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…

Biden says he’s ‘not worried’ about China’s increased aggression toward Taiwan following Pelosi visit

U.S. President Joe Biden talks to reporters while boarding Air Force One on travel to Eastern Kentucky to visit families affected by devastation from recent flooding, as he departs from Delaware Air National Guard Base in New Castle, Delaware, U.S., August 8, 2022.  Kevin Lamarque | Reuters WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Monday that he is “not worried” about China’s military exercises around Taiwan, adding that while he is “concerned that they’re moving as much as they are,” he does not think they’re going to continue to increase the…

Wang expounds on China’s stance on South China Sea

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday expounded on China’s stance on the South China Sea issue and refuted the so-call concerns the United States has expressed over the issue. He made the remarks at the 12th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Wang said China’s position on the South China Sea issue is supported by abundant historical and legal basis. China has never changed the basis and scope of its position which has seen no excessive claims, Wang said, noting that China…

China’s Hainan expands COVID lockdowns to more areas to quell outbreak

China’s Hainan, an island province dependent on tourism, locked down more areas on Monday, Reuters calculations based on state media reports show, as it battles its worst COVID-19 outbreak after seeing very few cases over the past two years. The island in the South China Sea, which recorded just two local symptomatic COVID cases last year, has reported more than 1,400 domestically transmitted infections this month, including 982 symptomatic ones. While that is small by global standards, it is the province’s biggest outbreak since the virus was first reported in…

Commentary: China’s new aircraft carrier will alter the balance of power in regional waters

A new, larger aircraft carrier will no doubt add to its peacetime prestige, adding credence to its status as a “blue-water” navy – capable of operating globally. It could be used as a floating base in the event of crisis abroad, such as for conducting humanitarian assistance or non-combatant evacuation, as a projection of soft power. Against the backdrop of territorial disputes in regional waters, it could also be used to project hard power and execute coercive tactics. But it is still behind the United States in terms of aircraft…

ASEAN News LIVE Updates: ASEAN raises concern over China’s land reclamations in South China Sea

ASEAN News Updates: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has raised concern over China’s land reclamations activities in the South China Sea. “We discussed the situation in the South China Sea, during which concerns were expressed by some Ministers on the land reclamations, activities, serious incidents in the area, including damage to the marine environment, which have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions, and may undermine peace, security, and stability in the region,” ASEAN joint statement said. Show more Show less !1 New UpdateClick here for latest updates Delhi…

China’s military exercises are an intel bonanza — for all sides

The dozens of warplanes flying daily over the median line in the Taiwan Strait and warships prowling the waters off the coast represent a significant and ominous change to the status quo, and one that could have enormous consequences for the defense of Taiwan in the future, experts and officials said. Pushing those warplanes over the line not only erases the previous boundary, but doing so in coordination with warships and staying clear of the missiles flying in close proximity is exactly the kind of real-time interaction that modern militaries…

World News | ASEAN Raises Concern over China’s Land Reclamations in South China Sea

Phnom Penh [Cambodia], August 5 (ANI): The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has raised concern over China’s land reclamations activities in the South China Sea. “We discussed the situation in the South China Sea, during which concerns were expressed by some Ministers on the land reclamations, activities, serious incidents in the area, including damage to the marine environment, which have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions, and may undermine peace, security, and stability in the region,” ASEAN joint statement said. Also Read | Israel Strikes on Gaza Kill 4,…

Where in the World Is China’s Military?

News Analysis The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is developing infrastructure and access all around the world. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) created a unique process to get countries to agree to give the PLA access to key ports and bases via several methods, including the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). For example, this process can be seen in the first official overseas base—the Doraleh Naval Base in Djibouti, which opened in August 2017. What else has the PLA been up to? This article gathers and highlights some details on PLA…

‘We won’t have a clue it’s coming’: Jim Molan’s chilling warning on China’s war with Taiwan, US

A former Australian army major general has warned China could attack US resources in a similar way to the infamous surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II. Liberal Senator Jim Molan believes it’s possible China could achieve its twofold objective of removing American influence from the western Pacific and bringing Taiwan into its control by attacking US resources in the region. ‘Having removed America from the Western Pacific they say to Taiwan, well, Taiwan, what are you going to do now? Are you going to fight on without the…