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.…

China news: China orders school books destroyed – reprinted with ‘thoughts of Xi Jinping’ | World | News

The systematic deletion of literature has been instigated at every level, from primary and secondary schools and even in higher education departments, such as the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing. The order came from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP’s) ministry of education after they released a statement in October 2019 ordering the destruction of books “that damage the unity of the country, sovereignty or its territory; books that upset society’s order and damage societal stability; books that violate the Party’s guidelines and policies, smear or defame the party, the country’s…

China’s Xi Ends Myanmar Visit With Flurry of Agreements

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar — Chinese President Xi Jinping ended a two-day state visit to Myanmar on Saturday after attending the signing of a raft of agreements buttressing bilateral relations and advancing Beijing’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, in which his host country is a key player. The two sides exchanged memoranda of understanding, letters and protocols covering 33 projects in the fields of information, industry, agriculture, security and the resettlement of internally displaced people in Myanmar’s war-torn Kachin State, which borders China. The agreements were signed after a morning meeting between…

Xi Jinping Kicks off Myanmar State Visit – The Diplomat

Advertisement China’s President Xi Jinping was given a lavish welcome to Myanmar as he arrived Friday for a state visit meant to deepen bilateral relations at a critical time. The visit nominally marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Myanmar, but also carries the promise of significantly boosting China’s profile and future investments. Xi’s arrival was greeted with dancing children and youths waving the national flags of both countries and cheering, “Long live China-Myanmar friendship” and “Health to President Xi.” China’s ambassador to Myanmar,…

China’s Xi turns to Myanmar as he pushes for ‘Belt and Road’ plan | China News

Yangon, Myanmar – Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Myanmar on Friday on his first trip to the country since 2009, and is expected to step up investment in the southeast Asian nation including in the conflict-wracked state of Rakhine, a key link in China‘s Belt and Road initiative. Myanmar’s deputy minister of commerce, Aung Htoo, told reporters ahead of the visit that Xi would sign agreements related to the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone and $1.3bn port in Rakhine, where a brutal military crackdown in 2017 led hundreds of thousands…