India expels Chinese ship

BEIJING — Here’s your weekly look at recent developments in the South China Sea (and Indian Ocean) where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. INDIAN NAVY EXPELS CHINESE SHIP India’s navy says it expelled a Chinese research ship that was conducting illegal activities within Indian waters. The incident was reported earlier this month, although Indian reports said the expulsion…

Fake news of a Chinese nuclear explosion got Russian attention

A Russian government agency helped amplify a US radio host’s fake news that the Chinese had detonated a nuclear device. Credit: Bulletin. (Putin image via www.kremlin.ru / Creative Commons) After nighttime AM radio host, white supremacist, and former US federal convict Hal Turner posted the shocking “news” on his website last month that China may have exploded a nuclear weapon in the ocean, conspiracy theorists and supposed news sources alike pushed the story hard on Twitter. But it turns out they weren’t the only ones following this false report. The…

South China Sea crisis: How US submarines could clash with Chinese vessels | World | News

The presence of Chinese submarines does not match the US, in the same way Washington enjoys military superiority in all areas. But as Beijing begins to invest heavily in its development of weaponry, submarine presence could be another area of intense contest as both the US and China look to assert their dominance. The US has sought to disrupt China‘s grip over the key Spratly Islands chain, but some analysts have suggested that this could spark retaliation from Beijing. This could involve the Chinese Navy pushing its submarines further out…

Will the Chinese Century End Quicker Than It Began?

Reflecting on the future of the global order, the late Singaporean prime minister Lee Kuan Yew warned that the rise of China is so consequential that it won’t only require tactical adjustment by its neighbors, but instead an overhaul in the global security architecture. As the former Asian leader bluntly put it, though “[t]he Chinese will [initially] want to share this century as co-equals with the U.S.” they ultimately have the “intention to be the greatest power in the world” eventually. Not long after the demise of the Singaporean leader,…

Former Chinese officials warn tensions with US raise risk of ‘accidental conflict’

The risk of an “accidental conflict” between the US and China has risen as a result of the heightened tensions between the two sides, a number of current and former officials have warned. While they said it was difficult to imagine a full-scale conflict breaking out, they warned that the current strategic, technological and ideological stand-offs between the two sides would inevitably damage relations even if they are able to reach a trade deal. Their warnings echoed recent comments by former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger, who told a…

Chinese fishing vessels suspected of increasingly common laser attacks on Australian military

Posted December 06, 2019 01:20:33 Photo: Australian pilots of MHR90 helicopters were targeted with lasers earlier this year. (Airbus Australia Pacific, file) Hand-held lasers are increasingly being used against Australian Defence Force assets, with military insiders blaming small Chinese maritime militia vessels for the dangerous tactic. Key points: Pilots were targeted on a night-time flight over the South China Sea earlier this year But Defence said no “military-grade lasers” were used against Australian Navy or Air Force units in the past year One academic suspects fishing boats are being used…

The Rise of Chinese Neo-Imperialism

In recent world history, there has been “colonialism” and then what was termed “neo-colonialism,” which was first coined by the Ghanaian leader Kwame Nkrumah. The first stage of colonialism was based more on the establishment of colonies which was to be for the economic benefit of the colonial power. The colonies would supply the colonial power with the raw materials which were used to manufacture those goods which were then sold to the colonies, creating a dependency between both the colonial power and the colonies themselves. In contrast to colonialism,…