Trump ‘Very Proud’ of Trip to Asia, Says Progress Made on Security, Trade

U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is “very proud” of his five-nation, 12-day trip to Asia, asserting lots of progress was made on issues such as security and trade. In remarks delivered behind closed doors Tuesday at the East Asia Summit in Manila, Trump reiterated that North Korea remains a major global military threat. “North… Please follow and like us:

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With Eye on China, India, U.S. and Japan Conduct Naval Drills

In a signal of deepening military cooperation between India, the United States and Japan, the three countries have deployed some of their largest warships and submarines in the Indian Ocean for an annual naval exercise that is conducted with an eye on China. The naval drills have expanded in the last two years amid growing concerns… Please follow and like us:

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China, US to join forces on economy

President Xi Jinping with US President Donald Trump on Saturday in Hamburg, Germany YAO DAWEI / XINHUA Second meeting of presidents promotes trade, military plans The latest meeting between President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, was productive and reassuring to the world, experts said, as it confirmed ongoing discussions about an ambitious economic… Please follow and like us:

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China Says South China Sea Research is for Science, Not Sovereignty

Chinese scientists are defending the nation’s high-tech exploration activities in the South China Sea against criticism, insisting the effort is a legitimate bid to advance science rather than a ploy to bolster China’s claims to sovereignty over the contested waterway. A deep-sea bathyscaphe and an underwater observation network developed by Chinese scientists will gather data on… Please follow and like us:

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Obstacles at Bay, Beijing Steps up Control Over Disputed South China Sea

Beijing has reached a new peak in its bid to control the widely disputed South China Sea after pacifying rivals, keeping Washington away and building out artificial islands that are ready for military hardware. China will be able to keep three fighter-jet regiments on the same number of islets that it has constructed in the sea,… Please follow and like us:

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China Launches Second Aircraft Carrier

China has launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier, marking an important military milestone. The vessel will become the second carrier in the country’s expanding naval fleet. Analysts say the launch highlights the strides China has made in advancing its carrier program, as well as its ambitions to project power further into the Pacific and Indian… Please follow and like us:

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China Seeks Foreign Help in Risky Work Finding Oil in Disputed Sea

Beijing is looking for foreign contractors to help find oil and gas under the South China Sea but expects to meet resistance because other governments contest its claims and any discoveries may bring low returns. China’s state-run China National Offshore Oil Corp. issued a tender last week for foreign companies to join it in exploring for… Please follow and like us:

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Southeast Asia, China Move Toward Elusive Deal to Avoid Conflicts in Contested Sea

A group of 10 Southeast Asian nations will try again this year to sign documentation for a code of conduct aimed at preventing mishaps in the fractious South China Sea, as many have formed new bonds with Beijing despite its extensive, controversial maritime activities. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will make the framework for… Please follow and like us:

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Vietnam Seeks Stronger China Ties Despite New Buildup on Disputed Islands

Vietnam is expected to keep chasing stronger relations with China, a political adversary for centuries, despite new signs that Beijing has added military infrastructure on several disputed islands in the South China Sea. The Southeast Asian country, long accustomed to China’s buildup in the contested Paracel and Spratly islands, is anxious to grow its exports and… Please follow and like us:

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Air Force Adds China To F-35s’ Foreign Deployments

F-35As CLARIFIED: What MG Harris Really Meant CAPITOL HILL: The Air Force’s first operational squadron of F-35s will head to the Pacific, not to Europe as recently departed Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said in December. The news came in the form of one sentence today in the written testimony today of Maj. Gen. Jerry… Please follow and like us:

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Analysts: China Misses Facts in Chiding US Over Contested Sea

As China’s foreign minister seeks to correct U.S. government ideas about Asia’s major maritime dispute, specialists say the Beijing official is distorting history. Agreements that took effect after World War II required that former Chinese territories taken by Japan be returned to China, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, according to a statement on the ministry’s… Please follow and like us:

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South China Sea, Not Trade First Point of Friction for Trump, China

Many thought trade would be the first area in which the administration of President Donald Trump could see tensions rising with China. On the campaign trail, Trump talked constantly about China and jobs, and pledged to label Beijing a currency manipulator and vowed to levy punishing tariffs to counter China’s cheating on trade. But on Trump’s… Please follow and like us:

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