Chinese sea goddess embarks on visit to Thailand for cultural exchanges – Xinhua

Escort members carry the statue of Mazu in Meizhou Island in Putian, southeast China’s Fujian Province, Nov. 13, 2019. A ferry carrying the statue of Mazu, an ancient Chinese sea goddess, set sail on Wednesday morning from Meizhou Island, marking the start of a seven-day trip by Mazu to Thailand. With drums beating, thousands of locals in red voluntarily lined up along the road to the quay to pay their tributes and see their beloved idol off for the Southeast Asian country. (Xinhua/Wei Peiquan) FUZHOU, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) — A…

Current Trends and Future Developments – The Diplomat

Advertisement Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a visit to Germany coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. While the trip was expected and the agenda of Pompeo’s trip was wide-ranging, of particular note was the focus on transatlantic cooperation regarding the challenge posed by China in spite of the differences that remain on that front. While strategic transatlantic interconnectivity in Asia has long been clear dating back centuries – with events from the U.S. Open Door policy with respect to China…

Vietnam rejects China’s territorial claim on Spratly Islands

Vietnam “completely rejects all statements made by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang on November 8 on the Spratly Islands,” which is Vietnamese territory, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said in a press release Wednesday. Shuang told Chinese media last Friday that “the core of the South China Sea issue is territory, a matter related to the occupation of China’s Nansha Islands by Vietnam and other countries concerned. “I hope the Vietnamese side will face up to the historical fact, keep to our high-level consensus and resolve differences…

South China Sea crisis: How Vietnam could mimic Philippines to take on Beijing | World | News

As Chinese President Xi Jinping aims to assert dominance in the South China Sea, his Nine-Dash Line waters claim has been met with significant backlash from Asian neighbours who have also been supported by the US and Australia. The Philippines, led by President Rodrigo Duterte, has been especially determined to thwart the overreaching nature of the Chinese Navy’s operations in the seas, turning to international governing bodies for help. In 2016, the Philippines won a case in the Permanent Court of Arbitration invalidating China’s claims to almost the entire stretch…

Vietnam Advances Plan to Protect Disputed Maritime Claims with Stronger Fishing Fleet | Voice of America

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM – Vietnamese boats fish so far outside their territorial waters that authorities in Malaysia and the Philippines sometimes spot them. Now Vietnamese state agencies are falling in line behind a long-term blueprint that analysts say would increase use of their country’s fishing fleet to assert sovereignty over the South China Sea that is contested by five other governments. Plans to strengthen fishing by 2030 follow from a resolution passed last year by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam. The resolution calls for…

For Lack of a Strategy: The Free and Open Indo-Pacific

Since early 2018, the Trump administration has been assuring experts and officials at home and abroad that a public report explaining its Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy was forthcoming. But the State Department’s newly released report, A Free and Open Indo-Pacific: Advancing a Shared Vision, is not that. Instead it leaves the strategy, at best, implied but never described. President Donald Trump first declared this new strategic vision during a speech at the November 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam. It had been previewed a month earlier in…

Senators wary of Chinese ‘control’ over NGCP

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 13) — Even the country’s power grid operator seems to have been controlled by the Chinese government, senators said Wednesday amid concerns over Beijing’s threat to national security. During a plenary session on the 2020 budget of the Defense Department, Senator Ralph Recto warned of serious repercussions in China’s co-ownership of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines. The NGCP consortium, which operates the country’s power transmission system, is comprised of the Monte Oro Grid Resources Corp. led by Henry Sy, Jr., Calaca High Power…

South China Sea news: Beijing may make conflict move by sinking US ships, expert reveals | World | News

Lou Chan, deputy chief of the Chinese academy of military sciences, last month spoke at a military conference proposing an attack on two US aircraft carriers as a solution to the South China Sea crisis. The move would be a high casualty one claiming as many as 10,000 American sailors’ lives. Explaining his reasoning Lou said China’s anti-ship missiles are sufficient to destroy U.S. carriers and their escorts: “What the United States fears the most is taking casualties. “We’ll see how frightened America is.” And Loun is not the only…

China’s top general heads to Sydney for defence talks

“Regular meetings between defence officials offers both sides an opportunity to discuss a range of regional security matters in frank and open terms, including important issues such as peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and evolving regional dynamics,” Mr Moriarty said. General Li Zuocheng, left. It is unusual for Defence to announce the presence of PLA military chiefs ahead of the talks.  General Campbell said the dialogue was important for building trust and understanding between the two militaries. Despite several years of diplomatic strains between Canberra and Beijing, defence…

China Could Solve the South China Sea Challenge by Sinking U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers

Key Point: Sinking U.S. carriers would be an act of war. Not a warning shot across the bows. Not a spy plane downed for crossing into Chinese territory. Not an accidental collision between an American patrol plane and a Chinese fighter. Admiral Lou Yuan is China’s Curtis LeMay. LeMay, the U.S. Air Force general who torched Japanese cities and later headed Strategic Air Command, was notorious for his bellicosity. In the 1950s and during the Cuban Missile Crisis, he tried to get the U.S. to launch a nuclear first strike…