What China’s shifting relationship with Western media says about its ambition in Taiwan and the South China Sea

Something fascinating is happening with regard to China right now. A nation that for many years has shunned engagement with the Western media is changing by the day, a new-found public confidence on display for all to see. There were two instances over the past week that starkly illustrated this new confidence. The first example is from Timor-Leste, or East Timor, the poorest country in Asia, where I was visiting on assignment for 7.30. On the main road through the capital, Dili, which runs along the tiny country’s waterfront, our ABC team…

India Thwarts China’s Attempt to Pass Anti-AUKUS Resolution at IAEA Meet

India’s ‘deft diplomacy’ humbled China at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Friday as it was forced to withdraw an anti-AUKUS resolution at the nuclear watchdog’s 66th regular session of the General Conference. The Indian mission in Vienna worked with smaller member states of the IAEA against China’s attempt to pass a resolution against AUKUS for seeking to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines. China argued this initiative was in violation of their responsibilities under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) while criticizing the role of the UN nuclear watchdog. However,…

China’s ‘totalitarianism’ threatens free world, Taiwanese official warns

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A top Taiwanese official on relations with mainland China warned Wednesday that Beijing under President Xi Jinping is embracing an extreme form of “closed-door nationalism” and “totalitarianism” that threatens the future of Taiwan, the U.S. and other democracies. Chui-Cheng Chiu, deputy minister of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, gave the stark warning weeks ahead of an anticipated move by Mr. Xi to consolidate power at home. U.S.-Chinese tensions have increased over the status of Taiwan and Mr. Xi’s vow to someday reclaim control of the island democracy. Acrimony…

Harris calls China’s behavior ‘disturbing’ and reiterates US support for Taiwan in speech

By Colin McCullough, CNN Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday accused China of “undermining key elements of the international rules-based order” and called its behavior in the East China Sea, South China Sea and Taiwan Strait “disturbing.” Harris, speaking aboard the USS Howard at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, also echoed President Joe Biden’s recent comments backing Taiwan, saying the US will “continue to oppose any unilateral change to the status quo. And we will continue to support Taiwan’s self-defense, consistent with our long-standing policy.” Harris’ remarks come at…

‘Need to check China’s action in disputed sea’ | Daily Express Online

PAPAR: Papar Member of Parliament  Ahmad Hassan reiterated his call to the government to take the tension in the South China Sea seriously following a series of Chinese military incursions into state-owned areas. ADVERTISEMENT Ahmad, who is also the Supreme Council Member (AMT) of Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan), said it was necessary because China’s actions in the South China Sea clearly did not respect the country’s sovereignty.He said the tension that occurred in Taiwan was added when the military activities of  the People Liberation Army (PLA) were carried out in…

50 Years On: China’s Defense Budget Expands 90-Fold

Newsfrom Japan Politics Sep 26, 2022 23:18 (JST) Beijing, Sept. 26 (Jiji Press)–China’s defense expenditures have grown about 90 times in the 50 years since it normalized bilateral diplomatic ties with Japan in 1972, posing a grave threat to Japan’s security. Under the administration of President Xi Jinping, whose goal is to build a stronger military, Beijing has pursued its maritime claims more actively, building aircraft carriers and stepping up maritime activities in the East China Sea and South China Sea. In 1972, when Japan’s security was under a threat…

Philippines filed 405 diplomatic protests vs. China’s aggression in WPS │ GMA News Online

The Philippines has filed at least 405 diplomatic protests over China’s aggression in the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the West Philippine Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Monday. The DFA made the announcement through its budget sponsor, Manila Representative Bienvenido Abante, during the plenary deliberations on the department’s proposed P20.4 billion budget for 2023. “Since 2020, we have filed 405 protests, including diplomatic notes on daily illegal presence of Chinese vessels in Pag-asa island and Julian Felipe Reef, as well as Chinese illegal activities in West…