China slams US over new Huawei tech curbs, United States News & Top Stories

BEIJING • Beijing has urged the United States to stop the “unreasonable suppression of Huawei and Chinese enterprises” after Washington announced new export controls to restrict the tech giant’s access to semiconductor technology. The latest restrictions on the world’s second-largest smartphone manufacturer, which is at the centre of US spying allegations, are a new escalation in the US-China battle for global technological dominance. “The Chinese government will firmly uphold Chinese firms’ legitimate and legal rights and interests,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement yesterday. “We urge the…

How region views growing US-China power play, Asia News & Top Stories

As the coronavirus outbreak in China worsened early in the year, many countries in South-east Asia sent medical supplies to their giant neighbour as a gesture of goodwill and solidarity. Malaysia sent 18 million gloves in January. The Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore donated medical equipment such as masks, hazmat suits, goggles and test kits in February, some dropping off the supplies before picking up their citizens from the epicentre of the outbreak in Wuhan. A Thai artist composed a song, Wuhan Press On, while similar words of encouragement…

Chinese government vessels challenge the status quo around Senkaku Islands: Sin Chew Daily contributor, East Asia News & Top Stories

TOKYO (SIN CHEW DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – In 2019, the relationship between Japan and China was seen to be on track towards improvement. However, the China Coast Guard (CCG) has become more active around the Senkaku Islands than in the previous year. From the Japanese point of view, that gap between China’s posture in its diplomacy and in the water is unavoidably perceptible. This trend remains intact or has further intensified after the COVID-19 coronavirus first appeared in China at the end of 2019 and later spread to neighboring countries.…

US reversal stops UN Security Council vote on coronavirus pandemic truce, United States News & Top Stories

UNITED NATIONS • The United States has stunned the United Nations (UN) Security Council by preventing a vote on a resolution for a ceasefire in various conflicts around the world to help troubled countries better fight the coronavirus pandemic, diplomats said. Washington’s reversal on Friday came a day after it agreed to the text, negotiators said, requesting anonymity. “The United States cannot support the current draft,” the country’s delegation declared, without further detail, to the 14 other Security Council members, after nearly two months of difficult negotiation over the text.…

US piles on the pressure as ties with China plumb the depths, East Asia News & Top Stories

Using Mandarin to “reach out” to the Chinese-speaking world on the Internet, US deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger preached democracy this week in a move seen by analysts as an attempt to foment chaos in China, including Hong Kong which was rocked by months of unrest last year. Mr Pottinger, who faced police intimidation when he worked as a journalist in Beijing in the late 1990s before joining the US Marines, warned that punishment of Chinese “heroes” – doctors who sounded early warnings about the coronavirus outbreak and citizen…

US Navy ships in Barents Sea near Russia, first time since 1980s, United States News & Top Stories

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Navy sent four ships this week to conduct Arctic security operations in the Barents Sea north of Russia for the first time in over three decades, the Pentagon said on Monday (May 4). The move came as US officials said rivals like China and Russia were increasingly testing US defence resolve with their own air and sea challenges during the coronavirus pandemic. The four vessels, along with a British Royal navy ship, conducted operations in the increasingly strategic Arctic region “to assert freedom of navigation…

High-seas energy fight off Malaysia draws US, Chinese warships, SE Asia News & Top Stories

KUALA LUMPUR (BLOOMBERG) – Malaysia’s push to explore energy blocks off its coast has turned into a five-nation face off involving US and Chinese warships, raising the risk of a direct confrontation as broader tensions grow between the world’s biggest economies. The episode began in December, when Malaysia’s state-run energy giant Petroliam Nasional Bhd contracted a vessel to explore two areas in the South China Sea in its extended continental shelf. Those waters are also claimed by Vietnam and China, which immediately sent ships to shadow the boat. The situation…

Coronavirus: Malaysia-China virus diplomacy masks South China Sea tension, SE Asia News & Top Stories

KUALA LUMPUR – The team of eight Chinese coronavirus experts waved flags and gave their thumbs ups when they arrived in Kuala Lumpur 10 days ago, and the cameras would have probably caught their wide grins if not for the masks they had on. Such is the face of Beijing’s “mask diplomacy” – more cynical observers call it “virus diplomacy” – that has seen medical aid sent to over 120 countries worldwide, including most of South-east Asia. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about…

KL urges peaceful resolution to disputes over South China Sea, Asia News & Top Stories

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia yesterday called for disputes over the South China Sea to be resolved by peaceful means, amid a stand-off between Chinese and Malaysian vessels that a US think-tank said had been going on for months. US and Australian warships arrived in the South China Sea earlier this week near an area where a Chinese government survey vessel, Haiyang Dizhi 8, has been operating close to a drillship under contract to Malaysian state oil company Petronas, regional security sources have said. The stand-off is the latest development in…

Aussie vessel joins US ships in S. China Sea exercises, SE Asia News & Top Stories

KUALA LUMPUR • An Australian frigate has joined three United States warships in the South China Sea near an area where a Chinese vessel is suspected to be exploring for oil, near waters also claimed by Vietnam and Malaysia. The warships arrived this week close to where the Chinese government survey ship Haiyang Dizhi 8 has been operating, which is in turn near where a vessel operated by Malaysia’s state-oil company Petronas is conducting exploratory drilling, regional security sources have said. The US navy said on Tuesday that the USS…