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    A Chinese nuclear-powered submarine travelling through the Taiwan Strait has sparked fears of open conflict breaking out amid soaring tensions over Beijing's aggression towards the democratically-ruled island.   Submarine expert H.I. Sutton identified the vessel as a surfacing Chinese Type-94 ballistic missile submarine in a satellite image taken on Monday. The warship was cruising in the 110-mile wide channel between mainland China and Taiwan - one of the world's busiest shipping lanes - and more frequently a staging ground for global powers to showcase their military prowess in the ferociously contested South China Sea.   President Xi Jinping claims it is only a matter of time before Taiwan is ruled by Beijing, while the West backs its independence from the Communist regime. The reason for the sub's appearance in the strait is unknown but some analysts were surprised to see it on the surface. The Type-94 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine was spotted in a satellite image taken on Monday A nuclear-powered Type 094A Jin-class ballistic missile submarine of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy is seen during a military display in...
    Rep. Nancy Mace wants the United States to take a stronger stance in defending Taiwan in its conflict with China . The freshman GOP representative from South Carolina was among a group of five House lawmakers who traveled to the Indo-Pacific region over the Thanksgiving holiday week. Prior to their arrival in Taiwan , however, the offices of each of the lawmakers received a warning from the Chinese Embassy, telling them to cancel the trip. They refused. MAJORITY BELIEVE CHINA IS US'S BIGGEST THREAT, WHILE CONFIDENCE IN MILITARY HAS PLUMMETED: POLL “Before we even got on the plane from Korea to Taiwan, the Chinese Embassy already got wind of the trip and sent us all, all five of us, a very terse and blunt and direct message demanding we cancel the trip and, of course, we did not,” Mace told the Washington Examiner in an interview. “Thank God, every member on that trip, myself included, we, No. 1, don't bend the knee to China and did not.” Then, while there, the group met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, among...
    Taiwan deployed its air force Sunday in an effort to drive back dozens of Chinese aircraft that entered its air defense space.  China has repeatedly deployed aircraft into the area as part of "grey zone" warfare with the island country. Taiwanese officials fear that China executes these maneuvers to test Taiwan’s response and wear out its forces with repeated scrambles.  KELLOGG: CHINA, RUSSIA MILITARY DEAL ‘TROLLING’ BIDEN, DISPLAYING ‘LACK OF RESPECT’ FOR UNITED STATES Taiwan claimed that around 150 aircraft from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have entered its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) since Oct. 1, Reuters reported.  The latest excursion included 18 fighter jets, five nuclear-capable H-6 bombers and a Y-20 aerial refueling jet. The squadron flew south of Taiwan into the Bashi channel separating it from the Philippines before returning to China.  ‘MORE MONEY THAN GOD:’ CHINESE TITAN LAVISHED HUNTER BIDEN WITH 3-CARAT GEM, OFFER OF $30 MILLION The Taiwanese defense ministry charted the flight and showed how close it flew into the ADIZ.  FILE PHOTO: Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at a meeting commemorating the...
    China has flown another 27 military planes into Taiwan's airspace as tensions as around the South China Sea island continue to rise.    The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense said that the Chinese military aircrafts entered the south west area of the nation's Air Defense Identification Zone earlier today. They tweeted: '27 PLA aircraft (KJ-500 AEW&C*2, Y-9 EW, H-6*5, Y-20 Aerial Refueling, J-10*6, J-11*4 and J-16*8) entered Taiwan's southwest ADIZ on November 28, 2021.'   The latest move comes just days after China's military carried out 'combat readiness' patrols in the direction of the Taiwan Strait as a U.S. Congressional delegation made a surprise visit to Taipei and offered support to the Chinese-claimed, democratically governed island. On Friday, the five members of the U.S. House of Representatives arrived in Taiwan for a two-day trip, the second time in a month U.S. lawmakers have visited. China has flown 27 military planes in the southwest area of Taiwan's Air Defense Identification Zone  The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense said that the Chinese military aircrafts had entered the southwest area RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    Hong Kong (CNN)China's stringent zero-Covid policy has allowed authorities to catch thousands of imported coronavirus cases. But, occasionally, it might help catch a fugitive too.A murder suspect who fled to China hours after allegedly gunning down a man in Taiwan on Monday is now "trapped" in hotel quarantine upon arrival in the coastal city of Xiamen -- setting himself up for an easy capture by authorities.Taiwanese law enforcement agents have sought help from their Chinese counterparts to return the suspected gunman to the island, Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) told CNN Thursday. Since the pandemic, China has imposed some of the strictest border restrictions in the world, with an aim to eliminate the virus from within its borders.Foreign visitors, from tourists to students, are largely banned from entering mainland China. Those few who are allowed in, as well as returning Chinese citizens, must undergo at least 14 days of centralized quarantine -- and that goes for fugitives too. China has built a 5,000-room quarantine center for overseas arrivals. It could be the first of manyRead MoreThe suspect, surnamed Huang, who...
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Five U.S. lawmakers met with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Friday morning in a surprise one-day visit intended to reaffirm the United States’ “rock solid” support for the self-governing island. The bi-partisan group of lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives arrived in Taiwan on Thursday night and were planning to meet with senior leaders including Tsai, said the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto embassy. No further details were provided about their itinerary. The visit comes as tensions between Taiwan and China have risen to their highest level in decades. Taiwan has been self-ruled since the two sides split during a civil war in 1949, but China considers the island part of its own territory. “When news of our trip broke yesterday, my office received a blunt message from the Chinese Embassy, telling me to call off the trip,” Representative Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., who is part of the delegation, wrote on Twitter. Representatives Mark Takano, D-Calif., Colin Allred, D-Texas., Sara Jacobs, D-Calif., and Nancy Mace, R-S.C., are also part of the visiting delegation. “We are...
