Harry Kazianis: China just showed the world how dangerous it really is (and Americans should be worried)

China sent the world a loud wake-up call Tuesday with one of the largest military parades in global history to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Communist Party rule. The parade was evidence of a serious threat China poses not just to its Asian neighbors but to the U.S. itself. This is something every American ought to be worried about – particularly members of Congress – regardless of political party. But unfortunately, the Democratic obsession with removing President Trump from office is dominating the news and taking attention…

New Drones, Weapons Get Spotlight in China’s Military Parade

The massive event celebrated 70 years of Communist rule — and an arsenal for its next decade. China’s newest weapons were on display Tuesday at the massive military parade staged in Beijing to mark the 70th anniversary of Communist rule. China watchers noticed a new emphasis on airborne and naval drones and the public unveiling of a new hypersonic missile and a new ICBM.  The parade offered the first clear look at the supersonic DR-8 spy drone, which  “would be expected to play a key role should there be a conflict…

NASA satellite shows Typhoon Mitag’s large reach over East China Sea

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over Typhoon Mitag in the East China Sea just off the coast of China’s Zhejiang province. The image showed Mitag’s northern reach extended to the Korean peninsula and southern Japan. Credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) The bulk of Typhoon Mitag’s clouds and precipitation has been pushed north of its center, extending its reach over the East China Sea. Mitag was centered just off the coast of China’s Zhejiang province when NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead, but the bulk…

Locsin orders fresh protest vs Chinese ships in Ayungin Shoal

MANILA—Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. early Wednesday ordered his department to file another diplomatic protest against China over the unannounced entry of Chinese ships in Ayungin Shoal. “Fire off another diplomatic protest, Igor. Now,” he wrote on Twitter. The top diplomat was reacting to a BusinessWorld report that Chinese ships passed through Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) without prior clearance. The Philippines and China have long been involved in a maritime dispute as Beijing continues to assert its sweeping claims over the South China Sea. The Philippines calls its…

Living with a superpower | The ASEAN Post

Emphasising peaceful development, Chinese President Xi Jinping used his speech at today’s 70th National Day military parade in Beijing to remind the world of its rise as a global superpower. “There is no force that can shake the foundation of this great nation,” Xi said. “No force can stop the Chinese people and the Chinese nation forging ahead.” For the past 70 years, this has largely been true – and ASEAN has learnt to live with that. The People’s Republic of China was created on 1 October, 1949 when Communist…

People’s Republic of China at 70: how the Chinese state uses Marxism today

In a speech in the summer of 1949, on the eve of the foundation of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Mao Zedong addressed the question of whether communist China under his leadership would abolish the state. Political theorists Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, seminal influences on Mao, had famously claimed the state would “wither away” following a successful revolution. The state was a tool used by capitalist bourgeoisie to suppress the people. Once the revolution had overthrown the bourgeoisie and abolished class inequality, there would be no further need…

In pictures: China shows off military might at 70th anniversary parade

Image copyright EPA Image caption About 15,000 Chinese military personnel featured in the parade Deep-sea drones and an intercontinental ballistic missile were among the advanced weapons on public display for the first time at a parade marking 70 years of communist rule in China. According to the Ministry of National Defence, about 15,000 military personnel, 580 pieces of military equipment and 160 aircraft featured. Military march-pasts on a grand scale have a long history in the country. But experts say this year’s display showed China’s ambitions to modernise. “It was…

World War 3: How China’s military overpowers the US amid South China sea disputes | World | News

A reported 15,000 soldiers marched while The Ministry of National Defence claimed that 59 different elements of the armed forces would be present, on top of the 580 pieces of military equipment rolling through the streets and 160 aircraft flying overhead. This made the parade the biggest in China’s history as the country celebrated the 70th anniversary of the formation of the People’s Republic. The most threatening and anticipated weapon to be unveiled was the latest road-mobile DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile. It forms the backbone of China’s nuclear deterrence, which…

Vietnam Stands Alone Defending South China Sea at U.N.

Vietnam warned against China’s belligerence in the South China Sea at the U.N. General Assembly, concluding on Monday. However, Vietnam stood alone among nations whose territory China claims, in part due to the U.N. banning Taiwan from participating. China claims nearly the entire South China Sea, including territory belonging to Vietnam, Brunei, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Taiwan. It has built environmentally damaging artificial islands on reefs in the Spratly and Paracel Island chains in waters that are legally Vietnamese and Filipino, and begun oil and gas exploration outside of its…

Asia Times | India should seek ‘hawkish balance’ through Quad

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) received an upgrade last week when the foreign ministers of Australia, Japan, India and the US met at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The Quad was conceived in 2007 to address the unconventional threats in the Asia-Pacific region. But China viewed this grouping as a ganging-up of the US and its allies to contain its rise. It protested against this arrangement and asked each country to explain the grouping’s objectives. China’s protests pushed the Quad into cold storage. However, China’s rampant naval…