A US Navy EP-3E Aries II plane similar to this was involved in a mid-air collision with a Chinese fighter aircraft on April 1, 2001. Photo: Reuters

Growing US Presence in South China Sea Threatens Accident That Sparks War

On April 1, 2001, a United States spy plane on a regular reconnaissance mission over the South China Sea collided with a Chinese fighter jet, killing its pilot and leaving 24 American crew members, along with their plane, stranded on the island of Hainan for nearly two weeks of tension. Although Beijing and Washington managed …

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The United States and China are trading blows on economic and strategic fronts in what some see as the dawn of a new Cold War. Image: iStock/Getty Images

US, China Thrusting Towards a New Cold War

As the United States squeezes China economically through an escalating trade war, it is simultaneously ramping up military efforts to challenge Beijing’s recent strategic gains in the contested South China Sea. The tit-for-tat punitive exchanges on economic and strategic fronts has effectively commenced what some analysts now see as a new Cold War pitting America …

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The Infowar Phase of the US’ Hybrid War on One Belt–One Road

The US’ Hybrid War on OBOR doesn’t stop at the military phase but importantly continues into the informational domain in order to undermine China’s New Silk Roads through the planting of Trumpist “time bombs” in strategic transit states that can only be neutralized by a comprehensive perception management strategy that breaks from the centralized model …

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Is a War With China on the Horizon?

On May 30th, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a momentous shift in American global strategic policy. From now on, he decreed, the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), which oversees all U.S. military forces in Asia, will be called the Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM). The name change, Mattis explained, reflects “the increasing connectivity between the Indian and …

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South China Sea a Touchstone for the New Realities

At the recent Australia-China Business Council meeting in Canberra, China’s ambassador to Australia Cheng Jingye accused Australia of harbouring a cold war mentality, and said that “less bias and bigotry” was needed if the currently strained relationship between the two countries was to be repaired. Prime Minister Turnbull, addressing the same conference after Mr Cheng, …

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Vietnam’s Protests will Complicate the Clinching of Any Pragmatic Deal with China

Scores of people gathered in several cities all across Vietnam in order to draw attention to what they fear is China’s imminent exploitation of a proposed bill on Special Economic Zones (SEZ) that will give investors 99-year leases on land in three coastal regions. Their concerns are just speculation at this point since there’s no …

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The Kazakhstan Presidential Palace, Acorda, in the capital Astana. Photo: iStock

How Singapore, Astana and St Petersburg Preview a New World Order

Ahead of the crucial Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Qingdao this coming weekend, three other recent events have offered clues on how the new world order is coming about. The Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan centered on how mega-partnerships are changing world trade. Participants included the president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) …

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President Rodrigo Duterte arrives to take part during the change of command, Quezon city, Metro Manila, December 7, 2016 © Erik de Castro / Reuters

Is Duterte Really Threatening War with China? The Opposite may be True…

The media wants you to believe that the Philippines is headed towards war with China. The truth may in fact be the opposite. If you followed international headlines this week, you may have been alarmed to see the shocking revelation that, despite wanting a closer relationship with China, Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte was now ready …

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Will Russia’s “Energy Diplomacy” Help Vietnam and China Make a Deal?

Rosneft is drilling for oil off the South China Sea coast of Vietnam in an area claimed by China. The Russian energy giant is involved in the Lan Do oilfield that narrowly sits within the southwestern border of China’s nine-dash-line but is apparently regarded by the company as being under Vietnam’s de-facto sovereignty. China officially …

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