The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Pushing U.S.-China Relations to New Lows

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR Newsletter and Engagement Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curates the week’s top news and expert analysis on China. In the latest sign of an escalating campaign in Washington to pin the blame for the coronavirus pandemic on China, President Donald Trump’s administration is weighing aggressive economic action against Beijing. Facing criticism for his disastrous response to COVID-19 in the U.S., Trump has elevated China to the forefront of his reelection bid, claiming that it bears all responsibility for the coronavirus outbreak and the economic devastation it has…

Amid COVID–19, India’s Modi and Australia’s Morrison Plan Virtual Prime Ministerial Summit – The Diplomat

Flashpoints | Diplomacy The Indian and Australian leaders are expected to “meet” virtually soon. There’s no shortage of important topics to cover, especially related to China. Advertisement In a first, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning to host a virtual bilateral “summit” meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. While the date for the meeting has not been announced, an Indian news report said that it will be soon. The Australian prime minister was initially scheduled to travel to India in January, but that had to be postponed due to the…

China Vows To Brutally Crush Hong-Kong Protesters

The tensions between China and Taiwan, so the called break-away province of the PRC, are soaring. Taiwan is vehemently backed by the US and other western and regional powers, while China has vowed the re-merge the region with the mainland. As the tensions between China and Taiwan escalate, the US has deployed B-1 strategic bombers on its Pacific territory of Guam. This move comes in the backdrop of increased Chinese activities near the Strait of Taiwan and the South China Sea. The deployment of B-1 strategic bombers brings a major…

Gen. Jack Keane: US has ’10-year hole’ to dig out of in dealing with China threat

The United States has a “10-year hole” to dig out of in its dealings with China, Gen. Jack Keane stated Wednesday. Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with host Brian Kilmeade, Keane applauded the Trump administration for taking a tougher stance in its relations with Beijing. “We’ve identified it as a long-term strategic threat to the American people. We don’t regard them as a friend. They’re not just a competitor. They’re not just a country that at times we should cooperate with,” he remarked. LAWYERS IN CLASS-ACTION AGAINST CHINA CLAIM TO PRESENT TIMELINE EVIDENCE OF…

Coronavirus Casts Deep Chill Over U.S.-China Relations

Relations between the U.S. and China, strained for years, have deteriorated at a rapid clip in recent months, leaving the two nations with fewer shared interests and a growing list of conflicts. The Trump administration has moved to involve much of the U.S. government in a campaign that includes investigations, prosecutions and export restrictions. Nearly every cabinet and cabinet-level official either has adopted adversarial positions or jettisoned past cooperative programs with Beijing, an analysis of their policies showed. … Source link

Japan-Based Carrier USS Ronald Reagan is Underway as SECDEF Warns of Chinese Military Moves in South China Sea

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), Japan on April 25, 2020. US Navy Photo The U.S. aircraft carrier forward deployed to Japan is back at sea for trials after its annual repair period and ahead of its spring patrol in the Western Pacific, USNI News has learned. USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) left on Monday from its berth in Yokosuka following an extended quarantine period for the crew of the carrier, as well as its escorts, as part of the Navy’s attempts to keep the COVID-19 virus…

31st MEU maintains presence in South China Sea > United States Marine Corps Flagship > News Display

SOUTH CHINA SEA — The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted Marine Air-Ground Task Force full mission profile rehearsals, aerial reconnaissance, and simulated close-air support while maintaining a presence in the South China Sea aboard amphibious assault ship USS America, April 17-24, 2020. During one evolution, the MEU conducted a combat mission rehearsal with two rifle companies from the MEU’s Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, going through the process of mustering the assault force with full combat load in the hangar bay of the America, test-firing weapons, and embarking…

Aggressive behaviour by China in South China Sea: US Defense Secretary

WASHINGTON: The Chinese Army is indulging in aggressive behaviour in the South China Sea and the Chinese Communist Party has ramped up its disinformation campaign to try to shift the blame on coronavirus and burnish its image, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday. “While the Chinese Communist Party ramps up its disinformation campaign to try to shift blame and burnish its image, we continue to see aggressive behaviour by the PLA in the South China Sea, from threatening a Philippine Navy ship to sinking a Vietnamese fishing boat…

Raging at China over coronavirus won’t help – scrutinising our own governments might | Sam Geall | Opinion

He was once fearful of endangering the country’s deep economic relationship with China, but the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, has now begun to campaign for an international inquiry into the Covid-19 outbreak. The call comes amid claims from the Trump administration that China covered up a laboratory leak in Wuhan, or even released the novel coronavirus on purpose. The tenor of debate in the United States gives an indication of the stakes. The Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson – a favourite of the president – has been drawing on…

Momentum Builds for Military Funds to Blunt China’s Pacific Ambitions

Momentum is building in Congress to funnel more money into the Pacific Command theater in order to blunt China’s ambitions for regional military dominance. A similar scheme, worth around $3 to 4 billion per year, swung into place in Europe after Russia invaded Crimea back in 2014, when politicians were keen to send a message to Vladamir Putin and his “little green men.” Since then, Russia has been replaced by China as America’s number one official military adversary. “The current U.S. National Defense Strategy prioritizes the U.S. abilities to counter…