China’s Communist Party makes the Chinese — and the world — sick

China’s coronavirus, after wreaking vast human suffering and a mounting death toll in Wuhan Province and elsewhere in China, has spread to other countries, disrupting travel and commerce and spurring well-founded fears of a global pandemic. It is hard to imagine that anything good could come out of this public health disaster. Yet, if the international community can muster the vision and courage, coordinated national policies could make it a historically transformative event. Since the totalitarian incompetence and callous dishonesty of the Chinese Communist Party brought about the public health…

South China Sea: Philippines row pushes Trump into backing down from region | World | News

The US and the Philippines have come to blows in recent weeks as the Asian nation looks to secure more independence from the US. President Rodrigo Duterte threatened last month to rip up an agreement between Manila and Washington, which would stop US troops from training in the country. The row was sparked after Mr Duterte’s political ally had his visa in the US cancelled. The White House expressed concern over Manila’s methods for combating drug-related crime in the Philippines. The Filipino leader lashed out in an animated fashion, calling…

From Japan to Britain, why the world loves hosting US troops

Representational image of the US military. Source: army.mil Text Size: A- A+ The U.S. has a global military footprint that is second to none, and one of the most visible aspects of that footprint is a worldwide network of bases. From Japan to the U.K., America’s overseas installations allow it to shape events thousands of miles from U.S. shores. Critics have long argued that basing troops abroad also creates anti-American sentiment, making Washington’s worldwide presence toxic and self-defeating. A recent study turns this critique on its head,…

Malaysia ‘believes pilot of MH370 committed suicidal mass murder’ | World

The Malaysian government secretly concluded that the pilot of an airliner that vanished six years ago committed a suicidal mass murder, Tony Abbott, the former prime minister of Australia, has claimed. Contact with the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was lost less than an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing on March 8, 2014. The plane mysteriously reversed course and flew south over the Indian Ocean. Though some components and debris from the aircraft have washed up in Africa, the wreckage and crash site of Flight…

South China Sea crisis: How Boris Johnson’s row with Donald Trump could hand China control | World | News

The South China Sea has been the setting of intense political battles between the US and China, with President Trump forced to up Washington’s military presence in the area. This is because Beijing’s forces have militarised the Spratly Island chain, surrounded by natural resources and claimed by other Asian nations. Described by many as “island fortresses”, China has engulfed the Spratly chain with man-made island bases. The moving of its aircraft carriers, airstrips and weapons into the region has earned the cluster of bases the nickname: “The Great Wall of…

South China Sea: Japan risks furious Chinese backlash as fishing row erupts | World | News

Officials said they were transferring the 741-ton ship Hakurei Maru to Indonesia as well as providing a £15.3 million funding to boost the impoverished country’s coast guard’s feet of vessels to help it thwart illegal fishing expeditions in its territorial waters in the South China Sea. The 27-year-old Hakurei Maru is 206.5ft long and has berths for 29 people. Kazuhiko Shimizu, economic counselor at the Japanese Embassy in Indonesia, said the measures were being taken to promote its “free and open Indo-Pacific strategy”. He said: “Recently, Indonesia has suffered some…

South China Sea: Taiwan scrambles jets as Chinese military planes encircle island | World | News

China has often infringed on the territories of several countries in the South China Sea under its ‘nine-dash line’ policy. Under the policy, China claims several islands and waters that are within the territorial boundaries of states such as Taiwan, the Philippines and Indonesia. According to Taiwan’s Defence Ministry, the jets shadowed the Chinese aircraft out of the airspace. In a statement, the ministry said: “The Chinese Communist Party’s long-range far-out-at-sea missions have impacted regional security and stability and endanger the peace and welfare shared by all parties in the…

Canada is waking up to China’s quest for a ‘new world order’, says Japanese observer

One of Japan’s top academics says China is trying to create its own new world order — and leading Western democracies, Canada included, have started to look at their relationship with the rising superpower through that lens. For the last several years, Junya Nishino’s research has been focused on his country’s relationship with South and North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s outbursts gave him plenty to work on. But it has been hard for the demure, precise professor of political science to ignore an increasingly assertive Beijing, its provocative…

World defense spending rises 4% in 2019: report

A Chinese soldier salutes in front of a drone during a parade to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, on October 1, 2019. (Getty/Kyodo) LONDON (Kyodo) — Global defense spending rose 4 percent in 2019 from a year earlier to $1.73 trillion, the biggest increase in a decade, a British think-tank said in an annual report released Friday. A 6.6 percent expansion each by the United States and China made a…