China prepares for unexpected confrontation in South China Sea

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has conducted one of its longest airborne early warning exercises yet, with crews training last month in identifying more than 10 kinds of hostile signals and coordinating with other crews over the hotly contested South China Sea. According to a Sunday report by the PLA Daily, the PLA South Theater Command put two groups of airborne early warning (AEW) warplanes and their crews to the test, throwing them into a simulated hostile situation in which they had to identify multiple kinds of targets, gather information…

China Prepares for ‘Unexpected Confrontations’ With More South China Sea Drills

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has conducted one of its longest airborne early warning exercises yet, with crews training last month in identifying more than 10 kinds of hostile signals and coordinating with other crews over the hotly contested South China Sea. According to a Sunday report by the PLA Daily, the PLA South Theater Command put two groups of airborne early warning (AEW) warplanes and their crews to the test, throwing them into a simulated hostile situation in which they had to identify multiple kinds of targets, gather information…

China’s Belt and Road Initiative Threatens to Pave the Planet

IN 1965, AS A MONSOON LASHED the Malaysian island where Tengku Azam’s family had lived for more than a half century, his grandfather led them across a lagoon and through a swampy forest to drier ground inland. The tree canopy was thick, and when the family settled about a mile away from their slowly eroding island, they named their new home Dark Landing. Tengku, who was 17 at the time, had spent his childhood learning about the marine life that swirled around Dark Landing’s mangroves and nipa palms. When he…

Special Parliamentary committee to study relations with China

This photo taken on June 4, 2019, shows the Chinese flag behind razor wire at a housing compound in China’s western Xinjiang region, where the Uighur minority is straitjacketed by surveillance and mass detentions. Canada is among dozens of nations having condemned China on human rights issues, but has particulary cold relations over Canada’s detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on an extradition request from the U.S China subsequently arrested two Canadians on alleged espionage charges (Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images Following the actions of China internationally and in respect…

China urges U.S. to “correct its mistake” in expelling diplomats – WCBI TV

Beijing — China on Monday called the expulsion of diplomats from the U.S. a “mistake,” following reports that Washington quietly expelled two embassy officials in September after they drove onto a sensitive military base in Virginia. The incident is the latest spat between the world’s two biggest economies and comes days after they announced a truce in the form of a mini-deal to reduce some tariffs in a bruising trade war which has weighed on both sides. Commenting on The New York Times report, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang called the…

The Daily 202: The 12 biggest storylines of the 2010s

The raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011 brought catharsis and closure for Americans a decade after the Sept. 11 attacks. But the world had forever changed. “When he was killed, it was supposed to be this global huge sigh of relief,” said Kati Collier. “But terror and unease continued, whether it was the Islamic State or mass shootings or Russian aggression.” Collier was among more than 1,200 readers who responded to my recent request for a word or phrase to sum up the 2010s as they come to…

Trump trade deal buys Xi time before next U.S.-China battle

For Chinese President Xi Jinping, the phase-one trade deal with U.S. President Donald Trump isn’t exactly a reason to pop open the champagne. After months of arduous negotiations, false starts and dashed hopes, the agreement announced on Friday night helps steady a relationship in free-fall. While that’s important for Xi, who has faced rumblings of discontent as the economy grows at the slowest pace in almost three decades and protests in Hong Kong rage with no end in sight, it’s at best a temporary respite. The deal did nothing to…

South China Sea fear: Beijing warplanes in fearsome exercises amid US row | World | News

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army has stepped up its activity in the South China Sea, with the PLA Daily reporting on Sunday that the military is preparing for “unexpected confrontations” in the region. The military news publication claimed that Beijing’s forces had successfully undertaken early warning reconnaissance drill in which participants identified more than 10 kinds of “enemy” radio signals. The report added: “Different from the exercises conducted last year on early warning reconnaissance, this drill was much longer in time span, put in a confrontational mode from the start…

Opinion: Trump is damaging alliances with South Korea and Japan

The U.S. is moving toward a rupture with two important allies, South Korea and Japan. Already, President Trump has reportedly demanded a five-fold increase in the amount South Korea pays toward the cost of stationing U.S. forces there, raising the amount to $5 billion a year. Reports suggest that Washington is likely to seek a similar increase from Tokyo to support the cost of U.S. troops based there in next year’s negotiations. For decades, Trump has derided America’s allies as “free-riders” who don’t pull their own weight. That is an…

Iconic Vietnamese symbols to grace Japanese time piece

By Hoang Phong  &nbspDecember 16, 2019 | 07:45 pm GMT+7 Khue Van Cac, the pavilion of the Constellation of Literature located inside the Temple of Literature, is a symbol of Hanoi. Photo by Shutterstock/An Huy. Famous watch brand Orient’s new edition underscores a symbol of Hanoi and Vietnam’s sovereignty over Spratly and Paracel archipelagoes. Orient is the first foreign watch designer to incorporate such Vietnamese symbols. This special Vietnam edition will mark the 1,010th anniversary of the foundation of the capital Thang Long, now called Hanoi, in 2020, a release…