South China Sea: Beijing ‘deliberately’ place vessels in rivals’ sights to ‘assert power’ | World | News

According to the South China Morning Post, experts believe the move from China is an attempt to assert its dominance in the region. Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative has released a report which claims 14 vessels have been identified as Chinese ships. They were discovered due to the broadcast of automatic identification system (AIS) signals while out in the Luconia Shoals, Second Thomas Shoal and the Scarborough Shoal over the past year. The report said: “There don’t appear to be any other contested areas where China Coast Guard presence is…

China’s Might Prevents Muslim Nations from Criticizing It, Mahathir Says

China’s economic and military strength may have prevented Muslim nations from criticizing its repression of the ethnic Uyghur minority, and Southeast Asian nations from questioning Beijing’s increasingly assertive actions in the South China Sea, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir said. In an interview with BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service, Mahathir suggested that China would most probably ignore them even if they criticized Beijing, adding that it was better not to antagonize the Asian giant and face negative consequences. Mahathir has been a big champion of issues affecting the Muslim community,…

Beijing’s Military Power Prevents Muslim Nations from Criticizing It

China’s economic and military strength may have prevented Muslim nations from criticizing its repression of the ethnic Uyghur minority, and Southeast Asian nations from questioning Beijing’s increasingly assertive actions in the South China Sea, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir said. In an interview with BenarNews, Mahathir suggested that China would most probably ignore them even if they criticized Beijing, adding that it was better not to antagonize the Asian giant and face negative consequences. Mahathir has been a big champion of issues affecting the Muslim community, including the Rohingya, more than…

Japan sees N Korea missile, China space activity as threat

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has raised its caution level about North Korea’s missile capability, saying in a defense report that the country resumed missile tests while taking no concrete denuclearization steps and had succeeded in making miniaturized warheads. The annual defense paper, approved Friday by the Cabinet, underscores Japan’s fear of being targeted by its neighbor. Its reaction to the North’s recent tests contrasts with a low-key response from the United States. “Taking into consideration its technological maturity acquired by nuclear tests, North Korea seems to have already achieved miniaturization…

Biffa fined for trying to ship household waste to China | Business

The waste management firm Biffa has been fined £350,000 for trying to ship household rubbish to China labelled as wastepaper fit for recycling. Items found in the bales included sanitary towels, nappies, wet wipes and condoms – with the shipping containers reeking of vomit. A search of seven 25-tonne shipping containers bound for China at Felixstowe port in Suffolk found waste items including plastic containers, plastic bags, scrap metal and electrical debris. Other items found during the search included laminate flooring, coat hangers, pet food containers, latex gloves and pieces…

China Gets Holiday Wish from U.S., But Says Its ‘Petty Actions’ Are Only Making Things Worse

China received a holiday wish from the United States, which the country just accused of deliberately stoking military tensions ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic. In a message published Friday by the State Department, Secretary Mike Pompeo wrote: “On behalf of the people of the United States, I offer congratulations to the people of China as you celebrate your National Day on October 1.” He added: “The United States wishes the people of China happiness, health, peace and prosperity in the year to come.”…

China-backed projects seen making steady progress

CHINESE AMBASSADOR ZHAO JIANHUA — PHILSTAR/MICHAEL VARCAS CHINESE Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said major Philippine infrastructure projects supported by China are making steady progress and have produced “tangible outcomes.” In remarks delivered Thursday ahead of the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China on Oct. 1, Mr. Zhao said China and the Philippines remain “sincere partners” in development. “Under the strategic guidance of President Xi Jinping and President Duterte, China-Philippine relations have moved forward steadily and have delivered tangible outcomes,” Mr. Zhao said. “China is committed to sharing the benefits…

China flexes muscles with show of strength in South China Sea ‘De facto control’ | World | News

An analysis undertaken by the Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) identified Chinese coastguard vessels broadcasting automatic identification system (AIS) signals during patrols of Luconia Shoals, Second Thomas Shoal and the Scarborough Shoal over the past year. All three reef complexes are the subject of territorial disputes with neighbouring states including Malaysia and Taiwan, and in 2015 the Borneo Post reported that a Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) vessel even threatened to shoot a group of Malaysian fishermen who were trying to fish there. The AMTI report said: “What really sets…

How should China respond to melting glaciers and rising sea levels?

The ocean in peril Rising sea levels are one of the main dangers of climate change. According to the IPCC, if greenhouse gas emissions continue, sea levels will rise a further 60-110 centimetres over and above the 15-centimetre rise seen in the 20thcentury. That would see large expanses of land lost in low-lying regions, forcing coastal communities from their homes and causing huge economic losses. Some island nations may be lost. Major cities threatened by rising sea levels include Mumbai, Shanghai, New York, Miami, Bangkok and Tokyo. A rise in…

Economic Tools Necessary to Check China’s Aggression – The Diplomat

Advertising In Washington, the rivalry between the United States and China is clear. As the U.S. National Security Strategy released in December 2017 sets forth, China actively challenges U.S. power and attempts to erode American security and prosperity. Washington has therefore hardened its stance toward Beijing, and not only with U.S. military posturing. The ongoing trade dispute, too, should be viewed as one part of a set of policies aimed at checking Beijing’s malign actions and ambitions abroad. But the stakes are not yet clear to many Americans. A report…