    A bipartisan group of Congress members touring portions of East Asia spent part of Thanksgiving serving lunch to U.S. troops stationed in South Korea before jetting off to Taiwan - despite protests from the Chinese Embassy. Republican Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina was among the lawmakers serving vegetables, potatoes and turkey to some of the 28,000 American troops stationed in the country. 'Enjoyed serving our troops today,' Mace tweeted. 'Many of our soldiers haven’t been able to visit home or have their families visit them since the start of COVID. Incredibly important to give our men and women in uniform a heartfelt thanks.'   Democratic Rep. Mark Takano of California, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, was among the politicians who helped scoop food onto soldiers' plates and tossed a football with them. President Joe Biden also paid tribute to overseas troops on Thanksgiving while remaining in Nantucket for the holiday. Republican Rep. Nancy Mace (right) joined four Democrats in a tour of three east Asian countries, including South Korea, where she helped serve food to US troops...
    A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers arrived in Taiwan to meet with local officials as part of a much larger delegation trip to visit several Asian nations.  “After celebrating Thanksgiving with U.S. troops in Korea, I just touched down in Taiwan. After stops in Japan and Korea, it’ll be good to connect with leaders here to discuss a whole host of economic and national security issues,” Rep. Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinFor Democrats it should be about votes, not megaphones Hillicon Valley — Presented by Ericsson — House passes Biden plan with 0M for cyber Top House Democratic group launches six-figure ad campaign to sell infrastructure package MORE (D-Mich.) tweeted on Thursday.  “The auto industry’s largest supplier of microchips is here in Taiwan, so supply chain issues will most definitely be on the agenda,” she added. After celebrating Thanksgiving with U.S. troops in Korea, I just touched down in Taiwan. After stops in Japan and Korea, it’ll be good to connect with leaders here to discuss a whole host of economic and national security issues. (1/3)— Rep. Elissa Slotkin (@RepSlotkin) November...
    Washington (CNN)Five US lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Thursday to meet with government officials, defying Beijing to visit the contested island."When news of our trip broke yesterday, my office received a blunt message from the Chinese Embassy, telling me to call off the trip," Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a Michigan Democrat, wrote Thursday on Twitter. "The auto industry's largest supplier of microchips is here in Taiwan, so supply chain issues will most definitely be on the agenda."Slotkin said the side trip to Taiwan came after celebrating Thanksgiving with US troops in South Korea and that the stop would "be good to connect with leaders here to discuss a whole host of economic and national security issues."Taiwan holds a fraught position in the deteriorating relationship between Washington and Beijing, with tensions running high as China increases its military posturing and warplane flights around the self-ruled island. A US Air Force aircraft Boeing C-40C flight SPAR11 carrying a delegation to Taiwan taxis on runway after landing at Songshan International Airport, amid rising threats from China, in Taipei, Taiwan, on November 25 2021. The...
    A bipartisan group of five members of Congress served food to U.S. troops stationed in South Korea on Thanksgiving and then headed to Taiwan, defying orders from China. Members on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, including Chairman and Democratic California Rep. Mark Takano, Democratic Texas Rep. Colin Allred, Republican South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace, Democratic California Rep. Sara Jacobs and Democratic Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin, served lunch to troops stationed in South Korea and threw a football around with them. “Happy Thanksgiving from South Korea – Enjoyed serving our troops today!!” Mace tweeted Thursday. “Many of our soldiers haven’t been able to visit home or have their families visit them since the start of COVID. Incredibly important to give our men and women in uniform a heartfelt thanks.” (RELATED: ‘Strategically Poised To Hold The House’ — Pelosi Sends Note To Dems Saying They Are ‘Preparing For Victory One Year Out’) Happy Thanksgiving from South Korea – Enjoyed serving our troops today!! Many of our soldiers haven’t been able to visit home or have their families visit them since the start...
    Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said on Sunday that he does not expect China to launch a full-on military attack on Taiwan in the next decade. During an appearance on CNN, Kissinger told host Fareed Zakaria that the "ultimate creation of one China" is the objective of Chinese policy, but he doesn’t expect Beijing to use military force in the near future.   “I don't expect an all-out attack on Taiwan in, say, a 10-year period, which is as far as I can see. I think it is perfectly possible that if the confrontation keeps growing, that the Chinese will take measures that will weaken the Taiwanese ability to appear substantially autonomous,” Kissinger said. “I think this is foreseeable, and we will have to decide as it evolves to what degree we'd consider that a military means or to what extent that's compatible within a political framework,” he added. Kissinger also said that he felt President BidenJoe BidenRisch dismayed with fellow GOP senators' blockade on Biden diplomatic picks Sunday shows preview: Boosters open to all US adults; House Dems pass spending plan on to...
