China Reports Spike in US Surveillance Flights | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – A reported spike in U.S. military flights over the seas near China reflects Washington’s drive to understand and deter Chinese expansion in contested waters, analysts say. U.S. military surveillance planes flew off China’s coast 60 times in September, more than in July or August, according to Chinese state-backed research organization South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative’s website. When contacted by VOA, U.S. Army Maj. Randy Ready, a spokesperson for the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, would say only that flight frequency near China has been consistent over time.…

China Reports Spike in Nearby US Military Aircraft Movement. What Happened? | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – A reported spike in U.S. military flights over the seas near China reflects Washington’s drive to understand and deter Chinese expansion in contested waters, analysts say. U.S. military surveillance planes flew off China’s coast 60 times in September, more than in July or August, according to Chinese state-backed research organization South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative’s website. When contacted by VOA, U.S. Army Maj. Randy Ready, a spokesperson for the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, would say only that flight frequency near China has been consistent over time.…

A resurgent China and a weakened America moves us all closer to a moment of reckoning

During the vice-presidential debate, Kamala Harris was asked if she considered China a competitor, and she did not have a clear answer. That’s troubling. As someone who could be an ageing Biden heartbeat from the presidency, Harris had better make up her mind, and quick. Instead, she turned the question on her rival Mike Pence and accused the Trump administration of losing the trade war with Beijing. The US-China relationship was a key question in the debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence.(Reuters) It’s true the tit-for-tat tariff battle with…

Facing Criticism Over COVID-19 and Xinjiang, Chinese Leader Talks Up Archaeology | Voice of America

WASHINGTON – As China faces global criticism over its initial handling of the COVID pandemic, “re-education” camps for ethnic Uighurs in Xinjiang, online censorship and more, China’s leader, Xi Jinping, used a high-level meeting to talk about a different topic: how archaeology should serve the interests of the ruling party. At a recent meeting of the Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Xi said that “archaeology is of great socio-political and cultural significance.” He recommended developing China’s field of archeology to better understand the history of Chinese civilization, its origins…

Why US Arms Control Envoy Made a Beeline for Vietnam on Brief Asia Trip | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Washington’s point person on arms control visited Vietnam, a Communist war rival five decades ago, for meetings about perceived threats from China because Vietnamese officials hold positions in key international bodies and align ever more closely with the West, experts say.    U.S. presidential arms control envoy Marshall Billingslea met Vietnamese officials Thursday to discuss Chinese offshore expansion, including fears of a growing nuclear arsenal, he told reporters. The envoy had visited traditional U.S. allies Japan and South Korea on the same trip.    “We know that the United States…

America is a maritime nation, and we need to start acting like it

The United States has always been a maritime nation. It is the foundation of our economy and security. Strategists from Thucydides to Mahan reveal a timeless truth — that a prosperous and enduring maritime nation depends on an intertwined combination of robust commercial access, international relations and naval power. These elements of national power have only grown more essential in our globally connected, modern world. Since the end of World War II, American naval power has been the guarantor of free global commerce, the engine that drives the modern economy.…

300 Chinese Fishing Ships Off South America Coast Raise Food Security Worries | Voice of America

Ecuador’s navy confirmed a large Chinese fishing fleet of roughly 300 vessels is moving away from the Galapagos Islands and is now operating in international waters off Peru.  The Ecuadorian commander of naval operations, Rear Admiral Daniel Ginez, said this week that the Chinese vessels are now “in offshore waters off the exclusive economic zone of Peru.”  He added that this year’s fleet was larger compared with those of previous years. “With such a large number of fishing boats, we have the risk that certain species are diminished,” Ginez cautioned.…

The Price of Beijing’s Vaccine Diplomacy in Southeast Asia | Voice of America

As China publicly claims it is closing in on a coronavirus vaccine, Beijing has begun promising early access to countries of strategic interest. The effort is broadly seen as a way for Beijing to try to shore up its global standing after the outbreak that started in Wuhan spread to the rest of the world. Many Southeast Asian countries with claims to contested areas of the South China Sea have become the targets of Beijing’s vaccine diplomacy campaign. In July, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs promised the Philippines priority…

Buchanan: Where will all these war games lead America? | Opinion

In northeast Syria last week, a U.S. military vehicle collided with a Russian armored vehicle, injuring four American soldiers. Both the Americans and Russians blame each other for failing to follow established rules of the road. Had an American been killed, we could have had a crisis on our hands. Query: With the ISIS caliphate dead and buried, why are 500 U.S. troops still in Syria a year after Donald Trump said we would be pulling them out? What are they doing there to justify risking a clash with Russian…

China Launches 4 Missiles into South China Sea | Voice of America

WASHINGTON – Beijing has fired missiles into the disputed waters of the South China Sea, escalating U.S.-China tensions amid U.S. sanctions aimed at punishing companies that helped bolster China’s continued militarization of the region.   A U.S. defense official told VOA on Thursday the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) launched four medium-range ballistic missiles from mainland China into an area of the South China Sea between Hainan Island and the Paracel Islands.   The missile launches on Wednesday came amid recent Chinese military exercises, which unilaterally closed off large areas of the sea contested by several claimants. Vietnam has protested the…