US, UK want India in expanded G-7 : The Tribune India

Sandeep DikshitTribune News ServiceNew Delhi, May 31 India may be invited to join the G-7 grouping if proposals by the US and the UK for its expansion are accepted by the other five members —- Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan and France. Senior officials of G-7 countries are expected to discuss the expansion in the weeks leading to a rescheduled summit in the US in September. Trump for Russia too; move to isolate china US President has suggested the inclusion of India, Australia, South Korea and Russia, while the…

US Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo Says,China Using Tactical Situation On Ground To Its Advantage

Chinese Community Party of 2020 is a different one than it was 10 years ago, Pompeo said. (File) Washington: China is using a tactical situation on the ground to its advantage and it has been making threats, like the one that is happening on its border with India, for a long time, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. Pompeo, responding to a question on the aggressive Chinese behaviour on the Sino-India border and the South China Sea during an interview with Fox News, said that the threat…

Adieu Hong Kong? Beijing pulls the rug out from under the ‘one country two systems’ formula

With China’s parliament approving new national security laws for Hong Kong, the ‘one country two systems’ formula that ensured many freedoms for the port city is all but dead. Although details of the laws will be worked upon over the coming weeks, their aim would be to proscribe activities that are interpreted as a threat to China’s security, including separatism and foreign influence in domestic politics. These are grounds on which China regularly targets dissidents. And with the new laws also allowing Chinese national security agencies to operate in Hong…

U.S.-Japan dueling China for influence in Indo-Pacific region : The Asahi Shimbun

On a weekday afternoon, the square in front of the Kenya National Archives in the capital of Nairobi is teeming with people waiting for buses, young couples out on dates and others getting off work. Looming a few meters overhead, mushroom-like surveillance cameras are visible with the Huawei logo prominently inscribed on the equipment. The effects of China’s digital dominance are now clearly visible close in Nairobi. Since 2015, Huawei has been commissioned by the Kenyan government to install a surveillance system known as “Safe City.” The cameras are installed near…

The nation needs tanker aircraft to save islands

By Chang Feng-lin 張豐麟 According to Japan’s Kyodo news agency, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is to hold military exercises in August centering on an attack on the Pratas Islands (Dongsha Islands, 東沙群島) in the South China Sea. Taiwan’s military leaders have let it be known that, should the islands be invaded by a hostile force, the nation would respond in one of three ways: a complete withdrawal, a fight to the death or surrender. The islands became a hot topic in Taiwan overnight, but any discussion…

China using tactical situation on ground to its advantage: Pompeo

By Lalit K Jha Washington, May 31 (PTI) China is using a tactical situation on the ground to its advantage and it has been making threats, like the one that is happening on its border with India, for a long time, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. Pompeo, responding to a question on the aggressive Chinese behaviour on the Sino-India border and the South China Sea during an interview with Fox News, said that the threat posed by China is real. “The Chinese Communist Party has been…

China home-built plane in sea trials

BEIJING — China’s Defense Ministry said the navy’s only entirely home-built aircraft is carrying out sea trials to test weapons and equipment, and enhance training of the crew. Ministry spokesperson Ren Guoqiang said Friday that the exercises were being conducted as planned, apparently unaffected by the country’s coronavirus outbreak. The Shandong’s commissioning last year by Chinese President Xi Jinping underscored the country’s rise as a regional naval power at a time of tensions with the U.S. and others over trade, Taiwan and the South China Sea. It is the second…

Seas around Taiwan to be center of military movements: defense analyst

Taipei, May 31 (CNA) The seas around Taiwan, including the Miyako Strait, the Bashi Channel, the East China Sea, the South China Sea and the Philippine Sea, are expected to become the focus of increased military movements, according to a Taiwanese defense analyst. Su Tzu-yun (蘇紫雲), a senior analyst at the government-funded Institute for National Defense and Security Research, made the observation in a paper titled “U.S. Strategic Mobility in Deployment to Ensure Regional Security.” In the article, Su said the Indo-Pacific region is facing tensions from the COVID-19 pandemic…

Why the U.S. Army (of the 1800s) Would Understand China’s South China Sea Strategy

This week I had a lively back-and-forth with a Southeast Asian friend about Communist China’s latest antics in the South China Sea. To wit, imagery shows that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has taken to deploying surveillance and anti-submarine aircraft to China’s island bases in the region along with transport helicopters. My friend, an army officer, claimed not to fully grasp why China does what it does in the South China Sea because its efforts transpire at sea, not on land. He attributed his puzzlement to the disparate worldviews that…