    BEIJING (AP) — China on Sunday reduced its official relations with Lithuania to below ambassador level after Taiwan, the island democracy that Beijing claims as part of its own territory, was allowed to open a representative office in the Baltic nation. Beijing earlier expelled the Lithuanian ambassador and withdrew its own envoy to the country. The foreign ministry said Sunday relations would be downgraded to the level of charge d’affaires, an embassy’s No. 2 official. China’s reaction underscores its sensitivity about the ruling Communist Party’s claim to Taiwan, which has been separated politically from the mainland since 1949 following a civil war. Taiwan has just 15 formal diplomatic allies, but maintains informal ties with all major nations through trade offices that act as de facto embassies, including in the United States and Japan. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter is keeping the pressure on the genocidal Chinese government with yet another tweet introducing activist gym shoes, this time calling attention to China’s horrific practice of stealing organs from healthy prisoners. On Tuesday, Kanter tweeted that “The Chinese Government engages in forced organ harvesting.” Kanter added that China’s “Ethnic & religious groups, Tibetans, Uyghurs in death camps, Christians, Falun Gong are all targeted.” He informed his fans that the communist rulers steal “Livers, Kidneys,” and “Hearts” from political prisoners. “Stop murdering for organs,” he wrote. “It’s a crime against humanity. End forced organ harvesting in China, NOW!” The Chinese Government engages in forced organ harvesting. Ethnic & religious groups,Tibetans,Uyghurs in death camps, Christians,Falun Gong are all targeted LiverKidneyHeart Stop murdering for organs.It’s a crime against humanity End forced organ harvesting in China,NOW! pic.twitter.com/jYfepCopIb — Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) November 16, 2021 Kanter has introduced a series of shoes aimed at raising awareness of China’s massive human rights abuses. Last week he tweeted about his shoe design meant to call China to heel over its expansionist claim...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he made clear to China’s Xi Jinping that his administration stands firmly behind the United States’ longstanding “One China” policy but he also noted that the self-ruled island of Taiwan ultimately makes its own decisions. White House officials said the two leaders spoke extensively about Taiwan during their more than three-hour virtual meeting one day earlier. Tensions have heightened as China has dispatched a growing number of fighter jets toward the island, while the U.S. and its allies sail warships though the Taiwan Strait. But Biden on Tuesday sought to underscore his support for the Taiwan Relations Act, which went into effect in 1979 and shapes the parameters of the U.S.-Taiwan relationship. “We made very clear we support the Taiwan Act and that’s it,” Biden told reporters while traveling in New Hampshire. “It’s independent. It makes its own decisions.” The United States’ “One China” policy recognizes Beijing as the government of China but allows informal relations and defense ties with Taipei. Biden also made clear the U.S. “strongly opposes unilateral...
    President Biden will announce a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics over human rights abuses, according to a report published just hours after a virtual summit with Xi Jinping at the White House.   A diplomatic boycott typically means that Biden officials will not attend but US athletes will still compete.  The move would seek to balance the demands of human rights activists who want a full withdrawal due to China's abuse of its Uighur minority in the Xinjiang province and athletes who have trained for a lifetime to compete.  However, only fans from mainland China are allowed to attend the games this year, which will run Feb. 4-20, 2022.   The administration has not finalized the decision, according to the Washington Post, but a formal recommendation has been made to the president and he's expected to announce his decision before the end of the month.  The Olympics issue did not come up this week in Biden's nearly 3 and a half hour meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to an administration official. The official said that the two world...
      President BidenJoe BidenUS bishops to weigh whether Biden should receive communion Congress barrels toward end-of-year pileup Biden taps former New Orleans mayor Landrieu to spearhead infrastructure MORE on Monday reiterated his administration's commitment to the "one China" policy on Taiwan during a virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, cleaning up remarks last month when he said the U.S. would come to Taiwan's defense if attacked by China. Biden "underscored that the United States remains committed to the 'one China' policy, guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, the three Joint Communiques, and the Six Assurances, and that the United States strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait," the White House said in a readout of the call, which lasted roughly four hours. Under the "one China" policy, the U.S. does not recognize Taiwan as a separate state from China. And under the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, the U.S. is committed to providing Taiwan with arms for its defense. The law does not commit the U.S. to sending troops to Taiwan to...
    Xi Jinping, vice president of China, left, meets with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., Feb. 14, 2012.Chip Somodevilla | Bloomberg | Getty Images WASHINGTON — Two issues that dominate the U.S.-China economic relationship, tariffs and supply chain woes, will take a backseat Monday to more pressing security concerns when President Joe Biden holds a virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping. "I do not expect tariffs to be something that will be on the agenda for tomorrow night," a senior Biden administration official told reporters on Sunday during a background briefing on the highly anticipated video call.  Asked whether Biden and Xi would discuss the current global supply chain crisis, the official said it was also "not something I expect to be a significant point of discussion." They noted, however, that there will be "a number of economic issues and other questions" that Biden and Xi "will touch on through the course of the conversation." Still, convincing the United States to lift the tariffs imposed by former President Donald...
    Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenIs Russia about to make a 'serious mistake' in Ukraine? Human rights must not be forgotten amid China's empty climate change promises Overnight Defense & National Security — US stays vigilant on Russia MORE told China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi in a phone call on Friday that he had concerns regarding China's "continued military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan." “The Secretary emphasized longstanding U.S. interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and expressed concern regarding the PRC’s continued military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan,”  State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. Price said Blinken also urged China to engage in "meaningful dialogue to resolve cross-Strait issues peacefully and in a manner consistent with the wishes and best interests of the people on Taiwan." .@SecBlinken spoke last night with PRC Foreign Minister Wang Yi. They discussed the global energy supply, the upcoming @POTUS meeting with PRC President Xi, and the Secretary reiterated U.S. interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. https://t.co/DbmiDtMPb6— Ned Price (@StateDeptSpox) November 14, 2021 “The Secretary also stressed...
