No single answer for Australia’s China dilemma

Longer term, Australia must hope that its feuding partners can find a new equilibrium, a competitive coexistence. If they can’t, Australian strategists see a range of options. The realists say that the raw power in Asia is now in different hands. We must learn to pick our fights, while investing in porcupine-like defences. The multilateralists say Australia can build Indo-Pacific alliances to counterweigh China even without the US. In truth there is no single answer to this dilemma. Australia will continue to do all those things at once. For now,…

Chinese Military Base In The Indian Ocean Near Maldives To Complete ‘String Of Pearls’ Around India?

Chinese military base near the Maldives in the Indian ocean could soon turn into a reality if the latest developments are to be believed. A military base by arch-foe China in the Indian Ocean region near the Maldives could further cement the Indian concern over ‘string of pearls”, insists experts talking to the EurAsian Times. Chinese Military Base In The Pacific Near Australia Could Be A Nightmare For The US & Allies For India, the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and the countries located in the region including the Maldives are…

Navy P-8 With Secretive Radar Pod Surveils Massive Chinese Naval Base In South China Sea

A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft flew a route close to China’s Hainan Island in the South China Sea, which is home to a massive People’s Liberation Army Navy base, earlier today. This particular aircraft is one of a small subset of the service’s Poseidon fleet that is configured to carry a shadowy radar system known as the AN/APS-154 Advanced Airborne Sensor. On May 15, 2020, online plane spotter and Twitter user Golf9 spotted the P-8A, which carries the Navy Bureau Number 169010, flying a route through the…

The 9/11 Generation is the New Greatest Generation | TheHill

I am part of the 9/11 Generation — a cross-section of younger Generation X’ers, millennials and older Generation Z’ers. Now, let’s quickly consider what the 9/11 Generation has experienced in just the last 20 years: the deadliest attack on the United States in American history, the longest war in American history, the highest unemployment rate and the two largest global economic collapses since the Great Depression, the lowest oil prices in world history, and the deadliest pandemic in 103 years since the onset of the Spanish Flu in 1917. Yet, despite the fact…

China using pandemic distraction to destabilise our region: US

China is using the coronavirus pandemic as a distraction to pursue its claims over our region with “shocking new vigour”, the US ambassador to Australia has warned. While the world is focused on combating COVID-19, the Communist Party of China has taken advantage of the opportunity to “aggressively” advance its military presence in the South China Sea. Referring to China as “bullies”, Ambassador Arthur B. Culvahouse jnr issued the warning in an article published on the Defence Connect website. It comes as Australia has reportedly secured key European support for…

Will the United States Sanction China Over Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang?

Welcome to While You Weren’t Looking, Foreign Policy’s weekly newsletter focused on non-coronavirus news. Here’s what we’re watching this week: The U.S. Senate passes the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, meaning Chinese officials could be hit with U.S. sanctions; shocking violence in Afghanistan threatens to derail the fragile peace process; and Iran scales back its presence in Syria as its economic woes grow worse. If you would like to receive While You Weren’t Looking in your inbox on Fridays, please sign up here. U.S. Senate Passes Uighur Human Rights Bill…

China Marine Corps on Show in the South China Sea

Amid the recent muscle-flexing in the disputed South China Sea, one maritime drill went largely unnoticed that could be an important harbinger of China’s strategic thinking, and how its forces could project power across heavily contested waters. It involved the People’s Liberation Army Marine Corps — an arm of the Chinese military that is growing fast as the PLA develops expeditionary forces that can operate further from China’s shores. The strength of the Marine Corps, or PLANMC, has nearly tripled over the past three years to 35,000 troops, according to…

Carpio: China will continue creeping invasion by intimidation

MANILA – Retired Supreme Court Senior Justice Antonio Carpio on Friday said he does not believe China will resort to military action against the Philippines if the latter decides to be more assertive in its claims in the West Philippine Sea. In a live event on Facebook, Carpio said China’s ongoing “gameplan” is to “intimidate” the Philippines and other claimant countries by enhancing its capability in the West Philippine Sea, or popularly known as the South China Sea.  But Beijing may restrain itself from resorting to any military attack to…

From ‘Respect’ to ‘Sick and Twisted’: How Coronavirus Hit U.S.-China Ties

“Evil.” “Lunacy.” “Shameless.” “Sick and twisted.” China has hit back at American criticism over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic with an outpouring of vitriol as acrid as anything seen in decades. The bitter recriminations have plunged relations between China and the United States to a nadir, with warnings in both countries that the bad blood threatens to draw them into a new kind of Cold War. A cycle of tit-for-tat statements and actions is solidifying longstanding suspicions in Beijing that the United States and its allies are bent on…