Confronting China: Why America Needs a Maritime Strategy for Disputed Waters

Over the last two years, Washington’s view of China has shifted substantially. During that time, the United States has taken concrete actions against Beijing, including economic sanctions, the scrutinization of questionable political and economic policies, more assertive freedom of navigation operations (FONOPS), and removal of China from Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018. However, these actions have done little to stem Beijing’s bold maritime moves, specifically in the South China Sea (SCS). Instead, China continues to militarize outposts and take aggressive maritime actions that weaken stability in the region and…

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang’s Regular Press Conference on January 7, 2020

Q: We understand President Maamau of Kiribati is visiting China. Chinese leaders met and held talks with him yesterday. Could you share more information? What concrete consensus have the two sides reached on growing bilateral relations? A: In September 2019, Kiribati resumed diplomatic relations with China, making it the 180th country that have diplomatic ties with China and the 10th Pacific island nation to join China-Pacific islands cooperation. President Maamau is paying a state visit to China at the beginning of the year as agreed previously, which is also the…

NST Leader: Troubled waters | New Straits Times

INTERNATIONAL law is there for a reason. To ensure that there is law and order among a comity of nations. What’s more if the countries are signatories to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982. One country cannot, arbitrarily, claim the whole of the sea because it has a certain nomenclature. If this is so — and UNCLOS is very clear that it is not so — then every body of water that bears a certain country’s name will belong to that country. “Ridiculous” was…

Eggs from Endangered Sea Turtle Stolen from Thai Beach – The Diplomat

Advertisement A community in southern Thailand has offered a reward for catching whoever stole dozens of unhatched eggs of an endangered turtle species. The Pacific Leatherback turtle eggs were stolen before dawn Sunday from a beach in the southern province of Phang-nga, said Pratom Rassamee, head of the provincial Marine and Coastal Resources office. “This theft is a grave incident for both marine biologists like me and local residents near the beach,” said Thon Thamrongnawasawat, one of Thailand’s top marine biologists. “We believe around 50 or more precious eggs are…

Gold Price Forecast – The Christmas Breakout

FXEmpire.com – In my article – Gold Prices Close to A Decisive Break, I described how gold was at a critical juncture. The trend broke higher a few days later and confirmed a cycle breakout. The next advance is underway, and I see significant potential in platinum as prices play catchup. Dollar Breakdown The US dollar has rolled over and broken vital support. This should continue to fuel the Q1 advance in precious metals. The next level of support arrives between 95.00 – 95.50. Note: The 50-day EMA is crossing bearishly…

Defense and Foreign Policy Outlook:The Administration’s reluctant partner in appeasing China

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is the administration’s reluctant partner in its appeasement policy on China. The Philippine military has been very wary of closer Philippine-China economic relations in particular, and on the so-called “pivot to China” in general. The wariness stems from the fact that it has a long and close relationship with United States Armed Forces. For seven decades, the US armed services and the AFP has been training and consulting each for combined combat and humanitarian operations. These military exercises have provided opportunities for the…

Indonesia mobilises fishermen in South China Sea stand-off with Beijing – South China Morning Post

Indonesia mobilises fishermen in South China Sea stand-off with Beijing  South China Morning Post Indonesia stands firm against Chinese claims in South China Sea region  Economic Times South China Sea crisis: Indonesia doubles warships amid stand off with Chinese vessels  Express.co.uk Indonesia deploys 4 additional warships to Natuna amid standoff with Chinese vessels  CNA Indonesia wants its sovereignty in South China Sea  The Star Online View full coverage on Google News Source link

Are China’s civilian satellites being used to spy on a Japanese airbase?

Photographs of a Japanese military base have been published on Chinese social media, suggesting that China’s civilian satellites are being used to gather intelligence for military purposes. Three animated GIFs were posted on microblogging platform Weibo on Thursday by an account called China Aerospace – also the name of the Chinese space programme’s main contractor. The account is not officially that of the company, but features news and videos closely related to its work. The GIFs showed planes taking off from and landing at a Japanese air force base in…