    A former Chinese official has threatened Australia and the US with 'Armageddon' if the democratic allies move to protect Taiwan in a military conflict. Victor Gao, who was once communist leader Deng Xiaoping's translator, warned Western powers to stay out of China's quest to annex the disputed territory, 180km off its coast. The island nation, backed by the US and Japan, broke away from the mainland in 1949 after the civil war. It has democratically-elected leaders and fiercely opposes reunification and the totalitarian rule of Beijing. But President Xi Jinping has repeatedly stated he plans to take over Taiwan by 2027 as part of the 'great rejuvenation of China' using military force if necessary. US President Joe Biden last month vowed American troops will stand in China's way if any attempt is made to conquer the island. On Friday, defence minister Peter Dutton made similar remarks saying it would be 'inconceivable' that Australian troops wouldn't back up the US if such a scenario played out in the region. The pushback has made China's tough-talking Wolf Warrior diplomats furious. RELATED ARTICLES...
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The outgoing Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández was due to start a three-day surprise visit to Taiwan on Friday as the self-ruled island, which is also claimed by China, worries that the next president of the Central American nation may break off relations and switch to diplomatic ties with Beijing. Hernández and his wife will meet President Tsai Ing-wen as part of a celebration of 80 years of diplomatic relations between Taiwan and Honduras. He will also visit the Central American Bank for Economic Integration office in Taipei, a Honduran development bank. Hernández’s trip comes just weeks ahead of the presidential election in Honduras. He is due to leave office in January and has become increasingly isolated him as he is facing allegations of ties to drug traffickers from U.S. federal prosecutors in New York. His brother had been arrested in Miami in 2018 by U.S. authorities on suspicion of drug trafficking. Politically, there’s little to gain in his trip. Hernández will not be able to run for office again, said Antonio C. Hsiang,...
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The outgoing Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández was on his way to Taiwan at the invitation of the island’s leader just weeks before a presidential election in the Central American nation that could see self-ruled Taiwan even more diplomatically isolated. Hernández was in Washington on a visit when he announced his trip to Taiwan in a statement Thursday. His country, one of Taiwan’s few remaining diplomatic allies, is due to hold the election at the end of the month. Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is concerned that Honduras may switch its diplomatic relations to China, which claims Taiwan as part of its territory to be annexed by force if necessary. Taiwan is closely watching the situation in Honduras after the news that one of the candidates in the race said they would establish ties with China, Taiwan Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou said in September, according to the semi-official Central News Agency. China has been on a campaign to isolate Taiwan in recent years, using diplomatic and economic methods to persuade allied...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Thursday against letting tensions in the Indo-Pacific cause a relapse into a Cold War mentality. His remarks on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum came weeks after the U.S., Britain and Australia announced a new security alliance in the region which would see Australia build nuclear submarines. China has harshly criticized the deal. Xi spoke in a pre-recorded video to a CEO Summit at APEC, which is being hosted by New Zealand in a virtual format. Xi is scheduled to participate in an online meeting with other Pacific Rim leaders including U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday. In his speech, Xi said attempts to draw boundaries in the region along ideological or geopolitical lines would fail. “The Asia-Pacific region cannot and should not relapse into the confrontation and division of the Cold War era,” Xi said. Xi also said the region should make sure to keep supply lines functioning and to continue liberalizing trade and investment. “China will remain firm in advancing...
    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese military forces are holding exercises near Taiwan in response to a visit by a U.S. congressional delegation to the island. The drills in the area of the Taiwan Strait are a “necessary measure to safeguard national sovereignty,” China’s Defense Ministry said in the announcement Tuesday that gave no details on the timing, participants and location of the exercises. It said the “joint war preparedness patrol” by the Eastern Theater Command was prompted by the “seriously incorrect words and actions of relevant countries over the issue of Taiwan” and the actions of those advocating the self-governing island’s independence. The U.S. has strong but informal relations with Taiwan, and tensions have been rising between the U.S. and China over several issues including Hong Kong, the South China Sea, the coronavirus pandemic and trade. Details on the U.S. delegation that reportedly arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday were not immediately available. A Chinese Defense Ministry statement from an unidentified spokesperson strongly condemned the visit, saying “no one should underestimate the firm determination of the People’s Liberation Army to safeguard...
    China has built mock-ups of US aircraft carriers, possibly in preparation for future naval strikes, adding to growing fears in Washington over Beijing's military build-up.  Satellite images captured by Colorado-based satellite imagery company Maxar Technologies dated Sunday show China has built mock-ups of a US Navy aircraft carrier and at least one destroyer in its northwestern desert.  Maxar identified the location of the features as Ruoqiang, a Taklamakan Desert county in the northwestern Xinjiang region. China has upgraded its military massively in recent years, and its capability and intentions are increasingly concerning to the United States as tensions rise over the South China Sea, Taiwan and military supremacy in the Indo-Pacific.  China has built mock-ups of US aircraft carriers (pictured) in the country's northwestern desert, possibly in preparation for future naval strikes China has built a copy of a US naval aircraft carrier (pictured, the USS Gerald R. Ford), constructed in 2017 and then-America's first new aircraft carrier design for 40 years Satellite images captured by Colorado-based satellite imagery company Maxar Technologies dated Sunday show China has built a mock-up...
