China backs down on international waters dispute as Beijing vows to abide by UN sea law | World | News

The move comes after a Chinese research ship was expelled by India when it was caught operating without permission in waters near Port Blair, capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Officials in Beijing posted a notice on the Foreign Ministry website warning Chinese institutions, groups and individuals aiming to conduct marine science research in other countries’ territory that they would need “an explicit statement of consent” from that country. The notice said: “Institutions or individuals must comply with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),…

Reclaiming ‘one China’ narrative – Taipei Times

The end of World War II brought the people of the former Japanese colony of Formosa no peace. Unlike all other colonial peoples who gained independence after the war, the US’ “one China” policy trapped them, in the words of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, in “political purgatory.” The policy also trapped the US in fear of a war with China. It started in 1943, when the US in the Cairo Declaration promised Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) that “Formosa shall be restored to…

‘We’re not asking people to choose between us and China’

WASHINGTON — China’s Belt and Road Initiative of lending money to countries wanting to improve their infrastructure has been a shrewd tactic of influence in the Indo-Pacific region. But allies are growing wise to the strings that are attached: political, economic or military pressure as well as risks to sovereignty. Adm. Philip Davidson, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, spoke to Defense News earlier this month in an exclusive interview during the Reagan National Defense Forum about China’s tactics and the role of the United States in supporting regional allies.…

World War 3 warning: China’s ‘game-changing’ military technology putting UK ships at risk | World | News

Beijing is in the process of developing intermediate and long-range ballistic “carrier killer” missiles, with analysts suggesting at least one variant has already been tested in the region in the last six months. To compound matters, China is also thought to be in the process of improving its surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, consisting of satellites, drones and aircraft, which improve chances to hit a moving target on water. Specifically, China is thought to have tested its Dong Feng 21D anti-ship ballistic missile, which has a range of 932 miles, on a…

American, China, Russia, and the Return of Great-Power Politics

U.S. foreign policy is, by most accounts, in disarray. Headlines—including in these pages—proclaim the death of global American leadership. Famous columnists send regular dispatches from the frontlines of U.S. President Donald Trump’s supposed campaign against the postwar liberal order. The damage to Washington’s standing in the world, we are told, is irreparable.  But step back from the day-to-day commotion, and a different picture emerges. In truth, the United States is gearing up for a new era—one marked not by unchallenged U.S. dominance but by a rising China and a vindictive…

Locsin jokes: Rising sea levels will swallow China’s ‘illegal constructions’

MANILA, Philippines—Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. on Wednesday recalled how the United Nations Security Council burst into a laugh when he made light of the Philippines’ longstanding maritime dispute with China. “[The Philippines] is way ahead of whites on climate change although at the UN Security Council I said the Philippines is ambivalent about climate change raising sea levels; it may be the final solution to the repeated taking of our reefs by China because the sea will swallow their illegal constructions,” Locsin wrote on Twitter. “For the first time…

South China Sea crisis: Beijing’s monstrous ‘island fortresses’ sparking US fury exposed | World | News

Described by many as “island fortresses”, China has engulfed the South China Sea with man made island bases, and has been accused of forming them specifically for military purposes. The key issue for other Asian neighbours is the placement of these bases in archipelagos that are under sovereignty claims by multiple countries. The Spratly Islands are claimed by China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei – and have become the cornerstone of China’s quest for dominance in the region. A leaked set of photos given to a Filipino newspaper…

Indo-Pacific at the heart of rules-based order

In early December, former senior officials, as well as A-list experts and scholars converged in Tokyo to discuss the fate of the international order at the inaugural Tokyo Global Dialogue, hosted by the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA). The topic: “Is it possible to build an international order based on free, fair and transparent rules?” Certainly, the rules-based liberal international order is under assault on a number of fronts: the rise of protectionism and widespread authoritarianism, growing skepticism about liberal values and the malfunctioning of international institutions. As outlined…