The White House has reportedly barred the Defense Department from discussing military “competition” with China, telling leaders to scrap the wording in favor of something less provocative.
Federal officials have indicted a Chinese businesswoman and Communist Party member on charges that she aided blacklisted North Korean companies in evading U.S. sanctions to help develop Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program, according to the Justice Department.
Taiwan was denied access to a United Nations meeting on civil aviation beginning this week, the latest evidence of Beijing’s efforts to put pressure on Taipei’s new government.
Experts in Asia studies and maritime law on Wednesday criticized the Obama administration’s approach to Chinese land reclamation on disputed features in the South China Sea and said more needs to be done militarily and diplomatically to deter Beijing.
The nominee to lead the U.S. Strategic Command warned Congress this week that China and Russia are rapidly building space warfare capabilities and the United States is lagging behind in efforts to counter the threat.
U.S. lawmakers are pushing for a review of the federal committee that assesses the national security implications when a foreign company buys a U.S. business, amid concerns about state-controlled Chinese and Russian companies acquiring American assets.
Japan plans to increase its engagement in the South China Sea by conducting joint training patrols with the U.S. Navy and other exercises with regional navies, nudging China’s extensive territorial claims in the region.
Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 brought U.S.-Russia relations to their lowest point since the Cold War. At the same time, China ramped up its aggressive activities in the South China Sea, pushing its territorial claims and challenging international norms of freedom of navigation. Iran, meanwhile, increased its support to proxies across the Middle East and bolstered its support for the Assad regime in Syria.
Taiwanese officials are fighting international isolation by pushing to be allowed into a U.N. assembly focusing on international civil aviation that the island has been locked out of for more than four decades.