Tag: China

China reportedly preps for crisis along border with North Korea

The Chinese military has reportedly been building up defenses along its border with North Korea that coincide with warnings by President Trump that he is considering military action over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons push. The Wall Street Journal, citing a review of official military and government websites and interviews with experts, reported that Beijing has built […]

China warns India not to harbor illusions in border stand-off

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s defense ministry on Monday warned India not to harbor any illusions about the Chinese military’s ability to defend its territory, amid a festering border dispute.   The stand-off on a plateau next to the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim, which borders China, has ratcheted up tension between the neighbors, who share […]

China sends troops to Djibouti, establishes first overseas military base

China has dispatched troops to Djibouti in advance of formally establishing the country’s first overseas military base. Two Chinese Navy warships left the port of Zhanjiang on Tuesday, taking an undisclosed number of military personnel on the journey across the Indian Ocean. An editorial Wednesday in the state-run Global Times stressed the importance of the new […]

‘Serious military provocation’: China angered by US presence in South China Sea

The passage of a US warship close to a disputed island in the South China Sea was a “serious political and military provocation”, Beijing said, one that could further strain relations between the superpowers The destroyer, the USS Stethem, sailed less than 12 nautical miles from tiny Triton Island in the Paracel Islands archipelago, which […]

China And The U.S. Are Cooling Their Cooperation To Curb North Korea

Give the world’s two superpowers credit for effort but don’t expect a whole lot more. Since the presidents of China and the United States met for their first time in April, they’ve spoken the language of cooperation to hobble North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs spearheaded by the enigmatic leader Kim Jong-un. To appease […]

Mattis calls North Korea’s threats ‘clear and present danger,’ criticizes ally China

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in no uncertain terms Saturday that North Korea presented a “clear and present danger,” while also criticizing China for ratcheting up the tension over contested islands in the South China Sea. His sharp words for both countries suggested he believed China would, out of self-interest, pressure North Korea to halt […]

China says it will stick to commitment to fight climate change

China said on Friday it would stick to its commitment to fight climate change after US President Donald Trump said he would withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 Paris global agreement to curb climate change. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the comment at a daily news briefing in Beijing. Trump’s move fulfilled […]

Trump says North Korea shows ‘great disrespect’ to China with missile

US President Donald Trump said North Korea showed disrespect to its major ally China after it fired a short-range ballistic missile on Monday that landed in the sea off its east coast. “North Korea has shown great disrespect for their neighbor, China, by shooting off yet another ballistic missile … but China is trying hard!” […]

In first under Trump, U.S. warship challenges Beijing’s claims in South China Sea

A U.S. Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since U.S. President Donald Trump took office. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS Dewey […]

Forget Korea for a Moment: China Joins Ranks of Carrier Navies in Less Than 5 Years

While the eyes of the world are focused on security developments on the Korean peninsula, two recent events should re-sharpen attention on the Taiwan Straits. The Chinese launched a new aircraft carrier, and President Donald Trump indicated that he would check with Xi Jinping before he would take another phone call from the President of […]