Military tensions Rise in East and Southeast Asia. The month of March is turning out to be a “hot” one in terms of military exercises, drills and posturing. Diplomatic efforts are being overshadowed by high profile, multi-lateral military exercises in the South China Sea, and the Sea of Japan. As China attempts to deescalate tensions … Continue reading Is War in Asia Just Around the Corner?
First the Golan Heights, now the South China Sea – The United States used to patrol this regularly to ensure “freedom of navigation” for all the nations who claim part (or all) of the sea and the islands within it. Now it is being reported that it has called its aircraft carriers home and left … Continue reading South China Sea: We Want the Problem, Now You Sort It Out
Since US President Donald Trump took office in January, both China and the US have kicked off a massive naval buildup, and both cite fears of the other’s increasing maritime military power as the reason. Are we to see another arms race between the rival powers? According to media reports, China is about to secure a massive … Continue reading Arms Race 2.0? US, China Ramp Up Fleets, Blame Each Other
The foreign-policy issues confronting the United States are vast and complex. They range from terror groups such Islamic State and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to Russia’s attempt at re-exerting its status as a major world power. One issue, competition to control the South China Sea, pits mainland China against its lesser rivals: Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei, … Continue reading Mitigating Risk of US-Beijing Conflict in South China Sea
Washington’s attempts to militarize the South China Sea and “tame the Chinese dragon” would see Beijing deploying weapons systems in the contested area, a state-run newspaper wrote in an op-ed addressed to the US military brass. The article comes on the heels of heightened tensions between the two world powers in the South China Sea, … Continue reading ‘South China Sea is not Caribbean’: Chinese Media Slams ‘Reckless’ US Behavior in Disputed Waters
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
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
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
It’s not a matter of “if” but “when” there is a serious confrontation between Messrs Trump and Xi over “access” to the South China Sea. The stakes could not be higher. As we enter the Year of the Rooster, a fierce debate rages over whether Donald Trump is trying to stake his claim as the … Continue reading Who’s Top Rooster in the South China Sea?