Why Europe Is Resisting Trump’s Campaign Against Huawei, China

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR Newsletter and Engagement Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curates the week’s top news and expert analysis on China. The European Union on Wednesday recommended its member states limit the involvement of “high-risk” 5G vendors like Huawei in their telecommunications infrastructure, but it did not suggest banning the Chinese company outright. The EU’s new guidelines come a day after the United Kingdom announced it would not ban Huawei from its 5G network, a serious blow to the U.S. pressure campaign against China’s telecom giant. In a package of…

Beijing keeps Japan busy scrambling jets in East China Sea

TOKYO — Japan scrambled fighter jets 523 times to intercept Chinese military aircraft between April and December, the second-highest total for the period, raising security tensions between the two countries ahead of President Xi Jinping’s state visit this spring. The 523 scrambles by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force represent a 9.9% increase on the year, data released Wednesday by the Ministry of Defense shows. Most interceptions took place over the East China Sea, home of the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands — which Beijing claims and calls the Diaoyu. As China starts to flex its military muscles…

Does China respect Philippine sovereignty?

President Duterte is seeking closer ties with China and Russia because the President believes these two countries respect Philippine sovereignty. In his interview with Russia’s RT network last Jan. 24, 2020, Mr. Duterte declared:“So if I cannot get a credible posture from the Americans, I can get it from the Russians and the Chinese government. It’s because they respect the sovereignty of the country which America is totally lacking.” Of course, Russia has no claims on Philippine territory or seas since Russia is several thousand miles away from the Philippines.…

Who Owns the Art Recovered From Shipwrecks? | Smart News

No one knows why the 15th-century trading vessel sank. The only clue to the Hoi An’s fate is a set of seeds from a fruit that grows late in monsoon season, recovered from the South China Sea alongside the remains of the ship’s cargo of more than 250,000 ceramics. “There are no reefs, and there is no evidence of a fire,” says Natasha Reichle, assistant curator of Southeast Asian art at the Asian Art Museum (AAM) in San Francisco, to artnet News’ Sarah Cascone. “One theory is that for some…

Chinese ‘Students’ Keep Getting Arrested At Key West Navy Base « Breaking Defense

Special Operators fast-roping aboard Canadian HMCS Moncton in Naval Air Station Key West’s Truman Harbor. WASHINGTON: Earlier this month, Yuhao Wang and Jielun Zhang, Chinese students at the University of Michigan, drove past a gate guard at Naval Air Station Key West after ignoring instructions to turn around, leading military police on a 30-minute chase that ended in their capture where investigators found pictures of military buildings on a camera and cell phone. The incident came just weeks after another Chinese citizen, Lyuyou Liao, was charged with unlawfully taking pictures of…

New Wine Into New Wineskins: The Evolving Role of the PLA Navy Marine Corps in Amphibious Warfare and Other Mission Areas

Editor’s Note: In February 2019, China Brief presented an article in two parts by Dennis J. Blasko and Roderick Lee, which profiled order-of-battle expansion and organizational reforms in the PLA Navy Marine Corps (The Chinese Navy’s Marine Corps, Part 1: Expansion and Reorganization and The Chinese Navy’s Marine Corps, Part 2: Chain-of-Command Reforms and Evolving Training). Here, China Brief presents another perspective that discusses the evolving roles for the PLAN Marine Corps—in terms of both amphibious operations alongside the PLA Army, as well as new missions in other environments. Introduction:…

Historical impacts of development on coral reef loss in the South China Sea

IMAGE: A coral specimen collected by the naturalist W Stimpson in 1854 in Chai Wan typhoon shelter (Victoria Harbour, HKSAR). This specimen was later used by the naturalist AE Verrill to… view more  Credit: @The University of Hong Kong New research led by The University of Hong Kong, Swire Institute of Marine Science in collaboration with Princeton University and the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry highlights the historical impacts of development on coral reef loss in the South China Sea. The findings were recently published in the journal Global Change Biology.…

Critical Technologies and Great Power Competition – The Diplomat

Advertisement Competitive dynamics between the United States and China are here to stay. Even if the Trump administration’s identification of Beijing as a “great power competitor” might not last a potential change in administrations after national elections later this year, greater friction between an increasingly ambitious Chinese government and the U.S. and its allies and partners will persist. Amid growing mutual mistrust and heightening tensions in the Asia-Pacific — from the South China Sea to the East China Sea to the Korean Peninsula — defense planners in Washington are preparing…