China’s Regional Moves Create Concerns for Neighbors

As China moves to strengthen its economic and military footprints in South and Southeast Asia, some of its neighbors are expressing concern about the regional superpower, according to two U.S. studies released this month. Pew Research reported that many residents surveyed in Indonesia and the Philippines have expressed disappointment about China, while AidData, a think-tank, reported that Beijing’s efforts in Bangladesh are geared toward keeping Russia and India in check. “Even while China’s rise is largely perceived as positive in emerging economies, there are pockets of discontent,” Pew said in…

Ahead of Xi’s visit, Japan troubled by Senkaku incursions

TOKYO — China sent a record number of ships to areas near the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands this year, a troubling trend that could raise tensions between the two countries ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s anticipated state visit next year. Chinese government vessels entered the waters immediately surrounding the East China Sea islands 1,021 times this year through Tuesday, according to data from the Japan Coast Guard. Of those, 114 of them encroached on Japan’s territorial waters.  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to raise the issue when he visit…

The Vietnamese football club that defies China

IT IS JUST a practice match, but the footballers are wearing their full kit anyway. As the shadows stretch across the pitch in inner-city Hanoi, the words emblazoned on their bright yellow jerseys catch the eye. “No-U FC” is not so much a name as a cri de coeur. U refers to the U-shaped “nine-dash line”, a curve on a map delimiting China’s sweeping claims to the South China Sea. These include a wide area that international law recognises as belonging to Vietnam. Depending on whom you ask, FC either…

South China Sea row: Britain’s shock military challenges to China amid US tussle | World | News

The UK has helped the US in trying to thwart China’s growing authority in the South China Sea, where they have engulfed contested island clusters with monstrous island fortresses. Hostility between China and the UK spiked in September this year, when Britain announced it would send its warship HMS Queen Elizabeth to the region, sparking fury in Beijing. Major General Su Guanghui, China’s defence attache to Britain said at the time: “If the US and UK join hands in a challenge or violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China,…

ASEAN Issues

ASEAN is facing several issues at present but I would like to highlight on 3 for this article: human rights; territorial disputes; and the recent Indonesian haze. Human rights violations in Myanmar and the Philippines (PH) drug campaign allegedly resulting in EJK have hogged international headlines for some time now.  According to Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch, “Human rights and fundamental freedoms are trampled on every day in the ASEAN region. We are seeing increasing attacks on human rights defenders, often justified by newly-passed repressive laws, and the continued…

Which Way for Europe on China? by Carl Bildt

Under its new leadership, the European Union has promised to step up its engagement on the world stage to ensure that it does not become a pawn in an escalating Sino-American great-power rivalry. To succeed, it will have to strike a careful balance between economic priorities and its own security. STOCKHOLM – Recognizing that the European Union is facing a number of vexing challenges on the world stage, Ursula von der Leyen, the new European Commission president, has promised to lead a “geopolitical Commission.” Echoing this sentiment, Josep Borrell, the…

The Americans Are Coming? Washington’s China Pushback and Its Uncertainties – The Diplomat

Advertisement In 2011, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) showed a two-episode series on China’s rise, which was titled “The Chinese Are Coming.” In this documentary, China’s economic expansion throughout the world was described in a vivid but largely questioning narrative. Besides China’s unprecedented economic acquisitions in continents like Africa and South America, abandoned factories in Youngstown, Ohio were particularly cited as an example to show how China’s economic expansion, with the help of globalization, cast shadows over the economy in some parts of the United States. For the United States,…

China and Cyber Theft – Second Line of Defense

Debalina Ghoshal Cyber theft committed by China is not new and the country continues to violate commitment that it had made with the United States that it would not indulge in any cyber thefts. These thefts not only include intellectual properties but also crucial weapon systems to name a few thus becoming a threat to the United States. in 2009, when the US oil companies like Marathon Oil and Exxon Mobil were victims of cyber espionage, it was assumed that the possible culprit could have been China or Russia. As…

China to remain biggest market over next decade

Chinese tourists visit the Grand Palace on Feb 2, 2019. (Photo by Pattrapong Chatpattarsill) China will continue to be the biggest tourism market over the next decade, with arrivals estimated to reach 23 million, twice current figures, says Krungthai Compass Research Centre, a research unit of Krung Thai Bank. The forecast is based on an average annual growth rate of 7%, said the research house. In a worst-case scenario, the volume might drop to 20 million, or 5.5% annual growth for the next decade if competition from neighbours lures Chinese…