Xi Jinping Kicks off Myanmar State Visit – The Diplomat

Advertisement China’s President Xi Jinping was given a lavish welcome to Myanmar as he arrived Friday for a state visit meant to deepen bilateral relations at a critical time. The visit nominally marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Myanmar, but also carries the promise of significantly boosting China’s profile and future investments. Xi’s arrival was greeted with dancing children and youths waving the national flags of both countries and cheering, “Long live China-Myanmar friendship” and “Health to President Xi.” China’s ambassador to Myanmar,…

Analysis: Phase one U.S.-China trade deal leaves thorniest issues unresolved

In a letter read aloud during Wednesday’s trade deal signing at the White House, Chinese leader Xi Jinping asked President Donald Trump to take steps to “enhance mutual trust and cooperation between us.” That won’t be easy: Apart from the trade agreement, the U.S. and China are butting heads on everything from technology to human rights to territorial disputes. Just this week, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo told executives in Silicon Valley the U.S. is “facing a challenge from China that demands every fiber of your innovative skill and your…

In South China Sea Confrontation, Indonesia Resists China—Cautiously

JAKARTA, Indonesia—In late December, several Chinese coast guard ships escorted more than three dozen Chinese fishing boats into the waters off Indonesia’s Natuna Islands. In the two-week confrontation that followed at the far southern end of the South China Sea, Indonesia deployed five warships, which joined two others that normally patrol the area, and four F-16 jet fighters. The orders from Jakarta: drive the Chinese away, but find a way to do it without escalating tensions, a military spokesman said. The incident provides a window into how countries in the…

5 changes the Navy and Marine Corps can make to take on China

China’s military advances and expansion of a conventional defense force presents a “game-changer” for the US, the Marine Corps’ top officer said this week. The Navy and the Corps have to team up to face that threat, and Commandant Gen. David Berger outlined five changes they could make to do so. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The Navy and Marine Corps must join forces to combat threats China poses at sea, a top US general said Wednesday. The US needs an integrated naval force that is prepared to…

Sorry America (And Tom, Cruise), China’s Top Gun Is Just Better Than Yours

Key point: The navy in this video appeared high-tech, professional, a real navy rather than a mere coastal defense force I will make an unpatriotic confession. I like the Chinese version of “Top Gun” better. Or more specifically, a short Chinese navy video that resembles the 1986 Hollywood hit, for which a sequel is underway. Well, almost resembles. No smirking Tom Cruise. No fake love story (and no Kelly McGillis) to distract what everyone really came to see, which was the cool F-14 Tomcats zooming and booming through the skies. And…

Florida Vietnamese refugee to meet mariner who rescued him in 1978 – News – Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

Minh Nguyen, a local Vietnamese refugee who named his Sealand restaurant in honor of the cargo ship that plucked him from the South China Sea in 1978, soon will meet the chief ship’s mate who got him and 50 other refugees aboard the vessel and to safety. What’s in a name? For Minh Nguyen, it’s everything. At first glance, Sealand — the name of Nguyen’s restaurant at 47 Miracle Strip Parkway — seems a reasonable moniker for a coastal town restaurant serving fish, steak and other dishes; a kind of…