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Devastating coral loss in South China Sea


Scientists are warning of another “devastating” loss of coral due to a spike in sea temperatures. They say 40% of coral has died at the Dongsha Atoll in the South China Sea. Nothing as severe has happened on Dongsha for at least 40 years, according to experts. Anne Cohen of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in … Continue reading

Australia is the leader in the Asia-Pacific region, not China or Japan


Forbes recently wrote that the leading power in East Asia will be Japan, not China. While this is probably true, Australia should not be forgotten as already being the de facto leader in the greater Asia-Pacific region, and could be a greater power than Japan or future economic giant India, who are both contenders as … Continue reading

China plans massive sea lab 10,000 feet underwater in South China Sea


China is speeding up efforts to design and build a manned deep-sea platform to help it hunt for minerals in the South China Sea, one that may also serve a military purpose in the disputed waters. Such an oceanic “space station” would be located as much as 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) below the surface, according … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, February 22, 2016


China is deploying weapons. The US is responding with pressure—mostly economic, some political, always involving alliances. Money and trade are atop the list. China’s unusual manipulation of its money is documented and under more scrutiny than ever. According to Chinese State-run media, China has weapons on disputed islands by right. According to the government, US … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, August 31


Kim’s dismissal of top military leaders mirrors the downfalls of history. Top leaders are Kim’s strongest supporters. North Korea’s power could be imploding. “One Korea” could happen peacefully. Japan prepares to make it’s military more deployable. The US gave the nod in recent months. Now, the Japanese government is ready to follow suit. Japan has … Continue reading

India will not hesitate to use naval power to protect economic interest in South China Sea


India has warned that it is prepared to use force to secure its economic interest in the South China Sea. India has placed allegations that Beijing had deliberately hampered its rival oil and gas exploration efforts. As China and India rise economically, their military muscle is growing as well. Both need energy to keep that … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, February 23 | Symphony


Some Muslims wanted attention… They got it. Japan authorised millions in aid to fight terrorism. Myanmar calls on China to help them fight against terrorist attacks, ostensibly being launched from inside China. Beijing may not like being asked to turn their attention away from the great threat it feels from Taiwan. But, the terrorists in … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, February 9


Three trends spanned the Pacific this week: journalism, entrepreneurs, and 2016 elections. News of ISIS spreads across Asia Pacific, including videos of a man being burned alive. China barks at century-old Taiwanese government leaders about standing up to the young Communist regime. Taiwanese local leaders respond that Beijing should learn to move past the past … Continue reading

The Russian Far East: Russia’s land, China’s funds


The Russian Far East has always been a strategically important region to Russia because of its rich mineral resources and access to the Pacific Ocean, though it is largely neglected and underdeveloped compared to other regions in Russia.  More than 66 percent of Russian gold production comes from six eastern regions, including Amur, which is … Continue reading

Australia and China sign landmark free trade deal


China and Australia on Monday sealed a landmark free trade agreement more than a decade in the making, significantly expanding ties between the world’s second largest economy and one of Washington‘s closest allies in Asia. The deal, which Australia called the best ever between Beijing and a Western country, will open up Chinese markets to … Continue reading

In veiled message to China, Obama renews commitment to Asia-Pacific pivot


President Barack Obama sought on Saturday to reassure Asia-Pacific allies about Washington’s strategic shift toward the region as he sent a veiled message to a rising China with a vow to “deepen our engagement using every element of our power”. Speaking in Australia on the final stop of a three-country regional tour, Obama insisted that Asia’s … Continue reading

China: the tricky chessboard of the free trade agreements


US and China are facing each other with similar but opposite strategies in the whole Asia-Pacific area: The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), of which China isn’t a part, and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) led by China and the ten nations of ASEAN that will create a regional free market of more than 3 … Continue reading

China sends armoured carriers into Hong Kong Streets amidst democracy protests


If there is one issue sure to make the business community nervous about the future of Hong Kong, it is the prospect of the leaders in Beijing miscalculating the political situation in the city. This looms as a larger concern for business figures than the direct impact of the pro-democracy Occupy Central movement. Against this … Continue reading

