Trump v China: Beijing could win Indo-Pacific conflict before US even responds – report | World | News

The University of Sydney’s United States Study Centre has warned the US has lost its military presence in the Indian Ocean, the western and central Pacific Ocean, and the seas connecting the two in the general area of Indonesia, also known more commonly as the Indo-Pacific. In a report called “Averting Crisis: American strategy, military spending and collective defence in the Indo-Pacific”, the document claims “America no longer enjoys military primacy in the Indo-Pacific and its capacity to uphold a favourable balance of power is increasingly uncertain”. The report warns…

Philippines’ Duterte to visit Beijing amid China sea tensions | World

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (left) will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping next week. — Reuters pic MANILA, Aug 20 — President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping next week to raise their conflicting claims to the South China Sea, as the Filipino leader faces pressure at home to confront Beijing. While Duterte has embraced China and had largely set aside a once-tense standoff over the resource-rich waterway, a series of confrontations have stoked domestic discontent.  Duterte heads to China on August 28 and is due to return to…

South China Sea latest news: US vow to keep sea-lanes open after Beijing’s ‘violations’ | World | News

The US has emphasised its commitment to the Mutual Defence Treaty with the Philippines as China pushes to dominate the Indo-Pacific region. The United States military affirms it will keep patrolling the disputed South China Sea to deter China from having strategic control of the region, said the US Air Force chief as he restated the US commitment to defend the Philippines in case of an armed attack. General David Goldfein, US Air Force Chief of Staff, said: “I’ll just tell you that there’s in our willingness or our ability…

South China Sea latest World War 3 news: Philippine Defence Secretary sparks spy row | World | News

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana had called for online casinos operating near Philippine military camps to be relocated due to fears they may be used as spies by Beijing. When Beijing’s ambassador in Manila Zhao Jianhua suggested Philippine workers in China could do the same, Mr Lorenzana rejected the statement. According to South China Morning Post, he explained: “That’s the most preposterous statement I’ve heard in a long while. “There are no POGO-like (Philippines offshore gaming operations) centres in China that can be operated purely by Filipinos near Chinese military camps.” A…

South China Sea: Australia urged to take key defensive measures against China | World | News

Australian politicians have stepped up warnings over China’s behaviour in the South China Sea and Pacific region after assertive manoeuvres from Beijing in recent weeks. A lack of trust in US President Donald Trump to come to Canberra’s aid has Prime Minister Scott Morrison on edge – and Australia may need to take steps to be able to defend itself without Washington’s help. Former defence strategist Hugh White, who wrote Australia’s Defence White Paper in 2000, released a manifesto on what his country needs to do to survive amid growing…

Taiwan earthquake: Massive magnitude of 5.0 rocks islands locked in the Ring of Fire | World | News

According to reports, the quake hit the city of Hualien on the east coast. The earthquake struck the island at 12.05pm local time (5.05am BST). According to the China Earthquake Networks Centre, the quake hit a depth of 6km (3.7 miles). As of yet, there have been no reports of damage or injuries. The quake caused “mild shocks” throughout central Taiwan according to Taiwan News. Today’s latest quake comes 12 hours after the island was struck by an initial earthquake. The magnitude 4.5 quake struck in the same area on…

South China Sea: Tensions escalate as Vietnam begs Beijing to remove vessels | World | News

Like many countries in the region, Vietnam has clashed with China over certain areas which Beijing considers within its nine-dash line policy. The nine-dash line policy is the demarcation line marked out by Beijing and includes hotly contested island groups such as the Spratly and Paracels. Recently, Vietnam confirmed that a Chinese survey vessel had re-entered its territorial waters, thus inflaming tensions once again. Following the return of the Chinese vessel, Vietnam has pleaded with China to leave the Vanguard bank. In a statement, Le Thi Thu Hang, a spokeswoman…

China & N. Korea ‘to boost military ties & provide security in Asia-Pacific’ amid tensions with US — RT World News

China and North Korea will boost military cooperation and work together to assure security in the Asia Pacific, a high-ranking Chinese commander has said. Both Beijing and Pyongyang view US activities in the region as a threat. Days after North Korea made headlines with fresh missile tests, a delegation from Pyongyang has met with Chinese officials in Beijing. It was headed by a high-ranking military official, Kim Su-gil, director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People’s Army. Quoted by the media after the meeting, the Chinese general who…

South China Sea: Beijing on collision course with US after investing $300m in Cambodia | World | News

Beijing’s move was swiftly followed by an announcement by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that his country would be investing £280 million in efforts aiming at fighting climate change and “disaster resilience in the Pacific”. Analysts have suggested the decision was the result of pressure by Washington to counter Chinese influence in the South China Sea, where Beijing has built numerous military installations in recent years. The agreement between China and Cambodia will see the Beijing invest $290million to expand its presence in the south-east Asian country. Under the terms…