By David Brown Published 3 days ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing US president Joe Biden has said he would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan, but White House officials insist the US has not changed its position. Washington has had a long-standing policy of "strategic ambiguity" on whether it would intervene militarily in the event of a Chinese attack on Taiwan. China's President Xi Jinping has said "reunification" with Taiwan " must be fulfilled " - and has not ruled out the possible use of force to achieve this. China sees self-ruled Taiwan as a breakaway province that will eventually be part of the country again. However, Taiwan sees itself as an independent country, with its own constitution and democratically-elected leaders. Where is Taiwan? Taiwan is an island, roughly 100 miles from the coast of south east China. It sits in the … [Read more...] about China and Taiwan: A really simple guide
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday criticized China for continuing its close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin while his war in Ukraine rages on, saying the two countries' diplomatic ties "should raise alarm bells for all of us who call the Indo-Pacific region home." Blinken made the comments during a speech hosted by the Asia Society Policy Institute at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He outlined President Joe Biden 's policy with China during the speech while also touching on issues related to the war in Ukraine. America's top diplomat said Russia's invasion has backfired, adding that "Putin has failed to achieve a single one of his strategic games. Instead of erasing Ukraine's independence, he strengthened it. Instead of dividing NATO , he's united it. Instead of asserting Russia's strength, he's undermined it. And instead of weakening the international order, he has brought countries together to defend it." Blinken … [Read more...] about U.S. alarmed by China’s support of Putin’s war in Ukraine
By Tessa Wong Published 3 days ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Russia-Ukraine war US President Joe Biden has warned China is "flirting with danger" over Taiwan, and vowed to intervene militarily to protect the island if it is attacked. Speaking in Japan, he appeared to contradict long-standing US policy in the region, although the White House insisted there had been no departure. Mr Biden drew a parallel between Taiwan and Russia's invasion of Ukraine, prompting an angry rebuke from Beijing. He is on his first tour of Asia as US president, visiting regional allies. Mr Biden prefaced his remarks saying US policy toward Taiwan "has not changed". But his comments in Tokyo are the second time in recent months he has unequivocally stated the US would defend Taiwan if China attacked, in what has been seen as a change in tone. The US … [Read more...] about Biden vows to defend Taiwan in apparent US policy shift
By Vikas Pandey Published 2 days ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Russia-Ukraine war Leaders of the Quad nations are meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday in what can be described as one of the most important meetings in recent years that will affect the geopolitics and security of the Indo-Pacific region. The group - composed of Japan, the US, Australia and India - seems to be emerging from the shadows of the Covid-19 pandemic and, to some degree, from Russia's invasion of Ukraine as well. The top leaders are gathering for the fourth time - they have already met once in Washington last September and twice virtually - in less than two years. That underscores the importance of the Quad, which was largely just a concept until 2017. That year, then-US President Donald Trump revived the group in a bid to take on China in its own backyard. But … [Read more...] about Quad: The China factor at the heart of the summit
RNZ Palau, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Kiribati and the Federated States of Micronesia are accusing NZ and Aus of influencing the vote that resulted in their candidate being snubbed for the forum's top job. (First published Feb 2021) Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand can handle security issues in the Pacific, as China seeks to sign a sweeping, region-wide agreement with 10 island nations. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi begins a week-long trip around the Pacific on Thursday and reportedly would be seeking to sign countries onto an agreement that spanned co-operation on development, trade, law enforcement, security, fisheries, and internet networks. Ardern appears to have been warned of the new agreement nearly a week ago, in a letter from a Pacific Island president who described it as threatening “to bring a new Cold War era at best, and a World War at worst”. A draft of the agreement, seen by Stuff , includes provisions such as co-operation on … [Read more...] about Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand can handle Pacific security, as China seeks region-wide agreement
Russian oil ban not enough to stop them funding war says expert Sign up for our news briefing, including a daily special Russia-Ukraine edition SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info It means there will be no respite for drivers struggling with record fuel prices along with the ongoing cost of living crisis. It comes as US refineries have increased production to levels not seen since before the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Related articles BP pledges to pump £18bn into UK's homegrown energy Hungary wields the knife on EU Russian oil ban The increase in production is a response to a dip in supplies. Last week US crude stockpiles fell by one million barrels. Flagship Brent Crude prices … [Read more...] about Oil price surge: Devastating blow for UK motorists as barrel prices hit £90
By Zubaidah Abdul Jalil & Tessa Wong Published 1 day ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Russia-Ukraine war The world is "navigating a dark hour in our shared history" with Russia's invasion of Ukraine, US President Joe Biden told key Asian allies. The war has now become a "global issue" underscoring the importance of defending international order, he said. Japanese PM Fumio Kishida echoed his comments, saying that a similar invasion should not happen in Asia. Mr Biden was meeting the leaders of Japan, Australia and India in Tokyo in his first visit to Asia as president. The four countries known collectively as the Quad discussed security and economic concerns including China's growing influence in the region - and differences over the Russian invasion. Mr Biden's comments came a day after he warned China that it was "flirting … [Read more...] about Ukraine war: World faces ‘dark hour’, Biden tells Quad summit
Published 18 May Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Russia-Ukraine war Sweden and Finland have formally applied to join the Western security alliance Nato. Their decision was prompted by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. It is being welcomed by most of the 30 existing countries in Nato. However, Turkey is opposing either country joining the pact, saying the two countries support anti-Turkish terrorists. Sweden confirms Nato hopes in historic shift What is Nato? Nato - the North Atlantic Treaty Organization - is a defensive military alliance. It was formed in 1949 by 12 countries, including the US, UK, Canada and France. Members agree to come to one another's aid if they come under armed attack. Finland will take it to 31 members. Nato's original aim was to counter Russian expansion in Europe after World War Two. Following … [Read more...] about Ukraine conflict: What is Nato and how can Finland and Sweden join?
By Shruti Menon Published 13 May Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Russia-Ukraine war India's long-standing ties to Russia have come under the spotlight - especially in the defence sector - following the invasion of Ukraine. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said during a visit to the US in April that India would like to be a "good friend" to Western countries. But she added that India didn't want to be weakened, and needed to ensure its security - taken to mean its long-standing reliance on Russian military equipment - would continue. How dependent is India on Russian arms? India is one of the world's largest buyers of weapons, and had a close defence relationship with the former Soviet Union for many years. India's rivalry with Pakistan, and increasingly with China, means Russia has remained a key partner for Delhi, even after the … [Read more...] about Ukraine crisis: Could India cut its defence ties with Russia?
Soutik Biswas Published 25 March Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Russia-Ukraine war On Monday, US President Joe Biden told a meeting of business leaders in Washington that among the so-called Quad group of nations, India was being "somewhat shaky" in its response to Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. The US, Japan and Australia - the three other members of this coalition formed to counter China's influence - have been "extremely strong in terms of dealing with Putin's aggression", he said. India, however, has doggedly pursued a non-aligned foreign policy since independence, where, according to the first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, "we will stay away from the big blocs…to be friendly to all countries…not join any alliance." But will the war in Ukraine now put India's fabled neutrality under strain? 'Uncharted territory' … [Read more...] about Ukraine: India ‘feeling the heat’ over neutrality