The truth must be told: China is the Nazi Germany of the contemporary world order


The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail. I refer to Keith Bradsher of the New York Times, “Philippine Leader Sounds Alarm on China”, February 4 concerning its unabated and continuing aggression on the Asia Pacific region. To quote from the said article: “President … Continue reading

Hong Kong signs up for Australian undergraduate study and internship plan


Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has signed up the fourth and final destination, Hong Kong, for next year’s trial of the government’s New Colombo Plan, which will send Australian undergraduates into the region for study, internships and long-term diplomacy. “Australian students will benefit from the opportunity to study at Hong Kong’s world-class institutions and the … Continue reading

Longer wait for China residency permits irk foreign firms


Foreign executives in China are upset at a new rule that allows authorities to hold passports for up to 15 working days when processing and renewing residency permits, saying it could disrupt essential business travel within China and abroad. The changes are evidence to those who argue China is becoming a harder place to do business, especially … Continue reading

China looks west as it bolsters regional ties


President Xi Jinping of China, evoking the camel caravans of the old Silk Road that traversed the ancient plains of Kazakhstan on their way from China to Europe, said Saturday that he wanted to create a contemporary version that would bind together China and its Central Asian neighbors. Fresh from the Group of 20 summit meeting in … Continue reading

China concerned by US military buildup in Australia


China has expressed concern at the US decision to ramp up its military presence in the region by establishing a special naval task force to support its troops based in Darwin. A technical “amphibious lift” group will be in place by 2018, possibly in Guam, to help the US mobilise its Australia-based troops quickly in … Continue reading

Australian law firm says world offers China shallow legal services


After unveiling a merger aimed at grabbing more of China’s legal work, King & Wood Mallesons has accused the world’s leading law firms of offering “shallow” services to Chinese clients. Global managing partner Stuart Fuller said King & Wood Mallesons was seeking to reverse the practice of foreign firms entering the China market “with fairly shallow … Continue reading

China dismisses Australia’s defence white paper; says it changes nothing


China has warned that Labor’s new white paper is a political document unlikely to bring major changes to Canberra‘s defence strategy or alter Australia’s position in the Asia-Pacific region. Han Feng, a deputy director at the China Academy of Social Science, a think tank closely linked to the Communist Party and government, said the paper … Continue reading

U.S. marines based in Australia will cost $1.6 billion


Infrastructure costing an estimated $1.6 billion will need to be built in Northern Australia to accommodate a fully-equipped, 2500-strong US Marines task force due in Darwin in about 2016. And it is not clear yet who will foot the bill to accommodate the potent and self-contained Marines Air Ground Task Group, which will come to … Continue reading

China points finger at U.S. over Asia-Pacific tensions


China‘s defence ministry made a thinly veiled attack on the United States on Tuesday for increasing tensions in the Asia-Pacific by ramping up its military presence and alliances in the region, days after the top U.S. diplomat visited Beijing. China is uneasy with what the United States has called the “rebalancing” of forces as Washington … Continue reading

China issues white paper on national defence


China has revealed the structure of its military units, in what state-run media describe as a first. The army has a total of 850,000 officers, while the navy and air force have a strength of 235,000 and 398,000, China said in its defense white paper. The paper also criticized the US’s expanded military presence in the Asia-Pacific, saying it … Continue reading

China ‘extremely concerned’ about U.S.- Japan island talk


Japan and the United States have started talks on military plans in case of armed conflict over a group of East China Sea Islets claimed by Tokyo and Beijing, Japanese media said on Thursday, prompting China to complain of “outside pressure.” The Pentagon confirmed talks were being held on Thursday and Friday between Shigeru Iwasaki, … Continue reading

Submarine trends in Asia Pacific, driven by China’s rise


The contending strategic realities of the Asia-Pacific region compel states to adopt innovations of their rivals. This is the case for new classes of conventional submarine designs, which incorporate an array of innovative technologies in order to maximise their survivability and lethality in diverse maritime operations. While Europe and North America remain key submarine markets, … Continue reading

