China labels Pentagon report claims China preparing to strike US “pure guesswork”

China’s Defence Ministry lodged an official complaint with the US about a Pentagon report claiming that China’s military is likely preparing to for strikes against the US and its allies. The Chinese Defence Ministry labelled the report “pure guesswork”, saying the report misrepresented the strategic intentions of China. “China’s military expresses resolute opposition to this…

China defends Iranian ties as Trump, Macron discuss Iran

China has defended economic ties with Iran, saying their business and energy ties do not affect the interests of any other countries. This comes after US President Donald Trump announced that companies will doing business with Iran will be blocked from doing business with the US. China has criticised the US for unilateral sanctions against…

Chinese state media defends retaliatory tariffs on US

China’s state media defended retaliatory tariffs placed on $US60 billion worth of US goods by the Chinese government, saying they show “rational restraint”. “China’s countermeasures are rational,” said commentary in the Global Times, a tabloid run by the official state media. “China will not rush to compete with U.S. numbers.” The Chinese finance ministry announced…

US to provide nearly $300 million in security for Southeast Asia

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pledged close to $300 million in additional security funding for Southeast Asia, seeking to bolster the region against Chinese attempts to strengthen its interests in the area. Mr Pompeo announced the funding during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Singapore. “As part of our commitment…

Australia, US respond to Chinese missiles on Spratly Islands

Reports that China has placed missiles on the contested Spratly Islands have Australia and the US concerned, after China promised not to militarise the islands. Long-range anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles have reportedly been deployed on the islands, with China neither confirming nor denying the reports. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the “Australian government would…

US accuses China of targeting pilots with lasers in Djibouti

The US has filed a formal complaint against China over lasers originating from a Chinese base in Djibouti being shined at US pilots. Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White claimed the US knows that Chinese nationals are responsible for the lasers, and has asked China to investigate, with up to 10 incidents over the past few weeks.…

Tensions Increase Between Australia and China as Foreign Interference Laws Introduced

Malcolm Turnbull has admitted to increasing tensions between Australia and China following Canberra’s increased crackdown on foreign interference. The Prime Minister conceded that there was some strain between the two nations with the tension arising after the Federal Government’s announcement of a revamp of Australian laws against political donations and espionage. “There is certainly some…

Kim Jong-un Meets Xi Jinping in Beijing in First Known Foreign Trip

Kim Jong-Un has made a surprise visit to China, confirmed as his first known foreign trip since assuming power. The North Korean leader made unofficial the trip at China’s request and met Chinese President Xi Jinping, where he discussed giving up the country’s nuclear weapons, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua. Xinhua reported Mr…