US commander warns hazardous Chinese military activity is on the rise in the South China Sea

Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy recruits chant slogan during a parade to mark the end of a semester at a military base of the North Sea Fleet, in Qingdao, Shandong province December 5, 2013.REUTERS/China Daily The head of US Indo-Pacific Command said Thursday that Chinese military activity is on the rise in the disputed South China Sea. “It’s building. It’s not reducing in any sense of the word,” Adm. Philip Davidson said, explaining that Chinese ships, fighters, and bombers are more active in the reigon. He stressed that the US…

New US military budget focused on China despite border talk

WASHINGTON — Chinese bombers. Chinese hypersonic missiles. Chinese cyberattacks. Chinese anti-satellite weapons. To a remarkable degree, the 2020 Pentagon budget proposal is shaped by national security threats that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has summarized in three words: “China, China, China.” The U.S. is still fighting small wars against Islamic extremists, and Russia remains a serious concern, but Shanahan seeks to shift the military’s main focus to what he considers the more pressing security problem of a rapidly growing Chinese military. This theme, which Shanahan outlined Thursday in presenting the…

Mike Pompeo’s War Warning to China

As President Trump flew home from his Hanoi summit with Kim Jong Un, Mike Pompeo peeled off and flew to Manila. And there the Secretary of State made a startling declaration. Any armed attack by China on a Philippine ship or plane in the South China Sea, he told the Philippine government, will be treated as an attack on an American ship or plane, bringing a U.S. military response. “China’s island building and military activities in the South China Sea threaten your sovereignty, security and, therefore, economic livelihood, as well…

China Wants To Dominate The Indo-Pacific Region, Silently

China has a clear mission in Indo-Pacific region: complete dominance, in a silent way. US shouldn’t let it happen. That’s according to “The Stealth Superpower: How China Hid Its Global Ambitions,” published in the January/February issue of Foreign Affairs. “Although China does not want to usurp the United States’ position as the leader of the global order, its actual aim is nearly as consequential,” says Oriana Skylar Mastro in the article. “In the Indo-Pacific region, China wants complete dominance.; it wants to force the United States out and become the region’s unchallenged political, economic,…

New military budget is focused on China: “We’ve been ignoring the problem for too long”

Chinese bombers. Chinese hypersonic missiles. Chinese cyberattacks. Chinese anti-satellite weapons. To a remarkable degree, the 2020 Pentagon budget proposal is shaped by national security threats that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has summarized in three words: “China, China, China.” The U.S. is still fighting small wars against Islamic extremists, and Russia remains a serious concern, but Shanahan seeks to shift the military’s main focus to what he considers the more pressing security problem of a rapidly growing Chinese military. This theme, which Shanahan outlined Thursday in presenting the administration’s proposed…

Pakistan Immersed in a Whopping $10 billion Chinese Debt Trap Due To CPEC and Gwadar Port: US

The CPEC Project including the Gwadar Port in Pakistan has generated a lot of questions within Pakistan. While netizens have been hailing both the CPEC and Gwadar as game-changer, but Pakistan now owes a whopping $10 billion to China according to a top US general. “Saddled with predatory Chinese loans, Sri Lanka was compelled to grant a 99-year lease and 70% stake in its deep-water port to China,” General Joseph Dunford warned that China’s predatory tactics can have serious implications for Pakistan.  The strategic Gwadar Port in Balochistan province on…

How China Began World War III in the South China Sea

China’s claims of South China Sea (SCS) ownership are illegal, but Beijing’s hyper-nationalistic officials increasingly encourage its forces to attack U.S. Navy ships operating lawfully there. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) appears to be calling for war—a war it may well get. But it is a war that will not stay confined to that body of water, and a war that could ultimately end with regime change in Beijing. One People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officer recently exhorted PLA Navy vessels to ram and sink U.S. Navy ships conducting freedom…

Allied Assurances and Credibility: The United States, the Philippines, and the South China Sea

Does an unambiguous U.S. assurance to the Philippines in the South China Sea give second wind to an alliance in trouble? By Ankit Panda and Prashanth Parameswaran for The Diplomat March 15, 2019 The Diplomat‘s Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) and Prashanth Parameswaran (@TheAsianist) discuss the U.S.-Philippines alliance and the “quadrilateral” consultations between the United States, Japan, Australia, and India. Click the arrow to the right to listen. If you’re an iOS or Mac user, you can also subscribe to The Diplomat’s Asia Geopolitics podcast on iTunes here. If you use Android, you can subscribe on TuneIn…