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Bumping their elbows in greeting, European Union parliamentarians met with Taiwan’s premier on Wednesday in the first official visit of an EU delegation to the self-ruled island, which is also claimed by China. Thirteen members of the EU committee on foreign interference in democratic processes are visiting Taiwan, after the European Parliament passed a resolution last month calling for the body to “intensify EU-Taiwan political relations.” “Although we are geographically very far away, between our two sides, we share the same values, such as freedom, democracy, human rights and rule of law. … In those regards, we are actually very close,” Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-chang said. The European delegation will also meet President Tsai Ing-wen and Digital Minister Audrey Tang, and visit Taiwanese think tanks, NGOs and others working on countering disinformation. The visit comes amid growing support for the democratic island, which China claims as part of its territory to be annexed by force if necessary, and rising negative perceptions toward Beijing in Western countries. “The flourishing of your democracy is formidable and this is...
    The US Navy has fired the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer and Chief of the Boat for 'loss of confidence' after their nuclear-powered attack submarine collided with an 'uncharted seamount' in the South China Sea. The $3.1 billion USS Connecticut's CO Cmdr Cameron Aljilani, XO Lt Cmdr Patrick Cashin and COB Cory Rodgers were relieved of their positions on Wednesday. A seamount is a mountain which rises from the ocean floor.   A statement from the Navy said that the October 2 crash, which injured 11 crew members, could have been prevented with 'sound judgement, prudent decision-making and adherence to required procedures in navigation planning'. Three interim officers were ordered to fill in and the Seawolf-class submarine is reportedly in Guam 'undergoing damage assessment' overseen by the Naval Sea Systems Command.  On the day the USS Connecticut struck the underwater mountain there were soaring tensions with China after 39 warplanes breached Taiwanese airspace and a record 56 aircraft flew into the zone two days later in a 24-hour period. The US Navy has fired the Commanding Officer (CO) Cameron Aljilani (pictured), Executive Officer...
    EXCLUSIVE: The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee is publicly pushing back on the Biden administration's assessment of the imminent threat China poses to the U.S. and its allies, saying that the Biden administration's weakness on foreign policy in wake of the Afghanistan withdrawal is "empowering and emboldening" America's enemies.Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the ranking member on the committee, spoke exclusively with Fox News following his remarks on a panel at the Aspen Security Forum in Washington, D.C. Thursday. MILLEY SAYS IT'S UNLIKELY CHINA WILL TRY TO MOVE ON TAIWAN IN NEXT TWO YEARS He called the Biden administration's Afghanistan withdrawal "one of the biggest foreign policy crises that I've seen in my tenure in Congress," pointing to the long term ramification of giving China a way into the country. "And we know that China is in Afghanistan," he warned. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) "And my prediction is they're going to take over Bagram [Air Base], which...
    Military vehicles carrying DF-5B intercontinental ballistic missiles participate in a military parade at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Peoples Republic of China.Greg Baker | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON – The Pentagon said Wednesday that China is rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal and could have 1,000 nuclear warheads by 2030, part of Beijing's ambitious military buildup. The updated estimate marks a dramatic increase from the projection reported in last year's China Military Power report, which placed the tally around 400 warheads within a decade. "Over the next decade, the PRC aims to modernize, diversify and expand its nuclear forces," the Pentagon warned in a congressionally mandated report, referring to the People's Republic of China. "The PRC is investing in, and expanding, the number of its land, sea and air-based nuclear delivery platforms and constructing the infrastructure necessary to support this major expansion of its nuclear forces," the report said, adding that China has begun building at least three intercontinental ballistic missile silo facilities. China's growing arsenal is...
    Former senior Trump defense official Elbridge Colby is warning China could invade Taiwan in as little as two years, and that Taiwanese who could be at risk should consider extrication plans. “If [Taiwan doesn’t] do anything to improve their defense capabilities, it’s going to be a matter of time before the Chinese take it over…it could happen in the next couple of years…it’s possible,” Colby told Breitbart News in a brief exclusive interview last Thursday. His remarks came after he spoke at a national security conference where he said he has warned the Taiwanese to make plans for a Communist takeover. “The situation is so severe that I told a couple of Taiwanese the other day that I think they’re at a point where people who would not be treated well by the Communists may need to start considering extrications, like a Hong Kong situation,” he said at Province University’s Christianity & National Security Conference on October 28 in Washington, D.C. Since leaving the Trump administration, Colby has been raising the alarm bells on China and what he views as...
    It's unlikely that China will make some kind of move on Taiwan within the next two years, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley said on Wednesday. Milley's comments came amid heightened tension in the region and U.S. reassurances that it would stand with Taiwan against Chinese aggression.  Milley was asked on Wednesday whether he thought China was preparing to make a move on Taiwan within the near future.  Gen. Mark A. Milley during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan on Capitol Hill on Sept. 29, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Olivier Douliery - Pool/Getty Images) ANTONY BLINKEN: US WILL SUPPORT TAIWAN AGAINST CHINESE AGGRESSION "Based on my analysis of China, I don't think that it is likely in the next, near future being defined as the next six, 12, maybe 24 months … Having said that, though, the Chinese are clearly and unambiguously building a capability to provide those options to their national leadership if they so choose at some point in the future," Milley said...
