By Nick Beams, 11 April 2017
Trump officials struck a conciliatory tone following discussions on trade with Chinese president Xi Jinping, but Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he expected “tangible results.”
By Peter Symonds, 11 April 2017
The state-owned Global Times warned that “a military strike on the North will very likely evolve into large-scale bloody war on the Peninsula.”
By Peter Symonds, 10 April 2017
Following its attacks on Syria, the US, in a “show of force,” dispatched the Carl Vinson strike group to waters near the Korean peninsula.
By Peter Symonds, 8 April 2017
The unprovoked act of aggression sent a menacing warning to Chinese President Xi that the US was prepared to use military force without warning to achieve its ends.
By James Cogan, 3 April 2017
With shameless cynicism, China is labelled both a totalitarian state and a threat to the US-dominated global rules-based order.
By Peter Symonds, 1 April 2017
Using the North Korean “threat” as a pretext, the LDP defence policy committee proposed the armed forces acquire a “counter-attack” capability.
By Joseph Santolan, 30 March 2017
Sharp divisions emerged in the Duterte administration after a Chinese official announced plans for an environmental monitoring station on the Scarborough Shoal.
By James Cogan, 29 March 2017
Behind the scenes, frank exchanges undoubtedly occurred on Canberra’s stance towards growing tensions between China, its largest trading partner, and the US, its strategic ally.
By Ben McGrath, 28 March 2017
Sections of the Chinese ruling elite are growing increasingly frustrated with Pyongyang and the danger it represents to China’s security interests.
By Jean Shaoul, 28 March 2017
On the first day of his Beijing visit, Saudi King Salman presided over the signing of deals worth $65 billion.
By Peter Symonds, 25 March 2017
The war plane was one of two B-1Bs deployed from Guam to join massive war games underway in South Korea amid high tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
By Peter Symonds, 20 March 2017
Despite his muted public remarks in Beijing, the US secretary of state had already made clear that “all options,” including military ones, were on the table to deal with Pyongyang.
By Peter Symonds, 9 March 2017
China’s foreign minister warned that the US and North Korea are like “accelerating trains” on a collision course “with neither side willing to give way.”
By Saman Gunadasa, 9 March 2017
Billed as a humanitarian operation, Washington’s Pacific Partnership is part of its military buildup against China.
By Peter Symonds, 8 March 2017
Using North Korean missile tests as a pretext, the US has begun deploying its THAAD anti-ballistic missile system in South Korea.
By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 7 March 2017
After decades of “non-alignment,” India has become a service hub for the US Seventh Fleet, marking a new stage in its integration into US imperialism’s military-strategic offensive against China.
By Nick Beams, 6 March 2017
The Chinese government has cut its target in an attempt to address growing problems in the country’s financial system.
By James Cogan, 4 March 2017
The Trump administration’s “America First” agenda has produced consternation within the political and strategic establishment.
By Peter Symonds, 2 March 2017
This year’s war games take place amid an already tense stand-off with North Korea over its nuclear and missile testing and alleged assassination of Kim Jong-nam.
By Peter Symonds, 1 March 2017
The South Korean government is exploiting the killing of Kim Jong-nam to demand North Korea’s suspension from the UN and criminal charges against its leadership.
By Mike Head, 23 February 2017
Media reports have declared the latest claims to be “an early test of US President Donald Trump.”
By Mike Head, 20 February 2017
The USS Carl Vinson’s operation is being mounted amid a sharp escalation in US trade war and military threats against China since the inauguration of Trump.
By Peter Symonds, 18 February 2017
If Kim Jong-un did order the assassination, it can only further undermine North Korea’s relations with China.
By Peter Symonds, 16 February 2017
The UN warned of “further significant steps” if Pyongyang did not halt its testing and called on UN members “to redouble their efforts” to implement existing sanctions.
By Peter Symonds, 9 February 2017
Trump’s top adviser Steve Bannon declared last March there was “no doubt” that the US would go to war with China over the South China Sea in “five to ten years.”
