Beijing Begins to Regulate Supply and Prices of Grains, Cooking Oil as Trade War Escalates

Beijing issued an emergency control plan to regulate the supply and prices of grains and cooking oil on May 13. The timing comes amid increased trade tensions with the United States, as well as recent news that natural disasters have led to a drop in domestic grain production. The city’s Commission of Development and Reform claimed that the plan would ensure Beijing’s grain and oil supply and prices are within the normal range, according to a May 13 report by the state-run Beijing News. But the regulations hint at anxieties…

Defence Ministry denies Chinese naval base rumour

The Defence Ministry has once again denied allegations made in a report saying that Cambodia is allowing China’s Union Development Group to construct a military base in Koh Kong province. On May 9, US-based media War on the Rocks published “Hiding in Plain Sight: Chinese Expansion in Southeast Asia”, on its website. In the article, it said that China is building a naval base in the Kingdom, an allegation government officials have always denied by saying that according to the constitution, no foreign armed forces will ever be stationed in…

How the Russian-Chinese Partnership Threatens U.S. Interests

Russia and China are strengthening ties across virtually every dimension of their relationship. Yet Washington is divided over what these growing ties portend. The conventional wisdom has long held that the Chinese-Russian relationship will remain distant and distrustful—that each country will keep the other at arm’s length. Observers such as the American Enterprise Institute’s Leon Aron (“Are Russia and China Really Forming an Alliance?”) cite a litany of barriers—historic mistrust, economic and military asymmetries, and lingering tensions on several foreign policy issues—that make the Chinese-Russian partnership an unnatural and unlikely…

China-India ties unaffected by US admiral’s visit: expert

Soldiers do military training at the “Hand-in-Hand” 2018 China-India counter-terrorism exercise. Photo: Li Hao/GT Warming ties between China and India will not be affected by the US Navy chief’s recent visit to India, which is widely considered the latest US move to woo the South Asian country that would only lead to regional instability and chaos, experts said on Tuesday US Navy chief Admiral John Richardson met with his Indian counterpart Chief of Navy Sunil Lanba and other senior officials, such as Defense Secretary Sanjay Mitra and Chief of the…

Jim Sciutto: The Kremlin Is Waging a New Kind of War

In a 2013 article bearing the innocuous title “The Value of Science Is in the Foresight,” Gerasimov, one of Russia’s top military leaders, spelled out his government’s intentions. “In the twenty-first century, we have seen a tendency toward blurring the lines between the states of war and peace,” he wrote. “Wars are no longer declared and, having begun, proceed according to an unfamiliar template.” Today Russia is applying this “unfamiliar template” on multiple battlefields at once. During the Cold War, Moscow had few levers by which to manipulate American public…

Age of the Battleship Isn’t Over: How a 21st Century Battleship Could Fight China

It could survive being rammed by enemy ships—a favorite tactic of the Chinese and North Koreans. And if A2/AD did escalate into a shooting war, it could operate in the danger zone while U.S. offensive actions turned the tables. In World War II, the Japanese super-battleships Yamato and Musashi each mounted nine 18.1-inch guns, the largest naval guns ever deployed, but they never sank a single American ship. In a conflict decided by naval aviation, Yamato and Musashi were used mainly as flagships and troop transports. Despite their huge armaments, they were steel dinosaurs from an earlier strategic…

Here is how Democratic 2020 contenders will negotiate trade with China

China’s President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. Nicolas Asfouri | AFP | Getty Images With trade negotiations between the U.S. and China stalled and an escalating trade war threatening global markets, President Donald Trump has said that the Chinese are “DREAMING” that he will be defeated by a Democrat in 2020. But Democrats have not said much about their own plans for negotiating with the Chinese. To learn more, CNBC asked…