ECUADOR: Ejercerá Soberanía marítima a China por los Galapagos

Ecuador advierte a China que ejercerá su soberanía marítima en Galápagos La Marina detectó una flota pesquera china de más de 260 embarcaciones que navegan en aguas ecuatorianas. El gobierno ecuatoriano advirtió a China que hará cumplir su soberanía marítima alrededor del archipiélago de Galápagos,...

China seeks second wind for renminbi, In conversation with Robert Kaplan

China seeks second wind for renminbi, In conversation with Robert Kaplan

Friday 3 July 2020  –   Vol.11 ed.31.6 

Commentary: China seeks second wind for renminbi

By Geoffrey Yu in London

Yi Gang, governor of the People’s Bank of China, has called for a new general issue of the International Monetary Fund’s special drawing right to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 crisis. The SDR is a reserve asset which can be redeemed at any central bank for hard currency. Beijing sees a potential second wind...

Panel: New Focus on China Fight Could Rob Marine Corps of Versatility

A U.S. Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 365 (reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) during a transit through the Strait of Hormuz on May 31, 2020. US Marine Crops Photo

As the Marines reshape their force to take on the Chinese in the Western Pacific, some experts worry the new emphasis could leave the Marines fewer tools to operate in other parts of the world and fight...

STRATCOM CO: Chinese, Russian Build Up of Nuclear Weapons Will ‘Test’ U.S. Strategic Deterrence

Borei-class nuclear ballistic missile submarine Vladimir Monomakh (SSBN). Russian Navy Photo

The U.S. is facing a more complex strategic deterrence problem as both China and Russia continue to modernize their nuclear and conventional weapons, the head of U.S. Strategic Command said on Thursday.
“This is the first time we’re going to face two-nuclear capable adversaries,” Adm. Charles Richard said during remarks at the Mitchell Institute.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union the U.S. has “not...

Chinese Type 075 Big Deck Amphib Preparing for Sea Trials

The lead Chinese Type-075 preparing for sea trials. Note the smoke stains near the stern. Photo via Twitter

The Chinese Navy’s newest amphibious warfare asset, the Type 075 LHD (Landing Helicopter Dock) is setting sail for the first time, according to ship spotter reports.

The vessel, which was built in Shanghai, has been fitting out since it was floated on September 26, 2019. Candid photos surfacing on the Chinese language internet show it being fueled, and tugs readied.

The Type-075 represents a...

Singapore PM: U.S.-Chinese Relations at ‘Very Dangerous’ Level

Lee Hsien Loong at the G20 on Dec. 1, 2018

The relationship between Washington and Beijing has sunk to such a “very dangerous” level with no sign of tensions easing after the next U.S. presidential election, the prime minister of Singapore said Tuesday.

Lee Hsien Loong said his city-state nation and others in Asia are increasingly worried that America “treating China as an adversary” could lead to dangerous outcomes, he said speaking at an online forum of The Atlantic Council.

The first potential...