China, India and Lanka: How to understand Beijing’s vision and mission in the post-American world

 Prof. Patrick Mendis speaking on ‘The Belt and Road Initiative and the Indo-Pacific Strategy: Understanding China and its Vision, Mission, and Challenges’ at the 62nd Roundtable of Synergia Foundation Synergia Foundation (Bangalore, India): Prof. Patrick Mendis, a Sri Lankan-born American diplomat and military professor in the NATO and Pacific Commands, who is currently a distinguished visiting professor of global affairs at the National Chengchi University and a senior fellow of the Taiwan Centre for Security Studies in Taipei, delivered a talk on ‘The Belt and Road Initiative and the Indo-Pacific…

Edwards serving aboard the Aboard the USS Milius

https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/bellaire/events/article/Edwards-serving-aboard-the-Aboard-the-USS-Milius-14864330.php Published 6:00 am CST, Thursday, November 28, 2019 SOUTH CHINA SEA — Ensign Tristan Edwards, from Houston, coordinates the positioning of a rigid hull inflatable boat in the wake of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) as the ship conducts a live-fire gunnery exercise. Milius is underway conducting operations in the Indo-Pacific region while assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. less SOUTH CHINA SEA — Ensign Tristan Edwards, from Houston, coordinates the positioning of…

China’s impact on southern and eastern European markets

Introduction In 2012 China initiated the 16+1 format, a cooperation framework that includes 16 central and eastern European countries, 11 of them members of the European Union. The initiative caused alarm among many European leaders, who feared that China would use it to divide and rule the EU through promises of substantial economic investment. Indeed, the union has long since abandoned hope that the programme of economic reform and opening up begun by Deng Xiaoping in 1979 would lead to China’s democratisation. The EU now increasingly fears the geopolitical implications…

New Perspectives on Shared Security: NATO’s Next 70 Years – Carnegie Europe

Table of Contents Nothing is forever, not even the world’s most powerful military alliance, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Other regional bodies modeled on NATO, such as the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization, have long ceased to exist.1However, the need for a common, principled, effective, and adaptable institution to help allies in North America and Europe look after their defense requirements is hardly going away. The world remains an unpredictable and, at times, violent place. The most fitting way to celebrate NATO’s seventieth birthday is therefore to reflect not on…

Tony Abbott says ‘it’s time’ for Australian naval exercises in the South China Sea

“It would not be possible for a credible Australian government to ignore any abrogation of the ‘one country, two systems’ arrangement for Hong Kong. That would have to be met with targeted sanctions at least as significant as those imposed on Russia for its proxy invasion of western Ukraine.” Beijing on Thursday reacted furiously to US President Donald Trump signing legislation designed to support pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, summoning US ambassador Terry Branstad to lodge a protest over American “meddling” in China’s internal affairs. Mr Abbott also said any…

South China Sea: China hope Trump re-elected ‘He doesn’t go on about the South China Sea’ | World | News

Despite a trade war and much posturing from both sides, a group of Chinese officials say their betting on a Trump victory due to his transactional approach to politics. According to the Washington Post, one Beijing political insider said: “Trump is a businessman. We can just pay him money and the problems will be solved. “As long as we have money, we can buy him. That’s the reason why we prefer him to Democrats.” Despite rocky relations between the two countries over the last 18 months Trump did recently congratulate…

The Belt and Road Initiative

Narration: There are three major components to China’s global ambitions: The Belt and Road Initiative, 5G, and the South China Sea. Simone Gao: I mean in the history of the world, very few power or no power has been able to dominate both land and sea, you know, at the same time. But China, through belt and road initiative is trying to do that. John Sitilides: One of the benefits of having a command economy is you can plan out what your objectives are and then order your corporations, your…

The man, the myth: How Xi Jinping’s rise from village life explains China’s ambitions

This story is part of a CBC News series exploring China’s expanding influence around the world and how Canada and other countries are contending with China’s power. They come by the busloads to the rugged hills of Shaanxi Province, more than 2,000 political pilgrims a day, to trace the steps of Chinese President Xi Jinping through the dusty yellow soil where the seeds of his cult of personality now grow. In tiny Liangjiahe village, 850 km southwest of Beijing, Communist Party officials obediently line up to hear legends of how…