Angry US-China rivalry intensifies despite Trump talk with Xi Jinping

President Trump has enraged the Chinese Communist Party by signing legislation Thursday that will help American diplomats fight Beijing’s attempts to isolate Taiwan, a sign that antagonism between China and the United States continues to ramp up. “We strongly urge the US to correct its mistake, refrain from implementing this act and obstructing other countries’ pursuit of relations with China,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Friday. “Otherwise, it will be met with resolute countermeasure from the Chinese side.” Trump signed the bill into law on the very same…

Trump pledges to work with China’s Xi Jinping to fight coronavirus

President Trump announced Friday that he and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have pledged  to cooperate in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe. “Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China. Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet,” Trump said on Twitter early Friday. “China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!” added Trump, who notably refrained from referring to COVID-19 as the “China…

Yes, Blame China and Xi Jinping for the Wuhan Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to the “Chinese virus” when talking about the pandemic. Many of his critics insist the term is racist, echoing official Chinese talking points. Others, such as U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, say that we should not politicize the crisis by assigning blame, but focus on pulling together in the common fight against a global disease that makes no distinction between people and recognizes no borders. This is nonsense. The crisis is inherently political because it was caused in part by incompetent, malicious, and corrupt…

Xi Jinping’s coronavirus Chernobyl exposes China’s fatal vulnerabilities

ANALYSIS/OPINION: On April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear disaster in history occurred at Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The plant’s reactor core fire, which released airborne radioactive contamination as far as the UK where I was then a student, was finally contained nine days later. The Soviets initially denied the accident had occurred. Nearby cities were not evacuated and the May 1st International Workers’ Day celebrations took place as scheduled. Chernobyl cost the Soviets considerably — both in funds spent on dealing with the disaster and in international prestige and…

EDITORIAL | Postponed Xi Jinping Visit A Chance for Japan to Rethink Its China Policy

 The governments of Japan and China on March 5 jointly announced the postponement of the state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Japan. The visit had been due to take place during the first part of April.   The novel coronavirus contagion that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan continues in both countries. Explaining the reason for the postponement of Xi’s trip, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told the press, “Priority must be given to preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.”   Obviously, both governments need…

Hun Sen Is Rewriting Cambodian History Under Xi Jinping’s Tutelage

Last month, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in a show of solidarity amid the coronavirus crisis. Hun Sen was the first foreign leader to visit China after the outbreak began, calling Cambodia and China “steadfast friends” and criticizing other countries for restricting travel to China. The visit was another example of how Phnom Penh has grown closer to Beijing in recent years, while drifting further from the West. Cambodia appears increasingly like a Chinese vassal state. China is Cambodia’s biggest investor—best evidenced by…

China Draws Myanmar Closer with Visit from President Xi | Voice of America

YANGON, MYANMAR – Chinese President Xi Jinping likes to travel big. His visit to Myanmar in January — the first for a Chinese leader in almost two decades — was no exception, capped off with no less than 33 bilateral agreements. China, Myanmar Sign Dozens of Infrastructure Deals Deals reached as Myanmar faces global criticism for targeting minority Rohingya Muslims However, the number alone overstates things. Some of the “agreements” merely saw Xi’s entourage hand over feasibility studies for proposed projects. Many are not new. The number does, however, underscore the…

Chad Sbragia warns Xi Jinping, China military buildup threatens U.S.

China’s decadeslong military buildup now poses a threat to U.S. security not just in Asia but also around the globe, and a confrontation with China could emerge at one of several flashpoints, a senior Pentagon official warned Thursday. Chad Sbragia, deputy assistant defense secretary for China, told a congressional commission that Beijing’s buildup of missiles, warships, aircraft, space weaponry and cybercapabilities has accelerated under President Xi Jinping. He described it as “one of the most ambitious military modernization efforts in recent history.” “In most of the potential flashpoints in the…

Motegi vows to broach issues with China ahead of Xi Jinping’s Japan visit

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi on Monday vowed to tackle “outstanding issues” between Japan and China to clear the way for a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping scheduled for this spring. Both countries “share a great responsibility to ensure the peace and prosperity of Asia and the world,” Motegi said in a speech laying out the government’s foreign policy at the start of this year’s regular Diet session. As such, Tokyo and Beijing should hold regular high-level dialogue and step up exchanges and cooperation in various fields, he said.…