Go Back  PPRuNe Forums > Aircrew Forums > Military Aviation
Reload this Page >

The South China Sea's Gathering Storm

Military Aviation A forum for the professionals who fly military hardware. Also for the backroom boys and girls who support the flying and maintain the equipment, and without whom nothing would ever leave the ground. All armies, navies and air forces of the world equally welcome here.

The South China Sea's Gathering Storm

Old 10th Jan 2021, 19:35
  #781 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Under a recently defunct flight path.
Age: 74
Posts: 1,170
On BBC News website.
Pompeo: US to lift restrictions on contacts with Taiwan

The US is lifting long-standing restrictions on contacts between American and Taiwanese officials, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says.

The "self-imposed restrictions" were introduced decades ago to "appease" the mainland Chinese government, which lays claim to the island, the US state department said in a statement.

These rules are now "null and void".

The move is likely to anger China and increase tensions between Washington and Beijing.

It comes as the Trump administration enters its final days ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden as president on 20 January.

The Biden transition team have said the president-elect is committed to maintaining the previous US policy towards Taiwan.

Analysts say they will be unhappy with such a policy decision being made in the final days of the Trump administration, but that the move could be reversed easily by Mr Pompeo's successor Antony Blinken.

China regards Taiwan as a breakaway province, but Taiwan's leaders argue that it is a sovereign state.

Relations between the two are frayed and there is a constant threat of a violent flare up that could drag in the US, an ally of Taiwan.
Done with an eye on creating a distraction for the post-20 Jan White House occupant or a final poke at Beijing? Or both?
Lyneham Lad is offline  
Old 10th Jan 2021, 21:24
  #782 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: No longer welcome status
Posts: 201
Originally Posted by Lyneham Lad View Post
Done with an eye on creating a distraction for the post-20 Jan White House occupant or a final poke at Beijing? Or both?
The assumption is that outgoing and incoming are so totally at loggerheads that no discussion ever takes place on continuity.

Another input is that incoming can blame the old administration for doing it which both agreed should happen.
racedo is offline  
Old 16th Jan 2021, 16:44
  #783 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Welwyn Garden City
Age: 60
Posts: 1,379
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...democracy.html

I'm not sure what specifically is meant by counter-strike here in the context?

FB
Finningley Boy is offline  
Old 16th Jan 2021, 17:14
  #784 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: UK
Posts: 5,039
They can't strike too hard. They get all their iron ore from Australia.
Fareastdriver is offline  
Old 16th Jan 2021, 17:38
  #785 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 806
...
I'm not sure what specifically is meant by counter-strike here in the context?
It's quite simple really .....

我们将使他们为他们的干扰和无礼付出沉重的代价。

闪心勋爵

...
Lordflasheart is offline  
Old 16th Jan 2021, 19:39
  #786 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: NEW YORK
Posts: 851
Originally Posted by Fareastdriver View Post
They can't strike too hard. They get all their iron ore from Australia.
Not sure that is the case, Brazil is a big exporter and Australian shipments have been put on hold by China customs inspections.

Seriously, people should get a grip, China pours 10x as much steel as the US, they are already the world's leading industrial power.
Their military does not reflect that as yet, but the build rates are impressive. For client states such as Australia to peeve them is hazardous, China is a lot more important to Australia than the US.
etudiant is offline  
Old 17th Jan 2021, 03:30
  #787 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: N/A
Posts: 3,636
Not sure that is the case, Brazil is a big exporter and Australian shipments have been put on hold by China customs inspections
The year pre covid China obtained 62% from Australia and 21% from Brazil, iron ore is still being shipped from Oz to China, it's coal they have put a stop to.
megan is offline  
Old 17th Jan 2021, 04:49
  #788 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: CYWH (Victoria)
Posts: 5,498
For the benefit of those like me, that don't speak Mandarin.

我们将使他们为他们的干扰和无礼付出沉重的代价。

闪心勋爵

We will make them pay a heavy price for their interference and rudeness.

Lord Shining Heart
India Four Two is offline  
Old 17th Jan 2021, 07:27
  #789 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Welwyn Garden City
Age: 60
Posts: 1,379
Originally Posted by India Four Two View Post
For the benefit of those like me, that don't speak Mandarin.
I'm relieved to read this, the original headline story had me thinking China was about to launch a military air attack on Australia or something!

FB
Finningley Boy is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.