Will China's new military reforms endanger Xi Jinping's rule, asks Claude Arpi.IMAGE: People's Liberation Army soldiers march in Beijing. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters China has undertaken mega military reforms leaving no doubt that it is arming itself. On December 28, the PLA Daily announced that the People's Liberation Army Navy had just commissioned three new vessels, including a Dongdiao-class auxiliary general intelligence ship named Neptune, to bolster China's intelligence gathering and surveillance capabilities in the disputed South China Sea. Three days later, Senior Colonel Yang Yujun, spokesman for the ministry of national defence stated: 'Taking various factors into consideration, relevant authority started the research and development of China's second aircraft carrier, which is currently under independent design and construction.' It will be propelled by a conventional power plant and have a displacement of 50,000 tons; in many ways, it will be similar to the Liaoning, … [Read more...] about Watch out for China’s new, improved, army
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'There are major implications for India. Though there was a transparently thin attempt to project the troop reduction as intended to promote peace, the downsizing is actually part of plans to streamline and strengthen the PLA, capable of defending China's national interests at home and abroad,' says Jayadev Ranade.IMAGE: Military vehicles carry DF-21D ballistic missiles roll to Tiananmen Square during the military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Beijing, September 3. Photograph: Damir Sagol/Reuters Chinese President Xi Jinping's Announcement at the grand military parade on September 3 that China's People's Liberation Army would be downsized by 300,000 personnel signalled the beginning of extensive reform and restructuring of the PLA. Described by Chinese officials as the most extensive and far-reaching ever, the military reforms will be carefully studied and monitored in many world capitals. The impact of these military reforms, which are intended to … [Read more...] about What China’s military plans mean for India
'China's South China Sea build-up and 'territorial sea' construct potentially affects 55 percent of Indian trade passing through the region. Hence, coordinating with the US and Japan could provide dividends to India in the longer run,' says Srikanth Kondapalli.IMAGE: The Indian Navy during its Theatre Readiness Operational Level Exercises, TROPEX-2015, off the coast of Goa in the Arabian Sea, this February. From October 12 to 19, a high-level trilateral exercise between the naval forces of India, the United States and Japan will be held in the Bay of Bengal as a part of the extended Malabar Exercises. Conducted since 1992 between India and the United States, Japan was invited to participate in these exercises in this region. Bilaterally, both the US and India have conducted exercises with Japan earlier. India and Japan conducted the first naval exercise in June 2012. All three navies, in addition to Singapore and Australia, joined the multilateral exercises of September 2007, but … [Read more...] about Operation Malabar: A warning to China
The Paris-based 39-member Financial Action Task Force (FATF), against money-laundering and terror-funding, strongly urged Pakistan last month to comply with its demands by February 2020 or face being included in the FATF “black list” — meaning sanctions. It said: “To date, Pakistan has only largely addressed five of the 27 action items, with varying levels of progress made on the rest of the action plan.” Pakistan has been on the “grey list” of FATF because many of its “non-state actors” used in proxy wars belonged to other states like Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and China. China is heading the FATF these days through Xiangmin Liu of the People’s Bank of China, now the president of FATF. It’s not only Afghanistan and Uzbekistan that complain about Pakistan keeping their terrorists on its territory; China too is a complainant. In 2017, China got together with Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa in the BRICS trading bloc to … [Read more...] about Uighur terrorism brewing in Pakistan is drawing China’s ire
Email By state political reporter Emily Baker and Annah Fromberg Posted November 18, 2019 06:02:59 Photo: Tasmania offered a great photo opportunity for Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2014, experts say. (Supplied: Chin Communications) Related Story: China is building Antarctic bases inside Australia's claim. We don't know why Related Story: Australia struggling to contain Chinese political interference, US warns Map: Australia The warning couldn't have been more stark: ignore the opportunities in Asia and living standards in Tasmania will likely decline.The state was already ranked Australia's worst economic performer when the 2013 Labor government was urged by Australian National University researchers to pursue stronger ties with the emerging economies of China or India.With limited resources at its disposal, Lara Giddings' cabinet decided to focus on China."In China, we could see there was this growing middle class, and they're the people who are visiting now," the … [Read more...] about China has become Tasmania’s biggest trading partner, but has the state been left ‘vulnerable’?
BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets rose Tuesday on optimism over the potential re-opening of U.S.-China trade talks and despite heightened Middle East tensions. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggested last week that trade envoys might meet in person following two rounds of phone conversations, though he gave no timeline. That helped to temper anxiety over U.S.-Iranian tensions. In midday trading, London’s FTSE 100 rose 0.6% to 7,562 after Boris Johnson was named as the new prime minister, a move that could increase the risks of a disorderly Brexit. Frankfurt’s DAX soared 1.5% to 12,470 and France’s CAC-40 jumped 0.7% to 5,605. On Wall Street, futures for the benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.4% to 27,280, while futures for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained 0.3% to 2,998. Traders have focused on signs of movement toward a settlement of the U.S.-China tariff war over Beijing’s technology ambitions. They were reassured by … [Read more...] about Global stocks rise on hopes for US-China trade talks