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Australian Military Conducting Freedom of Navigation Flights Over South China Sea

Australian Military Conducting Freedom of Navigation Flights Over South China Sea

Australia is leading “Freedom of Navigation” flights over the disputed South China Sea, the BBC has learned. BBC reporter Rupert Wingfield-Hayes was on board a civilian flight from the Philippines as he investigated China’s artificial-island building in the region, when he intercepted radio communications revealing the Australian military was conducting freedom of navigation flights. Wingfield-Hayes […]

Obama Expected to Move Forward with Missile Sale to Taiwan Despite Chinese Outcry

Obama Expected to Move Forward with Missile Sale to Taiwan Despite Chinese Outcry

Despite opposition from China, the Obama administration is expected to authorize the sale of two missile frigates to Taiwan this week, according to two Congressional aides who spoke with CNBC. Taiwan said it would pay about $176 million for two frigates and it will consider seeking two more. Beijing, which still considers Taiwan its renegade […]

Fosun Group Chairman Reportedly Missing in China

Fosun Group Chairman Reportedly Missing in China

As China cracks down on corruption in the financial industry, the executive of one of the country’s biggest private conglomerates is missing, according to the financial news magazine Caixin. The magazine reports Guo Guanchang may have been arrested or detained by Chinese authorities. Since August, several Chinese executives have been detained or arrested. Others have […]

China Keeping Eye on Singapore as U.S. Surveillance Aircraft Flies In

China Keeping Eye on Singapore as U.S. Surveillance Aircraft Flies In

China’s defense officials are keeping their eyes peeled on Singapore after the U.S. announced it was launching P8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft to the city state which is in the disputed South China Sea region. “We are paying close attention to how the relevant situation develops, and hope bilateral defense cooperation between the relevant countries is […]

China’s Chief Censor says China Doesn’t Censor

China’s Chief Censor says China Doesn’t Censor

Ahead of the World Internet Conference in the Chinese town of Wuzhen, China’s censor-in-chief told the country’s media that Beijing does not censor the Internet. Lu Wei, the leader of the Cyberspace Administration of China, instead told reporters that China “manages” the Internet. “It is a misuse of words to say ‘content censorship,’ Lu said […]

UN Committee Condemns the Use of Torture in China’s Prisons

UN Committee Condemns the Use of Torture in China’s Prisons

A United Nations Committee has called upon China to cease its wide-spread use of torture throughout its prison system. The UN Committee Against torture recently reviewed China’s treatment of detainees for the first time since 2008 in a two-day hearing involving 10 independent committee members and a large Chinese government delegation. “The Committee remains seriously […]

U.S. to Widen Surveillance of South China Sea with Singapore’s Help

U.S. to Widen Surveillance of South China Sea with Singapore’s Help

The United States Navy will deploy P-8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft over Singapore for the first time as a response to China’s expanding militaristic armament in the disputed South China Sea. The U.S. and Singapore announced Monday that the first operation will take place later this month with more likely to follow within the next few […]

International Court to Deliver Ruling on South China Sea Case in 2016

International Court to Deliver Ruling on South China Sea Case in 2016

The United Nations Arbitral Tribunal has finished hearing the second round of oral arguments surrounding the Philippines’ case against China’s territorial claim to virtually all of the South China Sea. “The tribunal now enters its deliberations and intends to issue its award in 2016,” the international tribunal said in a press statement e-mailed Tuesday morning. […]

China Likely to Lose International Court Case in South China Sea Dispute, Legal Experts Say

China Likely to Lose International Court Case in South China Sea Dispute, Legal Experts Say

China may finally be feeling the pressure over its territorial claims in the South China Sea, which now are being analyzed by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague. When the court took jurisdiction over the case filed by the Philippines, which has its own territorial claims in the region, China brushed it off […]

Chinese Cutting Back on Foreign Travel as Economy Slows

Chinese Cutting Back on Foreign Travel as Economy Slows

A slowing Chinese economy along with a weakening currency and plunge in the stock market seems to be quenching Chinese citizens’ appetites for extravagant adventures abroad. International-travel services spending totaled about $19 billion in October, according to services trade data released Monday. This reflects a dip from the $25 billion spent in September. By October, […]