World Briefs: Thai opposition figure faces criminal charges, World News & Top Stories

Thai opposition figure faces criminal charges BANGKOK • Thailand’s Election Commission yesterday said it would file criminal charges of breaching electoral law against Mr Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the now-defunct Future Forward Party, in its latest salvo against the former anti-junta politician. REUTERS China slams US over warship sail-by BEIJING • Beijing yesterday accused the United States of a “provocative” act by sending a warship into disputed territorial waters in the South China Sea. The USS McCampbell missile destroyer sailed near the Paracel Islands on Tuesday without authorisation, according to…

Trump and Modi Don’t Shape U.S.-India Ties Alone

When it comes to pure political theater, few can match Donald Trump and Narendra Modi. But during their recent encounter in New Delhi, the U.S. president and Indian prime minister were upstaged by the avoidable tragedy unfolding across town. In the Indian capital’s worst communal violence in decades, clashes between Hindus and Muslims left over 50 people dead and injured more than 200. At least some local police, who fall under federal jurisdiction, failed to protect residents or even incited rioters. The calamity thrust upon the U.S. president a difficult test of how to react while…

U.S. ‘looking at’ CalPERS holdings in Chinese defense firms -top White House official

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is “looking at” investments in Chinese military companies by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien said on Wednesday. O’Brien’s comments come amid tensions between the United States and China over a host of issues running from disputes over trade and U.S. charges of massive Chinese espionage to Beijing’s defense build up and its establishment of military outposts on disputed islands in the South China Sea. “It’s something we are looking at,” O’Brien responded when asked at the conservative…

US Carrier Visit to Vietnam Marks Growing Ties – The Diplomat

Advertisement A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. U.S. Carrier Visit to Vietnam Marks Growing Security Ties  The USS Theodore Roosevelt made the second-ever visit by a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group to Vietnam to mark 25 years of diplomatic relations and growing security ties between the former Cold…

Water Wars: Duterte Disdains Detente, Departs Defense Deal

On Feb. 11, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his intent to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that governs the legal status of U.S. military personnel on short-term deployments in the Philippines and sets consistent parameters for U.S. military personnel’s in-country operations. Duterte has long harbored suspicions about the U.S. military presence in his country and claimed a day prior to the announcement that the U.S. was using its presence in the Philippines to secretly store nuclear weapons. The U.S. and the Philippines originally signed the VFA in 1998; it…

China embraces UUVs in undersea warfare

The challenge of undersea warfare has never been the forte of the Chinese navy.  Once reliant on the imported Russian Kilo-class diesel submarines, the Middle Kingdom’s nuclear subs are considered noisy, with their “boomers” [Jin class SSBNs] only recently taking up an actual “deterrent patrol.” Now that the era of the robot submarine and unmanned surface ship is nearly upon us, Chinese naval strategist have stated explicitly that they intend to boost their strength in submarine warfare by cultivating undersea AI and by developing UUVs (Unmanned Undersea Vehicles), according to a special report from Lyle…

PH note verbale on China’s response legally significant, expert says

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Joe Biden & China: He Takes Its Side, Reliably

U.S Vice President Joe Biden gave a speech during his joint business leader breakfast at The St. Regis Beijing hotel in Beijing December 5, 2013. (Lintao Zhang/Reuters) Unlike many other Democrats, he takes its side, reliably. The Democratic Party has always been weak on national security when it comes to China. But some credit is due when it comes to China’s atrocious human-rights record and its theft of American jobs. For a generation, prominent Democrats loudly criticized Beijing on these fronts, well before Donald Trump helped form a new national…

SURTASS: How Japan, US ‘wolfpacks’ can now seek Chinese submarines in the Ocean, World News

China is the top ship-producing nation in the world “The PLAN is augmenting its littoral warfare capabilities, especially in the South China Sea and East China Sea, with high-rate production of the JIANGDAO-class corvettes (FFL) (Type 056),” the report claimed. “More than 40 of these corvettes entered service by the end of 2018, and more than a dozen more are currently under construction or outfitting,” the Defense Department report said. The report also explicitly stated that China is the top ship-producing nation in the world by tonnage, increasing its shipbuilding capacity…