SELLIN: The Main Beneficiary Of Trump’s Surrender In Afghanistan? China

1:00 PM 02/04/2019 | Opinion Lawrence Sellin | Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve The vacuum left by the coming de facto humiliating retreat of the U.S. military from Afghanistan at the hands of Pakistan and its Taliban proxy will likely be initially filled by a coalition of ascendant Taliban and a complement of China-Pakistan-compliant Afghan politicians. The $1 trillion U.S. investment in Afghanistan will disappear like sand against the wind or resemble the rusting hulks of Soviet armor in the boneyard outside Kabul. Dead and maimed U.S. troops will be…

China’s coastguard fuelling tensions in the Taiwan Strait

On 20 May 2018, the People’s Liberation Army Daily reported that the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), the China Coast Guard (CCG) and local authorities had staged five days of joint patrols for the first time in the Paracel Islands, which are under Chinese control but also claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam. Less than two weeks later, the CCG blocked a Taiwanese civil supply ship supporting the Taiwanese military near Kinmen Island in the Taiwan Strait. And in October, the CCG unilaterally ceased its annual maritime rescue drill with Taiwan. These…

Abe asked China’s Xi to visit Japan twice in 2019, sources say

BEIJING/TOKYO – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Japan twice this year as Tokyo seeks a further improvement in relations with Beijing through a series of top-level meetings, diplomatic sources said Monday. During his visit to China last October, Abe sounded out Xi on the possibility of visiting Japan in June for the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, and then in the fall as a state guest, according to the sources with knowledge of ties between the two countries. If Xi does visit…

No official report yet on rescue hub in WPS: Palace

MANILA — Malacañang on Monday said that there is no official report yet on the maritime rescue center allegedly being constructed on Kagitingan Reef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). This as Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said after Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. agreed that the Philippines should protest the establishment of a maritime rescue hub once verified by relevant offices in the country. “With respect to that, there has been no official report. When I mentioned—or that issue cropped up, I don’t know if there is…

World War 3 WARNING: Expert reveals SHOCK reason why conflict is MORE likely than ever | World | News

Last December, US President Donald Trump ordered a full and rapid withdrawal of US troops from Syria, declaring victory over ISIS in the war-ravaged country. Since then, the move has met widespread condemnation, including criticism from within Mr Trump’s own government. On Friday, an official familiar with the latest assessment reported that the Pentagon believes that ISIS could re-emerge and take back territory in Syria within months if the US does not maintain military pressure on the terror group. Despite the criticism, the American firebrand does not seem to have…

Philippines’ Duterte aligns himself with China in Chinese New Year message | World | News

The South East Asian nation has had a rollercoaster relationship with Beijing as the nations are at odds over the South China Sea. However in an address on the eve of Chinese New Year, the leader of the Philippines said the “friendship and cooperation forged between the Philippines and China” had led to “greater prosperity and economic growth”. Mr Duterte said: “The friendship and cooperation forged between the Philippines and China have not only led to greater prosperity and economic growth for both our nations, but also gave rise to…

The unpredictable rise of China

Since the end of the Cold War, Beijing has viewed the United States as its chief geopolitical rival, yet official Washington has only recently awakened to this strategic competition. But as American observers start to see China’s ambitions more clearly, they have also begun to misdiagnose the challenges they pose. Political scientists are discussing “power-transition theory” and the “Thucydides Trap,” as if China were on the verge of eclipsing the United States in wealth and power, displacing it on the world stage. There are two contradictory problems with this view.…

The chief of naval operations talks technology, China, and more

The National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy call for an increased focus on great power competition, and as experts discussed at a recent event, the U.S. Navy will play a crucial role in that regard. On January 28, Admiral John Richardson—the 31st chief of naval operations—delivered a keynote at Brookings on the Navy’s new operational guidance and outlined the Navy’s goals to grow and modernize its fleet, as well as address shortfalls in operational readiness. Afterwards, Senior Fellow and Director of Research for the Foreign Policy program Michael O’Hanlon…

China Opens Maritime Hub to Tighten Grip on South China Sea

‘The steadfast denials of a military alliance dynamic here are not based on the evidence.’ The torrent of news about expanding cooperation between Russia and China continues to increase. And though many experts are concerned about the quickly deepening intimacy between these two revisionist nations, the general consensus remains that a real Russia-China alliance does not exist. But a new analysis says that consensus is wrong. “It is long since time that analysts and policymakers acknowledge the reality that is evolving right before their eyes,” wrote Stephen Blank, a senior…