A Conversation With Judith February on Political Leadership and COVID-19 in South Africa

Too often, foreign policy conversations that aim to be global in scope lack sufficient attention to African opinions and equities. By 2050, one in four people in the world will be African. From questions of war and peace, the future of capitalism, the viability of democratic governance, and the fate of the climate to the institutional architecture that facilitates international cooperation, the future should be informed by Africans. In an effort to bring a broad range of perspectives to the CFR community, Senior Fellow for Africa Studies Michelle Gavin spoke…

China’s Hong Kong Hustle Is Another Blow to Global Security

Xi Jinping is making his move on Hong Kong. And why not? The timing is propitious. The White House had just released a new document titled: United States Strategic Approach to the People’s Republic of China. Xi needed a lifeline, a way to regain his omnipotence in the wake of coronavirus carnage and internal unrest. What better way than to crush the “one-country, two-systems” framework documented in the Sino-British Joint Declaration in 1984, and to deliver a sharp response to the new U.S. declaration? The 1984 agreement stipulated that upon…

India Voices Unusual Criticism of China’s Conduct in South China Sea

India has voiced a rare note of criticism of China’s assertive actions in the South China Sea, amid a tensions between the two Asian powers on their long land border. A New Delhi-based analyst said India is concerned over China pressuring South China Sea claimant nations that India considers partners. India is also wary that China could seek to assert itself in the Indian Ocean. On Thursday, India’s Ministry of External Affairs commented on the recent incidents along the Line of Actual Control – the nearly 2,200 mile unsettled border…

Chinese Navy”s forays spike amid Covid-19 pandemic

Chinese Navy”s forays spike amid Covid-19 pandemic New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) China, the first country to be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, has started pushing its People”s Liberation Army Navy”s activities in South China Sea as well as the Indian Ocean Region to gain dominance in the areas, sources said on Saturday. The 35th Chinese Anti-Piracy Escort Force (APEF) has recently replaced the 34th APEF deployed in the Gulf of Aden. “Because of it, around seven People”s Liberation Army Navy ships are in the Indian Ocean Region,” said the…

China’s South China Sea Moves Raise Concerns

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should show some urgency regarding China’s latest actions in the South China Sea and hold a virtual meeting with member states to discuss this matter. Amid the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Southeast Asia, ASEAN member states are busy battling the virus while China is actively building its presence in the occupied territories. In March, China launched two new research stations on the Chinese-built artificial islands at Fiery Cross Reef and Subi Reef. Officials stated that they are under the Integrated Research Center…

The Many Reasons For China’s Transgressions Across LAC

China is a confirmed Expansionist Power. Till recently, it was also a Rising Power. However, the ‘China Virus’ or COVID 19 has put paid to that and today, China finds itself on the back foot on the global chess board! China started its expansionist activities when Chairman Mao led the communist takeover of China by driving the Nationalist forces of Chiang Kai-shek from the Mainland to Taiwan. It then secured its peripheral states like Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang; and Tibet; including by employing military force. Thereafter, it has adopted a variety…

Navy warships conduct back-to-back freedom-of-navigation operations in South China Sea – Pacific

Navy warships conduct back-to-back freedom-of-navigation operations in South China Sea YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill steamed near the disputed Spratly Islands on Wednesday, marking the second time the U.S. has sent a warship on a freedom-of-navigation operation in the South China Sea this week, according to the Navy. The mission challenged restrictions by China, Vietnam and Taiwan, which dispute sovereignty over the Spratly Islands, 7th Fleet spokeswoman Cmdr. Reann Mommsen said in a statement to Stars and Stripes on Thursday. The Philippines,…

Dragon dares India | The Dispatch

Brig Anil Gupta In the ongoing battle of supremacy amidst the corona crisis between USA and China, the later let lose its wolf warriors signifying China’s new, more robust diplomatic response to countries critical of China. China all of a sudden was faced with a hostile global narrative blaming it for the corona pandemic, demanding an international enquiry and some countries even seeking demurrage from China. China denied it vehemently but global onslaught led by USA grew stronger by the day and Chinese media went to the extent of terming…

China & America are preparing for conflict – where is NZ and if 5 Eyes didn’t warn us of the pandemic, why are we part of it?

China is preparing for war… ‘The battle is on’: China warns it will no longer be ‘intimidated’ by the US China’s state media has warned that the “battle is on” with the United States, as tensions with the West continue to grow amid the coronavirus pandemic. An editorial in the state-run Global Times newspaper accused the Trump administration of “seizing China by the throat”, saying the rising superpower is “prepared to engage in a long-term battle with the US”. It comes after US President Donald Trump announced earlier this week…