UK’s Hammond: Talk of warship deployment complicates China ties, Europe News & Top Stories

LONDON (REUTERS) – Britain’s talk of deploying a warship in the Pacific has complicated its relationship with China, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Thursday (Feb 21).   As Britain prepares to leave the European Union at the end of next month, its biggest foreign and trade policy shift in more than 40 years, it is seeking to strengthen diplomatic relationships and trade ties with countries around the world.   Earlier this month defence minister Gavin Williamson said Britain would use military force to support its interests after Brexit and outlined plans to…

‘Don’t poke China but keep it guessing’: Trump insider spells out US strategy, World News

There is scope for Beijing and Washington to build a cooperative relationship but the US has to keep China on edge, according to a top adviser to US President Donald Trump. Michael Pillsbury, director of the Centre for Chinese Strategy with conservative think tank the Hudson Institute, said Trump had no intention of branding China an “enemy”, but regarded it as a competitor that had to be checked and counterbalanced, and an “unpredictable” US was the way to do that. Pillsbury, described by Trump as the “leading authority on China”,…

Asean morning news for February 21

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu   Southeast Asian nations seize opportunities in Islamic finance sectorThe three predominantly Muslim countries out of ten in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), namely Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei, are on the way to form a new hub for Islamic finance and the wider halal industry through their current roadmaps to develop the sector.— Gulf Times U.S.-China Trade War Boosts Fast-Growing Southeast AsiaTrade tensions between the U.S. and China are adding rocket fuel to the liftoff of Southeast Asia’s economies.— Forbes…

China develops killer ROBOT WARSHIPS in fresh threat to US – tensions escalate | World | News

The race is on to control the western Pacific, with China and the US keen to rule the strategically-vital trading routes. China already holds the upper hand in terms of navy numbers in the disputed area. And with the Chinese fleet about to acquire large numbers of killer robotic warship, this advantage over the US is about to grow. The Chinese has revealed a design for an autonomous robot warship that could finally tip the balance of geopolitical power in their favour. The unmanned surface vessel, known as JARI, will…

World War 3: South China Sea confrontation as Donald Trump sending in US warships | World | News

The visit, which took place last Monday, was made by guided missile destroyers USS Spruance and USS Preble. American warships have been conducting so-called ‘freedom of navigation’ patrols through the South China Sea in defiance of Beijing. Admiral Phil Davidson told the US Senate Armed Services Committee that China is seeking to dominate the region adding the country is “our greatest long-term strategic threat” rather than North Korea. He commented: “Through fear and coercion, Beijing is working to expand its form of ideology in order to bend, break and replace…

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Feb. 19, 2019

USNI News Graphic These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Feb. 19, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Total U.S. Navy Battle Force: Ships Underway Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway 44 46 90 Ships Deployed by Fleet Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total…

‘Ambitious’ Gavin Williamson criticised for having ‘oversold’ UK capabilities in China row | Politics News

By Greg Heffer, political reporter Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has been criticised for risking trade talks with China by announcing the deployment of an aircraft carrier to the Pacific region. The “ambitious” cabinet minister was accused of having “oversold” the capability of HMS Queen Elizabeth this week, when he announced the carrier’s first operational mission. Mr Williamson revealed on Monday the £6.2bn craft will head to the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Pacific region, which includes the Spratly Islands where China holds disputed territorial claims. The defence secretary claimed…

Gavin Williamson says UK warships will have ‘freedom’ in Pacific despite China row | Politics News

By Greg Heffer, political reporter British warships will continue to travel with freedom in the South China sea despite a reported diplomatic dispute with Beijing, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has insisted. Mr Williamson has been criticised for risking trade talks with China by announcing the deployment of an aircraft carrier to the Pacific region. The area includes the Spratly Islands, where China is engaged in an ongoing territorial dispute with Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam. Mr Williamson’s announcement of the first operational mission of the HMS Queen Elizabeth is…

Mix 96 – News – ‘Ambitious’ Gavin Williamson criticised for having ‘oversold’ UK capabilities in China row

Published at 3:54pm 17th February 2019. (Updated at 5:53pm 17th February 2019) Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has been criticised for risking trade talks with China by announcing the deployment of an aircraft carrier to the Pacific region. The “ambitious” cabinet minister was accused of having “oversold” the capability of HMS Queen Elizabeth this week, when he announced the carrier’s first operational mission. Mr Williamson revealed on Monday the £6.2bn craft will head to the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Pacific region, which includes the Spratly Islands where China holds…