By Peter Symonds, 8 February 2017
The Trump administration blacklisted three Chinese individuals and two Chinese companies in retaliation for Iran’s missile test.
By Mike Head, 4 February 2017
Just two weeks in office, Trump’s aggressive “America First” economic nationalism and militarism are sending political shockwaves around the world.
By Peter Symonds, 31 January 2017
The remarks reflect growing concerns in the Chinese regime over the bellicose remarks of Trump and his advisers toward Beijing.
By Keith Jones, 26 January 2017
The head of the US Pacific Command likened the Indo-US military partnership to a war axe that needs to be “razor sharp,” “because we never know when events will force us to use it.”
By Peter Symonds, 19 January 2017
Bolton is among those militarist layers who regard conflict with China as inevitable.
By Alex Lantier, 18 January 2017
Xi delivered a keynote speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland hailing free trade and implicitly criticizing Trump’s call for protectionism.
By Peter Symonds, 16 January 2017
China rejected Trump’s remarks declaring that the “One China” principle was the political foundation of China-US relations and was “non-negotiable.”
By James Cogan, 13 January 2017
President-elect Donald Trump and the cabal of billionaires and ex-generals who will comprise his cabinet have signaled they will substantially intensify the United States’ conflict with China.
By Peter Symonds, 12 January 2017
To underline Beijing’s concerns about closer US ties with Taiwan, the Chinese navy sailed its aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, through the Taiwan Strait.
By Oscar Grenfell, 12 January 2017
The government fears that the air pollution disaster will become a focal point for broader discontent.
By Peter Symonds, 7 January 2017
No longer having the economic muscle to lay down the international trade rules, the US has begun a dramatic military build-up in Asia to assert its dominance, even if that leads to war with China.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 7 January 2017
As India conducts tests of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, its new army chief has warned of a possible “two front” war against China and Pakistan.
By Peter Symonds, 3 January 2017
Well aware of the dangers of full-scale war, the report nevertheless insists that the US and its allies must challenge China sooner rather than later.
By Peter Symonds, 24 December 2016
Trump’s decision to pull out of the TPP is not a retreat from Obama’s confrontational policy toward China but a marked intensification on all fronts.
By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2016
The incident intensifies the US-China tensions produced by the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia” that has transformed the South China Sea into a dangerous flashpoint.
By Peter Symonds, 17 December 2016
With Washington issuing a formal protest, the incident could rapidly heighten the already tense standoff between the US and China in the strategic waters.
By Alex Lantier, 17 December 2016
A month before Donald Trump’s inauguration as US president, tensions are already emerging with the European powers over his “America first” program.
By Peter Symonds, 15 December 2016
The aggressive remarks by Admiral Harry Harris, commander of US Pacific Command, were encouraged by Trump’s belligerent stance toward China during and since the election.
By Peter Symonds, 13 December 2016
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman warned that US-China cooperation was “out of the question” if Trump interfered with the One China policy.
By Peter Symonds, 12 December 2016
By placing a question mark over US-China relations, Trump is recklessly compounding rising uncertainty in Asia and around the world, as well as the threat of war.
By Peter Symonds, 8 December 2016
Branstad’s support for the TPP and his unfamiliarity with key foreign policy issues indicate he will not play a significant role in determining US policy toward Beijing.
By Sarath Kumara, 8 December 2016
The visit underscores India’s growing efforts—backed by Washington—to bring Bangladesh into its orbit, undercutting China’s influence.
By Peter Symonds, 5 December 2016
The phone conversation—the first between US and Taiwanese leaders since 1979—undermines decades of protocols based on Washington’s acceptance of the “One China” policy.
By Peter Symonds, 28 November 2016
A Chinese think tank director warned that “strategic rivalry between China and the US is likely to continue over the South China Sea.”
By Richard Phillips, 26 November 2016
The disaster was the tragic outcome of company demands for “hard work” speed-ups and cuts to basic safety procedures.
By Mike Head, 16 November 2016
While the Beijing regime is clearly anxious to reach an accommodation with Trump, it is preparing for an historic collision.
