Kono expresses concern at China’s sea activities

Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono has expressed concern about China’s maritime activities and underscored the importance of the rule of law. Kono gave a speech at an international conference in Qatar on Saturday. Kono said, “China is engaging in unilateral and coercive attempts to alter the status quo based on its own assertions that are incompatible with the existing international order.” He said China is conducting such activities in the East China Sea and South China Sea. Kono said Japan is “also concerned about China’s rapid enhancement of its military…

Top US Congressional committee wants India, Japan, S Korea at par with Five Eyes on intelligence sharing

With an eye on China, and as part of its effort to maintain peace and rule of law in the Indo-Pacific region, a top Congressional committee has sought to bring three democratic countries of the region India, Japan and South Korea at par with its ‘Five Eyes’ for intelligence sharing. The ‘Five Eyes’ is an alliance comprising of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Great Britain and the US. It is an international agreement under which this these five countries cooperates and share signals intelligence, military intelligence, and human intelligence. Congressman Adam…

South China Sea crisis: Why China and Vietnam ‘will fight if they have to’ | World | News

China and Vietnam have a long history of disputes and the troubled relationship is pock-marked with violence. Current disagreements focus on the oil and mineral rich waters and islands that make up the South China Sea, and is in one Asian geopolitics expert’s view, the most likely flashpoint. Professor Kerry Brown told Express.co.uk: “I think Vietnam are definitely the ones to watch, the Vietnamese forces are not a soft military and they are extremely aware of the threat that they feel from China. “They are not going to be pushed…

South China Sea: Beijins warns US against ‘flexing its muscles’ as it sends new carrier

At the same time, China announced that its new domestically produced aircraft carrier was headed to the South China Sea for training and research purposes. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe met Monday in Bangkok, where the two were attending a meeting of defense officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other countries. Wei and Esper discussed a host of issues — including the political unrest in Hong Kong and the status of the South China Sea, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu…

Withering away of World War II era Multilateralism

Centre for Security Studies, O P Jindal Global University organized (November 29) an international conference on the topic ‘The South China Sea: Current Challenges and Future Perspective’ at India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi. During the conference presentations were made by 14 eminent scholars from different think tanks and universities of India and attended by more than 50 scholars, academics, media persons, and students. While giving the introductory remarks Dr. Pankaj Jha, coordinator of the conference and Centre for Security Studies said that the purpose is to highlight the evolving…

Entire world is watching Taiwan’s elections: Steve Bannon | Politics | Focus Taiwan

Taipei, Dec. 14 (CNA) Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon said Saturday that “the entire world is watching what happens” in Taiwan’s Jan. 11 elections, calling “a free and independent Taiwan” the ultimate rebuttal of the Chinese political project. Bannon, a figure associated with America’s far-right, promoted hawkish policies against China during his seven months in the Trump administration, and has more recently joined fugitive Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui (郭文貴) in a series of broadcasts attacking China’s political leadership. In a pre-recorded video address to a forum on Taiwan-Japan…

Selangor ‘lose’ their name to Sarawak | New Straits Times

IT sounds like mind boggling geography. In one stroke, “Selangor” turned into “Sarawak” to play in the Premier League next season. The two parties may be separated by the South China Sea but it doesn’t matter. Selangor United Football Club (SUFC) have changed into Sarawak United Football Club (SUFC) overnight. But there is still something in common. Abbreviation-wise, they look and sound the same, SUFC for SUFC. This is what really happened. Selangor United, a Premier League team, are in financial trouble, and they got bought over by FA of…

Can an ‘Asian NATO’ deter Chinese ambitions in the Indo-Pacific? — RT Op-ed

As a new US-led alliance, a potential ‘Asian NATO,’ takes shape in the Indo-Pacific, Washington still has to motivate its regional allies to counter Beijing’s ambition, which for them could mean damaging existing ties with China. Like the actual NATO, the Quad – the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue between the United States, Japan, Australia and India – is also led by the US, although its inception could be traced to an idea in 2007 by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who sought to expand the scope of Japan’s trilateral strategic…