China upbeat on US trade talks, but South China Sea tensions weigh Independent.ie China struck an upbeat note on Monday as trade talks resumed with the United States, but also expressed anger at a US Navy mission through the disputed South China Sea, casting a shadow over the prospect for improved Beijing-Washington ties. https://www.independent.ie/business/world/china-upbeat-on-us-trade-talks-but-south-china-sea-tensions-weigh-37803230.html https://www.independent.ie/business/world/article37803229.ece/9d881/AUTOCROP/h342/2017-08-07_bus_33517970_I1.JPG Email China struck an upbeat note on Monday as trade talks resumed with the United States, but also expressed anger at a US Navy mission through the disputed South China Sea, casting a shadow over the prospect for improved Beijing-Washington ties. The United States is expected to keep pressing China on longstanding demands that it reform how it treats American companies' intellectual property in order to seal a trade deal that … [Read more...] about China upbeat on US trade talks, but South China Sea tensions weigh
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US and Britain in joint South China Sea drills Independent.ie THE US and Britain have conducted their first joint naval drills in the disputed South China Sea since China built island bases there, the two navies said. https://www.independent.ie/world-news/asia-pacific/us-and-britain-in-joint-south-china-sea-drills-37720540.html https://www.independent.ie/incoming/article37720406.ece/4be60/AUTOCROP/h342/P24.USUK.jpg Email THE US and Britain have conducted their first joint naval drills in the disputed South China Sea since China built island bases there, the two navies said. A US Navy guided missile destroyer the USS McCampbell, and a Royal Navy frigate, HMS Argyll, conducted communication drills and other exercises "to address common security priorities", the US Navy said. "There's no record in recent history of operations together, specifically in the South China Sea," a US Navy spokesman said. No such joint drills have been conducted there since at least 2010, he added. The … [Read more...] about US and Britain in joint South China Sea drills
Some political scientists call the South China Sea a potential hot spot of the 21 century, comparable in explosiveness to the Middle East. The intersection of the interests of regional powers, long-standing territorial disputes, active attempts by the United States and other Western countries to play on the contradictions of the dispute's participants, the passage of strategic sea routes through the South China Sea, large hydrocarbon reserves — all this forces us to take seriously any steps to increase a country's military presence in this region. © Photo : U.S. Navy‘Ram It’: Chinese Colonel Offers Solution to US Ships Transiting South China SeaThe militarisation of the South China Sea's waters carried out by one side, forces other states in the region to increase their military spending, complicates the search for compromises and increase the risks … [Read more...] about Indonesia Establishes Military Base in South China Sea, but for What Purpose?
WAR between the US and Chinese forces in the South China Sea could break out in 2019, leading experts fear. Concerns are mounting the two superpowers could become embroiled in a terrifying conflict in the directly contested region which could kill thousands of people. Malcolm Davis, a senior analyst in defence strategy and capability at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in Canberra, told CNN: "China is not going to ease up on its attempts to control the South China Sea in its entirety. "Basically, what the Chinese want to do is make the South China Sea their lake." Mr Davis added that Trump administration would be unlikely to back off in the face of Chinese pressure. Gregory Poling, an Asia and maritime law expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Al Jazeera in October: "There's a whole basket of issues that could lead to a US-China conflict. "The South China Sea is the thorniest. It gets right at the heart of US primacy in the region, the … [Read more...] about US and China both refuse to back down over South China Sea row that experts fear could trigger World War 3
Seven people have been arrested in southeast China for their roles in the chemical leak that put 52 people in hospital and cost local fisherman millions of dollars in lost revenue, South China Morning Post reports. The incident happened on November 4 when a tube carrying a mix known as C9 aromatics from a petrochemical firm to a tanker came loose, spilling about 7 tonnes of the toxic liquid into the sea. According to a statement issued on Thursday by the government of Quangang, a district of Quanzhou in Fujian province, three of the people arrested are employees of Fujian Donggang Petrochemical Company and four are from the tanker, the Tiantong No 1. They have all been charged with “criminal negligence that caused a serious accident”, the statement said. A separate notice from the Quangang government said that the people admitted to hospital were treated for pneumonia, nausea and dizziness after inhaling the chemical. Two patients are still being treated for their injuries, … [Read more...] about China chemical spill: 7 arrested as fishermen wait for news on compensation