Tanks spotted in NE Taiwan as tensions with C…

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan battle tanks were spotted prowling the streets of Yilan, Taiwan, on Wednesday (March 25), as cross-strait tensions rise during the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On Wednesday, the third day of military exercises being held across Taiwan, four army M60A3 tanks took part in a training exercise in Yilan County’s Yuanshan Township. The rare sight of tanks rolling through an urban area drew many curious onlookers. According to Taiwan’s Military News Agency (MNA), the drill was meant to improve the combat effectiveness…

US warship sails through Taiwan Strait amid tensions with China | China News

A United States warship passed through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, the US and Taiwan‘s militaries said, following heightened tensions between China and Taiwan that has seen Taiwanese air force jets scramble to intercept Chinese fighters. The ship sailed north through the waterway and was monitored by Taiwan’s armed forces, the island’s defence ministry said in a statement on Thursday. It described the sailing as an “ordinary mission”, saying there was no cause for alarm, Reuters news agency reported. More: Anthony Junco, a spokesman for the US Seventh Fleet said…

US-China Tensions Heat Up As Beijing Seeks Leadership Role

Both countries have scrambled to shape the international narrative on the COVID-19 virus. A sharp escalation in tit-for-tat retributions between China and the United States marks a deeply uncertain moment in relations between the two countries, already under strain from a longstanding trade dispute and a fierce debate over international use of Chinese technology. Both countries have scrambled over the last week to shape the international narrative surrounding both the inception and response to the COVID-19 virus.  Trump began resolutely referring to the disease as the “Chinese virus,” brushing aside concerns about…

South China Sea mapped: China’s new standoff with Malaysia as Philippines tensions boil | World | News

The flashpoint has erupted after Malaysia explored waters outside its economic exclusion zone, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), leaving China and Vietnam livid. For the past three weeks the countries have been wrestling for control as part of the wider battle for oil rich waters in the region. But the new clash has been sparked by a British drillship – the West Capella – deployed by Malaysia to an area which lies within the Malaysia-Vietnam Joint Defined Area (JDA) as well as China’s Nine-Dash Line. Some of…

Trump’s relationship with Philippines faces HUGE tensions after military pact ripped up | World | News

Mr Duterte’s administration told the US it would be terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement between the two countries, which has been active since 1998. The primary effect of the agreement is that it allows the US government to retain jurisdiction over US military personnel accused of committing crimes in the Philippines. This is the case as long as the crimes are not “of particular importance to the Philippines”. The agreement also enabled US military personnel to pass in and out of the Philippines without visas or passports. It appears Mr…

WW3: George Soros’ chilling ‘global disorder’ prediction revealed over US-China tensions | World | News

He made the chilling statement in his 2015 column for The New York Review of Books, as he urged the US and China to form a partnership to avoid escalating hostility. Mr Soros said: “In all areas, national, sectarian, business, and other special interests take precedence over the common interest. “This trend has now reached a point where instead of a global order we have to speak of global disorder. “In the political sphere local conflicts fester and multiply. Taken individually these conflicts could possibly be solved but they tend…

South China Sea warning: How China’s dominance ‘cannot be reversed’ as tensions soar | World | News

China’s forces have engulfed the region with military bases, weapons installations and asserted its controversial Nine-Dash Line territory claim despite anger from other Asian nations. And now, it appears even the military efforts of the US have failed to stop Beijing’s forces from becoming the superior presence in the region. According to the Council of Foreign Relations, China’s dominance “cannot be reversed” because of the relentless aggression from Beijing accompanied by huge resources. The nonprofit think tank said: “The United States cannot reverse China’s militarisation of the South China Sea;…

South China Sea crisis: Warship deployed as tensions erupt between US and China | World | News

Beijing said its military forces closely followed and monitored the USS Shiloh, a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, as it sailed through the sensitive waterway. The latest spat comes less than a week after Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen won re-election by a landslide on a platform of standing up to China, which claims sovereignty over the island.  Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing urged the US to abide by its “one China” policy and deal with Taiwan-related matters in a way that did not undermine China-US relations or stability in…

RCEP expected to help ease South China Sea tensions | Daily Express Online

RCEP expected to help ease South China Sea tensions Published on: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 By: Bernama KUALA LUMPUR: The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) that is aimed to be signed this year could be the tool to ease tensions in the South China Sea, a senior researcher told a seminar.  Senior Researcher, Centre for Maritime Economics & Industries, Maritime Institute of Malaysia, Cdr ® Ang Chin Hup said as Asean and China continues to work on the South China Sea Code of Conduct (COC), RCEP could shift the…