Is Kim-Jong-Un Dead? Reports Suggest Kim Could Be In A Vegetative State

Is Kim-Jong-Un dead? Is the North Korean dictator – Kim-Jong-un who did not blink an eye during his confrontational meeting with US President Donald Trump still alive?  US Starts Reporting Poisoning Cases After Trump Suggests Injecting Disinfectants For Treating COVID-19 Japanese media, citing the medical team treating North Korean leader Kim Jong-un claim that the North Korean leader could be in a vegetative state. The Chinese delegation including a senior member of the Chinese Communist party’s international liaison department sent a team to North Korea including medical experts to check…

China Coast Guard Increases Presence at Scarborough Shoal

The China Coast Guard deployed three ships to the Scarborough Shoal on Tuesday, days after China announced a ban on fishing there and at other disputed parts of the South China Sea, ship-tracking software shows. Scarborough Shoal is contested by China and the Philippines. While it is not uncommon for China Coast Guard (CCG) ships to patrol near disputed islands and reefs, the simultaneous presence of three CCG ships at one location often coincides with a more intense pressure campaign or providing an escort for another Chinese mission at sea.…

New order in US-China relations

Chinese Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai (崔天凱) has said that the two countries need to look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic controversy and undertake “a serious rethinking of the very foundations of this important relationship.” The next day, US President Donald Trump reportedly said: “I’m getting tired of China.” Neither Cui nor Trump elaborated. The Chinese emissary knows that the Trump administration has upended “the very foundations” of US-China relations, from trade, to Taiwan, to the East and South China Seas, to human rights. Under the least-ominous interpretation, he was…

Up For A New Cold War With China? | News, Sports, Jobs

Is America, in lockdown, with 26 million unemployed and entering a new depression, up for a confrontation and Cold War with China? For that appears to be where the GOP wishes to lead us. According to Politico, a 57-page memo from Mitch McConnell’s senatorial committee instructs GOP candidates to blame the coronavirus pandemic on China, commit to stand up to China, end U.S. dependence on Chinese manufacturing and tell voters “my opponent is soft on China.” “China is not an ally, and they’re not just a rival — they are…

China warns UK ‘attacks from MPs’ could ‘poison relations’ | London Business News

The Chinese Ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming has hit out at British MPs over “attacking” China over the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday Xiaoming told China-Britain Business Council webinar that the comments will “poison UK-China relations” over “unchecked” comments. The Chinese Ambassador said, “Such talks are a political virus. “If they go unchecked, they’ll poison UK-China relations and even international solidarity. “We must stay on high alert and say no to these remarks.” Xiaoming told the webinar that the coronavirus outbreak in China is “under control” and the economy has…

Free rein for China’s navy as virus halts US ships

China’s navy has been flexing its muscles by conducting drills and sending its two aircraft carriers through the Taiwan Strait, into the South China Sea and the Pacific as the US and Taiwanese navies struggle with coronavirus outbreaks aboard their ships. The Liaoning and Shandong, China’s two aircraft carriers, were both on active deployment during most of March and April, staging drills and making voyages that covered staggering distances across the nation’s claimed territorial waters and the high seas. The Liaoning, the first carrier in the People’s Liberation Army Navy…

US Will Either Have To Leave The Middle-East Or Dare To Fight Iran: OpEd

The United States faces a stark choice in the Middle East if it continues its maximum pressure campaign against Iran: confront the Islamic republic militarily or withdraw from the region. Trita Parsi, Executive Vice President of the Quincy Institute in Washington and a former head of the National Iranian American Council, recently drew that harsh conclusion. No doubt, Mr. Parsi may be correct in the ultimate analysis. US-Iranian tensions could easily spin out of control into an all-out war that neither Iran nor the United States wants. There are, however,…

China blasts US Navy proposal for South China Sea privateers

Beijing is crying foul after writers at a US Navy-connected think tank proposed a return to the 18th century, reviving the ancient practice of awarding privateers letters of marque to prey on foreign vessels. The proposal aims to turn the tide in the contested South China Sea against numerically superior Chinese maritime fleets. In the April edition of its magazine Proceedings, two writers at the US Naval Institute, a nonprofit group connected to the US Naval Academy, floated the idea of Congress issuing letters of marque to private ships, authorising…

Seven Voyages of Zheng He

Perhaps it is odd that China’s greatest seafarer was raised in the mountains. The future admiral Zheng He was born around 1371 to a family of prosperous Muslims. Then known as Ma He, he spent his childhood in Mongol-controlled, landlocked Yunnan Province, located several months’ journey from the closest port. When Ma He was about 10 years old, Chinese forces invaded and overthrew the Mongols; his father was killed, and Ma He was taken prisoner. It marked the beginning of a remarkable journey of shifting identities that this remarkable man…

Amid pandemic, US, China rival in the South China Sea

ANKARA At a time when the world is struggling to contain the global coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic, US and China are engaged in military maneuvers in the South China Sea, a marginal sea of the Pacific Ocean encompassing an area around 3.5 million square kilometers (1.4 million square miles). One of the world’s busiest waterways, the South China Sea, is subjected to several overlapping territorial disputes involving China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Brunei. The dispute has now emerged as a flashpoint in China-US relations in Asia. In the…