Frustration, Miscalculation: Inside the U.S.-China Trade Impasse

The U.S. and Chinese governments both sent signals ahead of their trade talks in Washington last week that a pact was so near they would discuss the logistics of a signing ceremony. In a matter of days, the dynamic shifted so markedly that the Chinese deliberated whether to even show up after President Trump ordered a last-minute increase in tariffs on Chinese imports because the U.S. viewed China as reneging on previous commitments. … Source link

US banding together with India, like-minded nations to protect sovereignty of Indo-Pacific: Mike Pompeo

The US is “banding together” with nations like India, Australia, Japan and South Korea to ensure that the sovereignty of Indo-Pacific nations are protected and that they are not subjected to any coercion, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. His comments came days after the Indian Navy participated with the navies of the US, the Philippines and Japan in their first joint naval exercise in the disputed South China Sea, where China is flexing its muscle. Pompeo, in his address to the Claremont Institute’s 40th Anniversary Gala in Beverly…

Experts doubt China’s ability to launch assault on Taiwan | Indiablooms

Beijing, May 12 (UNI): China is gearing up its efforts to “reunify” Taiwan with it, but might lack the core assault landing capabilities to conquer the island, military experts have said. According to a South China Morning Post report on Sunday, the assessment follows an annual report to the US Congress saying China was likely to be preparing for a contingency to unify Taiwan by force, while simultaneously deterring, delaying, or denying any third-party intervention on the island’s behalf. The 136-page report, “Military and Security Developments…

‘Indo-Pacific’ concept is raising concerns throughout the region

Editor’s Note: Andrew Korybko is a Moscow-based American political analyst. The article reflects the author’s opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN. U.S.-led naval exercises involving the Philippines, Japan, and India are provocatively taking place in the Chinese-claimed waters of the South China Sea. Although they were planned, they’re also coincidentally occurring right after the U.S.’ latest trade escalation against China following the unilateral imposition of tariffs on 200 billion U.S. dollars of Chinese imports. The message being sent by all of the participants is, therefore, a very unfriendly one toward…

China prompts rejig of Aust maritime plans

Expanding Chinese maritime power in the Pacific and Indian oceans has caused a fundamental rethink of Australia’s relationship with India and Indonesia, which analysts say will foster closer military ties and lead to increased naval deployments. However, all three countries are going to go to the polls in the first half of this year, Australia on May 18, India’s month-long poll will end on May 29 while Indonesian President Joko Widodo won a second term in April, though his new government will not be sworn in until October 1. Mohan…

time for Asean leaders to speak up on SCS

Government officials and heads-of-state in Asean appears to have a collective aversion to speaking up in public about Chinese transgressions and coercion in the South China Sea (SCS). Such reticence is based on misplaced fears of Chinese repercussions and does a disservice to regional interests, undermines deterrence, and needlessly concedes leverage in negotiations with China on territorial disputes or a SCS Code of Conduct. Claims and counter-claims by Asean member states in the South China Sea are engulfed by CHina’s claimed Nine-Dash Line RB Cribe This sentiment was displayed in…

U.S. Intelligence: China Is Building Up Its Capability to Invade Taiwan

China has improved its capabilities to invade Taiwan, according to U.S. intelligence. And while Taiwan is also boosting its military capacity, it’s not enough to compensate for growing Chinese strength, according to the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) 2019 report to Congress on Chinese military power. “The PLA continues to prepare for contingencies in the Taiwan Strait to deter, and if necessary, compel Taiwan to abandon moves toward independence,” DIA warned. “The PLA also is likely preparing for a contingency to unify Taiwan with the mainland by force, while simultaneously deterring,…