China’s Xi warns of ‘interference’ as Australia brushes off anger | South China Sea News

Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned against “interference from external forces” in the region, as Australia shrugged off Beijing’s growing anger about its decision to acquire US nuclear-powered submarines, and promised to defend the rule of law in airspace and waters where China has staked hotly contested claims. In an address before the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Friday, Xi urged heads of state to “absolutely resist external forces to interfere [in] countries in our region at any excuse, and hold the future of our countries’ development and progress firmly…

China threatens to sail its navy into Hawaiian waters as US and Australia announce defence pact

China today threatened to send its Navy into Hawaiian waters in the latest round of sabre rattling in the Pacific after Australia, the US and Britain announced a new naval alliance in the region.  Four Chinese vessels have already been spotted sailing off the coast of Alaska this week in a display of naval power amid increasing tensions as a global nuclear submarine pact was signed to take on Beijing.  A  Chinese guided-missile cruiser, guided-missile destroyer, general intelligence vessel, and an auxiliary vessel were spotted off the coast of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands during surveillance…

In ‘historic’ test, U.S. Patriot missiles shoot down drones in Australia

U.S. Army missile defense units have carried out the first ever firing of Patriot surface-to-air missiles in Australia as part of joint exercises with U.S. allies there that are likely to agitate China, which is engaged in its own increasingly aggressive military moves in the region. Patriot missiles “successfully engaged drone targets” on Friday in what a U.S. military statement described as a “historic first” test of the system in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia, during “Talisman Sabre 21” exercises that run through mid-August. U.S. officials say…

South China Sea: US strategy makes ‘Biden look soft’ as Australia erupts at rival | World | News

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…

Suspected Chinese submarine drone found by Indonesian fishermen in crucial maritime passage to Australia

Indonesian fishermen have discovered a suspected Chinese submarine drone in waters considered strategically important to Australia. Key points: The unmanned underwater vehicle was reportedly found just before Christmas near Indonesia’s Selayar Island Security experts say the high-tech unpowered surveillance drone is known as a glider and relies on variable-buoyancy propulsion The captured drone reportedly gathers oceanographic data including temperature, turbidity, salinity, chlorophyll and oxygen levels Images published in local media show Indonesian military officers posing with the unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) that was found just before Christmas near Selayar Island…

China news: Beijing blasts Australia ‘warhound of US’ as tensions escalate | World | News

Australia and China have traded sharp words in recent months on a number of issues, including trade and human rights. Australia joined dozens of nations in condemning China’s human rights abuses of Uighur Muslims earlier this year and has also rejected China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea. Meanwhile China recently slapped huge tariffs on Australian wine imports and has spoken out about a report linking Australian soldiers to civilian murders in Afghanistan. The state-run Global Times newspaper recently referred to Australia as a “savage accomplice of US suppression…

Taiwan foreign minister calls on Australia to help defend against China’s ‘expansionism’

As Australia’s relationship with China worsens, Taiwan has called on Canberra to stand up for democracy and help defend the disputed island territory against threats of attack. Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu has warned the risk of regional conflict is “higher than before” because of Beijing’s increasing aggression and authoritarianism. Mr Wu has called on democracies including Australia to support Taiwan through sharing information and intelligence. In an exclusive interview with ABC TV’s The World, Mr Wu accused China of “expansionism” that is a direct threat to Taiwan. “China has…

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…

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…

Xi Jinping’s major Australia miscalculation

Chairman Xi Jinping is urging his nation onwards and upwards on a new Silk Road towards international dominance. But he’s hit an unexpected roadblock: Australia. Now he’s getting angry. And his “wolf-warrior” diplomats are leaping into the fray. “China is angry. If you make China the enemy, China will be the enemy,” a Chinese diplomat “leaked” to Nine Newspapers on Tuesday. And it’s all Australia’s fault. “Responsibility for causing this situation has nothing to do with China,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a conveniently timed address to state-controlled…