‘Don’t poke China but keep it guessing’: Trump insider spells out US strategy, World News

There is scope for Beijing and Washington to build a cooperative relationship but the US has to keep China on edge, according to a top adviser to US President Donald Trump. Michael Pillsbury, director of the Centre for Chinese Strategy with conservative think tank the Hudson Institute, said Trump had no intention of branding China an “enemy”, but regarded it as a competitor that had to be checked and counterbalanced, and an “unpredictable” US was the way to do that. Pillsbury, described by Trump as the “leading authority on China”,…

China develops killer ROBOT WARSHIPS in fresh threat to US – tensions escalate | World | News

The race is on to control the western Pacific, with China and the US keen to rule the strategically-vital trading routes. China already holds the upper hand in terms of navy numbers in the disputed area. And with the Chinese fleet about to acquire large numbers of killer robotic warship, this advantage over the US is about to grow. The Chinese has revealed a design for an autonomous robot warship that could finally tip the balance of geopolitical power in their favour. The unmanned surface vessel, known as JARI, will…

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…

Can China Create a World in its Own Image?

In the wake of Chinese leader Xi Xinping’s moves to make himself ruler for life, everyone is wondering about his government’s ambitions for its role in the world. Daniel Wagner has written about what the trends indicate in China Vision: China’s Crusade to Create A World in its Own Image. The book notes the paradox that China is in regards to investment. The world’s 2nd largest economy continues to accept billions of dollars in development loans from banks like the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Meanwhile, Chinese state…

In a Volatile World, Europe Struggles to Find Its Voice

MUNICH—Alarmed by the erosion of the post-Cold War order, Europeans are grasping at ways to influence a world in which Russia, China and the U.S. under President Trump are all jockeying for position. But a string of recent foreign-policy stumbles by the European Union are stirring deep concern in European capitals about the region’s capacity to be a player in a new, more volatile and dangerous world order. Decision-making within the 28-nation bloc has never been easy. But recently, the EU has been paralyzed in agreeing common stances on pressing issues such as Venezuela and the looming…

How China became Pakistan’s partner in jihadist terror – World News

On 14 February 2019, a 20-year-old suicide bomber, identified as Adil Ahmed Dhar, rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a bus carrying Indian paramilitary personnel in Jammu and Kashmir. It was one of the deadliest terror attacks in three decades, killing 44 and critically injuring many others. A Pakistan-based jihadi terrorist group, Jaish-e-Muhammad (“Army of Muhammed”), claimed responsibility for the attack. Founded in 2000 by Maulana Masood Azhar – a portly and bespectacled radical Islamist cleric – at the behest of Pakistan’s military establishment, Jaish-e-Muhammad has close financial and operational links…

Why the world shouldn’t expect North Korea to denuclearize

BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA – With the second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un coming up, I was invited to speak last Wednesday at a conference at the International Christian University in Tokyo on North Korea. It was an excellent event, focusing explicitly on cutting through the grandiose rhetoric from the United States and South Korean presidents about North Korea’s denuclearization to determine what the North has actually done since detente started in January 2018. The short answer is very little, and that is…

Hong Kong Sevens must learn vital lesson from best in the world Vancouver and show patience with Kai Tak Sports Park

As a Canadian, I don’t like to boast much, but sometimes it’s tough. A World Rugby internal evaluation has my hometown of Vancouver atop the list when it comes to the Sevens Series venue rankings, beating out second-placed Singapore and fifth-placed Hong Kong. According to an article in Singapore daily The Straits Times, the Canadian stop came out on top, and I’m hardly surprised as someone who has both attended and covered the event. Singapore Sevens ‘better than Hong Kong’ in World Rugby evaluation as city state gloats going ‘one…

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…