Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan causes an ongoing Chinese tantrum in the Taiwan Strait

The recent visit to Taiwan by Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the United States House of Representatives, lasted just 24 hours. But it vividly highlighted both China’s heavy-handed reaction, including continuing military drills around Taiwan days after her departure, and how the Taiwan Strait is a geopolitical fault-line between the China and the rest of the world. At its narrowest, the Taiwan Strait is a 130-kilometre-wide channel of water separating the People’s Republic of China from the island of Taiwan. But the divide between Taiwan and China is more than geographic.…

COVID lockdown turns Chinese tourist hotspot Sanya into nightmare for stranded tourists

People are seen next to restaurants at Houhai village in Sanya, Hainan province, China November 26, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Aug 7 (Reuters) – When Chinese businesswoman Yang Jing was planning this year’s summer holiday in 2021, she chose the tropical southern island of Hainan because of its nigh-perfect COVID track record. The island in the South China Sea recorded just two positive symptomatic COVID-19 cases in the whole of last year. Fast forward to this month, however, and the…

Chinese Su-30 Fighter Jets Buzz Taiwanese Defenses As PLA Continues Aggressive Drills Using Navy & Air Force

The Chinese military deployed 20 aircraft and 14 battleships in the vicinity of Taiwan on Saturday — the third day of Beijing’s military drills in the Taiwan Strait, the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense said. Taiwan’s ‘Fully-Loaded’ F-16 Vipers Armed With Deadly Harpoon Missiles Gear-Up To Hunt Intruding Chinese Warships — Reports China launched a large-scale military exercise in the eastern Taiwan Strait in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei this week. Pelosi, who ignored Beijing’s repeated warnings, is the highest-ranking US official to come to…

The West Must Brace for More Chinese Naval Aggression

Between April 26 and May 26, Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) interceptors interfered with the navigation of a U.S. C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, an Australian P-8 surveillance aircraft, and a Canadian CP-140 Aurora Maritime Patrol Aircraft conducting surveillance off the coast of North Korea. The worst possible outcome from such an encounter is a fatal mid-air collision, which last occurred in April 2001, off the coast of Hainan Island, between a U.S. Air Force EP-3 and a Chinese J-8 fighter aircraft, killing a pilot. Previously, between July 1952…

Taiwan Strait Chinese military drills condemned by Penny Wong, US and China

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong has joined her American and Japanese counterparts to lash China for firing five missiles into the ocean in Japan’s economic zone, hours after China halted all dialogue with the United States on major issues including climate change and military relations. In a sign that US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan will continue to reverberate long after she has left, Beijing announced it was ending all dialogue between senior-level military commanders and talks on climate change action. In this photo released by China’s Xinhua…

Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets After Chinese Suicide Drones Approach Sakishima Islands

Fighter jets of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force were scrambled after two Chinese unmanned aerial vehicles flew over Sakishima Islands in southern Okinawa Prefecture on Friday, media reported. The Japanese newspaper Yomiuri reported that a surveillance drone and a kamikaze drone left the East China Sea and entered the Pacific Ocean in the vicinity of Japan’s Sakishima Islands at different times but followed almost the same route. The drones have not violated Japan’s airspace, but the Japanese air force scrambled several fighter jets out of precaution, according to the report.…

Analysis: Taiwan tensions reveal challenges for U.S. navy as Chinese threat grows

HONG KONG, Aug 5 (Reuters) – The long route of Nancy Pelosi’s Tuesday flight over Borneo to Taipei and a U.S. aircraft carrier’s complex passage through the South China Sea highlight the difficulties U.S. forces now face against a Chinese military keen to flex its muscles over Taiwan. U.S. military officials repeatedly talk of “routine” patrols to support a “free and open Indo-Pacific” but the realities are increasingly challenging amid the worst Taiwan tensions since 1996, according to diplomats, military attaches and security analysts. U.S. officials told Reuters this week…

Analysis-Taiwan tensions reveal challenges for U.S. navy as Chinese threat grows

U.S. military officials repeatedly talk of “routine” patrols to support a “free and open Indo-Pacific” but the realities are increasingly challenging amid the worst Taiwan tensions since 1996, according to diplomats, military attaches and security analysts. U.S. officials told Reuters this week they did not want to escalate matters with unnecessarily provocative deployments before House Speaker Pelosi – a staunch China critic and the third most senior U.S. politician – landed in Taipei on Tuesday on a U.S. Air Force plane. And they are keeping to that approach as the…