Monthly Archives: December 2020

South China Sea: Biden ‘unlikely’ to stop Trump anti-Beijing policy in ‘larger’ trade war

JOE BIDEN has his hands tied over the US’ approach to the South China Sea, and is tipped to carry on Donald Trump’s policy in the disputed waters as the trade conflict between Washington and Beijing moves to “larger issues”. Nick Marro, Global Trade Lead at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), told the President-elect […]

USS John S. McCain conducts Christmas Eve Freedom of Navigation Operation in South China Sea

According to the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet, the Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer “asserted navigational rights and freedoms near Vietnam in the vicinity of the Con Dao Island in the South China Sea” on Thursday. “The ship conducted normal operations within Vietnam’s claimed territorial seas to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access and navigational […]

China’s ‘vaccine diplomacy’: A global charm offensive

As wealthy countries scramble to buy up the limited supply of big-name coronavirus vaccines, China is stepping in to offer its homegrown jabs to poorer countries. But the largesse is not entirely altruistic, with Beijing hoping for a long-term diplomatic return. The strategy carries multiple possible benefits: deflecting anger and criticism over China’s early handling […]