The chaotic scenes from Afghanistan have shattered President Biden’s carefully constructed image of a leader in charge and experienced in foreign affairs. Presidencies often get derailed by events not of their making, but Biden owns his wilful refusal to heed warnings from the CIA and Joint Chiefs on what would happen with a precipitous withdrawal. Should Taiwan be worried?
As the virus started seeping from its origins in a Wuhan wet market in China late last year, the information coming from the World Health Organization (WHO) was one of dismissal, in line with the Chinese Communist Party's muzzling of the disease's potency.
[cmsmasters_row][cmsmasters_column data_width=”1/1″][cmsmasters_text] According to Indian media reports, the Chinese have built 101 houses, 2.5 miles inside the Indian territory in an area of Arunachal Pradesh. The civilian settlements are designed to create a basis in international law for its territorial claims, which currently lack a sound legal standing. China’s construction of a village is just the latest example of how it is applying the South China Sea model to encroach on areas inside India, Bhutan and Nepal. [/cmsmasters_text][/cmsmasters_column][/cmsmasters_row][cmsmasters_row data_shortcode_id=”dscd67rdih” data_padding_bottom_mobile_v=”0″ data_padding_top_mobile_v=”0″ data_padding_bottom_mobile_h=”0″ data_padding_top_mo...[Read More]
For the last three decades, the world has been drawing closer to China. Of all major Western nations, Australia has gotten closer than any other. And now it is realizing the fearsome consequences of that embrace. It may be too late for Australians to pull out of the relationship. But their fate is a powerful warning to the rest of the world. It started with a business relationship. After growing at an astonishing annual rate of around 10 percent for some 30 years, China is now, by some measures, the world’s largest economy. It takes a massive amount of raw materials to fuel such growth, making Australia a perfect trade partner. In 2017, one third of Australia’s exports went to China, and nearly a quarter of its imports came from China. Soon the economic relationship went beyond trade. Chin...[Read More]
In December 2013, Vice President Joe Biden descended the steps of Air Force Two in Beijing, where a mix of Chinese officials and U.S. diplomats awaited him on the tarmac. He was flanked by his aides – and his son, Hunter Biden. The goal of Vice President Biden’s diplomatic visit was to dampen rising tensions in the region. The goal of Hunter Biden’s visit remains unclear. He insists he only travelled on the vice president’s plane to escort his teenage daughter, who also flew on Air Force Two, though he later conceded that he met with some business associates in a social capacity during his time there. Ethics experts say his ongoing business ties could present the appearance of a conflict of interest if his father is elected president. “If Hunter Biden is still conne...[Read More]
China and Cambodia have signed a deal granting the Chinese military use of a naval base on Cambodia’s coast. This is the latest milestone in China’s quest to become a global military power. The agreement grants China’s People’s Liberation Army exclusive rights for 30 years to a 62-acre section of the “Ream Naval Base”, allowing it to station soldiers, weaponry and warships there. Cambodia is expected to receive $40 million worth of weapons bought from China. The naval base and airport add to the 20% of Cambodia’s coastline now leased to Chinese companies, and makes possible further Chinese military expansion at the expense of Cambodian citizens and sovereignty. If you have a naval base in Cambodia, it means the Chinese Navy has a more favorable operational environment in the wa...[Read More]