Trump’s Foreign Policy is Based on Confrontation and Malevolence

There is a saying in the worlds of politics and business that most people who come to prominence are those who in defeat bear malice and in victory seek revenge. It is therefore unsurprising that President Donald Trump displays both characteristics in international as well as domestic affairs, although his targets vary erratically between friend and foe.  His near-psychotic concentration on achieving the destruction of Iran is understandably malicious and revengeful, given the nature of the man, but his latest exhibitions of would-be superiority involve allies, which even for Trump is…

On sea and in air this week, US reminds China the South China Sea is international and open – Talk Media News

U.S. 7th Fleet Flagship USS Blue Ridge arrives for a port visit to Manila, Philippines. Blue Ridge is the oldest operational ship in the Navy, and as 7th Fleet command ship, is responsible for fostering relationships within the Indo-Pacific Region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McKay) WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy sent a flagship through the South China Sea to a port in the Philippines this week, as the Pentagon continues to ramp up its presence in an area China insists is its sovereign territory.…

Ex-US DIA Officer Pleads Guilty to Attempted Espionage for China – DoJ

US 23:55 15.03.2019(updated 00:32 16.03.2019) Get short URL The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said in a statement on Friday that former US Defence Intelligence Agency officer Ron Rockwell Hansen has pleaded guilty in connection with his attempted “transmission of national information” to Beijing. According to the DoJ, Hansen, 58, retired from the US Army as a warrant officer with a background in signals intelligence and human intelligence. Moreover, Hansen speaks fluent Chinese and Russian. The DIA hired Hansen in 2006 as “a civilian intelligence case officer”. According to Justice Department, Hansen has admitted that in early 2014,…

US is at a huge disadvantage in missile fight against China

The US announced on Thursday that it would begin testing a whole new class of previously banned missiles in August, but the US’s chief rival, China, has a miles-long head start in that department. The US’s new class of missiles are designed to destroy targets in intermediate ranges, or between 300 and 3,000 miles. The US has many shorter-range systems and a fleet of intercontinental ballistic missiles that can travel almost around the world. A 1987 treaty with Russia banned these mid-range missiles, but the treaty’s recent demise has now…

A big batch of B-52 bombers is flying into Europe amid heightened tensions with Russia

Ryan Pickrell, provided by Published 10:20 am CDT, Friday, March 15, 2019 U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emerson Nuñez A large Bomber Task Force reportedly consisting of up to six B-52 Stratofortress heavy long-range bombers are flying into Europe this week. The rotation, which comes at a time of heightened tension with Russia, is focused on interoperability training, but there is a deterrent element as well. This week, B-52 bombers also flew over the disputed South China Sea, where the US and China have repeatedly found themselves at odds.…

All the world a stage: Rising U.S. oil clout on show in Houston

HOUSTON (Reuters) – A glance at the attendee list at one of the world’s largest energy industry events in Houston this week left little question about the growing influence of the United States over global oil politics. Attendees at IHS Markit’s CERAWeek conference watch the keynote address by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from the George Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, U.S. March 12, 2019. Picture taken March 12, 2019. REUTERS/David Gaffen Present: top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo. Absent: leading Saudi and Russian officials, and most OPEC nations.…

Philippines, Vietnam push sea code

Philippines, Vietnam push sea code Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) – March 16, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Given China’s increased activities in the South China Sea, the Philippines and Vietnam are calling for the immediate crafting and implementation of a Code of Conduct (COC) in the disputed region. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was in Vietnam Monday for a bilateral meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart, Minister of National Defense Ngyo Xuan Lich. “We discussed how to navigate the issue in the face of the Chinese’s increased activities. We…

Pakistan owes $10 bn debt to China for Gwadar port, other projects: Top US general

WASHINGTON: Pakistan owes its “all weather friend” China at least $10 billion debt for the construction of the Gwadar port and other projects, the top US general has said, as he underlined Beijing’s “predatory economics” to expand its global influence. The strategic Gwadar Port in Balochistan province on the Arabian Sea is being built by China under the multi-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and is considered to be a link between Beijing’s ambitious One Belt, One Road (OBOR) and Maritime Silk Road projects. “Let us look at just a few…