Patrick Buchanan: Are the US and China Stumbling Toward an ‘Islands War’? | Winchester Star

In a diplomatic coup, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a deal last week with the U.K. and U.S. to have those Anglo-American allies help build a nuclear-powered submarine fleet for Australia. A $66 billion French deal to provide Canberra with diesel electric-powered submarines, among the largest defense contracts Paris had ever negotiated, was blown off. “A stab in the back!” said Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who had been kept in the dark on the secret talks. “There has been duplicity, contempt and lies.” Le Drian compared President Joe Biden…

U.S. ship sails in South China Sea by China-claimed islands

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of uninhabited island of Spratlys in the disputed South China Sea, April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (Reuters) – A U.S. Navy warship sailed by islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Wednesday in a freedom of navigation operation, marking the latest move by Washington to challenge Beijing’s territorial claims in the contested waters. The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet said destroyer USS Russell “asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Spratly Islands, consistent with international law.” China claims sovereignty over the entire…

Vietnamese Brewery Names Beers After Disputed South China Sea Islands

Two Vietnamese craft beers named after disputed islands in the South China Sea. Photo: Michael Tatarski A brewery in Vietnam has waded into one of the most contentious maritime disputes in the world by naming craft beers after islands claimed by China in a hops-flavored act of patriotism guaranteed to irritate Beijing. While several countries in Asia lay claim to various remote shoals, reefs and outcrops in the resource-rich South China Sea, Vietnam and China’s competing claims over the Spratly and Paracel Islands may be the most heated, leading to…

US warship sails by China-claimed Spratly Islands

Washington, United States — An American warship sailed through waters off the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Thursday, in the latest challenge to Beijing’s sweeping territorial claims in the region. Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain “asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Spratly Islands,” the US Seventh fleet said in a statement. “This freedom of navigation operation… upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Vietnam, and Taiwan,” it added.…

China reacts to Biden’s remarks on Senkaku Islands

US President-elect Joe Biden in phone calls with the leaders of Australia, Japan and South Korea on Thursday emphasised on maintaining a secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific region. According to foreign media reports, Joe Biden declared that US security guarantees apply to Japan’s administration of the disputed Senkaku Islands, in the President-elect’s first significant foreign policy move related to China. China’s reiterates its stance on Senkaku Islands Irked by Biden’s move, China has reacted sharply to remarks made by the US President-elect on the US commitment to helping Japan defend the…

US Navy destroyer Lassen nears Spratly islands, China territory challenged

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters The USS Lassen, a guided-missile destroyer, is nearing a 12-nautical-mile limit around artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea, and will be in the area for several hours, a U.S. defense official said on Monday. The Navy patrol marks…

‘Siony’ may reach Batanes, Babuyan islands on Friday morning

A slow-moving severe tropical storm “Siony” (international name “Atsani”) continued to crawl towards Batanes and Babuyan Islands, which prompted authorities to also place Batanes under tropical cyclone wind signal No. 1 on Wednesday evening. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Siony is more likely to make landfall or move close to Batanes and Babuyan Islands by Friday morning. It will begin to accelerate and move west or west-northwest towards the Luzon Strait in the next 48 hours.  In its severe weather bulletin issued at 11 p.m.,…

Senkaku Islands: Japan and China both claim these islands as their own. Now the US is showing Tokyo how it can help defend them

Speaking aboard a Japanese warship Monday, Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, commander of US Forces Japan, said the exercises would demonstrate the ability of the US-Japan alliance “to deliver combat troops to defend the Senkakus or respond to other crises or contingencies.” Both Tokyo and Beijing claim the Senkaku Islands, known as the Diaoyus in China, as their own, but Japan has administered them since 1972. Tensions over the uninhabited rocky chain, 1,200 miles (1,900 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo, have simmered for years, and with claims over them dating back centuries,…