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…

Marcos meets Blinken in Philippines amid US-China crisis

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Saturday that China should not hold talks on important global matters such as the climate crisis “hostage,” after Beijing cut off contacts with Washington in retaliation for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan earlier this week. Blinken spoke in an online news conference with his Philippine counterpart in Manila after meeting newly elected President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and other top officials, as relations between Washington and Beijing plummeted to their worst level in years. Pelosi’s trip to…

Moment to take India’s stand against Beijing in US-China face-off over TaiwanSEXI News

New Delhi: China’s response has been dominated by talks surrounding United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, but the region itself has been marred by the two powers and their struggle for dominance. India, which wants to be a serious player in the Indo-Pacific region, should take a stand, says Harsh V Pant, professor of international relations at King’s College. What matters, as Pant points out, is that India is “waging a war on the border with China… (so) how can you be non-aligned? The options…

South China Sea territory disputes intensify U.S-China tensions : NPR

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with Bonnie Glaser, director of the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund about the rising tensions between China and Taiwan and how the U.S. fits in. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Today, Chinese leader Xi Jinping said he prefers that China take control of neighboring Taiwan through peaceful methods rather than military means, even as Chinese fighter jets have been conducting military drills in the airspace around Taiwan. This has been deeply worrying to Taiwan, a self-ruled island that shares a maritime border with China. But it…

US-China debate over militarization of South China Sea

The commander of all US Indo-Pacific forces, Admiral John Aquilino, has accused China of “fully militarizing three features in the South China Sea,” Mischief, Subi and Fiery Cross reefs. He did so while on board a US surveillance plane flying near some of the Chinese-occupied features.  He added, “I think over the past 20 years we’ve witnessed the largest [Chinese] military buildup since World War II,” and asserted that the buildup “is destabilizing to the region.” He elaborated that China had deployed “anti-ship and anti-aircraft missile systems, laser and arming equipment and…

Gen. Milley orders staff to gather info on U.S.-China military interactions

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley in a Medal of Honor ceremony on July 5, 2022 in Washington, DC. The nation’s top general has ordered his staff to gather information about every interaction between the U.S. military and the Chinese military over the past five years to review the growing number of interactions with the Chinese military in the South China Sea and beyond, say three defense officials. Win Mcnamee | Getty Images News | Getty Images The nation’s top general has ordered his staff to…

Airbus sells 292 A320 aircraft to four Chinese airlines in a blow to Boeing, as US-China tension tips balance in European maker’s favour

Airbus has secured a bulk order for 292 of its A320 single-aisle aircraft from four Chinese airlines, as deteriorating US-China relations tipped the balance for aviation sales in the European manufacturer’s favour, dealing a blow to the American rival Boeing. China Southern Airlines, Air China, China Eastern Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines are the four carriers buying the aircraft, Xinhua News Agency said. Details of how the bulk order would be allocated, and the price paid for each aircraft, were not immediately available. The bulk order was close on the heels…

Australia in firing line of US-China sea rivalry

How can Australia navigate the tough and dangerous strategic environment in Asia today with America and China competing to be the leading regional power? The consensus in Canberra – on both sides of politics – is that we should stick as close as we can to America, in the hope it will win the contest. But the choice is not that simple. We can see why when we look at a couple of incidents on the same day in late May. In two widely separated locations, Chinese fighters intercepted maritime…

Unofficial US-China dialogue: seeing the worst in each other undermines nations’ already dismal relations

Washington needs to clearly and consistently outline its China policy and Beijing needs to explain how expanding into the South China Sea and elsewhere contributes to regional peace and stability, according to the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, which organised a series of recent US-China backchannel discussions. “Track two” or backchannel diplomacy involves non-governmental contacts used to explore options when official channels are blocked, although this has declined as relations have hit new lows and Covid-19 has reduced face-to-face contact. The committee – a non-profit, non-partisan group focused on…

RIMPAC gets under way amid rising U.S.-China tensions — BenarNews

Ships from nations taking part in the 2022 RIMPAC exercises. (U.S. Navy) The world’s largest naval exercise, the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) is promoting maritime cooperation in a region being clouded by U.S.-China rivalry. The U.S.-led war games, joined by all members of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or the Quad, sends a clear message to Beijing as tensions rise across the Taiwan Strait and the war in Ukraine drags on. China has been criticizing the Quad cooperation between the United States, India, Japan and Australia, as an attempt to…