Australia risks being dragged into South China Sea war as region ‘under threat’ from Xi | World | News

Australia has called for a calming of tensions in the South China Sea as fears continue to mount that China may spark a war over Taiwan. Along with the US and Japan, Australian foreign minister Penny Wong called on Beijing to “immediately cease” military exercises around Taiwan. Taiwan’s foreign minister has said the Chinese drills off his nation’s shores show Beijing is “preparing for the invasion of Taiwan”. Beijing, which views the democratic island nation as a Chinese province, sent warships and aircraft across the median line of the Taiwan…

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…

Duterte, Xi Talk South China Sea in Virtual Summit – The Diplomat

Advertisement Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and China’s supreme leader Xi Jinping have agreed to “broaden the space for positive engagements” in dealing with disputes over the South China Sea. During an hour-long telephone meeting on Friday that Duterte’s office described as “open, warm, and positive,” the two leaders stressed the need to exercise restraint to maintain peace in the vital waterway, where China’s expansive claims run up against the competing (and frankly more legally defensible) claims of the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Brunei. According to a statement from the president’s…

South China Sea news: Xi ‘manufactures incidents’ to make West leave disputed waters | World | News

Tensions have mounted between China, Australia and Canada as the two Western countries accused Xi Jinping’s pilots of reckless behaviour as they almost intercepted Western aircraft flying over international waters in proximity to the South China Sea. China’s Xi Jinping has pushed back against the allegations, accusing both countries of intelligence gathering activities and claiming through a spokesperson the conduct of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force was lawful and appropriate. Alexandra Marshall, the Australian Spectator’s editor, argues the recent air incidents are designed to keep the West away from the South China…

Xi threatening ‘Black Sea-type blockade’ in South China Sea | World | News

Australian Liberal Senator and former general in the Australian Army Jim Molan sounded the alarm around China‘s blockade in the South China Sea in its territorial and sovereign ambition over the Indo-Pacific region. During a security summit over territorial disputes in the South China Sea in Singapore, Singapore’s defence secretary compared China’s blockade to Vladimir Putin‘s blockade of the Black Sea in Ukraine. His Malaysian counterpart warned the tensions “could degenerate into one of the deadliest conflicts of our time, if not history.” Mr Molan reported the warnings on Sky News…

Xi Visits a Hong Kong Transformed by China’s Crackdown

President Xi Jinping speaking during a news conference, displayed on a television screen in Hong Kong on Thursday.Credit…Anthony Kwan/Getty Images As Xi Jinping, China’s leader, visits Hong Kong to mark the 25th anniversary of the handover from Britain, he arrives in a city vastly transformed from three years ago, when millions took to the streets in the biggest challenge to Beijing’s rule in decades. Mr. Xi’s ruling Communist Party quashed that challenge by tightening its grip. The authorities arrested thousands of protesters and activists, imposed a national security law that…

Xi congratulates Marcos on inauguration as Philippine president,‘sets good start for pushing ties toward new golden era’

Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr. delivers his inaugural address as the 17th president of the Philippines at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Manila on June 30, 2022.Photo:Xinhua Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos on his inauguration as president of the Philippines on Thursday and stressed that he is ready to work with the new president to continue the friendly relations to benefit the peoples of the two countries.  The Chinese top leader’s congratulations together with the attendance of Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan,…

Xi calls for Asian unity against outsiders; proposes Global Security Initiative amidst Ukraine war | MorungExpress

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote address for the 2022 World Economic Forum virtual session in Beijing on January 17, 2022. (AP File Photo) Beijing, April 21 (PTI) Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday called on Asian nations to keep the future of the region in their hands and proposed a Global Security Initiative respecting the sovereignty of all countries amidst Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in a veiled attack on the US’ forays into the region with the Indo-Pacific strategy.…