South China Sea news: Beijing’s secret deal sparks military fears | World | News

China has secured the rights to develop Tualagi commercially, leaving residents shocked and concerned about future use of the island. An agreement between a Chinese company and the Solomon Islands government has been reported to have been reached secretly by the New York Times. The company in question The China Sam Enterprise Group, is a state-owned enterprise with strong ties to the ruling Communist Party. The company is said to have secured a renewable 75-year lease with a focus on commercial development. However, the move has raised fears among residents…

South China Sea fury: Philippines want controversial film backing China claims to be cut | World | News

The U-shaped line is a signifier on Chinese maps which indicates Beijing’s claim for water ownership in the South China Sea, where numerous Asian countries are at odds over the exploration of natural resources. It is a claim that Chinese President Xi Jinping has aggressively tried to assert upon neighbours in the region, sparking opposition from countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines, as well as the US and Australia. The foreign minister of the Philippines called on Wednesday for a cut to a scene in DreamWorks’ animated film “Abominable”…

South China Sea: Vietnam hits back at China following escalating tensions | World | News

The two states have experienced a crisis point in their diplomatic ties following Beijing’s institution of its nine-dash line policy. Under the nine-dash line policy, China lays claim to several territories that are currently contested with multiple neighbouring nations. Such has been the territorial dispute, that China has clashed with the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. In July tensions between Vietnam and China reached a high point when Beijing dispatched a research ship to conduct surveying missions in waters controlled by Vietnam. Both countries claimed that they were merely exercising their…

South China Sea: US flexes its muscles in South China sea in joint naval exercises | World | News

The exercises were meant to send a clear message to China, which has increasingly been involved in multiple territorial disputes with its smaller neighbours in the region. The joint exercises involved ships from the US 7th fleet and included maritime strike operations, air defence and anti-submarine warfare operations. Rear Admiral George Wikoff, commander of the Task Force 70 told reporters that “our operations in the Indo-Pacific are focused on maintaining regional stability and security”. He added: “Our presence reflects our commitment to the values we share with the many partners…

South China Sea: Philippines risk conflict with China over Russian oil invite | World | News

President Rodrigo Duterte recently travelled to Russia where he met with senior Russian officials. Following the visit, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III announced that Moscow was very interested in agreeing on an energy partnership in a huge blow to China’s dominance in the region. Mr Dominguez said: “You have to remember that we don’t have a big relationship with Russia, and I think that the trip of the President opened the avenues for increased contact with Russians.” When asked what ventures Russia was interested in, the Finance Secretary said:…

South China Sea crisis: Will Trump’s Middle East policy hand control to Beijing? | World | News

Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison has expressed concerns over Trump’s latest move in the Middle East, amid fears of an ISIS resurgence as a result of US withdrawal. The fears have been sparked because the US will relinquish control of a prison camp that has ISIS fighters detained with the help of Kurdish forces. However, Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan has dealt devastating airstrikes on the US-backed militia, leaving it unclear who will take control of ISIS detainees provoking many to fear some will escape. This included Prime Minister Morrison, who…

When World War III Happens, It Will Start In One Of These 5 Places

You May Also Like: 5 Best Submarines of All Time, 5 Best Aircraft Carriers of All Time, 5 Best Battleships of All Time and Worst Submarine of All Time. Key point: The flashpoints for future conflict already exist. The world has avoided war between major power war since 1945, even if the United States and the Soviet Union came quite close on several occasions during the Cold War. In the first two decades following the fall of the Berlin Wall, great power war seemed virtually unimaginable. Today, with China’s power still increasing and Russia’s rejection of the international order apparently…

China Wants to Dominate World, but Will U.S. Values Survive?

The People’s Republic of China bounds from strength to strength. Every year sees increases in its wealth and power relative to the world. But what do its leaders hope to achieve with their newfound clout? China’s Vision of Victory, Jonathan D.T. Ward, Atlas Publishing, 316 pp., $25, March 2019 This is the topic of Jonathan D.T. Ward’s China’s Vision of Victory. Ward is ideally placed to write such a book, boasting a doctorate from Oxford University in Chinese politics, a résumé that has led him across the Asian continent, and…

World War 3 news: China unveils groundbreaking UFO-like aircraft | World | News

This new piece of military hardware is, in fact, a circular helicopter. Its futuristic design makes it look lime a UFO and would not be out of place in a Hollywood sci-fi film. The prototype was on display at the fifth China Helicopter Exposition in Tianjin, on Thursday. At the display, a placard of the craft said: “The Super Great White Shark armed helicopter is a composite wing-body fusion high-speed helicopter configuration designed for the future digital information battlefield. “In the initial stage of its design, it refers to the…

South China Sea used by Beijing ‘used to smuggle crude oil’ to avoid global sanctions | World | News

A huge 910,000 tonnes of crude oil was offloaded at Chinese ports during the month of September after it was transferred in the South China Sea, according to Bloomberg. This amount is three times as much as the month of August.  The US has warned that there will be repercussions for anyone who buys Iranian oil. It is believed that the oil comes from Iran or Venezuela. Michal Meidan, director of the China Energy Programme at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, said: “I think its highly likely that these…