Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang’s Daily Briefing Online on February 18, 2020

I’d like to share the latest numbers with you first. According to this morning’s update from the National Health Commission, February 17 saw 1,701 patients cured and discharged from hospital in China’s mainland, bringing the total number of cured cases to 12,552. New confirmed cases in China excluding Hubei Province stood at 79 on February 17, marking a decline for the 14th consecutive day. Q: The US government is considering a proposal to halt deliveries of jet engines co-produced by General Electric Co. for Comac C919 airliner being developed in…

Jazira-Nusantara concept can strengthen Malaysia’s foreign policy | New Straits Times

MALAYSIA’S foreign policy behaviour is guided by the ‘jazira’ factor of the Malay Peninsula situated in the country’s western region, and the ‘nusantara’ factor of the Malay Archipelago situated in the country’s eastern region. Jazira is the Arabic equivalent of ‘semenanjung’ in Malay or peninsula in English; whereas ‘nusantara’ is an old Javanese term describing the maritime region of Southeast Asia. Malaysia’s ‘jazira’ factor exists in its western region which occupies the whole of the Malay Peninsula’s land mass at the southern tip of the Euroasian continent, which is being…

China’s Belt and Road – China’s flagship foreign policy aims to put itself at the centre of the world once again | Special report

Feb 8th 2020 ON CHINA’S BORDER with Kazakhstan, a new Silk Road city has sprung up with such speed that Google Earth has scarcely begun to record the high-rises that now float on a winter mist above the steppe. What once would have been flattered to be called a hard-scrabble border town is now home to 200,000 people, giant outdoor video screens extolling the glories of a new Silk Road, and restaurants serving sashimi and European wine. Khorgos has become China’s gateway to Central Asia, and all the way to…

China’s Modernizing Military | Council on Foreign Relations

The Chinese government is working to make its military stronger, more efficient, and more technologically advanced to become a top-tier force within thirty years. With a budget that has soared over the past decade, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) already ranks among the world’s leading militaries in areas including artificial intelligence and anti-ship ballistic missiles. More From Our Experts Experts warn that as China’s military modernizes, it could become more assertive in the Asia-Pacific region by intensifying pressure on Taiwan and continuing to militarize disputed islands in the East and South China Seas.…

Foreign policy experts: Voters should keep eye on world issues – News – seacoastonline.com

DURHAM As voters consider candidates for president in the February primary and November election, a panel of foreign policy experts on Thursday evening advised that world issues are as an important a consideration as domestic issues. In fact, participants in the U.S. Foreign Policy Forum at the University of New Hampshire tied such world issues as international trade and climate change directly to the U.S. economy. As Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and a participant in the forum noted: Foreign policy can’t be foreign.” Haass, who…

China Coast Guard entering foreign waters via artificial islands

China Coast Guard entering foreign waters via artificial islands Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) – February 1, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — China is now capitalizing on its artificial island military bases in the West Philippine Sea to advance its massive maritime and territorial claims deeper into Indonesian, Malaysian and Brunei waters in the South China Sea, a US-based think tank reported. In its latest report, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) said that Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) ships monitored last month…

Vietnam Explores Increasing Foreign Military Cooperation to Resist China | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Vietnam indicates in a recent defense white paper it will pursue stronger military ties abroad as China challenges its maritime sovereignty claims, and analysts expect that to mean more exercises with Western-leaning foreign powers and brisker purchases of foreign weapons. The Southeast Asian country will “promote defense cooperation” abroad to handle mutual security challenges, the Ministry of National Defense paper released in November says. As conditions are right, the English-language paper says, “Vietnam will consider developing necessary, appropriate defense and military relations with other countries … for…

Myanmar in China’s Embrace – Foreign Policy Research Institute

China’s challenge to America and its drive for global primacy will dominate international politics for the foreseeable future. This contest will play out across the full spectrum of international affairs: economics, politics, science and technology, ideology—and geographic/territorial control. With surprising suddenness, Myanmar (Burma) has become a high-priority focus of Chinese strategy. A quick glance at the map will suggest where China’s initial territorial ambitions are focused. China is at the geographic center of East Asia. Southeast Asia sits like a southern portico—a potential bridge between interior/southern China and the tropical…

Elevate VN’s profile, fostering ties with all countries high on 2020 agenda: foreign minister – Politics & Laws – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Phạm Bình Minh granted an interview to local media to share his thoughts on Việt Nam’s foreign affair activities in 2019 and 2020. What are your impressions of 2019 and predictions for 2020? 2019 was the year the global economy’s growth started to stall, with growth below 2.5 per cent, a very concerning development, 10 years since the global financial crisis in the 2008-09 period which resulted in a growth of about 2.9-3 per cent according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).…