South China Sea threat: US intervenes in region over Beijing’s ‘provocative’ actions | World | News

David Stilwell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, told the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee White House was committed to its efforts throughout the region. He said: “In Southeast Asia, there is great potential to further expand cooperation with treaty allies Thailand and the Philippines, and with important partners such as Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore.” Mr Stilwell said the US was also working closely with treaty allies Japan, Australia and South Korea, which also have their own Indo-Pacific strategies. He stressed Washington had deep concerns about…

Revocation of J&K’s special status has national security connotation: EAM Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday said India’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status has a “national security connotation” as he emphasised that the “epicentre of global terrorism” is right there in the country’s “neighbourhood”. Delivering a speech on ‘India and the World – Priorities of Indian Foreign Policy’ at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) here, Jaishankar, in an apparent reference to Pakistan, said, “India lives in a tough neighbourhood and faces more than its fair share of national security challenges. Most prominent among them…

Hanoi Silent in Face of China’s Claim of Sovereignty in Vietnam’s EEZ

China’s claim this week of jurisdiction over waters claimed by Vietnam has met so far with official silence in Hanoi, which had earlier demanded that Beijing withdraw an oil survey ship and other vessels from what Vietnam calls its own exclusive economic zone. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang rejected Vietnam’s demands that it leave the EEZ, saying that China has sovereignty over the area and calling its survey operations there “legal, reasonable, and beyond reproach.” Vietnam’s own explorations for resources in the…

Army’s new chief looks to prep the force for large-scale combat

As the new Army chief of staff settles into his role this fall, he’s looking at setting the stage for massive deployments across the world, should the need ultimately arise. The large-scale combat operations laid out under the new National Defense Strategy would require division-strength movements, unlike the repeat deployments to the Middle East over the past 18 years, during which the Army’s primary unit of action has been the brigade. The service’s brigade combat teams have been gearing up over the past few years in an effort to reach…

Trump welcomes Australia’s PM, cementing strong trade, security ties

By Alexandra Alper and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed Australia’s prime minister on Friday for only the second state visit of his administration, signalling the close bond between the two allies as Washington takes on Beijing and Tehran. Trump and Scott Morrison are expected to discuss security and trade, as China’s increasing assertiveness, especially in the energy-rich South China Sea, has raised concerns within the region and the United States. The leaders are also set to release a plan on Friday aimed at securing the…

Gregory Mitrovich | South China Morning Post

China’s assertiveness is drawing comparisons with imperial Germany and raising the spectre of war with the US. To avoid a clash, China must stop challenging US allies in the South China Sea and avoid policies that confront vital US interests. China’s assertiveness is drawing comparisons with imperial Germany and raising the spectre of war with the US. To avoid a clash, China must stop challenging US allies in the South China Sea and avoid policies that confront vital US interests. Source link