Philippines warns of China threat after US nuclear pact exit

The Philippines’ defence minister says Washington’s withdrawal from a key missile treaty with Russia has “triggered a nuclear arms race” and he fears Beijing might target his country if the US were to use it as a staging post in a future atomic war with China. Delfin Lorenzana’s remarks to the Financial Times mark the most explicit warning yet by an Asian official of the consequences of President Donald Trump’s February 1 decision to pull out of the  Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. “The withdrawal of the US from the INF…

China Brief Early Warning: Xi Jinping Warns Against the “Black Swans” and “Gray Rhinos” of a Possible Color Revolution

Introduction During the Lunar New Year holidays, political circles in Beijing were abuzz with this question: “Who, or what, are ‘black swans’ and ‘gray rhinos’?” This followed a major speech given by President and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping at the Central Party School (CPS) last month, in which the the 65-year-old leader raised the highest alert for Party officials to “be on guard against black swans and keep watchful for gray rhinos” (jingti hei tian’e, fangfan hui xiniu / 警惕黑天鹅, 防范灰犀牛) (People’s Daily, January 22). Noting…

U.S. intel warns of continued Chinese pressure on Taiwan | Politics | FocusTaiwan Mobile

Washington, Jan. 29 (CNA) U.S. intelligence agencies indicated Tuesday that they expect Beijing to continue its efforts to force Taiwan to accept its “One China” framework and ultimately Chinese control. Top U.S. security officials, including Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, presented their annual global threats assessment to the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday. According to the assessment, Beijing will almost certainly continue to use both pressure and incentives to try to force Taipei to…

China ‘greatest long-term strategic threat,’ to US, top Pacific commander warns

The top U.S. commander in the Indo-Pacific warned lawmakers on Tuesday about the threat China poses to the United States. U.S. Indo-Pacific Command head Adm. Philip Davidson said China represents the “greatest long-term strategic threat to a free and open Indo-Pacific and to the United States.” “Those who believe this is reflective of an intensifying competition between an established power in the United States and a rising power in China are not seeing the whole picture,” Davidson said in his opening statement during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. “Rather, I believe we…

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…

China Warns It Won’t Allow U.S. Interference in Taiwan as Military Leaders Meet to Defuse Tensions

A senior Chinese military general has warned an American admiral that Beijing will not tolerate U.S. efforts to interfere in China’s relationship with Taiwan, as the two officials met to defuse tensions that have been simmering over the island and the South China Sea. General Li Zuocheng—the head of China’s Joint Staff Department—sat down with Admiral John Richardson on Monday as part of the latter’s three-day trip to China, according to the South China Morning Post. Read More: China sends warning to U.S. with more intense naval activity off Taiwan China’s…

Chinese navy veteran warns training, not hardware is key to military preparedness

When Wang Yunfei, a retired Chinese naval officer, was on vacation in Okinawa in January, he watched with a heavy heart as Japanese fighter jets and helicopters carried out a routine training exercise at Naha Airport. The cloud was low and the sky was murky and overcast. “The cloud was barely 200 to 300 metres above ground and the jets immediately disappeared into the cloud after take-off,” Wang said. “In China, [our military planes] would not have taken off [for training] if the cloud was lower than 400 metres above…

China Developing New Stealth Jets to ‘Strike Regional and Global Targets,’ Defense Intelligence Agency Warns

China is developing medium- and long-range stealth bombers that would be capable of striking regional as well as global threats, according to a new report. Besides the United States, China is the only other nation known to have successfully developed a stealth fighter. The Asian superpower in 2017 launched J-20 fighters into active service, and now the country is working to expand its arsenal. “Stealth technology continues to play a key role in the development of these new bombers, which probably will reach initial operational capability no sooner than 2025,” read…

World War 3: Chinese preparing for conflict over South China Sea with US warns James Inhof | World | News

The Republican Congressman made the comments during a Tuesday committee hearing on security threats to the US. China claims ownership of the oil-rich South China Sea. This claim is contested by the US and several of the country’s neighbours. According to US military newspaper Navy Times Mr Inhofe commented: “It’s like China is preparing for World War 3. “You’re talking to our allies over there and you wonder whose side they’re going to be on.” China has been fortifying and building bases on islands and artificial reefs in the contested…

U.S. intel warns of continued Chinese pressure on Taiwan | Politics | FOCUS TAIWAN

Washington, Jan. 29 (CNA) U.S. intelligence agencies indicated Tuesday that they expect Beijing to continue its efforts to force Taiwan to accept its “One China” framework and ultimately Chinese control. Top U.S. security officials, including Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, presented their annual global threats assessment to the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday. According to the assessment, Beijing will almost certainly continue to use both pressure and incentives to try to force Taipei to accept…