Patrick Shanahan outlines China threat

Shanahan outlines China threat Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan told a House hearing on Wednesday that countering the threat posed by China is one of the Pentagon’s highest priorities. In one of the most candid assessments by any senior U.S. government official in years, Mr. Shanahan identified Beijing’s aggressive military buildup, systematic theft of technology, subversion of the rules-based international order and coercive global activities as key worries. Over the past 20 years, Chinese military spending grew from $20 billion annually to $170 billion in 2018 with actual spending…

South China Sea: US unveils new strategy to HIT BACK at Beijing’s island militarisation | World | News

Tensions between the US and China continue to escalate, and the Assistant Secretary of Defence has responded by saying a new Indo-Pacific strategy will be launched in May. The area has been identified as the “priority theatre” as US focus on the region has continued to grow. The relationship between the two countries has become increasingly strained in recent weeks, following the transit of two US navy destroyers through the Taiwan straight and a threat by the head of the US navy to target unarmed Chinese vessels. The new strategy…

With U.S.-China Talks in the Final Stage, Attention Shifts to a Post-Trade War Future

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR Newsletter and Engagement Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curates the week’s top news and expert analysis on China. Chinese and American trade negotiators are meeting in Beijing this week, with another round of talks scheduled for next week in Washington. Negotiators appear to be closing in on a deal to end the trade war that has been the focal point of tensions between the world’s two largest economies since last summer, but key details have yet to be finalized. That has not stopped some observers from envisioning…

China’s vast fleet is tipping the balance in the Pacific

By David Lague and Benjamin/Kang Lim/Reuters, Taipei A generation ago, from mid-1995 into early 1996, China lobbed missiles in the waters around Taiwan as the self-governing island prepared to hold its first fully democratic presidential election.Washington forcefully intervened to support its ally, sending two aircraft carrier battle groups to patrol nearby.The carriers, then as now the spearhead of American power, intimidated Beijing.The vote went ahead.The missiles stopped.Today, with tension again running high, Washington still backs Taiwan.Chinese President Xi Jinping on January 2 renewed Beijing’s longstanding threat to use force if…

The US Navy is sending its most powerful assault ship to the Pacific

On his first day as acting secretary of defense, Patrick Shanahan made his priorities clear, reportedly stressing that the focus is “China, China, China.” The latest deployment is intended to increase US firepower in the Pacific at a time when China is flexing its muscles in the region. Read More: Taking the reins at the Pentagon, the new defense chief sets his sights on China “The security environment in the Indo-Pacific requires that the US Navy station the most capable ships forward,” Naval Forces Japan said in a statement on…

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Huawei crisis offers chance to recast Canada-China relations

The five-month crisis in Canada-China relations over the Huawei Affair is entirely of Beijing’s making, and is going to sour bilateral relations for a generation at least. But this crisis is also a critical opportunity for Canada to get its relationship with Beijing recast on a more realistic base than it has been since the beginning to diplomatic relations in 1970. Added to that, this crisis is giving Canada a glimpse into the future and what it is going to take for this country to survive and thrive in an…

History of Chinese invasions | Philstar.com

History of Chinese invasions I have again read that China has never invaded another country; and, it is therefore unlike other superpowers. Actually in its 2,000 years until the present, China has repeatedly tried to invade several nations and territories. Korea has experienced several invasions by Chinese dynasties. At one time, under the Han Dynasty,  Northern Korea was a territory of China for 400 years. The last Chinese invasion was during the Korean War when China sent military forces to battle UN forces in the Korean peninsula. The result…

Only the U.S. Navy Has the Power to Do Something This Scary (To Warn China)

Submarines seemed to fit the bill, as if Washington were saying to Beijing, “Sure, you might surprise us with your missiles. But we remember we have plenty of missiles of our own — and they’re not far from you.” Nuclear powers rarely go to war with each other, but that doesn’t mean they don’t threaten to do so. Indeed, military posturing is an integral part of what Forrest Morgan, an analyst for the RAND Corporation, called “crisis stability.” In other words, “building and posturing forces in ways that allow a…