South China Sea: US strategy makes ‘Biden look soft’ as Australia erupts at rival | World | News

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s willingness to infuriate China, particularly in his latest move to escalate the row over Taiwan, are part of a strategy to ensure that Mr Biden will be perceived as weak, Mr Rudd claimed. He argued that this could see already tense relations hit a new low, leaving many rivals – including Australia – upset at Mr Pompeo’s decisions ahead of Mr Biden’s inauguration later this month. Mr Rudd, leader of Australia in two spells between 2007 and 2013, argued that Mr Pompeo had created “strategic…

South China Sea: Major US boost for furious Philippines amid ‘unlawful’ Beijing move | World | News

South China Sea: Military exercises ‘must continue’ says expert Countries including the Philippines and Brunei, have seen their fishing industries decimated as a result of restrictions placed on the highly valuable South China Sea. China lays claim to around 80 percent of the seas, and puts pressure on neighbouring countries on the areas they are allowed to fish in, while simultaneously threatening others that enter their territory. This had led to dwindling numbers of fish being caught, as well as fierce competition between rival nations, leading to unrest. US Secretary…

South China Sea: US warned Beijing of ‘major military breakthrough’ in bid to secure area | World | News

The US and Beijing have been embroiled in a war of words over the South China Sea for years, and more recently major fears of conflict over the area, dubbed the most expensive waters in the world, have arisen. Should conflict occur, the US says it will be ready as it begins to use drones to work alongside unmanned technology to help its combat scenarios from 2021. The importance of its inclusion was raised by Rear Admiral Robert Gaucher, a director of maritime headquarters with US Pacific Fleet. He said:…

Biden’s burden: can he save the free world?

Joe Biden talks a lot about restoring America’s standing in the world. But the truth is that if he now has the chance to reshape America’s relationships for a new era, it’s because Donald Trump has already done the awkward stuff. The question is: can Biden and his team swallow their collective pride and build on Trump’s legacy, or will vanity and partisanship send the American Atlas tumbling to his knees? Trump won the 2016 election by forcing the difficult questions on to the national agenda. In office, he developed…

China news: Beijing blasts Australia ‘warhound of US’ as tensions escalate | World | News

Australia and China have traded sharp words in recent months on a number of issues, including trade and human rights. Australia joined dozens of nations in condemning China’s human rights abuses of Uighur Muslims earlier this year and has also rejected China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea. Meanwhile China recently slapped huge tariffs on Australian wine imports and has spoken out about a report linking Australian soldiers to civilian murders in Afghanistan. The state-run Global Times newspaper recently referred to Australia as a “savage accomplice of US suppression…

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…

China slaps Australia with eye-watering 200% tax on wine exports as trade war erupts | World | News

Beijing has slapped a 200 percent tax on Australian wine as tensions rise between the two nations. Australia has drawn the wrath of Beijing by calling for an international investigation into China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. A strain in relations has also been amplified by China detaining Australian journalist Cheng Lei without charge. Canberra has also attacked China’s expansionist ambitions in the South China Sea that has seen Australia sign a mutual defence agreement with Japan, a traditional rival to Beijing. All of the contentions between both…

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…

China tensions with US explode as Washington ‘sends warning’ by shooting down mock missile | World | News

On Tuesday, the US shot down a mock ICBM over the Pacific Ocean after reports of Chinese missiles successfully hitting a moving shop in the disputed South China Sea surfaced. But military experts have said Washington sent a clear warning to Beijing after shooting down the mock war weapon. Beijing-based military expert Zhou Chenming said: “[It wanted to show its] Asian allies that Washington is still able to protect them. “The SM-3 Block IIA interceptor test could be seen as a response to China launching two ‘aircraft carrier killer’ missiles…

World War 3 fears as China’s army steps up war prep with civilian mobilisation drills | World | News

Over the weekend, workers in Chinese car factories were mobilised by the People’s Liberation Army as the Communist nation conducted strategic military-civil “deep fusion” exercises in southwestern China amid growing global tensions. According to Beijing’s official military news site JS7tv, the protocols simulated was a requisition order for large platform trailers. Car factories also temporarily repurposed their equipment and staff to convert 20-ton semi-trailer trucks into larger, sturdier vehicles. These vehicles will be capable of transporting a 40-ton Type 59 main battle tank across China’s integrated network of highways. It…