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Bumping their elbows in greeting, European Union parliamentarians met with Taiwan’s premier Su Tseng-chang on Wednesday, in the first official visit of an EU delegation to the island. Thirteen members of the EU’s committee on foreign interference in democratic processes are visiting Taiwan, after the EU parliament passed a resolution last month calling for the body to “intensify EU-Taiwan political relations.” “Although we are geographically very far away, between our two sides, we share the same values, such as freedom, democracy, human rights and rule of law… In those regards, we are actually very close,” said Su. The European delegation will also meet President Tsai Ing-wen and digital minister Audrey Tang, and visit Taiwanese think tanks, NGOs and others working on countering disinformation. The visit comes amid growing support for the island and rising negative perceptions toward China in Western countries. “The flourishing of your democracy is formidable and this is why we are so happy to be here,” said Raphael Glucksmann, the chair of the foreign interference committee. ”You have shown that...
    A US nuclear submarine struck an 'uncharted sea mount' in the South China Sea, injuring 11 of its crew last month, a Navy investigation has revealed. On the day the USS Connecticut struck the underwater mountain there were soaring tensions with China after 39 warplanes breached Taiwanese airspace. A record 56 aircraft flew into the zone two days later in a 24-hour period. But the 7th Fleet, which operates in the western Pacific, determined after an investigation that there had been no foul play in the incident, concluding that the Connecticut smashed into a mountain rising from the sea bed on October 2.  'The investigation determined USS Connecticut grounded on an uncharted seamount while operating in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region,' a spokesman said. The Navy remains on high alert in the South China Sea where Beijing continues to make threats to Taiwan and lays claim to other smaller disputed islands, valued for their strategic and historic significance.  Taiwan's president confirmed for the first time last week that American troops were stationed on the island - just days after President...
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The U.S. wants to deepen its relationship with Taiwan, the self-ruled island that has become a major point of conflict in the strained U.S.-China relationship, and will work to counter Beijing’s “malign” influence, a U.S. official said Friday. In her first public news conference, Sandra Oudkirk, the new director of the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto embassy, reiterated official lines that the U.S. remains deeply committed to Taiwan and is actively working on new areas of cooperation such as in cybersecurity and supply chains. “The value of our partnership and our support for Taiwan is rock solid,” Oudkirk said. “We are committed to deepening our ties with Taiwan.” The U.S. support for Taiwan comes as tensions between China and the island are now at the highest in decades, with Beijing stepping up its military harassment by flying fighter jets toward Taiwan. China has not ruled out force to reunify with Taiwan, which split from the mainland during the civil war in 1949. The U.S. switched diplomatic recognition of China from the ruling...
    (CNN)The Chinese government on Thursday reiterated its long-standing opposition to any official and military contact between the United States and Taiwan in response to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's comments that US troops help train the island's military.Speaking with CNN in an exclusive interview Tuesday, Tsai became the first Taiwanese leader in decades to confirm publicly the presence of US troops on the island for training purposes and said the threat from Beijing is growing "every day." Tsai did not confirm the number of US military personnel in Taiwan, but said it was "not as many as people thought." US Defense Department records showed the number of US troops in Taiwan increased from 10 in 2018 to 32 earlier this year."We have a wide range of cooperation with the US aiming at increasing our defense capability," she added.'A dead end'Read MoreWhen asked about Tsai's comments at a press briefing Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin stressed the importance of the "One China" principle as the foundation of US-China relations. Wang accused the US of destabilizing the region by "flexing its...
    The President of Taiwan confirmed U.S. soldiers were on the island in an interview with CNN, becoming the country’s first leader to do so in decades. “We have a wide range of cooperation with the U.S. aiming at increasing our defense capability,” President Tsai Ing-wen told CNN after acknowledging the troop presence. However, she said that the number was “not as many as people thought.” Tsai championed the country as a “beacon” of democracy in the interview, arguing “people that believe in these values would doubt whether these are values that they (should) be fighting for” if the island were to fall. “Here is this island of 23 million people trying hard every day to protect ourselves and protect our democracy and making sure that our people have the kind of freedom they deserve,” she said. Tsai also spoke of her belief that the U.S. would come to Taiwan’s aid if invaded, “given the long-term relationship we have with the U.S.” President Joe Biden said the U.S. would defend Taiwan if China did attack the island in a CNN town...
    TAIWAN’S president has admitted for the first time that US troops have been on the island secretly training its military. Tsai Ing-wen was speaking as China said American planes and ships carried out 2000 spying missions against it, amid rising fears of war between the two nuclear armed powers. 3Taiwanese troops, pictured carrying out anti-invasion drills, have been secretly trained by US forcesCredit: AFP 3Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen admitted the presence of US troops Authoritarian China considers Taiwan to be a renegade province and has vowed to reunify it with the mainland, by force if necessary. The secret presence of US has raised eyebrows as Washington does not recognise the island as independent nation. America does not have a formal defence pact with the island – though it’s generally thought the US will come its defence in the event of war with China and sells it weapons. Asked in an interview with CNN how many US troops were in Taiwan, Tsai replied "not as many as people thought". "We have a wide range of cooperation with the US aiming at...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)Washington is barring a major Chinese state-owned telecommunications firm from operating in the United States over national security concerns — an action that threatens to once again increase tensions between the world's two largest economies.The US Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday said it has ordered China Telecom to discontinue US services within 60 days, citing findings that the company's American subsidiary "is subject to exploitation, influence, and control by the Chinese government."The company is also "highly likely to be forced to comply with Chinese government requests without sufficient legal procedures subject to independent judicial oversight." Wall Street is kicking out yet another big Chinese companyThe FCC's action is the culmination of a long dispute with China Telecom, which has operated in the United States for nearly two decades. The agency said it gave the company an opportunity last December to rebut concerns over its presence in the United States, but that China Telecom has failed to do so. China Telecom did not immediately respond to requests for comment from CNN Business. A spokesperson for the American subsidiary...
