Joaquin Camarena


About Me

Joaquin the panda began Sino Talk in 2022 primarily to give an objective, unbiased view on China related topics as well as other issues related to the Indo-Pacific region. He spent several years studying and traveling throughout China and many countries in the Indo-Pacific region. In another life, the panda was also a U.S. Marine intelligence analyst who enjoyed bamboo MREs and drinking bourbon and soju.



India Seizes Suspected Dual-Use Equipment While Enroute to Pakistan

Dual-Use Equipment Seizure On March 2nd, Indian news outlets reported that Indian authorities intercepted and seized suspected dual-use equipment bound for Pakistan in late January. Indian customs officials initially boarded and inspected the cargo of the Malta-flagged vessel, CMA CGM...

India and Mauritius Inaugurate New Base in Indian Ocean

Inauguration of Base On February 29th, India and Mauritius inaugurated a joint airbase and pier on Agalega during a video conference. The island is about 2237 miles (3600 km) south of India, located in the southwestern part of the Indian...

Philippines Accuses China of Jamming AIS and Communications in South China Sea

Philippine Navy and Coast Guard Statements Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson for the West Philippine Sea, Commodore Roy Trinidad, said its vessels received “electronic interference” (i.e., jamming) during South China Sea (SCS) operations on February 27th. The spokesperson pointed out that...

Former Chinese Defense, Foreign Ministers Resigned and Removed from Posts

Qin Gang Former Chinese Foreign Minister (FM) Qin Gang resigned from his position as a deputy of the 14th National People's Congress (NPC) on February 27th. Qin’s resignation was accepted by the Tianjin Municipal People's Congress Standing Committee during its...

Australia and New Zealand Ambassadors Send Letters to Congress About COFA

Joint Letter to Congress On February 22nd, the Australian Ambassador to the United States, Kevin Rudd, and the New Zealand Ambassador to the United States, Bede Corry, sent a joint letter to the U.S. Congressional leaders. Both Rudd and Corry called...

Committee Sends Letter to Elon Musk Asking for Clarification About Starshield

Letter to CEO On February 24th, Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), sent a letter to...

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