China has made World War 3 more likely today than it has been generations, experts warn

BEIJING’S military build-up in the contested South China Sea may eventually spark World War 3, say concerned experts. International observers say the chances of a full-scale conflict are more likely over the next decade than “in generations.” 4 China has been busy building up power in the region in a bid to oust the dominance of the US NavyCredit: Reuters Australian National University Professor John Blaxland said although there are always tensions between rival nations things are now approaching breaking point. The academic said: “There is a gnawing sense that…

Coronavirus outbreak: Mongolia closes China border

The government of Mongolia said Monday it has closed its large border with China, and Malaysia announced that it would bar visitors from the Chinese province at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak after medical officials warned its ability to spread was growing. The ban makes both nations the second and third countries to close its border with China, following North Korea. Malaysian officials said they would halt the issue of visas for Chinese travelers from Wuhan, where the virus was first reported last month, and surrounding areas. The decision was made after consultations with experts and…

Adventure Detours in the World’s Most Visited Cities

A recent report from Euromonitor International, a UK-based market-research group, revealed the 100 most visited cities in the world last year. Major Asian hubs such as Hong Kong, Bangkok, Macau, and Singapore dominated the list, taking seven of the top-ten spots, while European and Middle Eastern metro areas followed. Many travelers have used these cities as stopovers en route to more adventure-filled final destinations, but we’re here to tell you that you don’t need to make onward connections to find what you’re looking for—these bustling urban centers have plenty of action-packed detours within an hour…

South China Sea conflict ‘close to brink’ as Beijing ‘expands regional military presence’ | World | News

John Blaxland of the Australian National University (ANU) gives a stark warning that, “there is a gnawing sense that this decade may see us get closer to the brink than in generations”. Conflict in the region has been escalated because of two factors according to Professor John Blaxland of the ANU. Professor Blaxland writes that China’s President Xi Jinping is struggling to maintain China’s rise in the face of a shrinking population and decelerating economy. This, coupled with “an inclination to project blame on others using the ‘century of humiliation’…

What Would Ending the US-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement Actually Do? – The Diplomat

Advertisement Last week, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte issued a threat to cancel the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, the latest of a series of threats regarding the alliance Duterte has made since taking office in 2016. While specifics are still unclear as to if and when this termination will actually play out in practice, it is nonetheless worth considering what its nixing would actually mean for the U.S-Philippine alliance and wider dynamics in the Indo-Pacific. As I have observed before in these pages and elsewhere, the U.S.-Philippine…

China extends holiday to fight virus

BEIJING (AP) — China today expanded its sweeping efforts to contain a deadly virus, extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection as the death toll rose to 81. Mongolia closed its vast border with China, and Hong Kong and Malaysia  announced they would bar entry to visitors from the Chinese province at the center of the outbreak following a warning by medical officials that the virus’s ability to spread was growing. Travel agencies were ordered to cancel group tours nationwide, adding…

Mongolia closes border, China extends holiday to fight virus – World News

The Canadian Press – Jan 27, 2020 / 6:45 am | Story: 275592   China on Monday expanded its sweeping efforts to contain a deadly virus, extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection as the death toll rose to 81. Mongolia closed its vast border with China, and Hong Kong and Malaysia announced they would bar entry to visitors from the Chinese province at the centre of the outbreak following a warning by medical officials that the virus’s ability to spread…

The Next Front: China and Indonesia in the South China Sea

“There is no territorial dispute between Indonesia and China,” has been an often-heard refrain from Indonesia’s leaders for decades. But reality belies the statement. While there may be no land dispute between China and Indonesia, there certainly is a maritime one. That was made clear in December 2019 when a Chinese coast guard vessel escorted several Chinese fishing boats into waters that are within China’s self-proclaimed “nine-dash line,” but are also inside Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone near the Natuna Islands in the South China Sea. The latest incident follows a…

There is more to Asia than China | The Canberra Times

news, latest-news, One of the major uncertainties facing Australia as we progress into the 2020s is how will relations with China, the world’s largest population and second largest economy, pan out? At the moment it is fair to say that Australia is certainly not one of China’s favourites. Our public criticism of the People’s Republic of China for human rights violations, encroachment upon and militarisation of the South China Sea, alleged cyber attacks and other espionage activities and politically harassing Chinese-Australian residents – as well as our banning of Chinese…