An Expert explains what China’s presence in Pacific means for Taiwan

Taiwan, which China considers to be a renegade territory, lost two of its few remaining allies in late September. China has sought to win over Taiwan’s allies, but those countries have their own reasons to embrace Beijing. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. On December 1, 2016, 22 countries had full diplomatic relations with Taiwan, an island nation seen as a breakaway province by its larger neighbor, China. On December 2 that year, President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen had what was thought to be the first…

Does Duterte Know What He Is Doing?

SOCHI, RUSSIA – OCTOBER 3: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) greets Presideny of Philippines Rodrigo Duterte (L) during their talks prior to the Annual Meeting of Valdai International Discussion Club at mountain resort of Krasnaya Getty Images Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte seems to have a South China Sea strategy after all: trying to play Russia against China and both Russia and China against America; and get a few business deals in the process.  This is apparent from the trips he has made since he became President. “It is…

FONOPS to counter China in WPS has failed – experts

FONOPS to counter China in WPS has failed – experts Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) – October 6, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The United States’ Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPS) in the hotly-disputed West Philippine Sea is a failure, as the approach specifically aimed at countering China’s octopus-like creeping aggression has not altered Beijing from advancing its massive maritime and territorial expansion in the region. No less than two US maritime security experts – Patrick Cronin, a senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for…

China at 70, an economic partner to the world

  THE 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China was celebrated last Tuesday, October 1, with a military parade along the Avenue of Eternal Peace in Tienanmen Square in Beijing. It is a time of some difficulty in the midst of a trade war initiated by United States (US) President Donald Trump; thus Chinese President Xi Jinping chose to declare, “No force can shake the foundation of this great nation. No force can stop the Chinese people from forging ahead.” China has had a rich…

China is filling a ‘strategic vacuum’ in the Pacific left by the US and its allies, and that’s bad news for Taiwan, Business Insider

caption US sailors in front of US and Chinese flags as the Navy destroyer USS Stethem arrives in Shanghai for an official visit, November 16, 2015. source REUTERS/Xihao Jiang Taiwan, which China considers to be a renegade territory, lost two of its few remaining allies in late September. China has sought to win over Taiwan’s allies, but those countries have their own reasons to embrace Beijing. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. On December 1, 2016, 22 countries had full diplomatic relations with Taiwan, an island nation seen as…

South China Sea: Tensions soar as Vietnam accuses China of ‘violating sovereign rights’ | World | News

The Vietnamese foreign office has said China is continuing to expand its activity and has tracked another vessel in the disputed waters. The Chinese Haiyang Dizhi 8 oil ship has reportedly made several passing through Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone. Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said: “The Chinese survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi 8 and its escort vessels continue, and expand their operations within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. “Thus seriously violating Vietnam’s sovereign rights.” Up to 28 Chinese ships are understood to have sailed…