The Reasons Behind Making Chinese Regime Leader Canada’s ‘Policy-Maker of the Year’

With Canadian citizens arrested in China, the blocking of Canadian exports to China, and Canada’s “muted” response in the face of geopolitical aggressions and human rights abuses by Beijing, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute thinks the entity that had the most influence on public policy in Canada in 2019 was the Chinese regime. “We’ve got the arrest of [Huawei executive] Meng Wanzhou in Canada, Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor being held in detention in China,  the issue of Huawei, and a series of other things such as [Canada’s stance on the]…

The Significance of the Recent France-India Maritime Dialogue – The Diplomat

Flashpoints | Security | East Asia | South Asia France and India have shared maritime interests in the Indo-Pacific. Advertisement The recent France-India maritime dialogue is an indicator of things of come on the maritime front in the Indo-Pacific. A host of factors are bringing France and India closer in the maritime realm like never before. First, the understanding that countries like France and India need to pool their resources in the light of the rise of China and an increasingly uncertain American foreign policy under a Donald Trump-led Washington is driving developments. Second, both France…

Hundreds of Chinese held in Philippine online gaming crackdown

The Philippines said Friday it has detained hundreds of Chinese workers in a continuing crackdown against unlicensed online gaming businesses catering to mainland customers. So-called Philippine offshore gaming operators, or POGOs, are the country’s fastest-growing industry. They have caused friction because of allegations of widespread tax evasion and the influx of tens of thousands of immigrant workers. A total of 342 Chinese without working visas were arrested on Thursday in a raid of a Manila-based POGO outfit operating without a permit from the gaming regulator, according to the immigration service.…

How China could use its 2 aircraft carriers to cut off Taiwan

China’s newest aircraft carrier is likely to team up with its other flat top to block foreign forces from coming to Taiwan’s aid in the event of a conflict, experts say. The Shandong, which was commissioned on Tuesday, could work with sister ship Liaoning to cut off Taiwan or head to the South China Sea to give Beijing an advantage there. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. China’s new aircraft carrier is likely to team up with its sister ship to form a dual-carrier battle group to cut off…

Maritime sector in need of reform | New Straits Times

THE maritime sector of Malaysia contributes about 40 per cent to the gross domestic product. Petronas is the biggest contributor at 14.5 per cent and the fisheries sector at 9.4 per cent. The remaining 15 per cent comes from the services sector, maritime-related industries and tourism. Ninety-five per cent of our exports goes by sea, most of it through some treacherous sea lines of communication (SLOC) in the world, including the South China Sea, Celebes Sea, Sulu Sea and the volatile Persian Gulf. The security of these SLOCs and the…

The Illusion of a Rules-Based Global Order by Brahma Chellaney

International law today is powerful against the powerless, and powerless against the powerful. As long as this is true, a rules-based global order will remain a fig leaf for the forcible pursuit of national interests. BANGKOK – When the Cold War ended, many pundits anticipated a new era in which geo-economics would determine geopolitics. As economic integration progressed, they predicted, the rules-based order would take root globally. Countries would comply with international law or incur high costs. A Post-Election Reckoning for British Politics …

Marine archaeologist located sunken WW1 ship now dreams of one more big find

NewsLong Reads In 2019 he led a successful search for SMS Scharnhorst, the German ship sunk by the British Navy during the Battle of the Falklands in 1914 Friday, 20th December 2019, 2:03 pm Mensun Bound dreams of one more big find – Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance (Photo: Ollie Mills/Celicourt) Vast numbers of students dream of starting their career with a routine traineeship. Maritime archeologist Mensun Bound began his with the “biggest archaeological discovery in the world”. In 1961, a 2,500-year-old Etruscan vessel was discovered near Giglio island, off Italy’s west…

Vietnam’s Crucial ASEAN Leadership Role in South China Sea – Asia Sentinel

In 2020, the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations falls to Vietnam. For Hanoi, the immediacy of the South China Sea problem was underscored this year when a Chinese oil survey ship and its escort vessels roamed for months inside Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone. This prompted a rebuke from Vietnamese deputy foreign minister, Nguyen Quoc Dung, in a recent lecture in Singapore.  “I hope that during our chairmanship China will show restraint and refrain from these activities,” he said. “What China did is very alarming and also kind of…

China is becoming an Atlantic sea power, says US military analyst

China is becoming an Atlantic naval power, venturing into the ocean’s southern waters as it steps up investment in the region and counters perceived threats from the United States, according to a report in a security journal. The assessment, written by Ryan Martinson, an assistant professor at the US Naval War College in Rhode Island, said that in the last five years China’s presence in the South Atlantic had expanded from anti-piracy operations and port visits to training and setting up a military port at Doraleh in Djibouti on the…