China’s Military Advances Under Cover of Coronavirus

The scale of the measures the world is taking to combat coronavirus are unprecedented in human history. And we are basing these measures on the advice of a handful of experts. These measures will no doubt save lives that would have been cut short by this virus. But they are also coming at incalculable cost—to our economies, our livelihoods, our civil liberties and freedoms, our social cohesion, even mental and physical health. Granted, this particular coronavirus seems especially contagious, and it poses significant risk for people with chronic health problems.…

The Coronavirus Is Driving China and the United States Further Apart

Washington’s policy of engagement toward Beijing has been embraced, with a few bumps along the way, by eight successive U.S. presidents—an incredible record of continuity. The approach was born in 1972, when the fervently anti-communist President Richard Nixon and his national security advisor, Henry Kissinger, set off for Beijing to make a game-changing proposal: The United States and China should end their decades-long hostility by allying against the Soviet Union. As Nixon declared to Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai, whose hand former U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles had refused…

We are heading for a game-changing confrontation between China and the West

Dividing the West remains Beijing’s goal. Italy, so hard hit by the virus, has been grateful for Chinese medical supplies  after its EU partners hesitated to share their stockpiles. But even before this crisis, Rome was the major European player in China’s Belt-and-Road initiative. Once the medical emergency is over, Beijing will be in a strong position to play to Italian gratitude and the economic self-interest of a country hit so hard by the shutdown. The question which affects everyone here and in China is whether Britain will make the leap into the internet of things by using Huawei or…

As US Confronts Coronavirus Pandemic, China And Others Exploit The Threat

 When General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chief’s of Staff, announced that the U.S. wouldn’t let the cartels “get past jump street” after the Pentagon received intelligence that they were planning to exploit the coronavirus crisis, he was not just sending a message to the drug cartels, he was sending a “message to every enemy state actor across the globe that is thinking about taking advantage of this situation in the United States” amid the coronavirus outbreak, Sara A. Carter told listeners during her podcast “The Sara Carter…

As Rest of World Deals With COVID-19 Pandemic, China Ups Ante in South China Sea

While the rest of the world deals with coronavirus pandemic it started, China is moving aggressively in the hotly contested South China Sea, according to reports. China is taking advantage of the power vacuum in the area by deploying large-scale military assets to the South China Sea and conducting military drills, Asia Times reported. This comes amid mounting speculation in the media that COVID-19 may have come from a government lab in Wuhan. China is “officially celebrating strides made in exploiting disputed energy resources in the fossil fuel-rich sea,” according…

Coronavirus: Philippines President threatens to shoot citizens who disobey lockdown | World | News

The president has warned there will be zero tolerance policy for anyone who breaks the lockdown rules as the number of COVID-19 cases around the world reaches a million. Around 2,633 people in the Philippines have been confirmed of having the infection and 107 people have died. The country has 105 million people and medical officers are concerned that there will be a serious crisis if it continues to spread. Mr Duterte said: “So once again I’m telling you the seriousness of the problem and that you must listen. “My…

Natural Gas Discoveries Could Add to Chinese Claims in South China Sea

China has reportedly discovered a rare form of natural gas in the South China Sea. The substance is known as flammable ice. It is a frozen mixture of gas and water that comes from under the sea floor. China’s Xinhua News Agency reported last week that China had removed at least 861,400 cubic meters of flammable ice as part of operations that began in February. International observers say the discovery could give China a new source of energy for its 1.4 billion people and another reason to support its claims…

85% of Canadian troops ordered into isolation to prepare for COVID-19 operations – National

Nearly 60,000 of Canada’s 68,000 troops are now in isolation in advance of COVID-19 operations, Canada’s top soldier says. Many of them have been ordered to do so to be ready to deploy across Canada to assist civil authorities to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, said Gen. Jon Vance said in an interview Thursday with Global News. Others are on alert for critical operations such as the NORAD mission to defend North America with fighter jets or to prepare to assist governments with natural disasters such as springtime floods. “The…

Warm weather set to continue, but expect short thundery showers: NEA, Environment News & Top Stories

The warmer-than-usual weather last month is expected to continue this month, but there could be some relief as more rain is also forecast for the next two weeks. The weatherman said on Wednesday that April is typically one of the hottest months of the year with high lightning activity, and that the first half of the month is likely to see short thundery showers across many parts of Singapore on most afternoons. On one or two days, thundery showers could extend into the evening. In its fortnightly forecast, the National…

The U.S.-China Propaganda War Over the Coronavirus

Fierce competing rhetorical barrages from Washington and Beijing about the coronavirus outbreak threaten to turn an already tense bilateral relationship utterly toxic. In a new Aspenia Online article, I discuss how both sides have acted in an irresponsible, inflammatory fashion. An increasingly prominent narrative in the United States is that not only did the pandemic originate in China, but that Chinese officials withheld key information for weeks that could have enabled other countries to adopt measures impeding the spread of the deadly virus. Key conservative opinion leaders, such as Fox News host…