China admits fishing in Indonesian-claimed waters in South China Sea – South China Morning Post

China admits fishing in Indonesian-claimed waters in South China Sea  South China Morning Post South China Sea: Beijing joins forces with Philippines despite illegal fishing claims  Express.co.uk Russia’s Past Can Help Explain China’s South China Sea Strategy  The National Interest Online Talks on South China Sea COC ‘steadily moving forward’ – Chinese envoy  INQUIRER.net Why Is China Pressing Indonesia Again Over Its Maritime Claims?  World Politics Review View full coverage on Google News Source link

Commander of USS Decatur is fired – Navy

Commander of USS Decatur is fired WASHINGTON — The commander of a San Diego-based, guided-missile destroyer has been fired, the Navy announced Thursday without citing a reason why the officer was removed. Cmdr. Bob Bowen was relieved of command of the USS Decatur by Capt. Dan Cobian, the commander of Destroyer Squadron 21, who lost “confidence in his ability to command,” according to a Navy statement. Bowen had commanded the ship since April 2018, leading it through a deployment largely in the Pacific that concluded in April 2019.…

Congress wrestles with deterring China ― beyond nukes

WASHINGTON ― Days after China’s navy commissioned its biggest and most advanced surface warship yet, on a path to an estimated 420 ships by 2035, key experts told Congress the U.S. must form a new and creative strategy to deter China, beyond nuclear weapons. Addressing the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy, former Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell Director Andrew Hunter and retired Rear Adm. Michael McDevitt warned that China is on track to outpace America technologically and at sea. The three…

The Trouble With Vietnam’s Defense Strategy – The Diplomat

Advertisement After a 10 year gap, Vietnam released a new defense white paper in December. The 2019 White Paper on Vietnam National Defense outlined Vietnam’s current defense position. There is growing concern about Vietnam’s defense strategy – the country needs to have a dynamic strategy for the future that reflects its defense position in Asia. Vietnam’s position is reaching a difficult point if the country sticks with their current defense posture and wants to settle all disputes favorably. Asia is facing major geopolitical challenges due to China’s rise in power…

China rewards 11 fishermen who captured seven ‘foreign underwater spy drones’

China has held a lavish ceremony to reward 11 fishermen who were said to have discovered seven foreign underwater spy drones hidden off the country’s eastern coast.  The alleged espionage devices were captured last year and posed ‘serious threats to our national security’, the country’s state media reported. The prize for each of the fishermen ranged from tens of thousands of yuan to 500,000 yuan (£55,000), according to state newspaper Global Times, quoting online sources. Footage from a Chinese TV report shows the national security authority displaying pictures of the…

South China Sea: Beijing joins forces with Philippines despite illegal fishing claims | World | News

The exercises come after Philippines’ president Rodrigo Duterte made several visits to China seeking financial backing to allow him to further an infrastructure policy he has described as “build, build, build”. The Philippines has similar infrastructure investment needs to Indonesia which last week scrambled warships and fighter jets after China sent armed coastguard vessels into its exclusive economic zone. Jakarta’s response appeared to have repulsed the incursion but several Chinese boats have since returned to the waters near the Natuna islands. China’s sweeping territorial claims in South China Sea overlap…

BNY Mellon profit surges 67% on one-time gain

Adds details, analyst estimates Jan 16 (Reuters) – Bank of New York Mellon Corp BK.N, the world’s largest custodian bank, reported a 67% jump in quarterly profit on Thursday, helped by a one-time gain from the sale of an unspecified equity investment. The bank said fee revenue rose 26% due to the gain. Excluding that, fee revenue was flat. Like other U.S. banks that reported results this week, net interest revenue at BNY Mellon also declined. It fell 8% to $815 million as the bank earned less on interest-earning assets…

Trade deal no panacea for rocky U.S. relations with China

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – From Huawei to the South China Sea, deep political rifts between Beijing and Washington are set to persist, despite a trade relations breakthrough, as the United States pushes back against an increasingly powerful and assertive China. Relations between the world’s two largest economies have deteriorated sharply since U.S. President Donald Trump imposed punitive trade tariffs in 2018, igniting a trade war. “The broader, darkening picture is not going to be brightened much by this deal,” Bates Gill, an expert on Chinese security policy at Macquarie University in…

China And The Philippines Finally Agree To Cooperate In The South China Sea

The Chinese and Philippine foreign ministers sealed an agreement for the two countries to pursue joint oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea, Xinhua reports. The talks between the two countries on the South China Sea’s oil and gas potential and how to exploit it have been going on for years. An agreement has been difficult to reach, however, mostly because of China’s territorial claims to the basin, which cover nearly the entirety of it. Even so, earlier this year, the presidents of China and the Philippines reached…

Don’t be a self-centred, mercantilist and disruptionist power

At the Raisina Dialogue, the Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar pointing out that India is not a ‘disruptionist power’ at the world stage and it should not be a self-centred or a mercantilist.  He, in fact, was indicating that China, which of late has been destroying the strategic balance and behaving like a mercantilist power by indulging in its debt trap game plan under the Belt Road Initiative (BRI), should desist from such sinister activities.  Such remarks have been made in the backdrop of continuing Chinese aggressive activities…