China & N. Korea ‘to boost military ties & provide security in Asia-Pacific’ amid tensions with US — RT World News

China and North Korea will boost military cooperation and work together to assure security in the Asia Pacific, a high-ranking Chinese commander has said. Both Beijing and Pyongyang view US activities in the region as a threat. Days after North Korea made headlines with fresh missile tests, a delegation from Pyongyang has met with Chinese officials in Beijing. It was headed by a high-ranking military official, Kim Su-gil, director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People’s Army. Quoted by the media after the meeting, the Chinese general who…

Intruder shot and killed at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam after stabbing, attacking base security

An intruder was shot and killed at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam on Thursday after crashing a car into barriers there, evading authorities for hours, and later attacking and stabbing a Defense Department Security Forces member while being apprehended, the base said. The unidentified gate runner was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:52 a.m. local time while being medically treated, Andersen Air Force Base said in a statement on Facebook. “While apprehending a suspect, our defenders were compelled to use lethal force for their own defense, resulting in the…

China’s growing threat to national security and the nation’s health

The existential threat that China has become to the United States is well documented in recent national security strategic documents. China’s occupation of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, their research and development of hypersonic weapons, and modernization of their military all clearly demonstrate the growing menace to America’s way of life. Less articulated, but no less important a threat to national security — especially given the current trade war with China — is China’s production of poor quality and tainted drugs. China has become the world’s…

U.S. set to push security strategy as Chinese maneuvers rattle region

Stone Park in South China Sea. (Creative Commons/File photo) Recent incidents involving Chinese ships in Southeast Asian waters are testing regional faith in Beijing’s sincerity about maritime peace, and aiding a renewed U.S. push to build alliances with countries unnerved by China’s assertiveness. Chinese maneuvering in energy-rich stretches of the South China Sea, including a standoff in Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone, will figure on Friday when top diplomats of Southeast Asian bloc ASEAN attend a security gathering with world powers. Among those is a United States that has laid out…

US to push security strategy as Chinese maneuvers rattle South China Sea

The guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) is shown in the South China Sea, March 6, 2016. Photo taken March 6, 2016. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marcus L. Stanley/US Navy/Handout via REUTERS MANILA – Recent incidents involving Chinese ships in Southeast Asian waters are testing regional faith in Beijing’s sincerity about maritime peace, and aiding a renewed US push to build alliances with countries unnerved by China’s assertiveness. Chinese maneuvering in energy-rich stretches of the South China Sea, including a standoff in Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone, will figure on…

China is United States’ top security threat, defence official tells Aspen forum

China tops the list of security threats to the United States and has the potential to change the world order for “good or ill”, a senior US defence official said on Saturday. Speaking at the annual Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, John Rood, undersecretary of defence for policy, said China was “the one country, the largest country, with the ability to change our way of life in the United States, and change the global order, for good or ill”. China figured heavily during the four-day meeting of top US officials…

security experts warn of risks to region

“We already held a press conference yesterday … but journalists wanted to see the base. So I asked the minister [for] approval to bring journos. “He said, ‘please let them see, nothing to hide’. “No matter what the allegations are, you are the eyes and ears, now you can see there is nothing to hide,” he told reporters during the stage-managed visit. “Foreigners who still accuse that we did this or that, today we open up to show.” Loading Vann Saray, a reporter with pro-government news outlet Fresh News, pointed…

US now regards South China Sea as ‘top security threat’

The US now views Beijing as the ‘top security threat’ as tensions escalate in the South China Sea where China is reportedly interfering with oil and gas activities in waters disputed by Vietnam, writes Amanda Battersby. US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said that China’s “repeated provocative actions aimed at the offshore oil and gas development of other claimant states threaten regional energy security and undermine the free and open Indo-Pacific energy market”. Vietnam last Friday demanded China withdraw a survey ship and supporting vessels from the Vanguard Bank, which…

China’s defence White Paper emphasises growing military competition, homeland security, East Asia News & Top Stories

BEIJING – China’s latest defence White Paper places greater emphasis on the role its military plays in homeland defence and internal stability at a time of increased competition with the US, said experts. The White Paper issued on Wednesday  (July 24) – China’s first since President Xi Jinping initiated a major overhaul of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in 2015 – said China was among the countries in the world “with the most complex peripheral security environment”. Beijing blamed the US for having “provoked and intensified competition among major powers”…