Biden doubles-down on Trump’s Taiwan policy, but will it last?

The Biden administration may decide to de-emphasize Taiwan's gains to curry favor with China. © Reuters

Derek Grossman is a senior defense analyst at the nonprofit, nonpartisan Rand Corporation. He formerly served as an intelligence adviser at the Pentagon. It is an open secret that Taiwan welcomed the Trump administration’s policy to significantly strengthen U.S.-Taiwan relations, and it was jittery about the transition to the Biden administration. Early indications, however, are… Continue reading Biden doubles-down on Trump’s Taiwan policy, but will it last?

CHINA’S POST-PANDEMIC FUTURE: WUHAN WOBBLY?

Today, China clearly poses the most serious, sizeable, and multidimensional long-term challenge to U.S. interests at home and around the world. The point is highlighted in recent key documents issued by the White House and the Pentagon and regularly emphasized by analysts and commentators. But will the China threat persist in coming decades? Is Beijing… Continue reading CHINA’S POST-PANDEMIC FUTURE: WUHAN WOBBLY?

China will not accept U.S. ‘theft’ of TikTok: China Daily

FILE PHOTO: Tik Tok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China will not accept the “theft” of a Chinese technology company and is able to respond to Washington’s move to push ByteDance to sell short-video app TikTok’s U.S. operations to Microsoft, the China Daily newspaper said on Tuesday. The United States’ “bullying” of Chinese tech companies was a consequence of Washington’s zero-sum… Continue reading China will not accept U.S. ‘theft’ of TikTok: China Daily

How Long Can the Biden Administration Stall a Crisis in Taiwan?

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There’s no relationship between two countries on Earth quite like that between the United States and Taiwan. The island nation is America’s ninth-largest trading partner and one of the main global customers for U.S. arms exports. As containing China’s regional ambitions has become a guiding aim of U.S. policy in East Asia, the defense of… Continue reading How Long Can the Biden Administration Stall a Crisis in Taiwan?

Myanmar Military Seizes Power in Coup

The head of Myanmar’s military has taken charge of the country from its civilian-run government, an army-run television station declared, after civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other members of her party were detained in a Monday morning raid.The coup marks a major blow to the country’s transition from military rule to democracy, which… Continue reading Myanmar Military Seizes Power in Coup

Taiwan says Chinese fighters, U.S. aircraft both entered defence zone

FILE PHOTO: Taiwan coast guard patrol boats along the coast of Pratas Islands January 27. sk/Photo by C.C./File Photo

TAIPEI- Six Chinese fighter aircraft and a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft entered the southwestern corner of Taiwan’s air defence identification zone on Sunday, the island’s defence ministry said, in an unusual admission of U.S. military activity. Tensions have spiked over the last week or so after Taiwan reported multiple Chinese fighters and bombers flying into the… Continue reading Taiwan says Chinese fighters, U.S. aircraft both entered defence zone

Taiwan to discuss supply chains with U.S. next week amid auto shortage

Staff wear protective masks at the Volkswagen assembly line Wolfsburg Germany, April 27, 2020. Swen Pfoertner/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan Economy Minister Wang Mei-hua will hold a virtual meeting with the United States next week to discuss supply chains, with semiconductor firms present, her ministry said on Friday, amid a global shortage of chips used by automakers. The State Department said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Negotiations Matt Murray… Continue reading Taiwan to discuss supply chains with U.S. next week amid auto shortage

China boosts cadres in Hong Kong by 100, as Beijing tightens supervision of city, media report

FILE PHOTO: A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldier guards the entrance to the PLA Hong Kong Garrison headquarters in the Central Business District in Hong Kong, China, August 29, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China sent an extra 100 cadres to work in its top Hong Kong office in the past year to make sure the city was ruled by patriots, the South China Morning Post said on Friday. Beijing has imposed a tighter grip on the Asian financial hub in the past year, imposing… Continue reading China boosts cadres in Hong Kong by 100, as Beijing tightens supervision of city, media report

China to stop recognizing special U.K. passport for Hong Kong residents

A person holds up a British National (Overseas) passport in Hong Kong. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

China will no longer recognize the British National Overseas passport as a valid travel document or proof of identity, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Friday. Why it matters: The announcement comes amid heightened tensions with the United Kingdom over its plan to offer potentially millions of Hong Kong residents a path to residency, and… Continue reading China to stop recognizing special U.K. passport for Hong Kong residents

Protesting Farmers Flood India’s Capital, Storm Historic Fort

Protesting farmers riding tractors shout slogans as they march to the capital breaking police barricades during India's Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. Tens of thousands of farmers drove a convoy of tractors into the Indian capital as the nation celebrated Republic Day on Tuesday in the backdrop of agricultural protests that have grown into a rebellion and rattled the government. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Tens of thousands of farmers rolled into India’s capital Tuesday on tractors festooned with Indian flags, overshadowing a traditional military parade on a national holiday. They broke through barricades, clashed with police and occupied the ramparts of the 17th century Red Fort – a tourist attraction and symbol of Indian power. It was one of… Continue reading Protesting Farmers Flood India’s Capital, Storm Historic Fort