The ANC Brief: China crisis

There are just some of the stories ANC will be covering today: Better than the free marketThe joint US-Philippine Balikatan military exercises will start today just as the issue of Chinese presence around Pagasa Island is raging. On Friday, US officials and analysts gave statements on the increasing presence of China in areas of the South China Sea and the implications for the ASEAN. Meanwhile, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo met with China Premier Li Keqiang at the Boao Forum where Arroyo, a former economics professor, extolled China’s Belt and Road…

Issues of sovereignty and competing boundary claims, Opinion News & Top Stories

Sovereign boundaries are important to the construction of a nation-state, in defining its national identity, staking claims to natural resources and in determining citizenship. Competing claims over territories can become the source of friction between nations, and heightened tensions carry the risk of boiling over into conflicts. One ongoing dispute is over the South China Sea, which China claims almost all of, but is also contested by Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei, either in whole or in part. Much of the contested areas lie around the Spratly Islands…

Huawei and regional security top talking points for PM’s China trip | 1 NEWS NOW

It’s been a long time coming but the prime minister has arrived in Beijing for whirlwind meetings with the most senior figures in the Chinese administration. And there’s a lot to talk about. Huawei, trade, cyber security and regional defence and security are just some of the delicate issues Jacinda Ardern is likely to broach with Premier Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping. The stakes are high as New Zealand looks to put to rest any speculation about the state of its relationship with a key trading partner and a global…

What Jacinda Ardern’s trip to China will achieve

In this Government’s rush to create and deliver a Budget that’ll focus on the well being of its citizens. In its rush to plant a billion trees and to pour mega money into the provinces. In its rush develop its ill-conceived Kiwibuild programme, to get the hard-up into houses that they’re still too poor to buy. In its rush to rid the country of plastic bags, and to populate the world with turtles that clearly need to be re-educated when it comes to their culinary tastes. In its cozying up…

The Marines Want to Sink Your Navy As Soon as Possible

While the Navy has continually contested Chinese control of the area amid the latter’s push to build artificial island chains in the region, Marine Corps officials previously told USNI News that the Pentagon needed “integrated naval operations … to take an island somewhere – natural or manmade.” The Marine Corps is looking for a new long-range anti-ship missile “as fast as possible” amid a major transformation of the service’s naval warfare concepts, Commandant Gen. Robert Neller told the U.S. Naval Institute last week. The Corps has steadily developed a new…

Taiwan condemns Beijing after Chinese jets cross maritime line

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan on Sunday condemned what it called a “provocative” move by China after two Chinese fighter jets crossed a maritime border separating the two sides amid growing friction between Taipei and Beijing. FILE PHOTO: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during “A Civil Society Dialogue on Securing Religious Freedom in the Indo-Pacific Region” forum in Taipei, Taiwan March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu Earlier on Sunday Taiwan scrambled aircraft to drive away the two Chinese planes, the self-ruled island’s defence ministry said. China’s move had “seriously impacted regional safety…

Taiwan condemns China after jets fly past maritime line, East Asia News & Top Stories

TAIPEI (REUTERS) – Taiwan on Sunday (March 31) condemned what it called a “provocative” move from China after two Chinese fighter jets flew past a maritime line amid growing friction between Taipei and Beijing. Earlier on Sunday, Taiwan scrambled aircraft to “drive away” two Chinese fighter jets which it said flew past a maritime border in Taiwan Strait, the self-ruled island’s Defence Ministry said in a statement late on Sunday. The ministry said China’s move had “seriously impacted regional safety and stability”. There was no immediate reaction from Beijing. China…