Monday, March 1, 2021

China fails to show at scheduled sea-safety talks with US military

The US admiral in command says China's no-show is another example that China 'does not honour its agreements'.

Other News

Rayuan saman fitnah NFCorp terhadap Nurul Izzah ditolak

Mahkamah memerintahkan NFCorp dan Mohamad Salleh membayar kos RM50,000.

Muhyiddin’s report card, one year on

In assessing Muhyiddin, one must take into account the twin crises that coincided with his premiership: the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting economic fallout.

Kes baru Covid-19 kembali turun bawah 2,000

5 lagi kematian menjadikan jumlah 1,135 keseluruhannya.

New cases dip below 2,000

Five more deaths take toll to 1,135.

Pembunuhan pengasas Ambank, mahkamah kekal hukuman mati pesalah

Presiden Mahkamah Rayuan Rohana Yusuf turut mengekalkan hukuman penjara 18 tahun yang dijatuhkan ke atas Koong Swee Kwan.

The US military on Wednesday slammed China for failing to appear at virtual, senior-level meetings scheduled to go ahead between them this week.

“This is another example that China does not honour its agreements,” said Admiral Phil Davidson, commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command. “It should serve as a reminder to all nations as they pursue agreements with China going forward.”

China had been expected to participate in three days of meetings related to the Military Maritime Consultative Agreement (MMCA) focused on maritime safety, Reuters reports.

The MMCA is partly designed to review any unsafe military incidents that have occurred between US and China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) forces, including in the South China Sea.

There was no immediate response from China’s military to Davidson’s remarks and it is not clear why China decided not to participate.

US-China relations have deteriorated rapidly this year over a range of issues, from Beijing’s handling of its Covid-19 outbreak, US military and commercial support to Taiwan, and Beijing’s clamp-down on Hong Kong.

The US has also long opposed China’s territorial claims and base-building in the South China Sea and has deployed warships regularly through the strategically important waterway.

The PLA has met regularly with the US military since 1998 for MMCA talks, says Reuters. The discussions this year were scheduled to be held virtually due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Davidson reiterated that the US remains committed to the MMCA and he called on the PLA to join discussions as an operational safety dialogue.

Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates:

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news and analyses.

Related Articles

Tech demand drove Asia’s factory revival from pandemic in February

But a slowdown in China underscored the challenges facing the region as it seeks a sustainable recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Trump hints he may run for president again in 2024

He also rules out starting a new political party in a speech to conservatives.

US kids could receive vaccine by year-end, says White House pandemic adviser Fauci

Children in high school should be able to get the vaccines 'sometime this fall', although data is still being compiled on their safety and efficacy for younger children who may not receive the jabs until late 2021 or early 2022, he says.

Facebook to pay US$650 million settlement over US privacy dispute

During the trial, it emerged that Facebook was violating Illinois law by storing biometric data – digital scans of people's faces, in support of its face-tagging feature – without users' consent.

Hong Kong unleashes security law, charges 47 activists

Bail is unlikely and the charges carry a maximum term of life imprisonment.