    White House staff have made a habit of clarifying or outright rolling back President Joe Biden’s statements, leaving many critics questioning who is really in charge of the administration. Few events have illustrated the White House’s propensity to edit the president’s comments than Biden’s performance at CNN’s town hall on Thursday. There, the president vowed that the U.S. had a “commitment” to defend Taiwan from Chinese aggression, and said he was considering a mobilization of the National Guard to alleviate supply chain chaos across the country. White House press secretary Jen Psaki nullified those statements the following day. (RELATED: US Military Says Chinese Attack On Taiwan Accelerating As Taiwan Threatens War ‘To The Very Last Day’) “There has been no shift,” Psaki said Friday of U.S. relations with Taiwan. “The president was not announcing a change in our policy, nor has he made a decision to change our policy. There is no change in our policy. Our defense relationship with Taiwan is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act.” Psaki brushed away Biden’s comments on the National Guard in a similar...
    PRAGUE (AP) — Taiwanese government ministers were visiting the Czech capital on Monday accompanied by dozens of business and research representatives to boost trade and investment, a move that has angered China. Minister of National Development Kung Ming-hsin is leading a delegation of 66 officials representing business and research groups and organizations, including biotechnology, green energy, information technology, machinery and tourism. Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu will visit later in the week. China has protested, threatening unspecified retaliatory steps. Taiwan relies on such exchanges to counter China’s efforts to isolate the self-governing island that Beijing claims as its own territory, to be annexed by military force if it deems necessary. The Czech Republic, like most countries, has no formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but maintains robust informal contacts. Taiwan’s high-tech companies are also significant investors in the Czech Republic. The ties between Prague and Taipei were boosted by last year’s trip to Taiwan by the speaker of the Czech parliament’s upper house, the Senate, Milos Vystrcil. He was accompanied by more than 80 representatives from government, business...
    Hong Kong (CNN)Fifty years ago today, representatives from around the world convened at the United Nations headquarters in New York for a history-shifting vote.By the end of the day, the Republic of China (ROC), a government that fled to Taiwan after losing the Chinese civil war in 1949, was out of the global organization. Instead, the People's Republic of China (PRC), the Communist government that took power in the mainland, was recognized as the "only legitimate representative of China" and admitted into the UN as a permanent member of the veto-wielding Security Council. It was a major blow for the Nationalist government, which had been one of the founding members of the UN and contributed to the Allied victory in World War II. As the delegation from Taipei walked out of the general assembly hall that night, its foreign minister warned bitterly that the decision would threaten peace everywhere. "This is dangerous nonsense," he said.After the Communist victory and founding of the PRC in 1949, both the Nationalist and Communist governments claimed to be the sole representatives of the entire...
                      by Max Morton  According to Russia’s Interfax news agency, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently announced, “Just like the overwhelming majority of other countries, Russia views Taiwan as part of the People’s Republic of China. This is the premise we proceed from and will continue to proceed from in our policy.” At the time of this statement, Russian forces were conducting joint naval exercises with Chinese forces in the Pacific—culminating in a 10-ship joint formation sailing through Japan’s Tsugaru Strait on October 18. This, following a series of unprecedented Chinese military aircraft incursions into Taiwan’s airspace, has rattled Taiwan and America’s other allies in the region, namely Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia. During the first week of October, over 150 aircraft, including advanced SU-30 fighters and H-6 heavy bombers, flew into Taiwanese airspace. An unprecedented 56 tactical aircraft penetrated Taiwan’s airspace in a single 24-hour period on October 4, the highest single day total to date. China has already taken control of multiple islands claimed by these allies...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday accused the Biden administration of raising military tensions with China through its “reckless” backing of Taiwan, and said that the growing U.S. military presence in the region constitutes a potential threat to the North. In comments carried by state media, North Korea Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong Ho criticized the United States for sending warships through the Taiwan Strait and providing Taiwan with upgraded weapons systems and military training. The United States’ “indiscreet meddling” in issues regarding Taiwan, which the North sees as entirely a Chinese internal affair, threatens to touch off a “delicate situation on the Korean Peninsula.” Pak’s statement came a day after President Joe Biden told a CNN townhall event that the United States was committed to coming to Taiwan’s defense if it comes under attack from China. While that seemed to blur Washington’s long-held stance of maintaining “strategic ambiguity” on whether it would intervene if China were to attack Taiwan, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Biden had no intent to convey a change in policy....
    President Joe Biden made a number of false or misleading claims at a town hall event in Baltimore on Thursday as he attempted to sell his party's spending legislation. During the CNN event, Biden minimized concerns about inflation and supply crunches while inflating his administration's role in economic recovery. Here are some of his inaccurate claims. "[Manchin] says he doesn’t want to further burden Medicare so that — because it will run out of its ability to maintain itself in X number of years. There’s ways to fix that, but he’s not interested in that part either." Biden mischaracterized Sen. Joe Manchin’s position on Medicare as he criticized the centrist Democrat’s opposition to elements of a massive spending bill Democrats are currently negotiating on Capitol Hill. Manchin has said he will not support a proposal to expand Medicare coverage to dental, vision, and hearing — an expansion championed by progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders. But Manchin has said repeatedly that he wants the focus, when it comes to Medicare, to stay on stabilizing the program before it runs out of money...
