Important for Both China And US to Try to Defuse Tensions

Accompanied by an official Congressional delegation, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, made a fiery trip to the Indo-Pacific region, stretching across Northeast (Japan, South Korea) and Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore). The showstopper of her power-packed visit though was Taiwan. Initial flip-flops regarding the visit were driven by apprehensions regarding China’s possible reaction, but undeterred by such repeated warnings, Pelosi went ahead with the trip on August 2-3. A longtime critic of human rights violations in China and a supporter of Taiwan, Pelosi is seen as…

Water Wars: Speaker Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit Ignites U.S.-China Tensions

Shinzo Abe Leaves Behind Indo-Pacific Legacy Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated on July 8 in Nara, Japan, during a speech at a campaign event. The longest-serving prime minister of Japan, Abe left behind a legacy that includes the revitalization of Japan’s security role in the Asia-Pacific region and the creation of the “Indo-Pacific.” In the face of an increasingly powerful China and concerning developments in North Korea, Abe worked tirelessly to bolster Japan’s security role in the region. Abe notably converted Japan’s Defense Agency to a Defense…

The Role Of US Navy 7th Fleet Amidst China-US Tensions And Its Supreme Powers

US-China Tensions Intensify: The US Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan and US routine patrols for “Free and open Indo-Pacific” have heated the temperatures between the two superpower nations, along with heightening difficulties for US forces.  As the tensions intensify, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken chides China’s decision to break off relations with the U.S on essential issues including climate cooperation and military matters. Earlier, the US Secretary of State also called China’s drills “significant escalations”, urged Beijing to back down, and warned China to not make matters worse.…

China-Taiwan military tensions ‘worst in 40 years’

According to certain security specialists, it was very plausible that American assault submarines were also nearby such a formation. According to diplomats who are familiar with its route, the strike group made a U-turn and instead made its way to Singapore for a five-day stopover beginning on July 22. Nancy Pelosi’s Tuesday flight over Borneo to Taipei and a U.S. aircraft carrier’s convoluted transit in the South China Sea draw attention to the challenges U.S. forces are currently facing in dealing with a Chinese military eager to exercise its might…

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…

Taiwan tensions spilling over in South China Sea

MANILA – US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan has not, as some may have feared, triggered World War III. But regional tensions are bound to rise following today’s (August 3) historic visit by the third-highest ranking US official. Although Pelosi’s flight avoided the South China Sea en route to Taiwan, the Sino-American struggle in the disputed waters is expected to intensify over the coming weeks. In response to Pelosi’s visit, China has imposed sanctions on Taiwanese exports while the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has announced a…

South China Sea: China using coercion to heighten tensions in East, South China sea: Japan’s Defence Ministry

Expressing grave concerns, the Japanese Ministry of Defence in its latest annual report said that China is trying to heighten tensions by relentlessly continuing to unilaterally change the status quo in the East and South China Sea by coercion. “China continues to unilaterally change or attempt to change the status quo by coercion in the East China Sea and South China Sea. China has made clear that it would not hesitate to unify Taiwan by force, further increasing tensions in the region,” the Japan‘s MoD said in its Annual Report…

South China Sea tensions ERUPT as Xi Jinping scrambles fighter jets over Nancy Pelosi trip | World | News

The US politician landed on the island at approximately 10.45pm local time. The PLA claimed to have scrambled an unknown number of SU-35 multi-role fighter jets as the plane she is believed to have been in approached the island. The Chinese broadcaster CGTN said that a number of Chinese aircraft crossed the Taiwan Strait as the US Speaker of the House landed on the island. However, Taiwan’s Taiwan’s Defence Ministry claimed that the reports by Chinese state media were false and that no jets had crossed the Taiwan Strait. Taipei…

US Navy Carrier Enters South China Sea Amid Taiwan Tensions

By Philip J. Heijmans and Tony Capaccio (Bloomberg) A US aircraft carrier and strike group have entered the South China Sea as part of what the 7th Fleet said was a scheduled operation amid rising tensions with China over a potential Taiwan visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The USS Ronald Reagan, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier, made its way to the disputed waters following a five-day port call to Singapore, departing Changi Naval Base on Tuesday, the US 7th Fleet said in reply to a query from Bloomberg News. The trip follows remarks…