China’s aggression against India, Hong Kong, US comes from sense of siege on pandemic origin

File photo | China’s Xi Jinping | Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ In the past few days, attention has been riveted on the India-China border where a series of stand-offs have taken place between the armed forces of the two countries. In one instance, at the Galwan Valley in Ladakh, China has violated the status quo intruding into territory that is clearly on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control, or LAC. The stand-off there continues even while bilateral mechanisms set up to handle…

John Ivison: How Canada can resist China’s intimidation by teaming up with like-minded allies | National-Perspectives | Opinion

The idea of a musketeer arrangement with other like-minded countries when dealing with China might appeal to our theatrical prime minister. That suggestion, for creating a new counterweight to China, was advanced Monday by Stephen Nagy, a Canadian academic who teaches at the International Christian University in Tokyo and is a fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation and was appointed a China expert with Canada’s China Research Partnership. Trudeau doesn’t have the d’Artagnan style-musketeer beard he once sported, but the principle of “one for all and all for one” may…

John Ivison: How Canada can resist China’s intimidation by teaming up with like-minded allies

The idea of a musketeer arrangement with other like-minded countries when dealing with China might appeal to our theatrical prime minister. That suggestion, for creating a new counterweight to China, was advanced Monday by Stephen Nagy, a Canadian academic who teaches at the International Christian University in Tokyo and is a fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation and was appointed a China expert with Canada’s China Research Partnership. Trudeau doesn’t have the d’Artagnan style-musketeer beard he once sported, but the principle of “one for all and all for one” may…

Cambodian leader denies China”s navy granted basing rights

Phnom Penh, Jun 1 (AP) Cambodia”s leader declared Monday that China has not been given exclusive rights to use a naval base on the country”s southern coast, and that warships from all nations, including the United States, are welcome to dock there. Prime Minister Hun Sen was responding to persistent news reports and concern expressed by Washington that Beijing had been granted basing privileges at Cambodia”s Ream naval base on the Gulf of Thailand. Speaking at a road construction ceremony in the coastal city of Sihanoukville, Hun Sen said he…

As the LAC heats up, reading China’s playbook – analysis

The stand-off between Indian and Chinese forces at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh continues with both sides reinforcing their respective positions. While tensions may be reduced through continuing dialogue in mechanisms put in place over the past several years, the key issue is whether Chinese troops agree to vacate the area they have occupied by violating the Line of Actual Control (LAC). China would be content if, after altering the facts on the ground, the stand-off is defused, say by a limited disengagement of a few metres between the troops,…

China’s strategy for South China Sea air defence identification zone revealed | World | News

A source from the People’s Liberation Army, who wished to remain anonymous, said that the suggested ADIZ involves the Pratas, Paracel and Spratly island chains in the contested waterway. The arrangements for the area were as old as those for the East China Sea ADIZ. Beijing claimed it was waiting for the right time to release the news. Taiwan’s defence ministry said on May 4 that it was aware of the mainland’s strategies. Lu Li-Shih, a former instructor at Taiwan’s Naval Academy in Kaohsiung, said that the construction and development of…

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…

Hong Kong and China’s fate has been clear all along. Xi Jinping is seeing it through

In 1982, China’s Supreme Leader Deng Xiaoping was running out of patience, locked in negotiations with the Iron Lady, British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, for the handover of Hong Kong. He leant across the table and bluntly said he could always send in his army and take the territory back in a day. Thatcher replied that yes, Deng could do just that and there was little Britain could do to stop him, but it would mean the collapse of Hong Kong itself. That exchange was recounted in the late Lady…

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…

China’s planned military exercise in South China Sea worries neighbors

May 27 (UPI) — China’s two aircraft carriers will be deployed in August near Taiwanese waters for military exercises, according to reports. The aircraft carriers Liaoning and Shandong will be deployed together in the Yellow Sea’s Bohai Bay for combat readiness drills which could include a simulation of a future assault on Taiwan’s Dongsha, or Pratas, Islands, according to the Global Times, Taiwan News and reports from Australia. The islands consist of three atolls controlled by Taiwan. China has claimed all of the South China Sea as its own, despite…