China‘s Response to US Hong Kong Democracy Act Shows Deep Insecurities – The Diplomat

The Debate Chipping away at Hong Kong’s status in retaliation will only vindicate the U.S. move. Advertisement It was the 10-tonne truck that China had to have seen coming. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump last week, represents a powerful demonstration of political will by U.S. lawmakers and the White House to hold Beijing to account for the erosion of the special administration region’s status under the “one country, two systems” framework. With unanimous passage in the House of Representatives…

7 in 10 Filipinos concerned about China’s military might — poll

7 in 10 Filipinos concerned about China’s military might — poll Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – December 12, 2019 – 11:30am MANILA, Philippines — Amid China’s activities in the West Philippine Sea, about seven in 10 Filipinos have expressed concern about Beijing’s growing military power, according to a Pew Research Center survey. The poll found that 71% of Filipinos said China’s growing military is a bad thing for the country while 24% of respondents said it is good. The survey released last week showed that Asia-Pacific countries, including the Philippines, are…

Island bought by Japan for $146M could be the US military’s next unsinkable aircraft carrier

The Japanese government has completed a $146million takeover of an uninhabited, three square mile island on the edge of the East China Sea which may one day be used as an unsinkable aircraft carrier for the US Navy in the event of a war in Asia. Mageshima, part of the Osumi Islands, played an important part in the Japanese military’s defense of Okinawa in the latter stages of World War II, and the island could now become a vital battleground in staving off mounting threats from Beijing. The government first…

South China Sea news: Japan sends Beijing dire warning with war ship deployment | World | News

Tokyo has revealed its plan to send a warship on a three month tour through the contested waters of the South China Sea. Reports suggest the fresh bearing of teeth comes as Beijing attempts to buff-up its claim to sovereignty over the region, of which some seven nations claim a degree of ownership. China’s increasing military presence in the sea has sparked fears among western powers, as well as Japan, who has famously tried its hand at pacifism, though now seems to be moving towards a strongman position. The US…

Air Force Keeping Up Presence Operations Over South China Sea

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, fly a 10-hour mission from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, through the South China Sea, operating with the U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104) on June 8, 2017. US Air Force Photo KUALA LUMPUR — Though they don’t get as much attention as the Navy’s, U.S. Air Force has been conducting its own regular freedom of navigation flight operations in the South China Sea, Commander of Pacific…

China backs down on international waters dispute as Beijing vows to abide by UN sea law | World | News

The move comes after a Chinese research ship was expelled by India when it was caught operating without permission in waters near Port Blair, capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Officials in Beijing posted a notice on the Foreign Ministry website warning Chinese institutions, groups and individuals aiming to conduct marine science research in other countries’ territory that they would need “an explicit statement of consent” from that country. The notice said: “Institutions or individuals must comply with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),…

Reclaiming ‘one China’ narrative – Taipei Times

The end of World War II brought the people of the former Japanese colony of Formosa no peace. Unlike all other colonial peoples who gained independence after the war, the US’ “one China” policy trapped them, in the words of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, in “political purgatory.” The policy also trapped the US in fear of a war with China. It started in 1943, when the US in the Cairo Declaration promised Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) that “Formosa shall be restored to…

‘We’re not asking people to choose between us and China’

WASHINGTON — China’s Belt and Road Initiative of lending money to countries wanting to improve their infrastructure has been a shrewd tactic of influence in the Indo-Pacific region. But allies are growing wise to the strings that are attached: political, economic or military pressure as well as risks to sovereignty. Adm. Philip Davidson, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, spoke to Defense News earlier this month in an exclusive interview during the Reagan National Defense Forum about China’s tactics and the role of the United States in supporting regional allies.…