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How British naval tactics from 1800s could be used against North Korea 

Added: 20.11.2017 1:41 | 0 views | 0 comments


British naval tactics dating from the Napoleonic Wars of the early 1800s should be applied to isolate North Korea, according to a former United States Navy officer who has also served as an advisor to senior US politicians. A multinational blockade would increase the pressure on Kim Jong-un and force the North Korean dictator to abandon its development of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles, Gregory Keeley, a retired lieutenant commander with the US Navy, wrote in an opinion article in The Hill. Lt Cmdr Keeley said that President Donald Trump has two potential ways of dealing with North Korea - although "direct kinetic military action" and learning to live with a despotic, nuclear-armed nation, are equally bad, he said. A third option would be to work with like-minded nations in the region to impose a physical naval blockade of North Korea, he suggested. "Unlike sanctions, a blockade provides the capability to monitor, intercept and enforce restrictions on what can go in and out of the target nation while providing a powerful psychological and diplomatic instrument", Lt Cmdr Keeley said. North Korea | Kim Jong-un’s fiery relationship with the US "A naval blockade in the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea would prevent the DPRK from obtaining essential raw materials and equipment, including refined petroleum and military spares", he added.  "A naval blockade also serves to choke export income from the lucrative coal and iron exports the regime needs to keep the lights on". The naval forces of Japan and Australia could be relied on to support the initiative, he suggested, while South Korea, Singapore, India, Taiwan and Nato could also provide assets to isolate Pyongyang. Lt Cmdr Keeley cites the 1962 blockade of Cuba as a relatively recent example of a successful blockade, but he points to the Royal Navy's blockade of Napoleonic France as being the most dramatic example of the power of encircling a recalcitrant regime. "One of the most effective blockades in history was the British Royal Navy blockade of the First French Empire during the Napoleonic war", he wrote. "Britain was able to keep its shipping lanes open, and effectively cut off crucial supplies to Napoleon’s armies, ultimately winning the war".

Why China Can't Conquer Taiwan in a War

Added: 19.11.2017 1:07 | 0 views | 0 comments


With President Xi Jinping having consolidated his power at the 19th Party Congress, and the United States increasingly distracted at home, it may seem like a given that China will reestablish its predominance over the Asia-Pacific region. A new study casts doubt on this, however, arguing that Beijing doesn’t have the military power to defeat its neighbors. In fact, it probably can’t even conquer Taiwan.

From: www.yahoo.com

Panama's president visits China following break with Taiwan

Added: 18.11.2017 13:42 | 0 views | 0 comments


BEIJING (AP) — Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela was making his first state visit to Beijing on Friday after breaking off relations with Taiwan and establishing formal ties with China five months ago.

From: www.yahoo.com

Why China Can't Conquer Taiwan in a War

Added: 18.11.2017 11:37 | 0 views | 0 comments


With President Xi Jinping having consolidated his power at the 19th Party Congress, and the United States increasingly distracted at home, it may seem like a given that China will reestablish its predominance over the Asia-Pacific region. A new study casts doubt on this, however, arguing that Beijing doesn’t have the military power to defeat its neighbors. In fact, it probably can’t even conquer Taiwan.

From: www.yahoo.com

If Parents In Taiwan Are OK With Their Kids' Sex Ed Class, Why Are Others So Upset?

Added: 18.11.2017 6:16 | 0 views | 0 comments

Despite being one of the first places in Asia to recognize same-sex unions and require schools to teach sex education, Taiwanese society is having a hard time catching up.

Tags: Sex, Taiwan, Kids
From: www.npr.org

Katy Perry Denied Entry To China Over Controversial 2015 Performance In Taiwan

Added: 17.11.2017 14:29 | 0 views | 0 comments

Katy Perry won't be performing at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show after China denied her entry over a controversial performance in Taiwan two years ago, during which she appeared to show support for anti-China protestors.

From: www.forbes.com

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