World War 3: South China Sea confrontation as Donald Trump sending in US warships | World | News

The visit, which took place last Monday, was made by guided missile destroyers USS Spruance and USS Preble. American warships have been conducting so-called ‘freedom of navigation’ patrols through the South China Sea in defiance of Beijing. Admiral Phil Davidson told the US Senate Armed Services Committee that China is seeking to dominate the region adding the country is “our greatest long-term strategic threat” rather than North Korea. He commented: “Through fear and coercion, Beijing is working to expand its form of ideology in order to bend, break and replace…

Will the Trade War Lead to Real War with China? – Consortiumnews

What the U.S. faces with China is not a new Cold War but a contest unlike any it has known before, says Chas W. Freeman, Jr. By Chas W. Freeman, JrChasFreeman.net Five hundred years ago, Hernán Cortés began the European annihilation of the Mayan, Aztec, and other indigenous civilizations in the Western Hemisphere.  Six months later, in August 1519, Magellan [Fernão de Magalhães] launched his circumnavigation of the globe.  For five centuries thereafter, a series of Western powers — Portugal, Spain, Holland, Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and, finally, the…

Russia dubs Gavin Williamson ‘minister for war’ in latest controversy surrounding gaffe-prone defence secretary

Russia has dubbed Gavin Williamson the “minister for war” in the latest controversy surrounding the gaffe-prone defence secretary. Sergei Lavrov, Moscow’s foreign minister, hit out at Mr Williamson after he accused the Kremlin of using mercenaries to “get away with murder while denying the blood on their hands” and of “trying to goad the west into a new arms race”. The defence secretary is also under fire after the chancellor aborted a trade trip to China, amid the fury sparked by his plan to send a British aircraft carrier to Beijing’s…

U.S.-China Trade War: How Did We Get Here? – iShares China Large-Cap ETF (NYSEARCA:FXI)

*This article was first printed on the China-US Focus website, www.chinausfocus.com.* The US and China are currently locked in a trade war amid other tensions, a situation which was unforeseeable just three years ago. Under President Obama, the US-China relationship was viewed as critical and treated with care. Now, under President Trump, China hawks dominate US foreign policy with the Asian nation, with little regard to making real or perceived slights. How did we get to this point, and what will it mean for what Obama referred to as “the…

U.S.-China Trade War Boosts Vietnamese City’s Economy : NPR

Vietnam’s economy grew faster than any mature country last year, partly because of the trade war. Manufacturers are leaving empty factories in China and are fleeing to cities like Hai Phong. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Some economists say there is no winner in a trade war. They’ve said that especially during President Trump’s trade war with China. Turns out, there is at least one winner, though. Vietnam is gaining business. It’s receiving what you might call trade war refugees who are taking their business out of the war zone. NPR’s Rob…

World War 3 news: South China Sea tensions ERUPT as US Navy sends two warships there | World | News

The two guided-missile destroyers sailed near the Chinese manmade islands of Mischief Reef. Tensions in the region have soared recently as the US has continued to show its military presence while Beijing has tried to increase its territory in the area. The two warships completed their passage in a move that China has constantly objected to. Commander Clay Doss said: “US Forces operate in the Indo-Pacific region on a daily basis, including in the South China Sea. “All operations are designed in accordance with international law and demonstrate that the…

World War 3: China nuclear carriers could confront US military in South China Sea | World | News

Currently China has only one aircraft carrier in service, versus 20 for the US. Beijing is attempting to build a navy which can match the US according to experts. According to former Chinese naval officer Wang Yunfei the new carriers will enter service in 2035. Mr Wang commented: “The country needs to keep developing until it is at the same level as the United States.” The new Chinese warship will be fitted with electromagnetic aircraft catapults, which are already deployed by the US navy. Separately, construction of China’s latest diesel…

World War 3: China warns the US to stay out of Taiwan amid South China Sea tensions | World | News

According to the South China Morning Post, General Li Zuocheng raised the issue with Admiral John Richardson on Monday as part of the latter’s three-day trip to China. Beijing has been flexing its muscles in the region but Taiwan still remains a flashpoint between the two superpowers. The state is still considered as part of China’s territory even though the two have been ruled separately since 1949. According to the report, General Li informed Mr Richardson: “The Taiwan issue is a matter of China’s internal affairs which concerns China’s core…

‘Short of war’ with the U.S., China’s control of South China Sea is complete

A rare trip on a U.S. Navy surveillance flight over the South China Sea illustrates how profoundly China has reshaped the security landscape across the region. NEAR MISCHIEF REEF, South China Sea — As the U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane banked low near Mischief Reef in the South China Sea this month, a Chinese warning crackled on the radio. “U.S. military aircraft,” came the challenge, delivered in English in a harsh staccato. “You have violated our China sovereignty and infringed on our security and our rights. You need to leave immediately…