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‘Threatening & Damaging’: Beijing Hits Out at US Patrols in South China Sea

China says it respects the principles of freedom of navigation and overflight, but “opposes” when other states undermine its sovereignty using this pretext. The statement comes after a US aircraft carrier group began patrols in disputed South China Sea waters. "China always respects the freedom of navigation and overflight all countries enjoy under international law," … Continue reading ‘Threatening & Damaging’: Beijing Hits Out at US Patrols in South China Sea

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The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) © U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kurtis A. Hatcher / navy.mil

US Aircraft Carrier Group Deployed for ‘Routine Patrols’ in South China Sea

Ignoring repeated warnings from Beijing not to aggravate tensions in Southeast Asia, the US Navy has deployed an aircraft carrier strike group for “routine” maritime patrols in the vicinity of the disputed South China Sea waters. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, together with aircraft from the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, and the … Continue reading US Aircraft Carrier Group Deployed for ‘Routine Patrols’ in South China Sea

A magazine featuring US President-elect Donald Trump is seen at a bookstore in Beijing on December 12, 2016.  
The headline reads "How will businessman Trump change the world". Beijing is "seriously concerned" by US president-elect Donald Trump's suggestion that he could drop Washington's One China policy unless the mainland makes concessions on trade and other issues, it said on December 12. / AFP / GREG BAKER        (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

US Set to Expand South China Sea Conflict

Triumphalism followed the election of US President Donald Trump, particularly among those opposed to US foreign policy under US President Barack Obama. In particular, hope was rekindled that America would withdraw from the many, provocative conflicts it was cultivating, ranging from the Middle East to East Asia. However, triumphalism and hope are now dashed, as … Continue reading US Set to Expand South China Sea Conflict

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Say Hello to China’s ICBMs

China's alleged deployment of a DF-41 strategic ballistic missile brigade to Heilongjiang province, bordering Russia, triggered a fascinating spectacle; how to spin – or not to spin - what necessarily represents a milestone in Russia-China's strategic partnership. The Global Times stressed Hong Kong and Taiwan media interpreted pictures of the DF-41 were taken in Heilongjiang, … Continue reading Say Hello to China’s ICBMs

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China is Building a Navy to Displace, Not Defeat the US in Asia

In many ways, China’s socioeconomic and military influence in Asia has already balanced a long-lopsided equation of geopolitical power in the region. The social and economic stability brought by the rise of China along with the rest of Asia has helped eliminate many of the “dark alleys” the US and its European allies have often … Continue reading China is Building a Navy to Displace, Not Defeat the US in Asia

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Trump, Kissinger and Ma playing on a Crowded Chessboard

Incoming US Secretary of State “T Rex” Tillerson told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that China should be denied access to islands in the South China Sea. Militarization of the islands, he said, was “akin to Russia taking Crimea” from Ukraine. Incoming Pentagon head James “Mad Dog” Mattis told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee the … Continue reading Trump, Kissinger and Ma playing on a Crowded Chessboard

Chinese ship and helicopter in the Paracel Islands, which is known in China as Xisha Islands, South China Sea. © Stringer / Reuters

Only ‘Large-Scale War’ would Allow US to Block Beijing from South China Sea Islands, State Media Warns

Chinese state media has warned that the US would have to launch a "large-scale war" to prevent Beijing from accessing islands it has built in the South China Sea. It comes after secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson said such access should be restricted. "Unless Washington plans to wage a large-scale war in the South … Continue reading Only ‘Large-Scale War’ would Allow US to Block Beijing from South China Sea Islands, State Media Warns

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Beijing is Finishing the Creation of Control Infrastructures in the South China Sea

On December 15, 50 miles North-West of the Philippine Subic Bay submarine rescue vessels of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy with hull number 510 (project type 922-IIIA, under NATO classification “Dalan-IIIA”) intercepted a radio-guided Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) of the LBS-Glider type, launched from aboard the oceanographic vessel Bowditch (programme “Pathfinder”) of the US … Continue reading Beijing is Finishing the Creation of Control Infrastructures in the South China Sea