Opinion | Trump Is Playing the China Card. Who Believes Him?

There is a long history of American presidential candidates using China as a campaign cudgel — from Bill Clinton blasting President George H.W. Bush in 1992 for dealing with a Chinese premier known as the “Butcher of Beijing” to Donald Trump’s 2016 attack that the Obama administration had allowed China to “rape” the United States while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. This election year, China-bashing will reach a new level, as Mr. Trump seeks to capitalize on high voter disapproval of China, Beijing’s failure to contain the coronavirus and…

Commentary: US-China relations were already heated. Then COVID-19 threw fuel on the flames

MELBOURNE: Even before the COVID-19 crisis upended the world, US-China relations had entered a particularly mistrustful and combative period. While the mutual antagonism predated the Trump administration – Chinese President Xi Jinping had earlier ushered in a more assertive and ambitious approach to the world and the Obama administration recognised the limits to its engagement with China – the 45th US president took things to a new level. Advertisement Advertisement In its 2017 national security strategy, the Trump administration openly stated that great power competition was the defining feature of…

USS Theodore Roosevelt returning to sea as China steps up coronavirus-era ‘harassment’ of US spy planes, ships

Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox.  Sign up here. The aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt will return to sea later this week before Memorial Day after a coronavirus outbreak sidelined the massive warship for nearly two months after more than 1,000 sailors tested positive, Navy officials said Tuesday. Since heading into port, China appears to have taken advantage of the situation and ramped up its harassment of the U.S. military and its regional allies amid the global pandemic. With the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier…

Harvesting vegetables with ‘sand-to-earth’ tech on S. China Sea island beach

Photo: Chongqing Jiaotong University Chinese navy garrisoned on an island in the Xisha Islands of the South China Sea recently harvested 1.5 tons of vegetables on sandy beaches for the first time, using technology which experts said could support communities on islands. Seven kinds of vegetables, including Pakchoi cabbage, lettuce and baby Chinese cabbage, were harvested on a “sand to earth” experimental field on Yongxing Island in Sansha city, South China’s Hainan Province, on May 12, according to a report from the Chinese navy on Tuesday. “The technology will be…

Asean morning news for May 19, 2020

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu   COVID-19 in Asean: update for May 18 — 90,000 Americans dead; local cases continue to easeAs of 00:58 GMT May 18 there was 41,443 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, a fall of nine, or -0.02 per cent, on the day prior.— AEC News Today The needs of people begin to overshadow the need for airlinesDomestic and international travel bans resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have grounded more than 66 per cent of the world’s passenger aircraft…

World War 3 fears: Australia alarmed over Beijing’s South China Sea aggression | World | News

Officials said China’s activities on man-made islands in the disputed water way and the the “coercive use” of armed China Coast Guard vessels were giving cause for concern. But they said Australian vessels and aircraft would continue their operations in the region and support other nations which were doing the same. Australian high commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell said all territorial disputes needed to be settled in accordance with international law and warned acts of coercion could lead to escalation. His comments come in the wake of increased Chinese aggression…

China deploys new anti-submarine aircraft on patrol mission in South China Sea – Financial News

The Taiwan media has reported the Chinese Navy has deployed AEW, anti-submarine aircraft on South China Sea´s Yongshu Reef on a patrol mission in the Chinese People´s Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command, the news source said. China has deployed a similar aircraft, together with an AEW aircraft, on a disputed reef in the South China Sea. Recent foreign satellite images suggest that China has deployed early warning aircraft and anti-submarine aircraft on the Yongshu Reef in the South China Sea amid increased US military activities in the region, as…

China turns aggressive on global stage ahead of Congress

BEIJING — China is straining its relations with the rest of the world, taking a hardline stance against countries questioning its role in the spread of the new coronavirus and ratcheting up tensions in the South China and East China seas. The aggressive posture is partially meant for a domestic audience in the leadup to the National People’s Congress, which starts on Friday. But it is also meant to signal the nation of 1.4 billion people intends to make its presence felt in global affairs and that its naval ambitions…

President Ho Chi Minh and his ideas about the world peace

The world would be celebrating the 130th birth Anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh on May 19th ,2020. He was named as Nguyen Sinh Cung after his birth inHoang Tru in Central Vietnam but adopted Ho Chi Minh (“Ho the Enlightened One”) as his name in early 1940s. He aspired for collective consciousness and loyalty to the nation. He proposed independence within society rather than independence of each individual. President Ho Chi Minh was one of the strong supporters of Asian unity, and in one of the messages send to…

China To Hold Massive Invasion Drill Simulating Capture Of Taiwan Island

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), concerned over a growing U.S. military presence in the South China Sea, is planning a military drill off Hainan Island in August. The drill, described as a large-scale landing drill, is a practice run for a possible attempt by the PLA to capture Pratas Island, a Taiwanese-held island located about halfway between Hainan and Taiwan. Pratas is called Dongsha Island by the Chinese and is home to a small airfield used mainly by the Taiwanese military. Its position is about 200 miles (320 km) off…