History Tells Us This Is How a South China Sea War Could Start

The Black Sea bumping incident amounted to little as diplomatic fracases go. In part that’s because the setting differed markedly from the Western Pacific today. The U.S. task force cruised along mainland Soviet shores where no one disputed Moscow’s sovereignty. This was not contested turf like China’s South China islands—ground wrested from China’s neighbors or manufactured wholesale. That muted tempers. So did the slight damage to Yorktown. Nor was there any loss of life. There was little to fire a public outcry in either capital. What would happen should a…

Filipino, Chinese heroes in new comics

While China is seen as ruling the waves in the “Three Seas”—the South China Sea, East China Sea and Yellow Sea—some rib-tickling scenario provides some Sunday comic relief with Marvel super heroine Wave making waves. In the first issue of Marvel War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas, scheduled for release on Wednesday, the Filipino super heroine will battle it out alongside Chinese super heroine Aero. Greg Pak, the comic book writer behind the upcoming series, tweeted a confrontation between Wave and Aero over the North Pacific waters, which…

When It Comes to China, Sleepy Joe Biden Is Still Snoozing

History will record our China policy as a bigger disaster than the second Iraq war: The number of Americans killed by overdoses of Chinese fentanyl and other drugs in just one year – 70,000 – far outstrips all deaths from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.  Chinese communist subsidies and predatory trade practices have destroyed millions of jobs and thousands of communities across our country.  China’s espionage, theft of trade secrets and forced technology transfer amount to the greatest illegitimate transfer of wealth in human history. China spends its newfound wealth on…

South China Sea: Indonesia sinks scores of boats as rift with Beijing deepens | World | News

As many as 51 foreign boats have been sunk so far today by Indonesia authorities as a warning to other nations, Fisheries minister Susi Pudjiastuti said. The vessels, most of which were bearing Vietnam, Malaysia and China’s flags, will be scuttled at several different locations over the next two weeks, according to Indonesian officials. Ms Pudjiastuti claimed the use of violence was necessary to avoid further economic losses from lax regulations that gave leeway for foreign boats to fish in Indonesian waters.  The minister said: “There’s no other way. “This…

US mounts PRESSURE on Beijing by sailing two destroyers through Taiwan Strait | World | News

Chinese and Russian fleets met for exercises off the east coast of China, which is considered an area of pressure between Beijing and Washington. The two countries were looking to increase bilateral military relations as both warships were taking part in naval exercises. The Taiwan Strait is the 112-mile body of water separating Taiwan from mainland China. Under the “One China” policy, Beijing believes Taiwan should become part of a unified Chinese state – despite being independent since 1947. Beijing believes this should happen either by diplomacy or by force.…

What China Wants From Africa? Everything

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg © 2018 Bloomberg Finance LP China wants everything from Africa: its strategic location, its oil, its rare earth metals, and its fish, leaving African nations indebted to Beijing. In its long history, Africa has served the global ambitions of many foreigners. Foreigners have reached out to Africa as missionaries, financiers, and infrastructure builders.They have promised to place the continent on the globalization map and help its people grow out of poverty. But they ended up grabbing Africa’s riches, colonizing one nation after another, and letting their people…

Indonesia to sink scores of boats to deter illegal fishing

Date created : 04/05/2019 – 15:16 Pontianak (Indonesia) (AFP) Indonesia began sinking dozens of impounded foreign boats Saturday to deter illegal fishing in its waters, a week after a naval vessel clashed with a Vietnamese coastguard near the South China Sea. Up to 51 foreign boats — including from Vietnam, Malaysia and China — will be scuttled at several different locations over the next two weeks, officials said. Over a dozen were scuttled Saturday near Pontianak, in West Kalimantan province. Fisheries minister Susi Pudjiastuti said the action was necessary to…

China Expanding Military Reach to Arctic Circle

The Defense Department released a report on Thursday that warned China is dramatically upgrading its military capabilities and expanding its ability to project power, from Taiwan and the contested islands of the South China Sea to the Arctic Circle. The Pentagon report said China has aggressively used technology theft to rapidly modernize its military forces, as summarized by CNN: “China uses a variety of methods to acquire foreign military and dual-use technologies, including targeted foreign direct investment, cyber theft, and exploitation of private Chinese nationals’ access to these technologies, as…

Special Report: China’s furtive underwater nukes test the Pentagon

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Recent visitors to the bay surrounding a submarine base on the southern coast of China’s Hainan Island describe a curious nocturnal phenomenon. Powerful spotlights are sometimes trained directly on the ocean frontages of neighboring hotels at night, making visibility out to sea virtually impossible. Some of the lights are mounted on land and others on passing naval patrol boats. “The effect is incredible,” said one recent visitor. “The glare is so great you can hardly stand it on the balcony. You go inside and draw the…