Tag: International Relations

Vanuatu Parliament Dissolved as Prime Minister Tries to Avoid No-Confidence Vote

Vanuatu’s president has dissolved the Pacific nation’s Parliament hours before a no-confidence motion was brought against Prime Minister Bob Loughman. The latest incident continues a tumultuous few weeks for democratic institutions in the South Pacific—already susceptible to influence from Beijing. On Aug. 18, Vanuatu President Nikenike Vurobaravu signed the notice to dissolve Parliament—the next elections…


Lithuania Demands China Revoke Sanctions Against Official Over Taiwan Visit

VILNIUS—Lithuania’s foreign ministry said on Thursday it had issued a formal protest to the Chinese regime over sanctions against the Baltic country’s deputy transport minister, calling for the restrictions to be rescinded. The Chinese foreign ministry said on Aug. 12 that it had imposed sanctions on Lithuanian Deputy Transport and Communications Minister Agne Vaiciukeviciute for…


Solomon Islands Strikes Deal to Build 161 Huawei Towers With $66 Million Chinese Loan

The Solomon Islands government has agreed to a 448.9 million yuan (US$66.15 million) loan from the Chinese state-owned Export-Import Bank of China to fund the construction of 161 towers by controversial telecommunications giant Huawei. In response, defence expert Michael Shoebridge has warned that Beijing is “moving fast and in a broad way” in the South…


US Approves Thousands of Tech Export Requests to China; Latin America Is a Key Card for China

China is getting all the U.S. tech, and the Commerce Department is apparently helping. A new report suggests Commerce is approving requests to export tech to China. What does this mean for the U.S.-China tech war? And is the U.S. government serious about stopping China’s tech transfer and IP Theft? We discuss this amid the…


UK Blocks Takeover of Tech Company Pulsic by Hong Kong-Based Firm Over Security Fears

The British government has blocked a proposed takeover of an electronic design company by a Hong Kong-based firm on national security grounds. In an order issued on Aug. 17, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng ruled that the acquisition of the Bristol-based Pulsic Limited by Super Orange HK Holding Limited should not proceed. Kwarteng said the decision…


China Taking Part in Joint Military Exercises With Russia, Starting This Month

Chinese regime officials announced on Aug. 17 that the country’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will take part in military exercises with Russian armed forces in Russia’s far east. The exercises are being led by Russia and include India, Belarus, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and other countries, China’s defense ministry said in a statement. It added that its participation in the exercises…


Australian Shadow Minister Questions Didi About User Data Security

An Australian senator has written to Chinese ride hailing giant Didi, asking the company to ensure it complies with Australian privacy laws and adequately protects the cyber security of Australian users. On Aug. 17, Liberal Senator, Shadow Minister for Cyber Security & Countering Foreign Interference James Paterson published on social media a letter to Maria…


Taiwan and China Stage Dueling Military Exercises

Taiwan is conducting its own military exercises in the wake of ongoing aggression from Chinese communist forces over the last two weeks. Chinese Communist Party (CCP) forces have continuously launched missiles over Taiwan and directed sea and aircraft into the air and waters around the island since U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) visited the island…


CCP Official Confirms Its ‘Spy Ship’ Has Docked at Sri Lanka’s Port

An official from the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) foreign ministry on Tuesday confirmed that the regime’s satellite-tracking vessel has docked at Sri Lanka’s port for replenishment, following a delay caused by India’s resistance over security concerns. The research vessel, Yuan Wang 5, arrived at the Hambantota port on Tuesday morning and will remain there for…


CCP Confirms Its ‘Spy Ship’ Has Docked at Sri Lanka’s Port, After Objections From India

An official from the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) foreign ministry on Tuesday confirmed that the regime’s satellite-tracking vessel has docked at Sri Lanka’s port for replenishment, following a delay after India objected to the ship’s arrival, citing security concerns. The research vessel, Yuan Wang 5, arrived at the Hambantota port on Tuesday morning and will…