China to Australia: stop treating us as a threat or we won’t pick up the phone | Australia news

Chinese government ministers won’t start answering phone calls from their Australian counterparts unless Canberra stops treating Beijing as a strategic threat, a senior embassy official has warned. China is urging the Morrison government to make a clear decision on whether it sees Beijing as a “threat” or an “opportunity”, setting this up as a key precondition for resuming ministerial-level talks, which have been frozen since early this year. In a sign there is no clear offramp from the serious diplomatic rift, a Chinese embassy official told Guardian Australia it was…

Beijing sends Biden a warning | News, Sports, Jobs

Because of Donald Trump, Vice President Joe Biden thundered during the campaign, the U.S. “is more isolated in the world than we’ve ever been … America First has made America alone.” Biden promised to repair relations with America’s allies. And he appears to have gone some distance to do so in the congratulatory phone call he received from Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan. According to Suga, during the brief call, Biden said Article V of the U.S.-Japan Mutual Security Treaty of 1960 covers the Senkaku Islands in the East…

Bhutan denies claims of China setting up village inside its territory, satellite experts call bluff

Later the tweet was removed. However, it is to be noted that satellite imagery and map locations have showb what appears to be the Chinese settlement near the contested Doklam platueu area. An NDTV report also cites official maps stamped by the Bhutanese government, which show that the Chinese settlement lies “well within Bhutan’s present claim lines”. The report also quotes international observers and satellite imagery experts as challenging Bhutan’s denial of what is being called a “clear breach of Bhutan’s sovereignty”. The Pangda village lies 2 kilometres within Bhutanese…

A review of Indonesia’s Bawah Reserve hotel in the South China Sea

Rain hammers down on the tin roof and the tiny ten-seater seaplane rocks from side to side. ‘You’ve chosen a good day to fly with us,’ the barefoot pilot says with a smile. The sky is black as we take off along the sodden runway, and lightning strikes the second the plane lifts off the ground. For more than an hour, we see little but the blue of the South China Sea until, out of nowhere, six jungle-covered islands rising out of a twinkling lagoon loom into sight. The seaplane…

Watch Duterte tighten the screws when Biden takes over

Richard Heydarian is an Asia-based academic, columnist and author of “The Rise of Duterte: A Populist Revolt Against Elite Democracy” and the “The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China and the New Struggle for Global Mastery.” Like other strongman leaders across the world, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte definitely did not want to see Joe Biden win the U.S. presidential election. For Duterte, four more years of fellow populist Donald Trump was a much more preferable outcome. In tepid congratulations issued via his spokesman, Duterte emphasized the need for “mutual respect” and “mutual benefit,” a…

East Asia Summit voices concern over S.China Sea

The East Asia Summit has expressed “serious concern” about the South China Sea, where China has increased its maritime presence. The use of the strong wording was the first by the summit in five years. This year’s meeting of 18 countries including those of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Japan, the United States and China, was held online on November 14, with Vietnam serving as chair. The chairman’s statement was released on Friday. The statement referred to the situation in the South China Sea without criticizing China by name.…

Patrick Buchanan: Beijing sends Biden a warning | Opinion

Because of Donald Trump, Vice President Joe Biden thundered during the campaign, the U.S. “is more isolated in the world than we’ve ever been … America First has made America alone.” Biden promised to repair relations with America’s allies. And he appears to have gone some distance to do so in the congratulatory phone call he received from Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan. According to Suga, during the brief call, Biden said Article V of the U.S.-Japan Mutual Security Treaty of 1960 covers the Senkaku Islands in the East…

China will have to play by rules; US to rejoin WHO: Biden

By Lalit K Jha Washington, Nov 20 (PTI) US President-elect Joe Biden has said that he wants to make sure that China plays by the rules and announced that his administration will rejoin the World Health Organisation. Biden was responding to a question on Thursday about his remarks during the presidential debates that he wanted to punish China over the way Beijing has been behaving. He was asked if that could include economic sanctions or tariffs on China, the world”s second largest economy. In April, President Donald Trump announced that…

Quo vadis – Manila Standard

posted November 19, 2020 at 12:00 am “At this point, what can we do?” By Amb. Albert Del Rosario, Chairman, ADR Stratbase Institute I. The importance of the South China Sea The South China Sea, as we know, is of tremendous economic and geostrategic importance: It is where a quarter of international trade goes through and where more than half of the world’s oil tankers and merchant ships pass every year. The South China Sea is part of an area that has long been known to be the “greatest concentration…