China in the Crosshairs of Halifax War Conference

On November 22, the opening day of the 11th annual Halifax International Security Forum (HISF), "a new year-long initiative focused on China" was announced by HISF President Peter Van Praagh via press release.

The HISF announcement came two days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke out in Brussels, following a NATO Foreign Ministers' meeting, saying that NATO's operations are expanding into Asia. Pompeo stated that "our alliance must address the current and potential long-term threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party." NATO countries cannot ignore the "fundamental differences and beliefs" between themselves and the ruling party in Beijing, Pompeo said.

In the HISF press release, Van Praagh declared, "It's no longer a secret that Xi Jinping's China is working hard to make the world safe for authoritarianism. It is time for a comprehensive China strategy for the United States, Canada and their allies -- one that makes the world safe for democracy.

"Over the next 12 months, Halifax will consult with subject experts and thought leaders to get their input on what can be done to confront this growing threat to our freedom."

The HISF's strategy on China will be released at the 2020 Halifax International Security Forum, which will be held two weeks after the U.S. Presidential election. Thus, the U.S.-based HISF has given itself the right to design a strategy for Canada and the "allies."

The rivalry with China over security is posed as a military conflict to be escalated by the NATO bloc. This includes sanctions, a form of war. This is unacceptable. All political and ideological conflicts must be resolved peaceably.

The major theme of this year's HISF was to camouflage the Might Makes Right doctrine of NATO and the striving of the U.S. empire for economic domination with a phony face of human rights and cyber security. Within this, China was already being targeted. A session on November 24 was titled "Huawei or Our Way." However, contradictions exist within the NATO block, as NATO member Germany, for example, does not agree that the blockade of Huawei Technologies is "our way."

HISF Participants Claiming to Represent the Asia-Pacific

Below are the HISF participants who came from Asia, brought to the war conference with all expenses paid by Canadian tax dollars. At the head of the list is the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. This list does not include different participating think tanks specializing on Asia, which are itemized in a distinct U.S. category.

U.S. Military

Philip Davidson, Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command; Richard Berry, Special Assistant, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.

The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command is based in Hawaii. It is a unified combatant command of the U.S. Armed Forces responsible for the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. It dates from the period when the U.S. possessed a "one ocean" navy -- the conquest of Hawaii and the Philippines and continuous aggression against China, e.g., the Boxer Rebellion -- and is the oldest and largest of the unified combatant commands. Formerly known as U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM), and renamed on May 30, 2018, it conducts military operations in an area which encompasses more than 100 million square miles (260,000,000 km2), or roughly 52 per cent of the Earth's surface, stretching from the waters off the west coast of the U.S. and Canada to the west coast of India, and from the Arctic to the Antarctic.

The Commander reports to the U.S. President through the Secretary of Defense and is supported by Service component and subordinate unified commands, including U.S. Army Pacific, U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Marine Forces Pacific, U.S. Forces Japan, U.S. Forces Korea, Special Operations Command Korea, and Special Operations Command Pacific.


Yukinari Hirose, President, National Institute for Defense, Japan

Hideo Suzuki, Director General for International Affairs, Defense Policy Bureau, Ministry of Defense, Japan

Matake Kamiya, Professor, International Relations, National Defense Academy of Japan; Director and Distinguished Research Fellow, Japan Forum on International Relations

Masashi Nishihara, President, Research Institute for Peace and Security, Japan

Yoichi Kato, Senior Research Fellow, Asia Pacific Initiative, Japan

Hideshi Tokuchi, Visiting Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan

Tsuneo Watanabe, Senior Fellow, International Peace and Security Department, Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Noboru Yamaguchi, Advisor, Sasakawa Peace Foundation


Byung Kee Kim and Seung-Joo Baek, Members of the National Assembly, The Daehanminguk Gukhoe, Republic of Korea

Jaeho Hwang, Director, Global Security Cooperation Center; Professor, Division of International Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korea


Szu-chien Hsu, Director of the Board, Institute for National Defense and Security Research, Taiwan

Yeh-chung Lu, Associate Professor, Department of Diplomacy, National Cheng-chi University; Vice President, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy

J. Michael Cole, Senior Fellow, China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham, Taiwan

Hong Kong

Emily Lau, Former Chairperson, Democratic Party; Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, Democratic Party, Hong Kong

King-wa Fu, Associate Professor, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Figo Chan, vice-convenor, Civil Human Rights Front, Hong Kong; Sales Director at ESTEC Corp. Inc. since August 2011


Dolkun Isa, President, World Uyghur Congress, China

Lobsang Sangay, President, Central Tibetan Administration, Tibet


Teuku Faizasyah, Adviser to the Indonesian Foreign Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia


Keng Yong Ong, Executive Deputy Chairman, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Richard Javad Heydarian, Research Fellow, National Chengchi University; Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippines


Ram Madhav, National General Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party; Director, India Foundation, India

Nirmal Verma, Chief of Naval Operations Distinguished International Fellow, U.S. Naval War College, India

Ruhee Neog, Director, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, India

Chaitanya Giri, Fellow, Space and Ocean Studies, Indian Council on Global Relations, Gateway House, India

Rita Manchanda, Research Consultant, South Asia Forum for Human Rights, India

Dhruva Jaishankar, Director, U.S. Initiative, Observer Research Foundation, India


Husain Haqqani, Director and Senior Fellow, South and Central Asia, Hudson Institute, Pakistan

Farahnaz Ispahani, Former Member of Parliament, Qaumi Assembly, Pakistan


Joseph Hockey, Ambassador of Australia to the United States

Michelle McGuinness, Director General Counter Proliferation & Terrorism, Defence Intelligence Organisation, Australia

Rachel Durbin, Director, Future Force Lifecycle Engineering, Navy Capability Division, Royal Australian Navy, Australia, HISF Peace With Women Fellow

New Zealand

Rose King, Chief of Staff, Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand, New Zealand Defence Force, HISF Peace With Women Fellow

Lisa Ferris, Director, Defence Legal Services, New Zealand Army, HISF Peace With Women Fellow

This article was published in

Volume 49 Number 29 - November 30, 2019

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