. Since 1980, China's Gross Domestic Product has increased by over 3000%, from $300 billion to over $10 trillion. This boom has been fueled by the remarkable rise...

Australia World’s Largest LNG exporter by 2018: Understanding Maritime Security Challenges

According to the Oxford Institute for Energy studies by 2018; Australia would become world’s largest liquefied natural gas exporter (LNG). It is of cardinal importance to understand Australia’s global significance both towards strategic direction and growth through its LNG exports. In an article by the Submarine Institute of Australia;...

Saudi Arabia field report: Another potential oil crisis in the Middle East

Saudi Arabia is the biggest oil exporter in the world. However, this status may be threatened as a result of domestic oil consumption. Several recent studies predict that Saudi Arabia will be a net oil importer by 2030 or 2038. Other regional energy exporters such as the United Arab...

US Marines look to nurture integrated Asia-Pacific amphibious forces, China excluded

The U.S. Marine Corps is bringing together foreign commanders from amphibious forces deployed mostly in the Asia-Pacific for a conference aimed at taking steps to integrate operations, with China excluded from the event, according to officials and planning documents. The effort centers on a first-of-its-kind conference between the Marine Corps...

Japan, Philippines to hold first naval drill in South China Sea

Japan and the Philippines will hold their first joint naval drill this month in the South China Sea near a disputed shoal claimed by Beijing, sources in Tokyo and the Philippines said. The May 12 maritime safety exercise, which will practice the code for unplanned encounters at sea, known as...

Philippines seeks help from U.S. in South China Sea dispute

(Reuters) - The Philippines is seeking more "substantive" support from its long-time security ally United States on how to counter China's rapid expansion in the South China Sea, the foreign secretary said on Wednesday. China's rapid reclamation around seven reefs in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea has...

Indonesia eyes regular navy exercises with U.S. in South China Sea

(Reuters) - Indonesia wants to hold regular military exercises with the United States near the sparsely populated Natuna archipelago, an area of the South China Sea near China's claims, a navy spokesman said on Monday. Although Indonesia is not a claimant in the South China Sea, the military has accused...

China, Vietnam pledge peaceful resolution for sea dispute

(Reuters) - China and Vietnam have pledged to look for a peaceful resolution to their dispute in the South China Sea via talks, following a meeting between China's president and the head of Vietnam's Communist Party, state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday. A joint communique carried by Xinhua said...

Taiwan to Apply to Join China-Led Development Bank

Questions over Taiwan’s membership name could complicate any deal; Japan, Canada allow deadline to pass. TAIPEI—Taiwan said it would opt in while Japan and Canada stayed on the sidelines as a deadline passed Tuesday for joining a China-led development bank, though signals from Taiwanese officials that Taipei would set conditions...

China, Russia and the waning demand for Canadian oil

After closing gigantic supply deals with Russia, does China still need Canadian production? The international oil trading business with its complex contractual underpinnings, expensive infrastructure requirements and protracted time horizons has never been for the faint of heart. Required is not only imagination, perseverance, immense cash reserves, and co-operative governments,...

The dragon’s new teeth

At a meeting of South-East Asian nations in 2010, China's foreign minister Yang Jiechi, facing a barrage of complaints about his country's behaviour in the region, blurted out the sort of thing polite leaders usually prefer to leave unsaid. “China is a big country,” he pointed out, “and other...

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