Trump’s tough line on China brings Tokyo, Beijing closer

TOKYO: Even as Washington ratchets up the pressure on China, Tokyo and Beijing are in the middle of their own “Wuhan spirit”, as both countries with a bitter history strive to lower temperatures between them. This year, Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to visit Japan twice – for the G-20 summit in June and a second bilateral summit later this year. This comes after Japanese PM Shinzo Abe made his first trip to China in late 2018, easing an eight-year chill. After Abe’s visit to China, the two nations…

After years of chill, Japan and China join hands to work together in 3rd world countries

Even as Washington doubles down against China, Japan and China are in the middle of their own “Wuhan spirit”, as both countries with a bitter history strive to lower temperatures between them. This year, Chinese president Xi Jinping is expected to visit Japan twice — for the G-20 summit in June and a second bilateral summit later this year. This comes after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his first trip to China in late 2018, easing an eight-year chill. After Abe’s 2018 visit, China and Japan agreed to work…

Trump’s State of The Union: What Wasn’t Said on China Spoke the Loudest

If people were expecting a detailed diatribe on the dangers that America faces from China during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night, then they were sorely disappointed. His relative silence on the U.S.-China relationship would indicate one of two things. First, ongoing trade negotiations are at such a sensitive point that public discussion risks derailing a final agreement. Or, Trump’s lack of elaboration signals that in fact no deal is imminent, suggesting that that further tariffs on Chinese imports into the United States,…

China will build 4 nuclear aircraft carriers in drive to catch US Navy, experts say

Four of at least six aircraft battle groups China plans to have in the water by 2035 will be nuclear-powered, as the Asian giant tries to equal the US in naval strength, according to Chinese military experts. The specialists said that after decades of trying to close the gap, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s hardware might by then be closer to matching the world’s leading superpower in aircraft carrier technology – but it would still lag in real combat experience. All of China’s new carriers were expected to be…

Japan protests as China continues gas activity in contested waters

Japan has lodged another protest with China over its continued deployment of a drilling ship at a gas field in a contested area of the East China Sea. The protest, made through diplomatic channels, followed confirmation by Tokyo that the drilling ship had moved in January to a location a few kilometres northeast of where it was in mid-November, in an apparent search for resources. “It’s extremely regrettable that China has continued its unilateral development activity,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Thursday. Beijing has developed 16 structures on…

U.S. Ambiguity Is Pushing the Philippines Toward China

“Do we still have a Cold War today? Is [our alliance with the United States] still relevant to our security? Maybe not,” declared Philippine defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana in a press briefing at the Malacanang presidential palace, putting into question the fate of one of the oldest alliances in the world. The Philippine defense chief even went so far as confirming the possibility of abrogating the U.S.-Philippine 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) if this were  “in the interest of the nation, [rather than] the interest of other nations.” Under the…

China’s first aircraft carrier may become test bed for top flight electromagnetic warplane launcher

China is considering equipping its only serving aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, with a hi-tech launch system that will render its ski-jump flight deck obsolete and create a platform for training pilots in the latest naval aviation skills. A retired PLA Navy officer told the South China Morning Post that the 14-degree deck on the Soviet-built ship might be fitted with electromagnetic catapults. “This will make the Liaoning a training platform to fly warplanes for China’s next generation aircraft carrier, the Type 002,” the officer said on condition of anonymity. “It’s…

MH370 BOMBSHELL: Pilot’s ‘final goodbye gesture’ revealed during investigation | World | News

MH370, which had been traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board. The Boeing 777 aircraft last communicated with air traffic control at 1.19am when the plane was flying over the South China Sea. Minutes later, it completely disappeared from civilian radar screens during a routine handover from Malaysia to Vietnamese radio channels.  Analysis of radar and satellite data shows it suddenly changed course and flew back across Malaysia before turning south of Penang and then towards the southern Indian Ocean.  This change of…

Before the Navy’s Tragic Fitzgerald Collision, the Crew Faced These Big Problems

A new investigation into a deadly nighttime collision involving a U.S. Navy destroyer heading toward a secret mission in the South China Sea reveals several warning signs leading up to the tragic accident that took seven sailors’ lives. ProPublica, a nonprofit that produces investigative journalism, published a series of reports this week on the destroyer Fitzgerald’s June 2017 collision with a cargo ship off the coast of Japan. Titled “Fight the ship: Death and valor on a warship doomed by its own Navy,” the report reveals multiple troubling mistakes made…

DND calls for ‘civilized’ conduct in West Philippine Sea as China sends militia

DND calls for ‘civilized’ conduct in West Philippine Sea as China sends militia MANILA, Philippines — Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana called on other concerned parties to respect Philippine sovereignty as the country repairs its facilities on Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. The Defense chief admitted that the presence of Chinese militia near artificial islands in the Spratlys did not come as a surprise as they have been in the area since 2012. “We expect other countries to respect Philippine sovereignty and to conduct themselves in a civilized manner…