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US, China Sparring over Taiwan Heats Up Anew

WASHINGTON — The United States and China are stepping up their war of words over Taiwan in a long-simmering dispute that has significant implications for the power dynamic in the Indo-Pacific and beyond.Amid a surge in Chinese military activity near the island that China regards as a renegade province and has vowed to reclaim by…

The skies over the South China Sea

Since October 1, Chinese military aircraft have flown 159 times through Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ)–a section of international airspace countries can arbitrarily define as theirs to monitor.The aircraft have never entered Taiwanese airspace or crossed over Taiwanese territory. And the tempo at which the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and People’s Liberation…

China’s Digital Silk Road aims to connect the world

A new book examines the Chinese government’s efforts to manufacture and provide advanced communications hardware and the many devices that connect to it, to countries, communities, and companies around the world.Why it matters: China is planning for “a future in which all routers lead to Beijing.”In “The Digital Silk Road: China’s Quest to Wire the…

China coal hits record high amid tight supplies

Water vapour rises from a cooling tower of a China Energy ultra-low emission coal-fired power plant during a media tour, in Sanhe, Hebei province, China July 18, 2019. REUTERS/Shivani SinghBEIJING, Oct 19 (Reuters) – China coal prices hit a record high on Tuesday buoyed by a widening power crunch and cold weather despite Beijing’s efforts…