Forget Russia, Mike Pence Warns China Will be One of NATO’s Greatest Challenges in Coming Decades

The rise of China is one of the greatest challenges that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will face in the coming decades, Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday during an event to mark the 70th anniversary of the military alliance. “Adjust we must. Determining how to meet the challenge of Chinese 5G technology, meet the challenge of the easy money offered by China’s Belt and Road Initiative, is a challenge European allies must contend with every day,” Pence said during a speech at the NATO Engages conference. “Whether we…

U.S. Military Refocuses on Pacific to Counter Chinese Ambitions

WASHINGTON—The U.S. is expanding its military presence on tiny but strategically important Pacific islands as part of its strategy to block Chinese expansion and cultivate neglected relationships across a broad swath of the Pacific. Much of the new focus centers on Micronesia, a group of islands with just over 100,000 inhabitants near the midpoint of the 5,000 miles of waters between Hawaii and the Philippines. The… Source link

Trump owes his ‘friend’ Xi a tough-love message

President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpColbert mocks Trump for ‘oranges’ gaffe Dem wins Trump district in swing-state Pennsylvania Trump says health care plan will be first vote after 2020 election MORE needs to give Xi Jinping a tough-love message when they next meet at Mar-a-Lago, or perhaps in a quasi-affectionate letter such as the ones he exchanges with Kim Jong Un. He would address him as President Xi, rather than using one of his Communist Party titles, because Chinese leaders seem to prefer the Western usage. It carries an aura associated…

U.S. to Snub PLA Navy Anniversary

Getty Images BY: Bill Gertz Follow @BillGertz April 3, 2019 4:59 am The Trump administration has blocked the Navy and Pentagon from sending U.S. warships to China to take part in a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) naval celebration, according to administration officials. The PLA invited the United States to dispatch warships and senior Navy officers to take part in the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist navy, a major Beijing propaganda event set for later this month. However, the State Department argued against any American participation in…

Hong Kong | Hong Kong Housing Crisis

Hong Kong’s $80B plan to fix housing crisis is “disastrous,” critics say Government has proposed building artificial islands in the South China Sea A crowded residential building in Hong Kong (Credit: iStock) Hong Kong’s government wants to build 4,200 acres of artificial islands in the South China Sea, hoping to solve a housing crisis that’s gripped roughly 20 percent of its population. But the first phase of the plan, called Lantau Tomorrow Vision, which would create nearly 2,500 acres of space for a new office district and up to 260,000…

Amidst US-China Rivalry, US Reassurance Raise Philippine Concerns – Analysis – Eurasia Review

In the past, concern about getting entangled in a conflict over competing territorial and maritime claims in the South China Sea restrained U.S. support for its oldest treaty ally in Asia. Now, a long overdue reassurance raises Philippine worries about getting involved in a brewing great power competition. Fresh from his trip to Hanoi for the second US-North Korea Summit, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew to Manila (February 28-March 1) to meet President Rodrigo Duterte and his counterpart, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. The proposed review of the…

U.S. Choosing ‘Wrong Place, Time and Opponent to Flex Its Muscle in Taiwan,’ China State Media Warns

A Chinese state-backed newspaper has issued a stern warning to the U.S. over its stance on Taiwan, cautioning Washington that Beijing will not hesitate to act to protect its core interests. The threat was issued in a Global Times op-ed published Tuesday. On Sunday, two Chinese fighter jets crossed over the “middle line” between China and Taiwan, prompting protests from both Taipei and Washington. But the Global Times op-ed called such criticism “ridiculous,” accusing the U.S. and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen of “continuously breaking the status quo in the Taiwan…