US admiral warns Beijing is willing to punish Australia economically

Posted February 14, 2020 05:55:52 Photo: Admiral Philip Davidson says Beijing has shown a willingness to intervene in free markets. (Supplied: US Indo-Pacific Command) Related Story: DFAT boss issues ‘respect’ warning to Chinese students Related Story: ‘No evidence’ of Chinese ban on Australia coal imports A visiting United States admiral has warned Beijing is willing to hurt Australian companies if the Federal Government defies the Chinese Communist Party. Key points: Admiral Davidson linked recent trade blockages at Chinese ports of Australian exports to Australia’s recent crackdown on foreign interference He…

Is Beijing seeking a ‘grand bargain’ with New Delhi in the Indian Ocean?

In countering India’s efforts to dominate South Asian waters, China may be seeking a grand bargain: allow each side control over their respective littorals – the Bay of Bengal and South China Sea – and the maintenance of respective constabulary presences As the presence of Chinese research ships and fishing fleets grows in the Indian Ocean, India’s Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh, has warned against “any maritime activity that deviates from the norm or rule-based order, that can cause regional instability”. Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue in New…

Hun Sen and Son Visit Beijing: Thus Begins the Dynasty

Background Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia, who likes to be called Lord Prime Minister and Supreme Military Commander, was placed in office in 1985 by Hanoi, which remained his patron until China stepped in to usurp that function. As is its wont, China seeks to make its vassal states economically dependent on it and Cambodia is no exception to that approach. Beijing has invested around US$14.7 billion ($22 billion) in Cambodia between 1994 and 2016. Trade rose to US$7.4 billion ($11 billion) in 2019 from US$6.04 ($9 billion) in…

China latest: Mike Pompeo sets out stark warning to US Governors over Beijing | World | News

As reported by South China Morning Post, Mr Pompeo delivered the warning in speech at the National Governors Association (NGA) winter meeting. Mr Pompeo’s role is the American equivalent of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary. He said: “Competition with China is happening inside of your state and it affects our capacity to perform America’s vital national-security functions. “Competition with China is not just a federal issue.” Mr Pompeo said US engagement with China from the end of the Cold War was undertaken on an assumption that it would turn into…

Canadian envoy to China grilled by opposition MPs over past business ties to Beijing

Canada’s Ambassador to China Dominic Barton makes his way to a committee room to appear before the House of Commons committee on Canada-China relations in Ottawa, Feb. 5, 2020. Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press Canada’s ambassador to China faced tough grilling from opposition MPs on Wednesday night over his role as the head of an international consulting company that has close ties to Beijing and advised a Chinese state-owned firm that was involved in building militarized islands in the South China Sea. Dominic Barton, the former global managing partner of McKinsey…

South China Sea threat: Trump ramps up pressure on Beijing as US patrols reach record high | World | News

In 2019 US freedom of navigation patrols in the South China Sea hit a record high, leading one expert to claim it shows US President Donald Trump is pursuing a “concrete drive” to emphasise US security commitments to the region. The Navy patrols represent a sign of strength by the US and an attempt to challenge China’s territorial claims in the contested waters – which holds untapped energy reserves and about one-third of maritime trade. Last year US navy vessels sailed within 12 nautical miles of features claims or occupied…

South China Sea news: Furious Beijing attacks US for Trump’s ‘deliberate provocation’ | World | News

The islands, named after a C19th British whaling captain, are the subject of a sovereignty dispute between China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines. They offer rich fishing grounds and are believed to contain significant oil and natural gas reserves. The battleship USS Montgomery was tracked by the People Liberation Army (PLA) forces, as it sailed on January 25 in an area adjacent to where China controls a man-made island without Beijing’s authorisation. In a sharply worded statement, Senior Colonel Li Huamin, spokesman for the PLA’s southern command said:…

Beijing keeps Japan busy scrambling jets in East China Sea

TOKYO — Japan scrambled fighter jets 523 times to intercept Chinese military aircraft between April and December, the second-highest total for the period, raising security tensions between the two countries ahead of President Xi Jinping’s state visit this spring. The 523 scrambles by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force represent a 9.9% increase on the year, data released Wednesday by the Ministry of Defense shows. Most interceptions took place over the East China Sea, home of the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands — which Beijing claims and calls the Diaoyu. As China starts to flex its military muscles…

South China Sea conflict ‘close to brink’ as Beijing ‘expands regional military presence’ | World | News

John Blaxland of the Australian National University (ANU) gives a stark warning that, “there is a gnawing sense that this decade may see us get closer to the brink than in generations”. Conflict in the region has been escalated because of two factors according to Professor John Blaxland of the ANU. Professor Blaxland writes that China’s President Xi Jinping is struggling to maintain China’s rise in the face of a shrinking population and decelerating economy. This, coupled with “an inclination to project blame on others using the ‘century of humiliation’…