Sunday, December 16, 2018

Chinese J-20 jet fighter seen at US airbase ‘built by marines for training purposes’

Chinese J-20 jet fighter seen at US airbase ‘built by marines for training purposes’

The United States has built a full-size replica of a Chinese fighter jet for use as a training aid, according to official US military sources, a move analysts said reflects Washington’s growing concern over the fighting strength of its Asian rival. The mock-up of a Chengdu J-20 Mighty Dragon was spotted at a military facility…
The reason why the US-China trade talks will work: it’s the personal touch

The reason why the US-China trade talks will work: it’s the personal touch

From Beijing and New York, I’m watching US-China trade negotiations with a sense of optimism. Cautious optimism, sure, but optimism nonetheless. Why do I buck the conventional wisdom of pundits who enumerate all the quite legitimate reasons for likely breakdown and protracted conflict? Here’s why. The dinner meeting between the two presidents, Xi Jinping and…
China vows to help Afghanistan, Pakistan resolve their disputes

China vows to help Afghanistan, Pakistan resolve their disputes

China pledged to help Afghanistan and Pakistan overcome long-standing suspicions, as officials from the three nations met on Saturday in the latest round of diplomacy aimed at opening talks with the Taliban to end the Afghan war. China, a close ally of Pakistan, has lately deepened its economic and political ties with Kabul and is…
Could China and India turn their post-Doklam thaw into a spring?

Could China and India turn their post-Doklam thaw into a spring?

The Indian and Chinese militaries have resumed their annual interaction, with an Indian Army team arriving in Chengdu this week for the “Hand in Hand” exercise. This is the seventh exercise, but its import lies in its being the first after Doklam. Although as such exercises go, these are very small, particularly given the sizes…
Meng Wanzhou arrest: why does  China focus on Canada when US is to blame?

Meng Wanzhou arrest: why does China focus on Canada when US is to...

Beijing should learn from how Huawei has become a victim of politics – and do private businesses a favour by loosening the Communist Party’s ideological controls By Wang Xiangwei 15 Dec 2018 Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou exits court following a bail hearing in Vancouver on December 11. Photo: AFP Ever since news broke…
China’s ZTE taps Joe Lieberman for Washington damage control

China’s ZTE taps Joe Lieberman for Washington damage control

This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Daniel Lippman and Steven Overly on politico.com on December 13, 2018. Chinese telecom giant ZTE is tapping a deeply connected Washington insider, former US Senator Joe Lieberman, as it tries to fend off ongoing concerns that it poses a threat…
China may use Japan’s aircraft carrier plan to push through more military spending, observers say

China may use Japan’s aircraft carrier plan to push through more military spending, observers...

Tokyo’s plan to develop an aircraft carrier capable of launching fighter jets is driven by Beijing’s military rise, but the move could embolden hawkish generals in China to press ahead with their own expansion programmes, observers said. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner Komeito Party this week approved a new defence…
US to help get Canadian detainees released amid Huawei extradition row, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says

US to help get Canadian detainees released amid Huawei extradition row, US Secretary of...

The United States will help achieve the release of two Canadian nationals being detained in China as tensions among the three countries rise amid the arrest, at the US’ request, of Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday. Calling the Canadians’ arrests “unlawful”, Pompeo said: “We…
US to help free Canadian detainees amid Huawei extradition row, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says

US to help free Canadian detainees amid Huawei extradition row, US Secretary of State...

The United States will help achieve the release of two Canadian nationals detained in China as tensions among the three countries rise amid the arrest – at the US’ request – of Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday. Calling the Canadians’ arrests unlawful, Pompeo said:…
The US fears China could strangle its only permanent military base in Africa – and a port in Djibouti could be the weapon

The US fears China could strangle its only permanent military base in Africa –...

When unveiling the Trump administration’s new Africa policy on Thursday, national security adviser John Bolton made a point to speak about a single container port in the tiny East African nation of Djibouti. Officials say the Doraleh Container Terminal is critical for resupplying the only permanent US base in Africa, and Bolton said that China…
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