China sets its sights on Taiwan in 2020 as Xi Jinping aims to achieve his ‘centenary goal’ | World | News

The new year will see the deadline for China’s “centenary goal” as 2021 will be the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CCP). In December the Taiwanese defence ministry reported “irregular” patrols by People’s Liberation Army Navy warships in the western side of the strait this year had become “routine”. The ministry said the island’s forces had “effectively monitored the situations and movements around the Taiwan Strait by means of its air and naval mechanisms to ensure national security and regional stability”. But, Li Kexin,…

Latest special representatives’ meet should catalyse greater exchanges and collaborations

The recent 22nd meeting of the India-China special representatives in New Delhi was yet another opportunity to review bilateral issues, particularly the boundary question that remains outstanding. The meeting comes after the second informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in October. Much progress has been made in two-way ties since the ugly Doklam standoff in 2017 when Indian and Chinese troops confronted each other over the disputed Bhutanese territory. And with the US-China trade war affecting both Beijing and New Delhi, it is in…

What Australian Media Gets Wrong About China – The Diplomat

Advertisement The Australian media’s perception of China has plummeted dramatically in the last 12 months. Given recent events regarding the Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests, reports of human rights abuses in the Xinjiang re-education camps, Chinese donations to Australian political parties, MP Gladys Liu’s unclear connection with Beijing, and the dramatic defection of Wang Liqiang, China is becoming increasingly scrutinized by the Australian media. Voices taking extreme anti-China positions are now easy to find. Australian politician Andrew Hastie has urged both the Australian government and the public to recognize the…

From Wildfires and Hurricanes to Earthquakes and Oil Spills, Satellites Watched Over Biggest Stories of Decade

Satellite images show Paradise Pines, California, before the Camp Fire swept through the town and during the wildfire in November 2018. (Maxar Technologies/Associated Press) Three major hurricanes left widespread destruction. Earth’s glaciers have shrunk by about 3,860 billion tons this decade. China created new islands by piling sand and concrete atop coral reefs. Hurricanes, wildfires, oil spills, global warming – there has been no shortage of big news over the last decade. Some of the biggest stories of the past decade were so massive that they were visible from space,…

A colossal deception – The Manila Times

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO First of 4 partsIT is a colossal deception that the Philippines in 2016 won the arbitration suit against China involving our disputes in the South China Sea and that the country should pursue the “enforcement” of the arbitral tribunal’s “award.” If it was a victory at all, it was a pyrrhic one, not a few international law scholars have concluded, That means that the damage to Philippine interests, and to the integrity of arbitration based on the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of Sea…

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 23, 2019

USNI News Graphic These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Dec. 23, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Total U.S. Navy Battle Force: Ships Underway Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway 40 11 51 Ships Deployed by Fleet Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total…

Beijing Backed Efforts to Defuse Indo-Pak Tensions Post Pulwama Attack, Says Chinese Foreign Minister

Beijing: China had supported the efforts of India and Pakistan to defuse tensions and manage their differences through dialogue following the deadly Pulwama terror attack, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, highlighting behind-the-scenes role played by Beijing. After the attack carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad in February that killed 40 CRPF personnel, India carried out air strikes against the biggest training camp of the terror group in Balakot in Pakistan. The air strike was followed by an aerial combat between air forces of the two countries on February 27 when…

China Is Building an Alarming Number of Warships

Germany’s submarine fleet is doing its job well—for the most part, it goes unnoticed by the world. But you should pay close attention to it. Germany has always excelled at military surprises, and its submarines make it well prepared to do this again. Germany announced in October that it will produce six more Type 212 diesel-electric attack submarines. Four will go to Norway, and two will be made for its own navy, bringing Germany’s total to eight. Italy has budgeted for two more, potentially adding to the four it already…

Abe speaks at news conference after summits

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has wrapped up a series of high-level talks with China and South Korea. He vowed to continue working with the two countries to tackle some of the big issues facing the region. After a trilateral summit, Abe spoke one-on-one with the South Korean president. Ties between Tokyo and Seoul have been tense over trade and wartime labor issues. Abe said, “I conveyed to President Moon Jae-in Japan’s position on the issue of former civilian workers from the Korean Peninsula. Seoul should keep its promise between…