Monthly Archives: January 2021

Why China Is Falling Out With Australia (and Allies)

China and Australia have become embroiled in a deepening political spat that is spilling over into trade. Even with some Chinese cities suffering power blackouts in December, the Beijing authorities continued to block coal shipments from Australia, underlining their determination. Miners aren’t the only exporters Down Under finding it harder to access their biggest market […]

PH backs China’s proposal to upgrade ASEAN relations

MANILA — The Philippines has made the case for China’s proposal to elevate its dialogue relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. made the pitch during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Retreat on Thursday. This would make China’s dialogue relations to the ASEAN from strategic partnership to comprehensive […]

Japan Becomes Latest Nation to Contest Beijing’s Claims in the South China Sea

Japan has joined a growing list of countries that are challenging China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea. On Tuesday, Japan presented a one-page diplomatic note to the United Nations rejecting China’s baseline claims and denouncing its efforts to limit the freedom of navigation and overflight. Japan’s note is the latest in series of […]

China labels Pompeo ‘doomsday clown’ over genocide claims

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Foreign Ministry described outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday as a “doomsday clown” and said his designation of China as a perpetrator of genocide and crimes against humanity was merely “a piece of wastepaper.” The allegations of abuses against Muslim minority groups in China’s Xinjiang region are “outright […]

Pompeo among key Trump officials sanctioned by Beijing for ‘disrupting China-US relations’

Beijing announced sanctions against a slew of recently departed Trump administration officials over their positions on China on Thursday, barring them from entering or doing business with the country. Among those sanctioned were former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, former national security adviser Robert O’Brien, former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, and former deputy […]

How Mike Pompeo’s ‘genocide’ label for China over Xinjiang may set tone for Joe Biden

The outgoing US government’s assessment that China has committed “genocide and crimes against humanity” in Xinjiang was among the last acts of the Donald Trump administration that observers said could cement its legacy on Beijing and reduce Joe Biden’s ability to change course. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has used his final days in […]

Biden and China: The biggest issue for all Asia

WILL the new administration of President Joseph Biden escalate or moderate the rivalry between China and the United States for dominance in Asia? More than any other issue, how that geopolitical question is answered will have the greatest impact on the region in the 2020s, and most especially on the Philippines. (The follow-up article on […]

Biden-led US to recognize PH arbitral win in South China Sea row, says envoy

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 21) — The Philippines’ arbitral victory in the West Philippine Sea dispute will continue to be recognized by the Biden administration in line with the strengthened ties between the two states, the country’s envoy maintained. Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez expressed confidence on Thursday that relations […]

‘Criminal State’ China Intensifying Human Rights Abuses, Say British MPs

LONDON – The Chinese Communist party has intensified an assault on all human rights throughout China, and those interacting with the regime should do so in the knowledge they are interacting with ‘a criminal state’, says a new report from the human rights commission of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party. From the incarceration of millions of […]