Vietnam and US boost defence ties


The third Vietnam-US Defence Policy Dialogue at deputy ministerial level took place in Hanoi last week. During the meeting, the two sides focused on ideas and information about issues related to defence cooperation and bilateral ties between Vietnam and the US and exchanged information about security matters in the Asia-Pacific region and the world. The … Continue reading

Chinese navy buildup no threat to US, but a possible threat to Japan


SCMP’s report entitled “As China’s navy grows, end of Deng’s dictum of keeping a low profile?” says, “Obama’s re-election means he can continue the strategic shift towards the Asia-Pacific region that started during his first term, which will see 60 per cent of US warships move to the region by the end of the decade. … Continue reading

Obama eyes $108 billion annual Asia prize vying with China trade


More than a century and a half after Millard Fillmore dispatched an emissary to Asia to transform commerce across the Pacific, a U.S. president again sees an historic opportunity to strengthen America’s role in the region. Barack Obama sent his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, to Asia for a record 86 days in his first term, including — … Continue reading

US military in Asia ‘beneficial’, Ambassador Locke tells China


US envoy to Beijing Gary Locke on Saturday  tried to ease China‘s fears that Washington wants to hem it in by emphasising  American military presence in Asia was not targeted at a single country. “We strongly believe — and I believe most in the region would agree —  that our security presence here is beneficial … Continue reading

China rebukes US diplomat for sending ‘wrong signal’ on South China Sea


China‘s foreign ministry has called in a senior US diplomat to express “strong dissatisfaction” at remarks by the US state department raising concerns over tensions in the disputed South China Sea, in the latest political spat between the two countries. In a statement released late on Saturday, China’s foreign ministry said assistant foreign minister Zhang … Continue reading

Firepower bristles in South China Sea as rivalries harden


In the early years of China’s rise to economic and military prowess, the guiding principle for its government was Deng Xiaoping‘s maxim: “Hide Your Strength, Bide Your Time.” Now, more than three decades after paramount leader Deng launched his reforms, that policy has seemingly lapsed or simply become unworkable as China’s military muscle becomes too … Continue reading

The beginning of a new Cold War: Putin’s Beijing visit


US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has reiterated recently that the US attaches great importance to its relations with China, and its plan to increase its navy presence in the Pacific is not directed at Beijing. Beijing says it welcomes a US return to the Asia-Pacific region, but has stepped up its military buildup as soon … Continue reading

China’s counter attack will be horrible, says Chinese military leader


In potential confrontation, the weaker one tends to resort to bluffing, while the stronger one tends to conceal its enmity. According to Sun Tzu’s teaching, when you want to retreat, pretend that you are going to attack, while when you want to attack, pretend that you are going to retreat. “The art of war is … Continue reading

Asia to be base for 60 pc of U.S. fleet; China welcomes move


Most of America’s warships will be stationed in the Asia-Pacific region by 2020, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said yesterday. He revealed about 60 per cent of the US naval fleet would be assigned to the region, as he spelled out the meaning of the Pentagon’s “pivot” towards Asia. Senior US defence officials also told … Continue reading

Chinese entities world’s biggest economic spies


The Pentagon said on Friday it believes China spent up to $180 billion on its military buildup last year, a far higher figure than acknowledged by Beijing, and it accused “Chinese actors” of being the world’s biggest perpetrators of economic espionage. China rejected the report as irresponsible, saying the United States was spreading a “China … Continue reading

Chinese official tells Australia: it’s us or America


Australia cannot juggle its relationships with the United States and China indefinitely and must choose a ”godfather” to protect it, according to a prominent Chinese defence strategist. The warning by Song Xiaojun, a former senior officer of the People’s Liberation Army, comes after Foreign Minister Bob Carr was told by his Chinese counterpart that Australia’s … Continue reading

US House panel focuses on China’s defence buildup


Lawmakers in the House of Representatives are pushing for the Pentagon to provide more accurate reports on China’s military development and for tighter controls on defence-related technology transfers to foreign countries. Randy Forbes, chairman of the House of Representatives Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, said on Thursday the measures – which his panel included in next … Continue reading

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