Sharp jump in US Navy transits to counter China under Trump

WASHINGTON — Activity by the U.S. Navy in its campaign to challenge China’s efforts to restrict transit in the South China Sea and in the Taiwan Strait increased sharply over the past two years. According to U.S. Navy data, war ships maneuvered close to artificial islands claimed and developed by China 10 times in 2019 and another 10 times last year, at least double the annual number going back to 2014. And Navy ships sailed through the Taiwan Strait 13 times in 2020, the highest number of transits in at…

Joe Biden to ‘cooperate with China’ and offer ‘more stable approach’ to Trump trade war | World | News

President Trump has long accused China of unfair trading practices and the theft of intellectual property, while in China, the view exists of the US seeing the country as a threat and so, tries to curb its rise as an economic global superpower. Negotiations are ongoing but have proven very difficult between President Trump and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping. Mr Trump’s tariffs policy is aimed at encouraging American consumers to buy home-grown goods by making imported items from China much more expensive. President Trump has…

Patrick Buchanan: What Trump will leave in Biden’s inbox | Opinion

Dismissing President Donald Trump’s claim that the 2020 election remains undecided, Joe Biden has begun to name his national security team. Right now, it looks Democratic establishment all the way. Antony Blinken, a longtime foreign policy aide, is Biden’s choice for secretary of state. Jake Sullivan, one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, is said to be his choice for national security adviser. Biden’s urgency in naming his foreign policy team is understandable. For if his election is confirmed by the Electoral College, then he will find himself on Jan. 20…

Patrick Buchanan: What Trump will leave in Biden’s inbox | Columns

Dismissing President Donald Trump’s claim that the 2020 election remains undecided, Joe Biden has begun to name his national security team. Right now, it looks Democratic establishment all the way. Biden’s urgency in naming his foreign policy team is understandable. For if his election is confirmed by the Electoral College, then he will find himself on Jan. 20 with a lineup of foreign policy crises. First is Afghanistan. While a Beltway battle has erupted over the wisdom of Trump’s decision to cut in half — to 2,500 — the number…

China news: Xi Jinping takes brutal swipe at Donald Trump and backs free trade | World | News

The president made the comment during a virtual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum, which has 21 member states from around the Pacific rim including the US and China. Mr Trump has heavily promoted protectionist policies as President slapping substantial new tariffs onto Chinese goods. Relations between Washington and Beijing have collapsed under his leadership with the two clashing over trade, coronavirus, human rights abuses, Hong Kong and the sovereignty of the South China Sea. Speaking to the forum Mr Jinping called for “openness” on trade and insisted there…

Trump Bans American Investment in 31 Chinese Firms, Including CSSC

The first-in-class Type 055 destroyer Nanchang, built by CSSC (image courtesy CSSC) By The Maritime Executive 11-12-2020 09:59:43 On Thursday, the Trump administration issued an executive order prohibiting Americans from buying or holding stock in 31 Chinese firms with military ties. Among others, the companies named include China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), the world’s largest commercial shipbuilder and China’s primary naval shipbuilder; China Communications Construction Corporation (CCCC), the world’s largest port construction and dredging company; and the Chinese telecom equipment firm Huawei, which…

All eyes on Trump for parting South China Sea salvo

MANILA – The 11th hour appointment of a group of hardline Donald Trump loyalists to top Pentagon positions has raised the prospect of an escalation of tensions in the South China Sea in the weeks ahead. Trump’s perfunctory dismissal this week of Defense Secretary Mark Esper has raised concerns in some quarters of a Trump initiated parting blow aimed at China and its expansion in the contested sea in his twilight days in office. The Pentagon move comes as Trump and his Republican Party allies refuse to concede that Democratic…

South China Sea news: Beijing concerned after Trump abruptly appoints new defence chief | World | News

Christopher Miller, a former Special Forces officer and head of the US’ National Counterterrorism Center, took the role yesterday. It follows the sudden departure of Mark Esper, the former Defence Secretary with whom President Donald Trump is known to have had disagreements in the past. Mr Trump announced Mr Esper’s departure in a tweet, saying he had been “terminated”. The president said: “I am pleased to announce that Christopher C. Miller, the higher respected Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (unanimously confirmed by the Senate), will be Acting Secretary of…

What next for Trump? Golf, Twitter and maybe another run?

When networks projected he had lost his bid for reelection to Joe Biden, President Donald Trump was playing golf. He’ll soon have plenty more time to enjoy the links if he so desires.  US President Donald Trump (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP/ MANILA BULLETIN) But if there’s one constant for Trump, it is his love of the limelight and few expect this most unusual of presidents to pursue a traditional post-White House life of public reticence, reflective memoir-writing and occasional charitable events. He will lose the keys to the…