BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese military veterans have demonstrated in central Beijing for two days, demanding unpaid retirement benefits in a new wave of protests highlighting the difficulty in managing demobilized troops.
The aircraft-carrier strike group led by USS Carl Vinson conducting naval and air operations in the South China Sea this week is the first challenge to Beijing’s expansive maritime claims to the waters since Donald Trump took office.
The recent Chinese missile launch with 10 warheads was a normal “scientific” test and not targeted at any foreign nation, according to China’s Defense Ministry.
President Donald Trump pledged to Chinese President Xi Jinping in a phone call late Thursday that the U.S. would honor its “One China” policy that denies Taiwan sovereignty from Beijing.
A U.S. Navy P-3 plane and a Chinese military aircraft came close to each other over the South China Sea in an incident the Navy believes was inadvertent, a U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday.
Michael R. Auslin describes his valuable new book as a “bearish” account of the prospects for a forthcoming Asian Century. A decade ago this would also have been a contrarian analysis, but not in 2017.
The Trump administration recently imposed sanctions on Iran for its missile test, and the sanctions reveal that Tehran’s missile program is backed by covert assistance from China.
The newly installed Trump administration is eyeing an opportunity to revamp the U.S. domestic missile defense system to combat evolving threats posed by Iran, China, North Korea, and other rogue regimes, according to senior White House officials and new congressional communication disclosing how nations across the globe are “working diligently to exploit the many gaps and seams” in America’s current defenses.
During his first visit to Asia as US defense secretary, retired Marine Corps. Gen. James Mattis last week sought to reassure the United States’ two key allies in Northeast Asia that the new Trump administration plans to work closely with both Japan and South Korea.
Defense Secretary James Mattis reassured Japan over the weekend that the United States would defend a pair of disputed islands in the East China Sea controlled by Tokyo but also claimed by Beijing.