China warns US military against provoking and escalating tensions in South China Sea

China on Monday, November 18 warned the US military from “flexing muscles” in the South China Sea in a statement that indicates growing concerns about Taiwan-US relations in the disputed region. The statement came a day after US said Beijing was “increasingly resorting to coercion and intimidation to advance its strategic objectives” in the region. Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe during defence talks in Bangkok called on US Defense Secretary Mark Esper to “stop flexing muscles in the South China Sea and to not provoke and escalate tensions,” Defense Ministry…

China Warns US, Japan not to Hamper Its Drills After Chinese Carrier Sails Through Taiwan Strait

Asia & Pacific 15:28 18.11.2019(updated 15:30 18.11.2019) Get short URL On Sunday, the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defence reported that China’s first domestically made aircraft carrier sailed through the Taiwan Strait, shadowed by several US and Japanese warships. Beijing has warned the US and Japan not to create obstacles to drills conducted by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA)’s Navy. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Gen Shuang specifically commented on US and Japanese warships shadowing a PLA naval task forces in the Taiwan Strait. “I want…

China says aircraft carrier on way to South China Sea after Taiwan passage

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s first domestically-built aircraft carrier is on its way to the South China Sea for tests and to take part in exercises, the Chinese navy said on Monday, after sailing through the Taiwan Strait in a mission denounced by Taipei as intimidation. Taiwan’s defense ministry said on Sunday a Chinese carrier group led by the ship passed through the sensitive strait with U.S. and Japanese vessels tailing it. Self-ruled Taiwan, regarded by China as a wayward province, said Beijing was trying to intimidate the island ahead of…

Asean morning news for November 18, 2019

Asean morning news Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ   Asean, don’t look away from the Rohingya crisisNovember 17, 2019 5:00 AMRecently, we had the opportunity to visit the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.— Straits Times (annoying popups) ASEAN defense ministers meet in BangkokThe defense ministers of members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have met in Bangkok to discuss regional security issues. The meeting took place in the Thai capital on Sunday.— Spratly Islands South China Sea, Rohingya on agenda in Asean defence meetingTen defence ministers from…

South China Sea crisis: How Trump-China arms race could spark North Korea fury | World | News

The 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) signed between Washington and the Soviet Union barred the use of the two nations’ land-based ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and missile launchers with that could hit targets from intermediate range, classified as between 500km range and 5,500km range depending on the type of system. But the treaty was abandoned officially by the US in August, sparking widespread concern as to how both the President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin would respond. It seems however, Mr Trump is looking to utilise the new-found…