By W.A. Sunil, 12 November 2016
The public squabble between Colombo and Beijing over loans is another indication of rising geo-strategic tensions in the region.
By Peter Symonds, 8 November 2016
The Chinese regime fears that advocacy of independence for Hong Kong will fuel separatist movements in other parts of the country including Tibet and Xinjiang.
By Ulrich Rippert, 7 November 2016
The visit to China this week by German economics minister Sigmar Gabriel is overshadowed by mounting tensions.
By Sarath Kumara, 5 November 2016
Xi’s trip was aimed at countering the efforts of India, backed by the US, to undermine Chinese influence in Bangladesh.
By Peter Symonds, 3 November 2016
During his visit to Beijing, Prime Minister Najib wrote in the state-run media that former colonial powers should not lecture smaller countries over the conduct of their internal affairs.
By Peter Symonds, 1 November 2016
The mine disaster in southwest China took place as President Xi exhorted a conference of safety inspectors to improve safety standards and reduce industrial deaths.
By Peter Symonds, 27 October 2016
The Chinese regime confronts a slowing economy, mounting social and class tensions and Washington’s aggressive “pivot to Asia” aimed at undermining and subordinating China.
By Nick Beams, 27 October 2016
Chinese firms are estimated to have about $18 trillion worth of debt, equivalent to 170 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.
By Peter Symonds, 26 October 2016
Far from making a retreat, Washington’s response to its setbacks will be to escalate its diplomatic intrigues and military provocations in the Asia Pacific.
By Peter Symonds, 22 October 2016
The latest US “freedom of navigation” operation came as Philippine President Duterte’s tilt to Beijing dealt a blow to Washington’s “pivot to Asia” strategy.
By Mike Head, 22 October 2016
The internal warfare wracking the Liberal-National Coalition cannot be explained by a dispute over gun laws.
By Peter Symonds, 19 October 2016
Duterte has signalled that he is open to closer military relations with China and Russia as he seeks billions of dollars in Chinese aid and investment.
By our reporter, 14 October 2016
The Chinese Communist Party regime is clearly concerned that such protests could trigger wider unrest within the military, and more broadly with society.
By Peter Symonds, 12 October 2016
In advance of Duterte’s trip next week to China, his defence secretary announced a suspension of joint exercises with the US in the South China Sea.
By Kumaran Ira, 10 October 2016
French imperialism is laying out an aggressive military strategy in the Asia-Pacific as Washington intensifies its war drive against China.
By Peter Symonds, 6 October 2016
Tensions have only worsened since the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled in favour of the US-backed Philippine challenge to Chinese maritime claims.
By Peter Symonds, 26 September 2016
While the Chinese planes were outside Japanese air space, the incident highlights the sharp tensions in North East Asia amid the ongoing US military build-up in the region.
By Peter Symonds, 15 September 2016
Berry’s intervention confirms American involvement in the anti-Beijing crusade, and highlights US determination to ensure Canberra’s support for its war drive against China.
By Joseph Santolan, 9 September 2016
Unable to enlist the Philippines or a reliable proxy from other ASEAN members, Obama was compelled to directly intervene.
By Roger Jordan, 8 September 2016
The Canadian prime minister stressed Ottawa’s desire to “reset” relations with Beijing and avoided talking publicly about the mounting tensions between US imperialism and China.
By Nick Beams, 5 September 2016
It is a sure sign of the deepening malaise of the global capitalist economy, afflicted by lower growth and falling trade, that “overcapacity” in steel was at the very centre of the G20 economic agenda.
By James Cogan, 5 September 2016
The question mark over Turnbull’s allegiance to the US alliance and anti-China agenda has been raised under conditions in which he holds office by a thread.
By John Vassilopoulos, 2 September 2016
The sale of the port is part of the wider privatisation programme imposed by the EU and the IMF to raise funds towards the repayment of the country’s vast mountain of debt.
