China-US relations ‘headed to worst ever times’

ISTANBUL China’s suspension of high-level military contacts and climate change cooperation with the US, triggered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent trip to Taiwan, indicate that bilateral ties between Beijing and Washington are at what one scholar fears is their “worst ever.”  “The relations have never been worse than this,” Andrew K.P. Leung, an international and independent China Strategist in Hong Kong, told Anadolu Agency, underlining the “push back” that had emerged in the US against Beijing. “This is a whole-of-society kind of confrontation, starting with the trade war during…

AFP defies ‘hostile’ China | The Manila Times

Read this in The Manila Times digital edition. DESPITE numerous radio challenges and shadowing by the Chinese Coast Guard (CCG), the Western Command (Wescom) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has proceeded and carried out troop rotation and provision resupply at the BRP Sierra Madre on Ayungin Shoal in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea or WPS). According to an AFP statement, the soldiers and supplies were taken to the Ayungin detachment using the boats Unaizah Mae 2 and 3. The tasks were done from June 20…

Taiwan News Quick Take – Taipei Times

POLITICS Candidate defends property The Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) Kaohsiung mayoral candidate, Ko Chih-en (柯志恩), yesterday confirmed that she owns properties in the US, which she said that she declared to the Control Yuan. The public servant property declaration she made in November 2019 showed that she has a 556.88m2 plot and a 442.25m2 location in San Jose, California. “I acted appropriately and was aboveboard, used my own name and made a declaration according to the law,” she wrote on Facebook in response to criticism that cast doubt over her…

Several China’s Spratly Islands are several times larger than largest natural Spratly island

Taiping Island, also known as Itu Aba Island and by various other names, is the largest of the naturally occurring Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The island is elliptical in shape being 1.4 kilometres (0.87 mi) in length and 0.4 kilometres (0.25 mi) in width, with an area of 46 hectares (110 acres). The Taiping Island Airport is the most prominent artificial feature on the island. Woody Island largest in South China Sea but part of the Paracel Islands and not Spratly Islands, has a major military airstrip,…

Why are Solomon Islands target of China treaty? – Franklin County Times

A new agreement between China and the government of the Solomon Islands is in the news. There might be a few people alive here in Franklin County who remember the fight for the Solomons during World War II. So why did the Japanese set up in the Solomons? Why did the U.S. fight hard for these islands and just not pass over them, as they did to so many other Japanese islands? Why is China now interested in the Solomons? There are no great mineral resources. There is no great…

Solomon Islands-China Security Agreement – Solomon Times Online

By Henry J.H. Wilson from Chicago, IL Friday, 08 April 2022 09:30 AM My fellow lovers of liberty in the Solomon Islands: The newfound security agreement between the Solomon Islands and communist China sends all sovereign nations into a state of peril. A stone’s throw away from Australia, and 3000 miles from my old Hawaiian stomping grounds, Chairman Xi Jinping’s attempt to coerce the Solomon Islands represents his strategic long game to achieve global domination. In the Second World War, the West fought insidious imperialism on the Solomon Islands.…