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…

Chinese President turns focus back to Beijing following coronavirus

Chairman Xi has won COVID-19. Now China’s wants to win the world. Confidence is an empowering thing. So is fear. Xi Jinping has bucketloads of both. In the midst of a global crisis, Beijing is asserting its will like never before. Mr Xi’s cracking down on Hong Kong. He’s pushing hard on Taiwan, the East and South China Seas. Even India. Mr Xi’s dictating terms to the United Nations. He’s reaching deep into the affairs of countries around the globe. Including Australia. So far, the world hasn’t demonstrated any great…

Photo: Beijing Reportedly Preparing Two-Carrier Drills as US Lancer Bombers Patrol South China Sea

The US Air Force announced on Wednesday another South China Sea patrol by B-1B Lancer bombers based in Guam. The same day as the drills, China’s aircraft carrier Shandong was spotted leaving port as reports emerged of upcoming two-carrier drills alongside Shandong’s sister ship, the Liaoning, and more over the summer. On Tuesday, the US Pacific Air Forces Twitter account announced the patrol involving two supersonic Lancer bombers, which had “conducted a mission in the South China Sea on May 26 as part of a Bomber Task Force mission, showcasing…

China-India border: Clashes raise fears of broader confrontation as Beijing pursues sovereignty claims on all fronts

What prompted the clashes at 14,000 feet — ­where parts of the border are disputed, and it is common for both countries to send patrols up to their respective claim lines and retreat — is unclear. But the potential for sticks and stones to escalate into something more serious is causing alarm as far away as Washington. And its western border is far from the only place where China is flexing its muscles these days. Chinese maritime surveillance vessels have confronted a Vietnamese fishing boat and a Malaysian oil exploration…

China warning: MoD insider fears UK nuclear deterrent ‘can’t stop Beijing expansion’ | World | News

Last week, China revealed details of a sweeping law it plans to impose on Hong Kong to override the territory’s “one country, two systems” status, in a move that experts say will effectively end the territory’s autonomy. Beijing has made it clear it wants new security legislation passed since huge pro-democracy protests plunged Hong Kong into its deepest turmoil since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997, but the legislation is set to place further strain on relationships with the West. Tensions have soared in recent weeks after US President Donald Trump…

Take conflict to a place Beijing is worried about

South China Sea (Representational image) | Photo: www.pacom.mil Text Size: A- A+ How should India respond to another surge in Chinese transgressions at several places along our Himalayan frontiers? Over the past 15 years or so, strategic analysts have recommended two diametrically opposite approaches. The first, advocated by sober defence traditionalists and by hawks, is that we should hold the line along the Himalayas and escalate the conflict if we have to. They point out that Indian troops enjoy favourable positions in many places, and our strength has been bolstered over…

Beijing not advancing claims in South China Sea with COVID-19 as cover—foreign minister

China has overlapping territorial claims with Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam in the South China Sea. The Straits Times/Asia News Network/ALPHONSUS CHERN BEIJING — China is not making use of Covid-19 to assert its dominance in the South China Sea, said its foreign minister, Mr Wang Yi, on Sunday (May 24). Rebutting claims that Beijing was taking advantage of the distraction caused by the pandemic in Southeast Asia, Mr Wang said China has been working with Asean countries to beat the coronavirus. “There is nothing to support the claim that China…

Beijing not advancing claims in South China Sea with Covid-19 as cover: Foreign Minister, East Asia News & Top Stories

BEIJING – China is not making use of Covid-19 to expand its presence in the South China Sea, said its foreign minister, Mr Wang Yi, on Sunday (May 24). Rebutting claims that Beijing was taking advantage of the distraction caused by the pandemic in Southeast Asia, Mr Wang said China has been working with Asean countries to beat the coronavirus. “There is nothing to support the claim that China is using COVID-19 to expand its presence in the South China Sea,” said Mr Wang, speaking at an annual press conference held on the…

As Jakarta Trims Defense, Beijing Makes Waves in the South China Sea

Image courtesy Indonesian Navy By The Lowy Interpreter 05-24-2020 01:26:20 [By Aristyo Rizka Darmawan] The Covid-19 outbreak has hit hard for Southeast Asian economies. Anticipating more shocks to come, several countries have already moved to cut defence spending, seeing the military as a budget line that can be readily reduced. Indonesia, for example, has announced it will slash its defence budget this year by nearly $588 million. Thailand has likewise reduced its defence allocation by $555 million. Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines all face similar pressure. All these countries are key…

South China Sea fury: US’ outrage after Beijing broke pledge over militarisation revealed | World | News

Beijing had vowed not to place any arms on the controversial Spratly Islands as part of a 2015 election pledge. But an unearthed report from the US’ military and security developments involving the People’s Republic of China found that Beijing had broken that pledge after it began arming the island in 2018. The document, published two years ago, was originally sent to Congress. And within it, the analysis found that China had previously claimed it “did not intend to pursue militarisation”. However, officials later found in 2018 that China had…