2019 conflicts will continue to haunt 2020’s agenda – Kılıç Buğra Kanat

There will be a lot of questions about the state of global politics in 2020. The unpredictability and uncertainty of superpower behavior and instability of the international system generate a lot of question marks about the potential developments set to take shape in the coming year. Here are some of the issues and areas that we will continue to watch during 2020. Above all else, the world will very closely follow U.S. politics in 2020. What happens in Washington does not stay in Washington and in 2020, this won’t change.…

Google Maps: Image posted to Reddit shows strange orbs in South China sea | Travel News | Travel

Google Maps has been helping users gain a new perspective of the world since 2005. Using satellite images the application lets viewers gain a birds-eye view of the world and map their way through foreign lands. In recent years, users have noticed it is also hugely successful at helping them find unexpected and mysterious things. Fishing operations are common in this area, however, there is no definitive confirmation that this is what it is. The scene remains largely open to interpretation. This isn’t the first time something bizarre has been…

Column: Happy New Year! But not for long

In each of the last 12 years, the Council on Foreign Relations has surveyed more than 500 foreign policy experts to find out what worries them most about the year ahead. In 2020, the answer is just about everything. “We’ve never seen this level of anxiety in the past,” Paul B. Stares, who runs the survey, told me. “There’s tremendous concern about where the world is going and what it means for the United States.” The foreign policy mavens’ top worries are cyberattacks from Russia, China and other countries; terrorism,…

The Terrible Tens are over. The Twenties may be even worse.

So why am I so down on the past decade? In part because we have failed to deal with existential threats. Nine out of the 10 worst wildfires in California history have occurred in the past decade. On the other side of the planet, Australia has been experiencing some of the worst brushfires in its history; 480 million animals, including 8,000 koalas, might have died. This is in significant part due to climate change, which has caused record heat waves and droughts along with rising sea levels and melting ice…

Officials say launch was no threat, however other China rocket debris has hit land | Guam News

Now that it’s become apparent that the object seen streaking over the Marianas Friday night was rocket debris from China’s launch, it’s still unclear how close Guam and Northern Marianas residents were to a disaster. The National Weather Service provided radar image of the rocket debris falling from the sky. The object was noticed at a height of about 70,000 feet and is presumed to have hit the sea just northeast of Saipan. But what if the remnants of China’s Long March 5 rocket launch hit land instead of water?…

Anthony Kuhn | KUT

Anthony Kuhn is NPR’s correspondent based in Seoul, South Korea, reporting on the Korean Peninsula, Japan, and the great diversity of Asia’s countries and cultures. Before moving to Seoul in 2018, he traveled to the region to cover major stories including the North Korean nuclear crisis and the Fukushima earthquake and nuclear disaster. Kuhn previously served two five-year stints in Beijing, China, for NPR, during which he covered major stories such as the Beijing Olympics, geopolitical jousting in the South China Sea, and the lives of Tibetans, Uighurs, and other…

Indonesia says China’s claims over South China Sea ‘have no legal basis’

JAKARTA – Indonesia said Wednesday it rejected China’s claims over a disputed part of the South China Sea as “having no legal basis,” after two days earlier protesting to Beijing over the presence of a Chinese coast guard vessel in its territorial waters. The boat trespassed into Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone off the coast of the northern islands of Natuna, leading Indonesians officials to issue a “strong protest” and summon the Chinese ambassador in Jakarta. Speaking in Beijing on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang had said China has…

ASEAN Outlook to solve South China Sea dispute?

This year marks one of the most important years for ASEAN’s geopolitical landscape. During the plenary session of the 34th ASEAN Summit in June, all member states agreed to adopt the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific. The brief five-page document emphasised the ASEAN led mechanism in dealing with strategic issues in the Indo-Pacific region. It could not be denied that one of the most important ongoing issues in the region is still the South China Sea dispute, so will the Outlook help to solve the ongoing dispute? Initially, the Outlook aims…

3 Keys to a Peaceful China-US Maritime Coexistence – The Diplomat

Advertisement China and the United States have reached an agreement on a Phase One trade deal. Though Sino-U.S. trade frictions are far from over, both sides have acknowledged that this kind of serious negotiation is a good way to resolve differences. Now, it is also necessary for them to reach some consensus on how to coexist at sea. It is beyond all doubt that efforts of the United States toward maintaining and consolidating Indo-Pacific maritime hegemony and China’s actions to build capacity and safeguard maritime rights will conflict with each…

Indonesia rejects China’s claims over South China Sea

JAKARTA Jan 1 (Reuters) – Indonesia said on Wednesday it rejected China’s claims over a disputed part of the South China Sea as “having no legal basis”, after two days earlier protesting to Beijing over the presence of a Chinese coastguard vessel in its territorial waters. The boat trespassed into Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone off the coast of the northern islands of Natuna, leading Indonesians officials to issue a “strong protest” and summon the Chinese ambassador in Jakarta. Speaking in Beijing on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang had…