China’s ‘success’ in stopping pandemic a ‘sheer fabrication,’ says US China expert

In “Bully of Asia,” China expert Steven W. Mosher criticizes China’s history of ruthless tyranny and hegemonic obsession. The recent claims of the Communist Party of China (CPC) of “success” and “zero domestic transmissions” in the fight against the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are “propaganda” and “sheer fabrication,” according to American China expert and author Steven W. Mosher. “It is sheer fabrication, no sturdier than the shoddy warehouses that were put up in a week to house the victims of the Wuhan virus,” wrote Mosher in an article on the…

China’s Military Modernization Is Becoming A Real Problem For America

Key point: Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the U.S. shipbuilding industry has experienced a tremendous decline. China is modernizing every element of its military. It has announced plans to field a world-class military by 2035 and a dominant military by mid-century.1 Consistent with its goal of regional hegemony, China is building Navy, Coast Guard, and merchant ships faster than any other nation. Its Navy now directly commands China’s Coast Guard, adding hundreds of ships to its fleet. China’s fleet of warships now outnumbers U.S. warships in the Indo-Pacific by…

The Strategic Value And Vulnerability Of China’s South China Sea Bases – Analysis

Recent US freedom of navigation operations (FONOPs) challenging China’s claims in the South China Sea have re-raised the questions of purpose and vulnerability of China’s bases there.     One argument has it that the bases are not significant either strategically or tactically; and in any case can be easily neutralized in a conflict.  But others argue that the bases are a critical part of China’s strategy to dominate the South China Sea and Southeast Asia. They also argue that these bases serve as command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and…

South China Sea: China’s missiles tests in region contested by Philippines revealed | World | News

The tests occurred in 2019, as NBC reported at the time, quoting a US official who said: “The Chinese carried out the first test over the weekend, firing off at least one missile into the sea.” The source even warned that future tests would be undertaken, stating that: “The window for testing remains open until July 3, and the official expects the Chinese military to test again before it closes.” No US Navy vessels were in the area when the missile or missiles splashed down, but the official described the…

Trump pledges to work with China’s Xi Jinping to fight coronavirus

President Trump announced Friday that he and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have pledged  to cooperate in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe. “Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China. Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet,” Trump said on Twitter early Friday. “China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!” added Trump, who notably refrained from referring to COVID-19 as the “China…

Austin Bay: Communist China’s viral propaganda campaign

According to the World Health Organization March 23 update, 196 countries, territories and areas have confirmed cases of COVID-19, aka the Wuhan virus. Yes, Wuhan. When identifying the virus’ nom de guerre, it is geographically and factually correct, as well as medically imprimatur, to include Wuhan, the name of the mainland China city of 11 million (located in the Hubei province) where the globe-threatening novel coronavirus first came to the attention of qualified MDs. Austin Bay Our global pandemic originated in Wuhan, but don’t blame the town or its heroic…

China’s aggressive moves in South China Sea

“Global governance” has increasingly become common sense within the political-economic sphere in the context of preaching for accountability and transparency. There is,however, a grey space that claims questions of what the end goal of such coherence is called for and who it seeks to serve. This paper shall descriptively delve into the need for Global Governance in today’s world while enumerating its corresponding challenges and criticisms.       “International solidarity is not an act of charity, it is an act of unity between allies fighting on different terrains towards the same objective.…

Even China’s Big Oil Is Cutting Back

(Bloomberg Opinion) — Under the watchful eye of Beijing’s energy hawks, China’s oil and gas majors have splurged for more than a decade, first on deals abroad and then drilling at home. Yet with crude prices at less than half where they were at the start of the year and demand battered by a coronavirus epidemic, they’re preparing to cut back. Cnooc Ltd. signaled Wednesday it might reduce its 2020 capital expenditure budget, which was set at as much as $13 billion, the highest since 2014. PetroChina Ltd., the country’s largest oil producer with…

Russia Has Made China’s Air Force Stronger Than Ever

Key point: For decades, the flow of expertise and equipment generally went in one direction. Can a more equitable arrangement be found? Chinese air power these days is something to behold. In the course of just about thirty years, Beijing’s aerial inventory has gone from quite obsolete to cutting edge. It’s worth noting, moreover, that Chinese airpower is but one tool that Beijing can wield in the skies. If its massive missile forces perform as expected, destroying adversary runways, then there will be few enemy aircraft getting into the air to…