US Demands Release Of Two Americans From China

South & East Asian News Roundup 06/12/2018


We are following up on a couple of developing stories as well as some new stories this week in Sri Lanka, Japan, and China. The political power plays are still going on in Sri Lanka as their dispute over who is the actual prime minister continues. Japan is continuing their military buildup as they made a move this week that will further the shift of power in Asia. With the coming G20 Conference to take place in Buenos Aires, the US is making demands pertaining to the release of two Americans as they are kept from leaving China.

Sri Lanka Take Prime Minister Dispute to Supreme Court

The constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka becomes more complex as the days have gone on when this week the Prime Minister is appealing to the supreme court regarding the court decision to prohibit the PM and his cabinet to carry out official business. This decision coming after two no-confidence votes from parliament in the last month. The PM gave a statement, “We do not agree with the decision given by the Appeals Court as Constitutional matters are finally decided by the Supreme Court.”

US Demands Release Of Two Americans Prior to G20

With the G20 Summit coming up in Buenos Aires, a high-level US official has demanded the release of two Americans from China. Victor and Cynthia Liu, 19 and 27 years old and their mother, Sandra Han, are believed to be kept from leaving China. US officials have been in contact with them and reported that this is being used to pressure their father who’s wanted for financial crimes in China. Although Victor was born in the US and both Liu’s have US passports, China is claiming that they are “technically” Chinese citizens and are accomplices to these “financial crimes” charged against their father. We will be following this story as further developments surface.

Japan Makes Move In Preparing US Stealth Jets To Be Added To Military Assets

Japan is preparing an order of 100 new US F-35 Stealth Fighter Jets that could radically change the balance of power in Asia. The version they’ll be using will be jets with vertical take-off and landing capabilities, which will give them the ability to have aircraft carriers to operate the jets at sea, something Japan hasn’t been able to do since World War II. With this order of the aircrafts, the Pentagon touted the F-35 “with the world’s most advanced avionics, engine, and weaponry, as the most affordable, lethal, supportable and survivable aircraft ever to be used.” This deal cost Japan approximately $8.8 billion, with each jets costing $88 million. This purchase will be sure to bring a new power to Japan that will deter China’s rash actions in the future as China is enhancing their military capabilities as well.

With continuing stories in Sri Lanka, the strengthening of Japan, and the US pushing China more, Asia is a heated area of tensions and news as always.

You can read more from Amos Joseph on Think Liberty here.


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