Peaceful explorer or war criminal: Who was Zheng He, China’s Muslim symbol of diplomacy?

Updated September 22, 2019 07:42:55 Photo: Zheng He has been dubbed the “Chinese Columbus”. (ABC News: Graphic By Jarrod Fankhauser) 阅读中文版本 He was a six-foot-five Muslim eunuch who sailed from China to the coast of Africa. The greatest explorer you’ve never heard of. Key points: Zheng He has been promoted as a symbol of China’s peaceful rise His fleets sailed from China through South-East Asia, the Middle East and Africa Some dispute the ‘peaceful explorer’ narrative and say he represents aggressive expansion While it presides over a major crack down…

2 Japanese warships in Manila

2 Japanese warships in Manila Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) – September 22, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Two warships of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSF) are in Manila for a three-day goodwill visit, the sixth this year alone, the Philippine Navy said yesterday. Japanese Ship Bungo, an Uraga-class minesweeper tender, and JS Takashima, a Hirashima-class coastal minesweeper, arrived at the South Harbor yesterday. The visit is “another demonstration of fostering commitment to the maritime cooperation between neighboring nations, which benefits regional peace and stability,” said Lt.…

Why Is China Building Africa?

Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou (L) shakes hands with China’s President Xi Jinping as they pose for photograph during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 3, 2018. – President Xi Jinping AFP/Getty Images China is all over Africa these days, building railroads, bridges, and ports, doing what European colonialists should have done long-time ago. Why? On the surface, the answer is that China is investing in Africa to place the continent on the global map, help African countries develop a sound…

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Want Small Ships to Land Troops in a War

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are considering acquiring small transport ships in order to complement existing large amphibious vessels and give the fleet more ways of landing troops during a major war. The new small transports, perhaps based on the oil and gas industry’s typical offshore support vessel, could represent a revival of a defunct class of warship that once filled a variety of roles in the American fleet. “As the Navy and the Marine Corps narrow in on what their future amphibious operations might look like, they are…

Why China Thinks Its Stealth Fighter is Better Than the F-35

It’s not surprising that China claims that its J-20 stealth fighter is superior to the U.S. F-22 and F-35.  All nations like to claim their weapons are better than those of their adversaries (and if they don’t, it’s because they want more money for the defense budget). But a Chinese defense magazine has gone a step further by describing how Chinese experts view the J-20 as superior to American jets in many – but not all – categories. “While a gap remains in some respects between the J-20 and the…

China should respect Vietnam’s rights and interests in East Sea: Deputy PM

Dam made the request in a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Han Zheng Saturday on the sidelines of the 16th China-ASEAN Trade and Investment Summit (CAEXPO and CABIS) in Nanning City, Guangxi Province. The East Sea is internationally known as the South China Sea.  He also emphasized the importance that Vietnam gives to developing friendly relations and comprehensive cooperation with China. Dam said the governments of both countries should support and create favorable conditions for enhancing exchanges and mutually beneficial cooperation between their border areas. He also suggested that China applies measures to reduce…

Trump cements strong trade ties with Australia

ReutersWASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed Australia’s prime minister on Friday for only the second state visit of his administration, signaling the close bond between the two allies as Washington takes on Beijing and Tehran. Trump and Scott Morrison are expected to discuss security and trade, as China’s increasing assertiveness, especially in the energy-rich South China Sea, has raised concerns within the region and the United States. The leaders are also set to release a plan on Friday aimed at securing the supply of rare earth minerals, as…