China is its own worst enemy

New Delhi – The global backlash against China over its culpability for the international spread of the deadly coronavirus from Wuhan has gained momentum in recent weeks. And China itself has added fuel to the fire, as exemplified by its recent legal crackdown on Hong Kong. From implicitly seeking a political quid pro quo for supplying other countries with protective medical gear, to rejecting calls for an independent international inquiry into the virus’s origins until a majority of countries backed such a probe, the bullying tactics of President Xi Jinping’s…

China warning: MoD insider fears UK nuclear deterrent ‘can’t stop Beijing expansion’ | World | News

Last week, China revealed details of a sweeping law it plans to impose on Hong Kong to override the territory’s “one country, two systems” status, in a move that experts say will effectively end the territory’s autonomy. Beijing has made it clear it wants new security legislation passed since huge pro-democracy protests plunged Hong Kong into its deepest turmoil since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997, but the legislation is set to place further strain on relationships with the West. Tensions have soared in recent weeks after US President Donald Trump…

To Compete With Russia and China at Sea, Think Small

Great power competition requires more than preparing for great power conflict. No other navy comes close to the sheer number of aircraft carriers, cruisers, and destroyers in the U.S. fleet, but when it comes to smaller vessels like frigates and corvettes, the United States is far outnumbered by China and Russia. And being top-heavy is not good for stability in today’s power dynamics. For the last few years, the U.S. Navy has been engaged in great power competition, ostensibly on many levels. At one end of the spectrum, this means deterring…

Coronavirus pandemic threatens new ‘Cold War’ between U.S. and China

CLOSE The new White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany used her first press briefing at the White House to double down on China’s role in the coronavirus pandemic. (May 1) AP Domestic WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has accused China of a coronavirus cover-up, suggested the government may have allowed the disease to spread, and threatened to extract a “substantial” price from Beijing for the pandemic. Chinese officials have charged the Trump administration with willful ignorance, dangerous mismanagement and even attempted “blackmail.” The near-daily bomb-throwing between Washington and Beijing has alarmed national…

AFP’s chief administrator is new commander of WesCom » Manila Bulletin News

Published May 26, 2020, 3:22 PM By Martin Sadongdong Lieutenant General Erickson Gloria on May 26, Tuesday, relinquished his post as The Deputy Chief of Staff (TDCS) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as he is set to take on a new role as the commander of the Western Command (WesCom). Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) (MANILA BULLETIN) General Felimon Santos Jr., AFP Chief of Staff, presided over the Change of Chief Office ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City with Lt. Gen. Antonio Ramon Lim, erstwhile…

Sea Control 178 – Lawfare at Sea with Dr. Jill Goldenziel

By Jared Samuelson Dr. Jill Goldenziel (@jillgoldenziel) joins me (@jwsc03) to discuss the origins and types of lawfare, lawfare at sea, how the Chinese are using lawfare in the South China Sea, and what the U.S. can do to fight back. Download Sea Control 178 – Lawfare at Sea with Dr. Jill Goldenziel Links Jared Samuelson is the Senior Producer of the Sea Control Podcast. Contact him at seacontrol@cimsec.org. Like this: Like Loading… Related featured Source link

COVID-19 Adds a New Dimension to an Undeclared Third World War

Key Points The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the devastating potential of viruses as a weapon of mass destruction. The strategic competition among major powers has already pushed the world into an undeclared “Third World War” with changed dimensions and instruments of warfare. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the intensity, dimension and trajectory of an undeclared Third World War and, in its aftermath, could possibly bring about a change in the global order. Summary In a global tug of war, the COVID-19 pandemic has added a new dimension to the global…

Vietnamese leaders, citizens cannot pussyfoot around Chinese aggression and transgression

Dang Hung Vo The rented forests were soon barricaded and hidden from the public’s eyes. It happened about 10 years ago. However, the news soon disappeared from the front pages. At first, I joined the agitated crowd, worrying for Vietnam’s security. Later, as the crowd became disinterested, I remained anxious, contemplating the nation’s immediate and long-term interests. In theory, Vietnamese laws pay great attention to ensuring the nation’s security and defense while utilizing all investments in our natural resources. Therefore, all investment projects relating to natural resources like forests are legally…

Take conflict to a place Beijing is worried about

South China Sea (Representational image) | Photo: www.pacom.mil Text Size: A- A+ How should India respond to another surge in Chinese transgressions at several places along our Himalayan frontiers? Over the past 15 years or so, strategic analysts have recommended two diametrically opposite approaches. The first, advocated by sober defence traditionalists and by hawks, is that we should hold the line along the Himalayas and escalate the conflict if we have to. They point out that Indian troops enjoy favourable positions in many places, and our strength has been bolstered over…

China’s bold military move against US

Chairman Xi Jinping has lost patience. His nation’s economy is suffering. COVID-19 has strained the seams of his credibility. He needs a win. So he’s doing what strongmen do best – upping the military ante. Both of Beijing’s new aircraft carriers are deploying together for the first time. They’ve been warming up in the secure Yellow Sea. Soon, they’ll be headed south. The People’s Liberation Army navy (PLAN) Liaoning and Shandong are engaged in combat readiness training in the tightly controlled Bohai Bay. It’s just the second week of an…