Opinion | ‘Ours Will No Longer Be a Nation Subject to Insult and Humiliation’

The past few months have been challenging for China: A trade war with the United States has taken a toll on the economy, while months of protests in Hong Kong have raised questions about the sustainability of Chinese political control at the edges of its rule. But rather than play down these challenges at home, President Xi Jinping’s response has been to accentuate the peril of foreign threats to the Chinese nation, while glorifying the bond between the Chinese Communist Party and the people. His bet has been that through…

US diplomat condemns China over militarisation in South China Sea – Politics & Laws – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

  David Stilwell speaks to press on September 17. — AFP Photo WASHINGTON — David Stilwell, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, cited Chinese “repeated illegal actions and militarisation” in the South China Sea (called East Sea by Việt Nam) while he testified at  the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday (local time). The committee hearing was chaired by Republican Senator James Risch and Democratic Senator Bob Menedez. Stilwell said since early July, Chinese vessels have conducted maritime surveys near Vanguard Bank with…

Vietnam Tests China’s Patience In The South China Sea

The Chinese Communist Party is well aware of the challenges its rise poses to the established order and primarily the United States. Beijing has, therefore, been following Deng Xiaoping’s famous dictum “hide your strength, bide your time.” The Chinese would like to avoid Thucydides’ trap from happening earlier then they’re prepared for, which means a conflict between a hegemon and a rising power. The growing tensions in the South China Sea are regarded by all involved parties as a test for the current balance of power in the region. Beijing…

China a bigger threat than North Korea – Japan

China’s growing military might has replaced North Korean belligerence as the main security threat to Japan, Tokyo’s annual defence review reveals, despite signs that Pyongyang could have nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles. The document’s security assessment on China comes after a section on Japan’s ally, the United States, the first time Beijing has achieved second place in the Defence White Paper and pushing North Korea into third position. Russia, deemed by Japan as its primary threat during the Cold War, was in fourth place. “It is a reflection of the fact that…

The Hullabaloo Over China’s Drone Advances In The South China Sea – Analysis – Eurasia Review

Analysts and the international media have been blaring warnings regarding the threat of China’s drone advances to the US Navy in the South China Sea.  The proximate cause of this fuss is China’s Ministry of Natural Resources announcement that it has deployed a network of unmanned drones to monitor activities relating to China’s claimed natural resources. According to Liu Zhen writing in the South China Morning Post. “The drone network is China’s latest assertion of its authority over the region _ _ _”.https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3026577/beijing-deploys-drones-south-china-sea-surveillance; https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/china-to-deploy-surveillance-drones-in-south-china-sea; https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/chinas-enormous-spy-drone-has-its-eyes-set-us-navy-78546  Peter Dutton of the US Naval War College…

Extension of defense pact with Singapore will enable US roil S.China Sea waters

US President Donald Trump (right) and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore hold a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, the US on September 23. Photo: AFP Editor’s Note: Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and US President Donald Trump on September 23 renewed the 1990 Memorandum of Understanding Regarding United States’ Use of Facilities In Singapore, a key defense pact between the two countries, and extended it by another 15 years to 2035. How will this move influence security in the…