How Would China’s Addition to the CPTPP Affect Luxury?

What Happened: China has officially applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) after months of lobbying and signaling its interest in joining the free trade agreement. The Obama administration designed this agreement as a way to counterbalance China’s regional influence. But President Trump withdrew the United States from this landmark pact in 2017. The potential enlargement of the CPTPP and China’s acceptance is problematic because all 11 members would have to support China’s candidacy.  Unfortunately, securing a membership seems like an impossible task for the…

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…

Commentary: US withdrawal from Afghanistan spells end of China’s free ride on international security

With growing overseas interests and unstable, ungoverned areas near China’s western frontier, the calculations for Chinese security interventions may be shifting. And for the first time in modern history, with rapidly developing power projection capabilities, China is in a position to be able to export security beyond its borders. The last time China went to war was in 1979, with Vietnam, just four years after the fall of Saigon and the US’ equally dramatic withdrawal. Then, instability on China’s border with the rise of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and…

World News | China’s Grip over South China Sea Compels US to Speed Up Coalition Efforts

Washington [US], August 22 (ANI): China’s baseless claims over the South China Sea has compelled the US to speed up the formation of a coalition of claimants to challenge the communist regime in the region, a media report said. Washington is planning to follow the 2016 verdict by the International Court of Justice that thwarted Beijing’s claims over much of the South China Sea. However, Beijing had denied to follow the ICJ ruling. Also Read | Euro 2020 Final at Wembley Stadium Part of COVID-19 ‘Superspreader’ Events. The Biden administration…

Strong 6.0-magnitude quake hits China’s Yunnan province – Manila Bulletin

A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit southwest China’s mountainous Yunnan province late Tuesday, killing at least one person and injuring dozens of others. The quake struck at the shallow depth of 10 kilometres (6.3 miles) at 9.49 pm (1349 GMT), the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, in a region that lies close to China’s borders with Myanmar and Laos. China’s official Xinhua news agency said at least one person had been killed and 38 others injured, eight of them critically, with thousands of homes damaged. “Many houses collapsed and we are…

No Ordinary Boats: Identifying China’s Maritime Militia

Well-maintained, amply-fendered Chinese maritime militia vessels at Whitsun Reef, March 27 (National Task Force-West Philippine Sea) Published May 18, 2021 5:34 PM by CIMSEC [By Ryan D. Martinson] A Chinese fishing vessel appears in a sensitive location—near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, a South China Sea reef, or just offshore from a U.S. military base. Is it an “ordinary” fishing boat, or is it maritime militia? This straightforward question seldom yields straightforward answers. China does not publish…

China’s Deep-Sea Motivation for Claiming Sovereignty Over the South China Sea – The Diplomat

In this March 31, 2021, file photo provided by the National Task Force-West Philippine Sea, Chinese vessels are moored at Whitsun Reef, South China Sea. Credit: National Task Force-West Philippine Sea via AP, File Advertisement In March of this year, over 200 Chinese marine militia ships gathered at Whitsun Reef in the Spratly Islands. Their presence was an ominous reminder of China’s intention to claim large swaths of the South China Sea, enclosed by the so-called “nine-dash line,” as its sovereign territory. Philippine officials sounded the alarm and reiterated the…

China’s next aircraft carrier likely nuclear powered, says report | South China Sea News

China is building its fourth aircraft carrier as it seeks to boost its naval power in the Asia-Pacific region, and the vessel is “likely to be nuclear powered”, a new report revealed on Saturday, citing sources close to the country’s military. The South China Morning Post quoted a person close to the Chinese navy as saying that shipbuilders “are keen on making a significant breakthrough” with the construction of the fourth carrier. “It will be a technological leap for the shipbuilding industry,” the source told the Post. Another unnamed source…

China’s three warfares strategy for the South China Sea: Inquirer columnist, East Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – In 2003, China adopted the Three Warfares strategy to seize the South China Sea for economic and military purposes without triggering a war. The Chinese Communist Party, the Central Committee, and the Central Military Commission approved the strategy. China’s actions in the South China Sea must be viewed in light of its Three Warfares strategy. The First Warfare is a propaganda campaign, declaring to the world that the South China Sea belonged to China since antiquity. In the Position Paper it submitted to…

China’s military expansionism in South China Sea

Beijing [China], March 10 (ANI): China’s military expansionism in the South China Sea (SCS) through island construction, drilling activities, and overfishing has pushed the marine ecosystem of the region to the brink of collapse, and the destruction of coral reefs and the marine life they support is threatening the food and energy security of the littorals, reported Observer Research Foundation (ORF). Pratnashree Basu and Aadya Chaturvedi in a policy brief analysed the environmental impact of China’s activities in the South China Sea and highlighted its implications for the entire region.…