Coast Guard cutter joins multinational drills near contested South China Sea islands – Pacific

Coast Guard cutter joins multinational drills near contested South China Sea islands YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Coast Guard is taking part in annual training near contentious South China Sea islands involving the U.S. and Philippine navies and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. The exercise — Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama — is underway this week on and around Palawan, the Philippine island closest to the Spratlys Islands, southwest of Manila, a Navy statement said. China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia dispute the ownership of…

Strong US-Taiwanese ties needed to counter rising Chinese influence in the Pacific

On Sept. 16, the Solomon Islands, which had enjoyed 36 years of diplomatic relations with Taiwan, broke off ties in favor of recognizing China. Four days later, Kiribati, another Pacific state, also announced it would be switching diplomatic relations to the People’s Republic of China (PRC). These are far from isolated cases. Over the past three years, China has induced – through outright bribery, false promises, and debt-trap diplomacy – the switch of six of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies. Taiwan has now been left with just 15 countries with formal diplomatic…

Taiwan fears China’s authoritarian threat in the Pacific after losing two diplomatic allies

Posted October 08, 2019 13:36:50 Photo: Joseph Wu urged countries including the US to “push back strongly” against China in the Pacific. (AP: Chiang Ying-ying/Mark Schiefelbein) Taiwan has accused China of practicing “authoritarian expansionism” in the Pacific, pointing to reports of plans for Chinese military presence in two Pacific countries that have recently switched diplomatic allegiance from Taipei to Beijing. Key points: Taiwan’s foreign minister says he doesn’t want the Pacific to turn into another South China Sea Solomon Islands’ Prime Minister is in China for a week-long official visit…

New Task Force 70 commander takes charge aboard USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea – Pacific

New Task Force 70 commander takes charge aboard USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Command of the Navy’s largest group of warships changed hands Sunday aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea, according to the Navy. Rear Adm. George M. Wikoff took charge of Task Force 70 from Rear Adm. Karl Thomas, who led the group, based in Yokosuka, through several tense operations and major multinational exercises in his 14 months at the helm. Task…

US, Taiwanese Governments Cohost ‘Pacific Islands Dialogue’ to Discuss Closer Cooperation

TAIPEI, Taiwan—The threats posed by the Chinese regime and the importance of Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific region were spotlighted during a regional forum hosted by U.S. officials and Taiwanese government officials on Oct. 7. And for the first time, Taiwan’s foreign minister confirmed that the Chinese regime had plans to increase their military presence in two Pacific nations that recently cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan, warning that those projects could threaten U.S. security interests in the region. In September, Taiwan lost two of its Pacific allies, the Solomon Islands and…

Indo-Pacific partners should coordinate to stem China’s expansion, experts say – Pacific

YOKOHAMA, Japan — China’s growing economic might and its “destructive behaviors” in the South China Sea mean for the first time in history one country could control both the Asian mainland and the seas around it, a former Indian foreign secretary said Sunday. Amb Kanwal Sibal, a former Indian foreign secretary who spoke during a panel discussion on sea power, said China’s rise is intimidating. India sees China as its “greatest challenger,” he said. “Never in history has a country expanded at this rate.” Sibal and experts…

Indo-Pacific partners should coordinate to prevent ‘Cold War II’ with China, experts say – Pacific

YOKOHAMA, Japan — China’s growing economic might and its “destructive behaviors” in the South China Sea mean for the first time in history one country could control both the Asian mainland and the seas around it, a former Indian foreign secretary said Sunday. Amb Kanwal Sibal, a former Indian foreign secretary who spoke during a panel discussion on sea power, said China’s rise is intimidating. India sees China as its “greatest challenger,” he said. “Never in history has a country expanded at this rate.” Sibal and experts…

Taiwan says China is an ‘authoritarian’ threat in the Pacific

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan said on Monday China was practicing “authoritarian expansionism” in the Pacific, pointing to reports of plans for Chinese military presence in two Pacific countries that have recently switched diplomatic allegiance to Beijing from Taipei. FILE PHOTO: Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu attends a news conference announcing Taiwan’s decision to terminate diplomatic ties with the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, in Taipei, Taiwan September 20, 2019. REUTERS/I-Hwa Cheng “We have seen reports that China is interested in reopening this radar station in Kiribati, and building a naval…

An Expert explains what China’s presence in Pacific means for Taiwan

Taiwan, which China considers to be a renegade territory, lost two of its few remaining allies in late September. China has sought to win over Taiwan’s allies, but those countries have their own reasons to embrace Beijing. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. On December 1, 2016, 22 countries had full diplomatic relations with Taiwan, an island nation seen as a breakaway province by its larger neighbor, China. On December 2 that year, President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen had what was thought to be the first…

China is filling a ‘strategic vacuum’ in the Pacific left by the US and its allies, and that’s bad news for Taiwan, Business Insider

caption US sailors in front of US and Chinese flags as the Navy destroyer USS Stethem arrives in Shanghai for an official visit, November 16, 2015. source REUTERS/Xihao Jiang Taiwan, which China considers to be a renegade territory, lost two of its few remaining allies in late September. China has sought to win over Taiwan’s allies, but those countries have their own reasons to embrace Beijing. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. On December 1, 2016, 22 countries had full diplomatic relations with Taiwan, an island nation seen as…