Taiwan the right choice for helping the US Navy

After the US government passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act late last month, the Chinese government announced early this month that it would retaliate by suspending visits to Hong Kong by US military ships and imposing sanctions on five US non-governmental organizations for instigating the “anti-extradition” protests in the territory. The US Navy has a long history of making port calls in Hong Kong. Although it has military bases in the region, including the Port of Manila and Da Nang Port in Vietnam, the US still favors…

Bonnie Glaser on the Future of US-China Relations, Taiwan, and Indo-Pacific Strategy – The Diplomat

Advertisement In this interview, Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia and the director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, discusses the future of U.S.-China ties, cross-strait relations, and the Indo-Pacific Strategy. If the poll predictions in Taiwan are correct and President Tsai is re-elected, how will her re-election impact cross-strait relations? Conversely, if Han Kuo-yu wins, do you think cross-strait relations will markedly improve? If Tsai Ing-wen is re-elected, there are several scenarios for the future of cross-strait relations. The…

China says aircraft carrier on way to South China Sea after Taiwan passage

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s first domestically-built aircraft carrier is on its way to the South China Sea for tests and to take part in exercises, the Chinese navy said on Monday, after sailing through the Taiwan Strait in a mission denounced by Taipei as intimidation. Taiwan’s defense ministry said on Sunday a Chinese carrier group led by the ship passed through the sensitive strait with U.S. and Japanese vessels tailing it. Self-ruled Taiwan, regarded by China as a wayward province, said Beijing was trying to intimidate the island ahead of…

China latest: Wonder weapon threatens to isolate Taiwan and prevent US protection | World | News

As per South China Morning Post, 16 of the DF-17s were on parade on the October 1 National Day celebrations. Zhou Chenming, a Beijing based military expert said the DF-17 had extended China’s range and gave China the ability to prevent the US aircraft carrier strike group from intervening. Mr Zhou said: “The DF-17 is designed as an offensive weapon amid Beijing’s defensive strategy to build a fence outside the Taiwan Strait to stop US warships from entering and intervening in any possible war between the PLA and the Taiwanese military.”…

US risks China’s wrath as US warship sails through Taiwan Strait in ‘routine’ operation | World | News

The USS Chancellorsville sailed through the disputed waters on Tuesday on what the US military has called a “routine” operation. Commander Reann Mommsen said the guided-missile cruiser travelled through the Strait to demonstrate “commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific”. This is the ninth-time a US vessel has sailed through the waters this year. Commander Mommsen, spokesman for the US 7th fleet said: “Guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit November 12 in accordance with international law. “The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates…

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…

Beijing’s South China Sea Aggression Is a Warning to Taiwan – Foreign Policy

China’s increasingly assertive actions in the South China Sea have drawn plenty of attention. But its moves are important not just for Beijing’s ambitions there, but for its wider playbook for wielding power and influence in the Indo-Pacific—and what it might have in store for Taiwan. Beijing has set out expansive territorial claims in its “nine-dash line,” which lays claim to virtually all the South China Sea, and advanced them through an integrated, whole-of-government approach, including the use of aggressive diplomacy and quasimilitary as well as military forces. China has…

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…