US President Donald Trump has been advocating striking North Korea’s nuclear facilities since taking office in January. However, he will be restrained from delivering such an order for both empirical and strategic reasons. And China knows too well that it won’t happen.
The negative news and the predictions of China’s collapse were “old hat.” As time passed, these accounts were discredited. So, the Western media had to reset. One tack is to push China and Trump’s America into conflict.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother Kim Jong Nam was apparently assassinated at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport by female assassins. This presents a chance for the international community to work together to prevent transnational assassinations and murders.
Analysts trying to parse US policy in the Trump era regarding the South China Sea must be prepared for stark contradictions and intellectual whiplash. It is too early to draw conclusions regarding US-China relations in the South China Sea or in general.
In January 2017 during the 20th China-Philippines Foreign Ministry Consultation, the two countries confirmed that they would complete the Code of Conduct framework relating to the South China Sea in the first half of 2017.
US President Donald Trump may play the “Russian card” against China like how Nixon played the “Chinese card” against Moscow in 1972. However, the triangular relationship between the US, Russia and China is not necessarily comparable to the one in the 1970s.
In the run-up to Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States, advocates of a more aggressive US foreign policy towards China unleashed a barrage of hawkish commentaries and proposals. Most comments focused on China’s behavior in the South China Sea.
On January 11, 2017, US President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made several intemperate remarks. Most provocatively he said that China’s access to the features it has built up in the South China Sea is not going to be “allowed.”
US underwater drones can be categorized as Force Net, Sea Shield, Sea Strike and Sea Base. Force Net includes the missions of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance and oceanography. Some may even be weaponized. Thus, it is easy to be uncertain regarding the mission of particular UUVs.
On 16 December, the US Department of Defense announced that it had issued a formal protest to China demanding the return of an underwater drone. After several days of verbal tit-for tat, China returned the drone. The US Navy is determining whether the seizure was a “low-level” action by the sailors or a top down message by senior Chinese leaders.