Russia, China, Britain, US, and France say no one can win nuclear war

China, Russia, Britain, the United States and France have agreed that a further spread of nuclear arms and a nuclear war should be avoided, according to a joint statement by the five nuclear powers published by the Kremlin on Monday. It said that the five countries – who are the permanent members of the United… Continue reading Russia, China, Britain, US, and France say no one can win nuclear war

In New Year’s speech, Taiwan president warns China against ‘military adventurism’

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen had a New Year message for China on Saturday, January 1: military conflict is not the answer, but Beijing responded with a stern warning that if Taiwan crossed any red line it would lead to “profound catastrophe.” China claims democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory and has increased military and… Continue reading In New Year’s speech, Taiwan president warns China against ‘military adventurism’

China warns of ‘drastic measures’ if Taiwan provokes on independence

China will take “drastic measures” if Taiwan makes moves towards formal independence, a Beijing official warned on Wednesday, December 29, adding that Taiwan’s provocations and outside meddling could intensify next year. China claims democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory and in the past two years has stepped up military and diplomatic pressure to assert… Continue reading China warns of ‘drastic measures’ if Taiwan provokes on independence

China would not fear confrontation with US – foreign minister

China would not fear confrontation with the United States but would welcome cooperation if it is mutually beneficial, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday, December 20. Problems in the US-China relationship were down to “strategic misjudgments” by the American side, he said in a speech, posted on the foreign ministry website. “If there… Continue reading China would not fear confrontation with US – foreign minister

Taiwan says it is confident Chinese invasion would be very hard

A full Chinese invasion of Taiwan with troops landed and ports and airports seized would be very difficult to achieve due to problems China would have in landing and supplying troops, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said in its latest threat assessment. Tensions between Taipei and Beijing, which claims the democratically-ruled island as its own territory, have… Continue reading Taiwan says it is confident Chinese invasion would be very hard

US Army keen to expand Southeast Asia access amid China worries

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The US Army is keen to expand its access and basing arrangements in Southeast Asia as part of a strategy to deter China, the secretary of the army said on Wednesday. Christine Wormuth told a Washington think tank such a posture shift was in the interests of both the United States and its allies and… Continue reading US Army keen to expand Southeast Asia access amid China worries

US, EU hit China’s ‘problematic’ actions at sea

The United States and European Union on Thursday, December 2, voiced strong concern at China’s “problematic and unilateral actions” in the West Philippine Sea and stressed the need for close contact to manage “competition and systemic rivalry” with Beijing. The joint statement followed talks in Washington between US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and… Continue reading US, EU hit China’s ‘problematic’ actions at sea

Former PM Abe says Japan, US could not stand by if China attacked Taiwan

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Japan and the United States could not stand by if China attacked Taiwan, and Beijing needs to understand this, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday, December 1. Tensions over Chinese-claimed Taiwan have risen as President Xi Jinping seeks to assert his country’s sovereignty claims against the democratically ruled island. Taiwan’s government says… Continue reading Former PM Abe says Japan, US could not stand by if China attacked Taiwan

US should not have any illusions about Taiwan, says China

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There is no room for compromise over Taiwan and the United States should not have any illusions about this, China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday, adding that Washington had of late made a series of “provocations” on several issues. China says the issue of Taiwan, which it claims as Chinese territory, is the most sensitive… Continue reading US should not have any illusions about Taiwan, says China

Xi tells Southeast Asian leaders China does not seek ‘hegemony’

Chinese President Xi Jinping told leaders of the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at a summit on Monday, November 22, that Beijing would not “bully” its smaller regional neighbors amid rising tension over the South China Sea. Beijing’s territorial claims over the sea clash with those of several Southeast Asian nations and have… Continue reading Xi tells Southeast Asian leaders China does not seek ‘hegemony’