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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s willingness to infuriate China, particularly in his latest move to escalate the row over Taiwan, are part of a strategy to ensure that Mr Biden will be perceived as weak, Mr Rudd claimed. He argued that this could see already tense relations hit a new low, leaving many rivals – including Australia – upset at Mr Pompeo’s decisions ahead of Mr Biden’s inauguration later this month. Mr Rudd, leader of Australia in two spells between 2007 and 2013, argued that Mr Pompeo had created “strategic…

Bayan: US, China, Japan out to strip PH of resources

MANILA, Philippines — A few days before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit, protesters stormed the Chinese Embassy in Makati and the Japanese Embassy in Pasay City on Thursday and asked the APEC member states to “keep their dirty hands off the Philippines.”Carrying banners with the texts “Atin ang Pinas, China Layas” and “China out of PH Waters,” about 100 members of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), League of Filipino Students (LFS), Gabriela and Kilusang Mayo Uno started their series of protest actions at the Chinese embassy along Gil Puyat…

2020 accomplishments prime Vietnam for 2021 foreign affairs challenges

Without doubt, 2020 was a year that posed unprecedented challenges worldwide, the Covid-19 pandemic foremost among them. There were various other unresolved issues including an anti-globalization and free trade trend, increasing protectionism and an undermining of multilateralism. For Vietnam, in addition to the global challenges, 2020 was a year when it had to shoulder two major international responsibilities – chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the 2020-2021 term. The fact that a pandemic was raging…

Buildings shake as deep quake hits Taiwan, but no damage reported

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Buildings shook briefly in Taipei on Saturday as a deep, 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the northeastern coast of Taiwan, but there were no reports of damage. The quake’s epicentre was just off the coast of Yilan county, at a depth of 72.2 km (44.9 miles), according to the island’s Central Weather Bureau. Taipei’s subway system was operating as normal, the city government said. Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates in the South China Sea and is prone to earthquakes. More than 100 people…

‘Japan’s Abe, Canada’s Trudeau discussed South China Sea issue in bilateral meeting’

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a reporters question during a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. AP MANILA, Philippines — The South China Sea disputes may not have been touched or even mentioned in the summit of leaders of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation but it proved to be among the hot topics on the sidelines. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met for the first time the newly elected prime minister of Canada Justin…

Chinese Y-20 military cargo plane on South China Sea Fiery Cross Reef

The Chinese military was probably testing the capabilities of its transport aircraft, which satellite images showed on the militarized reef in the Spratly Islands on Christmas Day, one analyst said. Days after the plane appeared there, Chinese forces began three simultaneous drills in waters off Hainan, about 1,200 km north of the Spratlys. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. China flew its biggest warplane, the Y-20 transporter, to Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed South China Sea on December 25, satellite images show. The huge aircraft was seen on…

Palace: Safety, not China, concern for sea protesters

ALTHOUGH it was ignoring warnings by China against excursions to the contested Spratly Islands, Malacañang said Sunday it was nonetheless discouraging a group of young people from going there due to concerns over the safety of sea travel in the area. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Palace was not against the idealism of the youth group, composed mostly of college students from 81 provinces who want to assert the country’s claim to the disputed archipelago in the South China Sea. But it expressed concern for the group’s…

The China factor in India’s recent engagement with Vietnam

In 2019, South Korea imported 745,000 metric tonnes of palm oil, up from 194,000 metric tonnes in 2005. It is one of the fastest-growing markets for the commodity in the world, driven by government policies to boost palm oil as a lucrative green industry and to secure food and energy supplies from overseas. Most of this palm oil comes from Indonesia and Malaysia and until recently was used in processed food, such as instant noodles. But under the country’s “Green New Deal” introduced earlier this year, palm oil is being…

China orders military to be ready for war ‘at any second’ as Brit aircraft carrier prepares to sail to South China Sea

CHINA has told its military to be ready to “act at any second” amid rising tensions over disputed territories in the South China Sea. It comes with the UK’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, expected to be deployed to the region in the coming months as part of its first operational mission. 3 Chinese premier Xi Jinping has told the country’s military to be ready to ‘act at any second’Credit: AP:Associated Press 3 It comes with the UK’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, expected to soon be deployed…