U.S.-Japan dueling China for influence in Indo-Pacific region : The Asahi Shimbun

On a weekday afternoon, the square in front of the Kenya National Archives in the capital of Nairobi is teeming with people waiting for buses, young couples out on dates and others getting off work. Looming a few meters overhead, mushroom-like surveillance cameras are visible with the Huawei logo prominently inscribed on the equipment. The effects of China’s digital dominance are now clearly visible close in Nairobi. Since 2015, Huawei has been commissioned by the Kenyan government to install a surveillance system known as “Safe City.” The cameras are installed near…

The nation needs tanker aircraft to save islands

By Chang Feng-lin 張豐麟 According to Japan’s Kyodo news agency, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is to hold military exercises in August centering on an attack on the Pratas Islands (Dongsha Islands, 東沙群島) in the South China Sea. Taiwan’s military leaders have let it be known that, should the islands be invaded by a hostile force, the nation would respond in one of three ways: a complete withdrawal, a fight to the death or surrender. The islands became a hot topic in Taiwan overnight, but any discussion…

China using tactical situation on ground to its advantage: Pompeo

By Lalit K Jha Washington, May 31 (PTI) China is using a tactical situation on the ground to its advantage and it has been making threats, like the one that is happening on its border with India, for a long time, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. Pompeo, responding to a question on the aggressive Chinese behaviour on the Sino-India border and the South China Sea during an interview with Fox News, said that the threat posed by China is real. “The Chinese Communist Party has been…

China home-built plane in sea trials

BEIJING — China’s Defense Ministry said the navy’s only entirely home-built aircraft is carrying out sea trials to test weapons and equipment, and enhance training of the crew. Ministry spokesperson Ren Guoqiang said Friday that the exercises were being conducted as planned, apparently unaffected by the country’s coronavirus outbreak. The Shandong’s commissioning last year by Chinese President Xi Jinping underscored the country’s rise as a regional naval power at a time of tensions with the U.S. and others over trade, Taiwan and the South China Sea. It is the second…

Seas around Taiwan to be center of military movements: defense analyst

Taipei, May 31 (CNA) The seas around Taiwan, including the Miyako Strait, the Bashi Channel, the East China Sea, the South China Sea and the Philippine Sea, are expected to become the focus of increased military movements, according to a Taiwanese defense analyst. Su Tzu-yun (蘇紫雲), a senior analyst at the government-funded Institute for National Defense and Security Research, made the observation in a paper titled “U.S. Strategic Mobility in Deployment to Ensure Regional Security.” In the article, Su said the Indo-Pacific region is facing tensions from the COVID-19 pandemic…

Why the U.S. Army (of the 1800s) Would Understand China’s South China Sea Strategy

This week I had a lively back-and-forth with a Southeast Asian friend about Communist China’s latest antics in the South China Sea. To wit, imagery shows that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has taken to deploying surveillance and anti-submarine aircraft to China’s island bases in the region along with transport helicopters. My friend, an army officer, claimed not to fully grasp why China does what it does in the South China Sea because its efforts transpire at sea, not on land. He attributed his puzzlement to the disparate worldviews that…

Sonam Wangchuk Wants Indians To Defeat China Through Boycotting Chinese Goods

Sonam Wangchuk, the man who inspired Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 3 Idiots, has suggested Indians how to win a war against China, first, through Army and second, by boycotting Chinese companies. Wangchuk, a former engineer and now an education reformer, believes that boycott should be a people’s movement against China’s escalating aggression. He is urging people to “give up all Chinese software in a week, all Chinese hardware in a year”. “On one hand, our soldiers are fighting them and on the other hand, we buy Chinese hardware and use software…

A Conversation With Judith February on Political Leadership and COVID-19 in South Africa

Too often, foreign policy conversations that aim to be global in scope lack sufficient attention to African opinions and equities. By 2050, one in four people in the world will be African. From questions of war and peace, the future of capitalism, the viability of democratic governance, and the fate of the climate to the institutional architecture that facilitates international cooperation, the future should be informed by Africans. In an effort to bring a broad range of perspectives to the CFR community, Senior Fellow for Africa Studies Michelle Gavin spoke…