Avoid irresponsible remarks on Hong Kong, China warns UK MPs | Politics

China’s ambassador to the UK has accused British politicians of exhibiting a “colonial mindset” when they express support for demonstrators in Hong Kong or raise concerns about Huawei or freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. Liu Xiaoming said British MPs were free to express their opinion about the Hong Kong crisis but needed to recognise there were limits. Critical comments were not a problem “as long as you do not interfere in Hong Kong’s affairs,” he said. At the same briefing, China’s military attache in the UK, Maj…

US-China trade war “may not be such a bad thing”: Indian FM

SINGAPORE: The ongoing trade war between the United States and China “may not be such a bad thing” if it results in fairer market access all over the world, India’s top diplomat, Dr S Jaishankar said. In an interview on CNA’s In Conversation, India’s minister of external affairs, noted that his country has had friction with China as well, concerning market access. Advertisement Advertisement “I run a massive trade deficit with China. It accounts for more than 50 per cent of my trade deficit,” he added. Specifically, the Indian foreign minister…

Hugh Hewitt: Playing the ‘long game’ with China

“You say, ‘Away with you Communists.’ We say, ‘Away with you imperialists.’ Sometimes we say things like that. It would not do not to do that.” That was Mao Zedong speaking to Henry Kissinger in 1973. The candid and sweeping admission by Mao, who in President Xi Jinping now has a successor of equal ambition, has critical relevance 46 years later. It should remind everyone in the West that China’s leaders today, like Mao then, are not always beacons of candor when projecting their intentions to the world. It is…

China warns the UK could be committing ‘hostile action’ if it sends carrier into territory 

Britain has been warned by China that the deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth to the South China Sea could be viewed as a “hostile action”.  The MoD plans to send Britain’s new aircraft carrier to the Asia Pacific region on her first operational deployment, due in 2021. The government is keen to assert freedom of navigation through international waters and, alongside US and Australian allies, has been forthright in defending such actions against an increasingly belligerent China. The planned deployment will see F-35 stealth jets from the US Marine Corps…

Playing the ‘long game’ with China

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (not pictured) during their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Aug. 29. (How Hwee Young/AP) “You say, ‘Away with you Communists.’ We say, ‘Away with you imperialists.’ Sometimes we say things like that. It would not do not to do that.” That was Mao Zedong speaking to Henry Kissinger in 1973. The candid and sweeping admission by Mao, who in President Xi Jinping now has a successor of equal ambition, has critical relevance 46 years later. It…

The US-ASEAN Maritime Exercise: Why Myanmar Matters

Naval officers wave from the Kyan Sitt Thar warship to their senior commanders as they leave Yangon in a photo posted by the Myanmar navy to Facebook on Monday, August 26, 2019. / Myanmar navy / Facebook By Joe Kumbun 9 September 2019 The US and ASEAN navies conducted their first joint maritime exercises from Sept. 2 to 6 in Southeast Asia, in international waters including in the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea. The Myanmar navy, led by Lieutenant Colonel Khun Aung Kyaw, took part. The US…

Are The U.S. And China Headed For A Cold War? : NPR

Chinese military delegates arrive for the National People’s Congress in Beijing last March. The growing friction between the U.S. and China, combined with the rapid rise of China’s economy and its military, has stirred a debate about whether the U.S. and China are headed toward a Cold War. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption toggle caption Ng Han Guan/AP Chinese military delegates arrive for the National People’s Congress in Beijing last March. The growing friction between the U.S. and China, combined with the rapid rise of China’s economy and its military,…

Mattis Points to ‘Increasing Contempt’ and ‘Growing Debt’ As Major National Security Threats

(CNSNews.com) – “What is the biggest national security threat?” Margaret Brennan, the host of CBS’s “Face the Nation,” asked former Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis on Sunday. I think the biggest national security threat can be broken into two segments. One is external. And, clearly, those nations, Russia and China, that are trying to impose their authoritarian models and decisions over other countries, whether it be in the South China Sea or in the Ukraine, in parts of Georgia that Russia has occupied, they’ve mucked around in our elections. So,…