Japan’s fears Chinese military might is becoming unassailable | World | News

At a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China last month, four new missile systems were unveiled. These included hypersonic weapons that Japan fears could be used to strike its land targets and warships. Speaking to the Financial Times, Taro Kono expressed his fears over the new ballistic and hypersonic cruise missiles. He said: “China’s budget, doctrine, weapon systems, the whereabouts of their weapon systems and their organisation are not transparent. “We have been urging them to explain, but we really…

Ardern not expecting trade deal wrap-up

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has played down the prospect of a breakthrough in the seven-year long RCEP trade negotiations at this weekend’s East Asia Summit. World leaders, including Australian prime minister Scott Morrison, are gathering in Bangkok from Sunday, joining ASEAN leaders already in the Thai capital. On the agenda are regional security issues, Thailand’s addition of sustainable development, and the gargantuan trade deal in waiting. RCEP, or the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, is a free trade agreement between the 10 South East Asian nations of ASEAN, and…

Trade and tense talks for PM in Thailand

news, national Scott Morrison will try to push the world’s largest free trade deal forward “as far and as fast as possible” during a tight trip to Thailand for the East Asia Summit. The prime minister will also hold talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during his overnight visit to Bangkok. Sunday’s meeting comes just days after China scolded Australia’s foreign minister for daring to suggest Beijing should be called out over human rights abuses. There has been friction between Australia and its largest trading partner, but Mr Morrison has…

Duterte calls for unity, self-restraint; cites UNCLOS as basis in resolving territorial dispute » Manila Bulletin News

Published November 2, 2019, 11:56 PM By Genalyn Kabiling NONTHABURI, Thailand — President Duterte has called for self-restraint in the activities in the disputed South China Sea and pushed for the early conclusion of a binding code of conduct to prevent the escalation of the conflict. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries during the 35th ASEAN Summit Plenary at Impact Exhibition and Convention Center in Nonthaburi, Thailand on November 2, 2019. (SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO) The peaceful and rules-based…

China’s Massive Military Parade Was A Stern Warning To The World

Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) 70 years ago, the country under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has had its fair share of successes and failures. After a great start that in the 50s saw the Chinese peasantry break free from the yoke of serfdom and the establishment of a communist equalitarian society, came the disastrous Great Leap Forward in the 60s and the Cultural Revolution in the 70s. Two decades of indisputable failures by CPC to deliver on its promise to…

DFA verifying Chinese ship harassment of Filipino-crewed ship in West PH Sea

Ship captain Manolo Ebora speaks to the crew of a “Chinese warship” on the radio as his crew of fellow Filipinos steer the international oil tanker Green Aura past Scarborough Shoal on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Saturday, November 2, that it was looking into a report that a Chinese vessel harassed a Filipino-crewed commercial ship near Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea last September 30. “We will verify the facts of…

China on the Three Point Line

  On October 4th, Houston Rockets’s General Manager, Daryl Morey, sent out a fateful tweet that effectively ended his team’s presence in China. Morey’s tweet expressed pro Hong Kong sentiment; it read, “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.” The Chinese Basketball Association ended the Houston Rockets’s presence in a country where last season, more than 600 million people watched an NBA game. Tencent Sport, the NBA’s digital partner in China, announced it would stop streaming Rockets games as well as news about the games. Nike Rockets merchandise has also…