Chinese Navy Is a Force in the Pacific

A generation ago, in early 1996, China fired missiles in the waters around Taiwan as the island was preparing for its first presidential election. The United States intervened. It deployed two aircraft carriers to guard in the Taiwan Strait area. It was the biggest show of American naval power since the Vietnam War. And it succeeded. Missile fire stopped and Taiwan held the election. In January, Chinese President Xi Jinping again threatened force, if necessary, to regain control of Taiwan, which China considers a rebel province. Although the U.S. still…

Make deal with China for offshore gas, urges Malampaya pioneer

GAS FIELD The Malampaya deepwater gas-to-power project in Palawan has contributed 90 percent of electricity transmitted by the Luzon grid. —EDWIN BACASMAS BAGUIO CITY, Benguet, Philippines — Make a deal with China to develop untapped natural gas in Philippine waters to forestall a projected power crisis, according to one of the scientists who helped develop the country’s first oil rigs and the Malampaya gas field. Future energy and water problems would be “inexcusable” given that Filipino scientists discovered vast gas fields and other renewable energy resources back in the late…

South China Sea news: China’s fishing ban REJECTED as sovereignty row explodes | World | News

Vietnam is reaffirming sovereignty over parts of the South China Sea by rejecting the three-and-a-half-month fishing ban issued by China. Beijing’s ministry of agriculture announced the ban on Wednesday, saying it equally applies to foreign and Chinese vessels and warning its violation would be punished with detention and a fine. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang clearly dismissed the ban, saying on Saturday: “Vietnam opposes and resolutely rejects China’s unilateral fishing ban decision.” The ban extends to the area between China’s Fujian and Guangdong provinces. Within these miles of…

How Big Should the U.S. Navy Actually Be?

Factor in such disproportionate expenditures and the margin between U.S. and foreign spending doesn’t gape nearly so wide as budgeteering implies. The walking dead are ravaging Capitol Hill—again! I refer not to literal ghouls but to misleading ideas about navies that refuse to die in policymaking circles. The living dead shamble around during election season or just after—in other words, at times of political flux like this one, when one house of Congress has changed hands and the other is undergoing a leadership shakeup. (This first appeared several months ago.)…

A closer look at China’s strategy — and why the US keeps losing to it

From 900 AD to 1905, China used a form of execution known as lingchi. Referred to as the lingering death or slow slicing, it became commonly known as “death by a thousand cuts.” Banned in 1905, Lingchi now has become a parallel for how the United States is losing a battle across many fronts to China. Small mistakes and small losses compounded over time eventually wind up as a victory for our biggest strategic adversary. Each one, viewed singularly, fails to rise to the level of a ‘red alert’ or…

Fired UK minister ‘wanted to invade Africa’, say Theresa May’s allies

Gavin Williamson with Britain’s Chief of the Defence Staff General Nick Carter. Photo Getty Theresa May sacked her Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson following concerns that he risked dragging Britain into war, according to claims by the prime minister’s allies. The Sunday Times reports that Williamson risked triggering conflict in the South China Sea with China. They also suggest that he sought to involve British troops in multiple African countries. “He wanted to invade Africa,” one ally tells the paper. For more stories go to Business Insider South Africa. Theresa May’s…

Sack ‘nutter’ spy chiefs to fix relations with Beijing, Paul Keating urges

“When the security agencies are running foreign policy, the nutters are in charge,” he told the ABC. “They’ve lost their strategic bearings, these organisations.” He added that they had “gone berko” over the threat of Chinese interference and influence in Australia. When asked how Labor should take the agencies’ advice, Mr Keating said: “You’d clean them out. You’d clean them out.” Australia’s policy has been that it welcomes China’s economic and strategic growth, but also that it will express its disagreement when it considers Beijing’s behaviour to be damaging to…

Gavin WIlliamson ‘wanted to invade Africa’ and risk war with China

LONDON — Theresa May’s former Defence Secretary, who was sacked this week following a leak inquiry, was dismissed following concerns about his plans to ‘invade Africa’ and risk war with China. Allies of the prime minister told the Sunday Times that Williamson, who is accused of leaking details of May’s plans to allow Chinese telecoms company Huawei access to Britain’s 5G network, risked dragging Britain into war. The paper reports that May refused his request to send Royal Navy warships into Chinese waters in the South China Sea, leading the…