Important for Both China And US to Try to Defuse Tensions

Accompanied by an official Congressional delegation, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, made a fiery trip to the Indo-Pacific region, stretching across Northeast (Japan, South Korea) and Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore). The showstopper of her power-packed visit though was Taiwan. Initial flip-flops regarding the visit were driven by apprehensions regarding China’s possible reaction, but undeterred by such repeated warnings, Pelosi went ahead with the trip on August 2-3. A longtime critic of human rights violations in China and a supporter of Taiwan, Pelosi is seen as…

Australia risks being dragged into South China Sea war as region ‘under threat’ from Xi | World | News

Australia has called for a calming of tensions in the South China Sea as fears continue to mount that China may spark a war over Taiwan. Along with the US and Japan, Australian foreign minister Penny Wong called on Beijing to “immediately cease” military exercises around Taiwan. Taiwan’s foreign minister has said the Chinese drills off his nation’s shores show Beijing is “preparing for the invasion of Taiwan”. Beijing, which views the democratic island nation as a Chinese province, sent warships and aircraft across the median line of the Taiwan…

Tale of two ships – How Delhi is asserting Indianness of the Indian Ocean to China

History is colliding with the present this week as the tales of two ships show the incredible change in India’s place in the world in just half a century. US and USSR enter Indian Ocean On 9 August 1971, 51 years ago, India and the Soviet Union signed the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation, on the eve of the war with Pakistan. The treaty was one element, albeit a crucial one, in then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s network of ambitious decisions, building not just a strategic tie with the Soviet Union, but also the case for Bangladesh in key capitals…

China versus Taiwan, the American response to the crisis

China is burning fuel after 82 year old Congress Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the number three person in the U.S. government hierarchy, left Taiwan. Large-scale exercises that the People’s Liberation Army of China (PLA) began around the island on August 4, just in time for the visit of the American guest, were supposed to end. Yesterday Beijing extended the duration of the manoeuvres by several days. Parts of the PLA continue to fire rockets and artillery shells at vast areas of water off the Taiwanese coast. The Chinese authorities said they…

China’s Taiwan drills a bid to control East, South China seas: Wu

TAIPEI — Taiwan’s foreign minister said Tuesday that China’s military activities around the island betray Beijing’s geostrategic ambitions to change the status quo in the area. “China seems to be targeting Taiwan now, but its activities around the world have shown that its motivation is far beyond Taiwan,” Joseph Wu told reporters in Taipei. “China is now determined to link the East and South China Seas to the Taiwan Strait so this entire area would become its internal water — and its intentions are not likely to stop there.” Source…

2 Bullies warring in S. Asia, USA and China, will wreck the world –

Context is important when listening to the American propaganda oozed by all its media with some rare exceptions. China tends to be a propagandist, but it does not have the media control and therefore has lost the propaganda fight and become a global media pariah even though it most certainly is not. According to a Harvard University study group, “The term “spin” is inadequate to describe how information is distorted in American politics. Increasingly, much of the public believe they are being deliberately misinformed, deceived and manipulated by the information…

Time to Call Communist China What It Has Always Been: A Rogue Nation

Commentary With their well-orchestrated intimidation of Taiwan in response to U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s brief visit to Taipei on Aug. 2, the Chinese communists have once again removed their masks for all the world to see. Under the leadership of Xi Jinping, who regularly pontificates about China “leading the world” in this, that, or the other—as well as the inevitability of Chinese domination in all spheres of human endeavors—the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) bellicosity, belligerence, and boisterousness seem to grow day by day. Fifty years of appeasement…

Australia says nation’s prosperity in danger due to Beijing’s hold across South China Sea

As long as China remains omnipresent in the South China Sea, Australia’s “prosperity” is in jeopardy, according to acting prime minister Richard Marles. While the Australian prime minister, Anthony Albanese, is on vacation, the deputy prime minister and defence minister says we must remain focused on our national interests in the face of growing Chinese influence. “We’ve just got to have a really clear-eyed focus, every moment, on where our national interest lies and speak to that. Our national interest lies in the East China Sea and the South China Sea…

Tension soars as China prolongs military drills around Taiwan

Beijing — China carried out fresh military drills around Taiwan Monday, Beijing said, defying calls to end its largest-ever exercises encircling the island in the wake of a visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Beijing has raged at the trip by Pelosi — the highest-ranking elected U.S. official to visit Taiwan in decades. The visit, which Beijing warned against for weeks, prompted China to tear up a series of talks and cooperation agreements with Washington, most notably on climate change and defense. It has also deployed fighter jets, warships…