By Peter Symonds, 1 September 2016
Obama will attend international summits in China and Laos amid escalating geo-political rivalries, particularly between Washington and Beijing.
By James Cogan, 1 September 2016
ASPI began with the question “under what circumstances would Australia join in a war against China?”
By W.A. Sunil, 24 August 2016
The political turmoil in the small landlocked country has been fuelled by rising US-driven geo-political tensions across Asia.
By Peter Symonds, 23 August 2016
While nominally aimed against North Korea, the exercises consolidate Washington’s military alliance with Seoul as it makes preparations for conflict with China.
By Ben McGrath, 19 August 2016
Tokyo intends to design and construct its longest-range missile to cover the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, further risking clashes with Beijing.
By Ben McGrath, 15 August 2016
South Korea is lining up more explicitly with Washington and its war drive in the region, using North Korea’s nuclear tests as a pretext.
By John Braddock, 15 August 2016
The incident at a coal-fired plant is the most recent of the industrial disasters that kill and maim thousands of workers and residents in China each year.
By Mike Head, 13 August 2016
The decision highlights the dilemma facing the Australian ruling elite, which depends heavily on China economically but relies on the US militarily.
By Joseph Santolan, 11 August 2016
Ramos’s trip highlights the contradictory nature of the current Philippine President Duterte’s attempt to balance between Washington’s “pivot to Asia” and trade ties with China.
By Mike Head, 10 August 2016
Sharp differences have erupted over the Turnbull government’s looming decision on whether to permit State Grid to operate Sydney’s electricity supply.
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By Peter Symonds, 5 August 2016
The RAND Corporation study provides further evidence that a US war against China is being planned and prepared in the upper echelons of the American military-intelligence apparatus.
By Peter Symonds, 2 August 2016
The state-owned Global Times newspaper suggested that Australia would be “an ideal target for China to warn and strike” if it intruded in South China Sea disputes.
By John Braddock, 30 July 2016
With widespread media and internet reports accusing officials of negligence, Beijing is increasingly nervous about deepening social opposition.
By Peter Symonds, 28 July 2016
While submarines play an important part in conventional warfare, the preoccupation of China and the United States is their role in a nuclear war.
By Peter Symonds, 25 July 2016
The Philippines and Vietnam are at loggerheads with Cambodia over a reference in the final communiqué to the recent UN-backed court ruling negating China’s maritime claims.
By Mike Head and James Cogan, 23 July 2016
A full-scale US assault on China would almost certainly escalate into a nuclear war, in which millions would die.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 22 July 2016
While India has lined up behind Washington in supporting the provocative ruling issued in The Hague, Pakistan has backed China’s rejection of it.
By Peter Symonds, 20 July 2016
The Chinese regime is playing directly into Washington’s hands by resorting to its own reckless military measures that heighten the danger of conflict.
By Joseph Santolan, 15 July 2016
The Duterte government has reacted to the ruling with caution, seeking to placate Washington and Beijing, while the Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines has escalated its attacks on China.
By Peter Symonds, 14 July 2016
The court decision on the South China Sea will heighten tensions and the risk that a minor incident spirals out of control and triggers a conflict between the US and China.
By Alex Lantier, 14 July 2016
EU officials are pointedly refusing to endorse US and Filipino claims against China in the South China Sea, as laid out in Tuesday’s court ruling in The Hague.
By Peter Symonds, 11 July 2016
With a ruling imminent, the US has cranked up its propaganda apparatus and military activity in the South China Sea, setting the stage for a dangerous confrontation with China.
By Ben McGrath, 11 July 2016
The installation will likely inflame tensions while continuing to stoke an arms race in East Asia.
By Ben McGrath, 9 July 2016
At least 186 people have been killed, dozens remain missing and 32 million people have been affected overall.
By Linda Tenenbaum, 8 July 2016
The strike has spread rapidly, with Walmart workers determined to reach out to their national and international co-workers.
By Peter Symonds, 7 July 2016
The Mitchell Institute report released last week reveals the detailed character of the Pentagon’s preparations and plans for a conflict with China.