Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s Regular Press Conference on April 7, 2020

Global Times: The Spectator USA published an article on its website on April 5, saying that China is making Italy buy coronavirus supplies that it had donated to Beijing earlier. However, an Italian journalist found it was fake news after investigation. The author of the article put forward the claim that “China forced Italy to buy its medical donation back” based on hearsay and unverifiable third-hand information. What’s your comment on that? Zhao Lijian: China and Italy are friends and important cooperative partners. During the difficult time of China’s fight…

Water Wars: Coronavirus Spreads Risk of Conflict around the South China Sea

Washington and Beijing are using their militaries to signal that neither is letting down its guard on Taiwan and the South China Sea during the coronavirus pandemic. Soon after Taiwan’s Vice President-elect William Lai Ching-te visited the United States in early February, People’s Republic of China (PRC) military aircraft crossed the dividing line in the Taiwan Strait into Taiwan’s airspace two days in a row. The incursions included Chinese H-6 bombers, J-11 fighter jets and KJ-500 early warning aircraft. Taiwan responded by scrambling F-16s to shadow the Chinese aircraft out…

Asian Insider, April 7: Trump’s call to Modi; Ramadan in solitude; China developers race for bargains, Asia News & Top Stories

Hi all, In today’s bulletin: India eases export restrictions on an anti-malaria drug after a call from President Donald Trump, Indonesia urges Muslims to mark Ramadan at home, key food prices surge, Chinese developers begin chasing real estate deals, scammers try selling the world’s largest statue, and more. Reading this on the web or know someone who might enjoy receiving Asian Insider? Our sign-up page is here. TRUMP’S CALL TO MODI FOR AN ANTI-MALARIA DRUG, AS A COVID-19 REMEDY Can hydroxychloroquine, a drug used for malaria and autoimmune disorders, be used…

Navy secretary apologizes for calling fired captain ‘stupid’ | PA Power and Policy: Pennsylvania State News

FILE – In this Dec. 15, 2019, file photo, U.S.Navy Capt. Brett Crozier, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), addresses the crew during an all hands call on the ship’s flight deck while conducting routine training in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet visited the leadership of the USS Theodore Roosevelt in Guam, where the aircraft carrier is being cleaned after an outbreak of COVID-19 among its crew. The ship’s commander, Capt. Crozier, was fired for going outside of the…

China’s AG600 airplane prepped for sea tests

China will soon have a large amphibious airplane that will capable of covering all of the South China Sea, The Global Times reported. The AG600 is preparing in Hubei Province to conduct its first maritime test flight this year as planned, despite the novel coronavirus epidemic, officials said. The AG600 is undergoing status adjustment and design optimization in Jingmen, Hubei, as all members of its development team at state-owned Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC) have returned to work after the epidemic in the province began to ease, China Central…

Fossil Fuels Add to World’s Marine Dead Zones

Cutting out coal-burning and other sources of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from heavy industry, electricity production and traffic will reduce the size of the world’s dead zones along coasts where all fish life is vanishing because of a lack of oxygen. Researchers in Hong Kong report in the journal Environmental Science & Technology that cutting fossil fuel use in China would benefit not only the climate but also the fisheries along all the country’s coasts. The finding is significant because many countries concerned about the loss of their coastal and lake…

Coronavirus, Trump, China – Loveland Reporter-Herald

Trump mismanages virus The president must be held accountable for mismanaging the coronavirus pandemic. In 2017, the Obama administration presented Trump officials with a 69-page document of recommendations for government response to a pandemic. In 2018, the committee within the National Security Council responsible for global health security was disbanded, and team leader Admiral Ziemer’s position was eliminated. In 2018, the CDC funding for staff helping other countries to prevent epidemics was canceled for 39 of 49 countries, including China. On Jan.3, 2020, Secretary Azar was alerted regarding the virus…

Geopolitical jockeying in a time of pandemic

You might think a global pandemic and the worst crisis since World War Two would lead to a welcome, if temporary tamping down of military activity in already tense and contested environments. Yet even as the novel coronavirus ravages the world, old fashioned geopolitical jousting continues in Asia, reminding us that the passing phase of COVID-19 will simply return much of the world to the status quo ante of great power competition. In a strange way, the ongoing military activities and geopolitical jockeying of China and the United States in…

China urges US to prioritize domestic COVID-19 fight

ANKARA China urged the United States to focus on its domestic fight against deadly coronavirus Tuesday as it alleged Washington continues to violate its sovereignty. “While China is helping others in our fight against the pandemic, the U.S. is sending aircraft and vessels frequently to the South China Sea, violating China’s sovereignty,” the country’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told a news conference in Beijing. China regards the entire South China Sea as its own and that has triggered tensions in the region. Taiwan, which China calls a “breakaway province,”…

Seeing Red: China Using Covid-19 for Overseas Advantage

China is already under scrutiny for its role in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic around the world, after the virus originated within its borders. But now, just as the virus reaches its peak in the U.S., the Chinese are reportedly looking to gain a strategic advantage in the contested South China Sea, increasing military drills and energy exploration there in recent days. Rodger Baker, senior analyst at the geopolitical intelligence firm Stratfor, believes China’s behavior in that area bears watching. “The Chinese are looking at the United States and…