Opinion | This Is How a War With China Could Begin

TAIPEI, Taiwan — If the United States gets embroiled in a war with China, it may begin with the lights going out here in Taipei. Tensions are rising across the Taiwan Strait, and there’s a growing concern among some security experts that Chinese President Xi Jinping might act recklessly toward Taiwan in the next few years, drawing the United States into a conflict. Xi’s hard line toward Hong Kong is alarming Taiwanese and further reducing the chance, if there ever was any, of a peaceful unification of China. China seems…

Johnson receives support from Conservatives over new election

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson won cheers on Wednesday from some of his lawmakers when he told a meeting of his Conservative Party that there must be a new election and Britain must leave the European Union by Oct. 31. Addressing a meeting of the Conservative 1922 Committee, Johnson repeated his message that if he loses a vote in parliament later on Wednesday, an election must be held to meet his deadline to leave the EU, one lawmaker present at the meeting said, adding that he “did well”.…

Pakistan’s Maritime Study Forum Organizes Summer School 2019

Credit: Maritime Study Forum By Syed Abdullah Anwer 2019-09-04 17:38:53 Pakistan is an important maritime state in the Western Indian-Ocean region naturally endowed with an approximately 1,050 kilometer long coastline and an Exclusive Economic Zone covering about 240,000 square kilometer. The country faces an array of challenges while trying to cash into its Maritime and Blue Economic potential.  The Cohort-II of the Maritime Summer School 2019 (August Session in Islamabad) was intended to address the huge national, regional and global maritime economic situation regarding the ‘Gross Marine Product’ of the…

Rody ready to go to war in defense of Sulu Sea but…

President Rodrigo Duterte said he is ready to go to war if any country should claim the Sulu Sea, but admitted he cannot do the same with China over maritime disputes in the West Philippine Sea. “I have plans also of my own. The Sulu Sea is ours. I will never budge also. When the time comes, we will also patrol that area to show that is mine. I will not compromise—we can go to war over that. Sulu Sea is ours. That will really be contentious because I am…

Dominic Barton will be new Canadian ambassador to China – National

High-profile Canadian business executive Dominic Barton will be named the country’s next ambassador to China. Barton, who was most recently managing director of the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company as well as an economic advisor to Finance Minister Bill Morneau and to the federal cabinet writ large, will take over the post vacated earlier this year. ANALYSIS: Trudeau cabinet’s special guests That opening came after former ambassador John McCallum was fired for weighing in on the extradition proceedings of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. WATCH BELOW: McCallum out as Canadian ambassador…

US finally looking more honestly at China’s actions: Gen. James Mattis

Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis appeared on “Cavuto: Coast-to-Coast” Wednesday and drew a distinct comparison between the Obama and Trump administrations’ diplomatic approaches toward the People’s Republic of China. Mattis said the Trump administration has taken a more “honest” approach to China and how it treats its own citizens. “Finally, America under this administration looks more honestly at what China’s actions are saying,” he said on Tuesday. MORE FROM FOXBUSINESS.COM… On the contrary, Mattis said the Obama administration allowed China to make promises it knew couldn’t be kept. “When [the]…

Testimony: China’s military modernization program

Chinese Military Activities and Progress in the People’s Liberation Army’s Modernization in 2019 China’s military modernization program has continued apace, with defense spending growing for the 24th consecutive year, making China the second-largest defense spender after the United States. China spent an estimated $175.4 billion on defense in 2019, with funds going to personnel, training, and procurement. The increase in resources and effort has resulted in more frequent, sophisticated, and multifaceted People’s Liberation Army (PLA) presence and activities in the region and beyond. China’s main line of effort remains centered…

Australia’s Decision To Join US Coalition To Protect Shipping In Gulf

Australia has decided to join the US-led coalition to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz and the greater Gulf. Others are hesitating and its joining at this critical juncture may spur some to also join. But its decision to do so is controversial and may have been based in part on misunderstandings and false assumptions. In response to perceived increasing threats to shipping, the U.S. has proposed “Operation Sentinel”—now being called the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) to “ensure safe passage _ _ throughout the Arabian Gulf, Strait of…

Mahathir Visit Highlights Vietnam-Malaysia Security Cooperation Prospects

The trip highlighted efforts by both sides to make inroads in the defense aspect of ties despite lingering challenges. Last week, Malaysia’s Prime Minister embarked on a visit to Vietnam. While the agenda of the trip was wide-ranging, it also put the focus on ongoing efforts by the two Southeast Asian states to explore opportunities to broaden and deepen their bilateral defense cooperation, following the shock election of a new government in Malaysia that occurred last May. As I have observed previously in these pages, Vietnam and Malaysia share a…