Taiwan’s self-determination | Inquirer Opinion

There was a time when the principle of self-determination animated countries seeking to step out of the shadows of colonialism. Wars of independence were waged against powerful empires, movements ironically inspired by ideas originating from the European capitals that colonized them. In a time when economies have become interdependent on a massive level, a global integration unprecedented in history, small countries like Taiwan get shoved to the sidelines by nations eager to please the rising hegemon that is China. The United States, wanting to get its foot into the door…

US Warship Fries Drone With Powerful New Laser « Breaking Defense

USS Portland (LPD 27) fires a Solid State Laser in the Pacific on May 16. WASHINGTON: In a first, the USS Portland took down a target drone with a new solid state laser this week, the first step in the Navy’s quest to get the powerful weapon on more ships in the future. The shot from the San Antonio-class landing platform ship tested out what’s known as the Technology Maturation Laser Weapon System Demonstrator, or LWSD, which has been aboard the ship for several months. The May 16 test, announced…

Reflections on India’s Foreign Affairs Strategy

I had the opportunity earlier this week to take part in a fascinating webinar discussion, hosted by Brookings India, on India’s foreign policy strategy. The anchor for the conversation was a new paper by Ambassador Shivshankar Menon, who served as national security advisor (NSA) (and foreign secretary prior to that) in the previous Indian government. His paper, “India’s Foreign Affairs Strategy,” walks through a logical progression of Indian national interests and priorities on the path to get there. Foremost among these priorities, in Ambassador Menon’s view, has been and should…

PH files 2 diplomatic protests vs Chinese aggression in West Philippine Sea

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines has lodged two diplomatic protests against China’s aggression in the West Philippine Sea, accusing China of violating international law and Philippine sovereignty. @DFAPHL we worked on this the whole day. And that is all that will be said on it because diplomatic notes are strictly confidential between the two states parties. Period. https://t.co/cTXv4W9T9z — Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) April 22, 2020 “At 5:17 p.m. today, the Chinese Embassy received two diplomatic protests: 1. on the pointing of a radar gun at a Philippine Navy ship in PH…

China in the global spotlight as its annual political congress gets underway

The huge and highly choreographed set piece of the Chinese political calendar got underway Friday with around 3,000 Communist Party officials and military delegates descending on Beijing. Officials who donned face masks and have been tested for the coronavirus filled the Great Hall of the People — built under Mao Zedong — as party leaders hold court amid the pandemic to pass major legislation for the year ahead. The 13th National People’s Congress is predominantly an economic affair, with China setting its target for gross domestic product growth in the…

China runs roughshod in South China Sea

Hong Kong, May 21 (ANI): As dozens of nations have united to request a World Health Organization (WHO) international investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, something that will stick in the proud gullet of China, Beijing continues to throw its weight around elsewhere. One place seeing more than its fair share of Chinese belligerence is the South China Sea. The China Coast Guard (CCG), the People’s Liberation Army and other government agencies have not slackened their efforts to make the South China Sea their own and to enforce…

China’s ‘Wolf Warriors’ abandon diplomatic niceties

But that all changed in mid-July, 2016, after an international tribunal ruled against China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. A select group of journalists was invited into the embassy for an on-the-record briefing with two visiting foreign policy academics about why the ruling was wrong and Australia should butt out of the dispute. A foreign embassy asking journalists to meet visiting officials is unremarkable – the Americans have been doing it for years– but it was a marked change for the Chinese and the start of a more…

CNOOC starts up latest Penglai platform offshore China

Offshore staff HONG KONG – CNOOC has brought onstream the Penglai 19-3 oilfield area 4 adjustment/Penglai 19-9 oilfield phase II project in the Bohai region of the South China Sea. The Penglai 19-3/19-9 oilfields are in an average water depth of 28 m (92 ft). CNOOC has added a new wellhead platform which will be connected to 47 wells, comprising 30 producers, 16 water injectors and a combined development/appraisal well. Production will head to existing processing facilities in the area, with output set to build to a peak of around…

B-1B Lancers conduct mission in South China Sea

B-1B Lancers conduct mission in South China Sea A 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancer flies over Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, May 19, 2020. The 9th EBS and other units assigned to the 7th Bomb Wing from Dyess AFB, Texas, are deployed to Guam as part of a Bomber Task Force to support Indo-Pacific Command operations in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman River Bruce) Source link

China Uses the Pandemic to Take Hong Kong’s Autonomy

The pandemic has helped accelerate growing bipartisanship in Washington around a more hawkish approach to China. And successive administrations have stated, though hardly fully articulated or implemented, goals of shifting focus, particularly in defense, to counter China. Beijing’s unabated aggression, diplomatic stumbles, and poor early response to the emergence of the coronavirus would seem, then, to provide an opportune moment for the U.S. to assert itself, but American actions have gotten an uneven reception in the region. Read: The pandemic’s geopolitical aftershocks are coming When the U.S. sent ships to…