    The White House on Friday sought to clarify President BidenJoe BidenBiden: Democrats' spending plan is 'a bigger darn deal' than Obamacare Biden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Biden: Comment that DOJ should prosecute those who defy subpoenas 'not appropriate' MORE’s comments related to ensuring Taiwan’s defense in the face of a potential Chinese attack, saying U.S. policy towards the island territory is unchanged. “The President was not announcing any change in our policy and there is no change in our policy,” a White House spokesperson said in response to a request for comment from The Hill. “The U.S. defense relationship with Taiwan is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act. We will uphold our commitment under the Act, we will continue to support Taiwan's self-defense, and we will continue to oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo.” President Biden on Thursday night answered in the affirmative when asked during a CNN town hall if the U.S. would come to Taiwan’s defense if attacked by China. “Yes, we have a commitment to do that,” the...
    President Joe Biden talked tough when asked about keeping up militarily with China and defending Taiwan during a CNN town hall event on Thursday night. The question came amid renewed questions about the island’s status with an assertive communist regime on the Chinese mainland. A Republican college student asked Biden about a Chinese hypersonic missile test, which Beijing has denied, and whether he would vow to protect Taiwan. “Yes and yes,” the president responded. FIVE REASONS BIDEN’S APPROVAL RATINGS HAVE TAKEN A POUNDING “Military, China, Russia, and the rest of the world know that we have the most powerful military in the history of the world,” Biden said after pausing to collect his thoughts. “Don’t worry about whether they’re gonna be more powerful. What you do have to worry about is whether or not they’re going to engage in activities that will put them in a position where they make a serious mistake.” Biden repeated his claim to have spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping “more than any other world leader has. ... You hear people sayin’ ‘Biden wants...
    Baltimore (CNN)President Joe Biden said Thursday the US was committed to coming to Taiwan's defense if it comes under attack from China -- a stance that seems in opposition to America's stated policy of "strategic ambiguity."Asked twice at CNN's Town Hall whether the US would protect Taiwan if China attacked, Biden said it would."Yes, we have a commitment to do that," he said.This is a breaking story and will be updated.
    European Union legislators voted overwhelmingly in favor of trade talks with Taiwan and other measures flouting China’s claims to sovereignty over the island, leaving officials in Beijing fuming at the display of tension between Western democracies and the communist regime. “It is vile in nature and has an egregious impact,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Thursday. “A word for the relevant side: Do not underestimate the Chinese people's determination, will, and capacity to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.” WHY THE NEXT DECADE IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS FOR CHINA AND THE UNITED STATES China’s relationship with the European Parliament has soured in recent months, as European condemnation of China’s atrocities against Uyghur Muslims resulted in a trans-Atlantic move to impose sanctions on EU and British lawmakers. China hawks in the European Parliament countered by freezing a major EU-China investment deal, a rebuke compounded Thursday with the endorsement of trade talks and a proposal to rebound the “European Economic and Trade Office in Taiwan” as the “European Union in Taiwan” — a loaded name change, given China’s hostility to...
    The astronomer who was the dream of an elementary school student Satoshi Matsushita lived in New York for two years, from third grade to fourth grade due to her father, who worked as a physicist. At the local school where Matsushita studied, science was handled by special teachers, and there was a small planetarium in the science room. “Science class is about astronomy, which I was not entirely interested in. During this era in the early 1980s, uninhabited planetary astronauts Voyager 1 and 2 got active. It was time for the launch to be successful. In my graduation collection I wrote that my dream for the future was an astronomical person. One day when I was a junior high school student, my father introduced me to Yusuto Kosaka, the director of the Sentai Astronomical Laboratory, and I started attending the Sentai Astronomical Club with my classmates. At my regular meeting every Saturday, I immersed myself in observing the moon, meteorites, nebulae and clusters from 6:00 pm after the lab closed until 3:00 am the next day. At the time,...
    Recent aggression toward Taiwan by the Chinese communist regime shows that Beijing is looking to test the resolve of the Biden administration, particularly in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, experts tell Fox News. Beijing, which claims sovereignty over Taiwan, has sent dozens of warplanes over the last month towards the territory’s air defense zone, part of a muscular approach to the region which has been escalating for months. President Xi Jinping has also renewed calls for it to be brought into China, calling for "peaceful reunification." TAIWAN WILL NOT START WAR WITH CHINA, TOP MILITARY OFFICIAL SAYS Beijing views Taiwan as a breakaway province and claims that it is part of its own territory. The two countries split in 1949 and China has been increasing pressure on the self-ruled nation, while opposing its involvement in international organizations such as at the United Nations. The U.S. does not formally recognize Taiwan, but maintains an unofficial relationship and is supportive of its democratic government.  Experts say that, while there are many aspects to why China has been increasing its...
    President Biden's nominee to be U.S. ambassador set himself on a collision course with Beijing on Wednesday, promising to be a vocal critic of China's human rights abuses and aggressive foreign policy if he is confirmed to the post. Nicholas Burns took a tough line during his Senate confirmation hearing, saying that the U.S. should expand arms sales to Taiwan and demanding that Beijing ended its genocide of minority Uyghurs in Xinjiang. 'If there are atrocities occurring or, in the case of Xinjiang, a genocide is occurring, we have to speak out,' he said.  'And you've seen the president, Secretary Blinken, and all of the officials have been very forthright about that since January 20 of this year. 'I think that will continue and that will certainly be - if I am confirmed - a hallmark of what I try to do: speaking directly to the Chinese government in Beijing.'