Coast Guard visits Philippines for first time in seven years after training in South China Sea – Pacific

Coast Guard visits Philippines for first time in seven years after training in South China Sea The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bertholf, on loan to the Navy’s 7th Fleet and busy across the western Pacific, joined Philippine coast guard vessels for training and maneuvers Tuesday in the South China Sea. The Bertholf and Philippine vessels BRP Batangas and BRP Kalanggaman practiced search-and-rescue scenarios and other procedures near Scarborough Shoal in disputed waters off the western coast of the Philippines, the Navy said in a statement Wednesday. Chinese…

Strong Chinese Reactions to Pompeo’s Speech

Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide  largely agreed with him when High North News spoke with her the next day. However, while the Chinese who were present in the audience during Pompeo’s remarkable speech mostly just shook their heads and refrained from commenting, the reactions afterwards have been swift and clear. The Chinese dispute the signals that they, being a non-Arctic state, have fewer rights than others. “Non-Arctic nations enjoy extensive rights in scientific research, navigation, overflight, fishing, laying of submarine cables and pipelines as well as resource exploration and…

Trade can no longer anchor America’s relationship with China

SINCE CHINA emerged from the wreckage of Maoism 40 years ago, the profit motive has become a pillar of stability in its relations with America. Presidential candidates might accuse China of stealing jobs. Spy scandals could simmer. Then corporate bosses and politicians in Beijing and Washington would decide that all sides were making too much money to let relations sour. This focus on mutual self-interest involved queasy compromises. Soon after troops massacred hundreds, possibly thousands, around Tiananmen Square in June 1989, President George H.W. Bush wrote discreetly to Deng Xiaoping…

Inside Russia’s and China’s Secret Operations to Defeat America

We made a good run of it, didn’t we? For the past three-quarters of a century, the United States dominated the world stage. We were the keepers of the peace, the pioneers of technological innovation, the top dogs of military might. Like all good things, American exceptionalism must come to end. We just didn’t realize how swiftly that reckoning would come. In his new book, The Shadow War: Inside Russia’s and China’s Secret Operations to Defeat America, Jim Sciutto, chief national security correspondent for CNN, explores the many, varied ways…

South China Sea: US Navy chief calls on ally Australia to take action amid Beijing dispute | World | News

US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson said each nation in south-east Asia needed to determine its own response to China’s military expansion. But speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, he implied they should take action to monitor the superpower in the region. He said: “I think every nation is going to have to assess the situation and their own approach. “But at some point navies are meant to get under way and be present and provide options to their countries’ leadership. “How they choose to do that is…

America’s military relationship with China needs rules

BEEP, BEEP, BEEP went the first satellite to orbit Earth, the primitive Sputnik 1, launched in 1957. No matter that it could do little else. That Soviet communists had won the first space race sparked an American crisis of confidence. This had useful effects. Abroad, America strengthened such alliances as NATO. At home, vast sums were poured into science. The Sputnik crisis felt like a loss of innocence—the enemy was overhead. But the actual Soviet threat had not changed much. The Soviet Union was, as before, a nuclear-armed foe, bent…

U.S., France, Japan and Australia hold first combined naval drill in Asia

TOKYO (Reuters) – Warships from France, Japan, Australia and the United States held their first ever combined naval exercise on Thursday, in a new show of force in Asian waters by the United States and its allies who are wary of China’s growing power. The French aircraft carrier, FS Charles de Gaulle and its escorts, were joined the Bay of Bengal by five other naval vessel, including a Japanese helicopter carrier, a U.S. guided missile destroyer and an Australian submarine. They practiced formation sailing, live fire drills, and search and…