China harasses PTTEP’s exploration activity off Malaysia

The Chinese coast guard has been harassing a drilling rig contracted to Thailand’s PTTEP in Malaysian waters off Sarawak as the company attempts to appraise its biggest ever gas discovery. The China coast guard ship 5402 harassed Borr Drilling’s Gunnlod jack-up drilling unit and its supply ships within Malaysia’s 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea, off the coast of Sarawak, on November 19, reported the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI). The incident appears to have followed two weeks of rising tensions between the Chinese coast…

Guam can’t squander chances to change political status

George C. Eustaquio Published 1:57 p.m. ChT Nov. 30, 2020 President Harry S. Truman (seated) signs the Organic Guam Act of 1950. From left: Sen. Joseph C. O’Mahoney, Wyoming; Carlos Taitano, legislative representative of Guam; Harold Seidman, Bureau of the Budget; Secretary of the Navy Francis Matthews; Sen. Clinton P. Anderson, New Mexico; Secretary of the Interior Oscar Chapman; and Sen. Hugh Butler, Nebraska. (Photo: Courtesy of the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum) “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” Thousands of children were taken from the…

China slaps 200% tax on Australia wine amid tensions

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday added wine to the growing list of Australian goods barred from its markets in a trade war against Australia over disputes including its support for a probe into the origin of the coronavirus. The Ministry of Commerce imposed import taxes of up to 212.1 percent, effective Saturday, which Australia’s trade minister said make Australian wine unsellable in China, his country’s biggest export market. China increasingly is using its populous market as leverage to extract political concessions and increase its strategic influence. Earlier, China stopped…

Beijing’s Line on the S. China Sea: “Nothing to See Here”

The Chinese base at Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands ( file image courtesy Tony Peters) By The Lowy Interpreter 11-29-2020 02:02:26 [By Oriana Skylar Mastro] China’s strategy in responding to concerns about its intentions in the South China Sea is to claim that none of the activities, statements or behaviors that concern other countries are actually happening. China claims it has not militarized the South China Sea, but that the United States “is the real pusher of militarization” in…

Joe Biden to ‘cooperate with China’ and offer ‘more stable approach’ to Trump trade war | World | News

President Trump has long accused China of unfair trading practices and the theft of intellectual property, while in China, the view exists of the US seeing the country as a threat and so, tries to curb its rise as an economic global superpower. Negotiations are ongoing but have proven very difficult between President Trump and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping. Mr Trump’s tariffs policy is aimed at encouraging American consumers to buy home-grown goods by making imported items from China much more expensive. President Trump has…

U.S.-China Relations Haven’t Been This Toxic Since Vietnam

U.S.-China relations have been on a generally downward trajectory since it became apparent during the later Obama years that America’s longstanding policy of diplomatic and economic engagement had failed to bring China around to embrace democratic institutions or accept the rules-based international order led by the United States. On all fronts—diplomatic, military, and commercial—the relationship has been an exceptionally bumpy ride since Donald Trump assumed office. With the advent of COVID-19, international relations scholars and professional China watchers say, things have gone rapidly from bad to worse. Indeed, U.S.-China relations…

China slaps Australia with eye-watering 200% tax on wine exports as trade war erupts | World | News

Beijing has slapped a 200 percent tax on Australian wine as tensions rise between the two nations. Australia has drawn the wrath of Beijing by calling for an international investigation into China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. A strain in relations has also been amplified by China detaining Australian journalist Cheng Lei without charge. Canberra has also attacked China’s expansionist ambitions in the South China Sea that has seen Australia sign a mutual defence agreement with Japan, a traditional rival to Beijing. All of the contentions between both…

China’s resort island to resume cruise routes to South China Sea

Cruise routes to the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea will resume next month following an 11-month suspension due to the COVID-19 epidemic, according to the Hainan provincial department of transportation. Two cruise ships, the Nanhai Dream and the Changle Gongzhu, or Princess Changle, are scheduled to resume operation on December 9 and 10 respectively. The Xisha tour will last four days and three nights. Tourists will depart from the city of Sanya in Hainan to sail to the Yongle Islands in the Xisha Islands. In line with the…

Japan’s Suga and Asia | Inquirer Opinion

In his diplomatic debut after taking over from Shinzo Abe as Japan’s prime minister in September, Yoshihide Suga, with little experience in the foreign policy domain, chose visits to Vietnam and Indonesia in order to deepen ties with the two Southeast Asian nations. The twin visits need to be seen from the perspective of geostrategy and geoeconomics in the evolving scenario in the Indo-Pacific region. The growing bonhomie between Japan and Vietnam stems from the increasing belligerence of China that threatens the established regional order as it attempts to rewrite…