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The CIA sent a team of 4 operators on a spy mission targeting China. None came back.


As Tropical Storm Higos blew in from the Pacific, Stephen Stanek, a covert CIA operative, faced a decision. It was time to either cancel the operation he was running or go forward with it. The storm was barreling through the Philippines but was then projected to veer north and miss their area of operation. Stanek’s … Continue reading

‘Foreign Affairs’ warns against US-China decoupling


The influential journal Foreign Affairs 2020 Sept 16 came to my mailbox with these paragraphs: “… There is broad bipartisan support in Washington for taking a tougher approach to trade with China and reducing U.S. dependence on Chinese goods. But is it a good idea to try to sever the two countries’ economic ties? Henry … Continue reading

Chinese chipmaker denies military ties as US steps up feud


China’s leading maker of semiconductors has denied it has any links to the military following reports Washington is considering stepping up its feud with Beijing over technology and security by imposing export controls that could disrupt manufacturing for a national industrial champion. U.S. regulators are considering adding Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. to a list of … Continue reading

2025: End Game China – War a Certainity (Part 1)


DECEPTION A WAY OF LIFE IN CHINA China draws heavily from two famous historical military bluffs and Sun Tzu’s teachings, in its day-to-day life. The legendary stories revolve around Li Guang and his 100 horsemen (144 BC), and Zhuge Liang and the Empty City (228 AD).  The legend has it that Li Guang(nicknamed The Flying … Continue reading

Gold, Vaccine, and Chinese Renminbi/US Dollar


“Gold prices rose through and $10 above the $2000 per ounce level in London trade Tuesday (Aug 18), peaking $65 below early August’s record spike ($2,075 on Aug 7) …” “Silver meantime outpaced gold prices once more, rising back above $28 per ounce after breaching that level for the first time in over 7 years … Continue reading

US president’s ultimate challenge: stable relations with China


How to handle China and how to maintain America’s position ahead of its economic rival in the global pecking order is a major issue in the 2020 US presidential election. Both candidates – the incumbent Republican Donald Trump and the presumptive Democratic candidate Joe Biden – are united in their belief that whoever can bash … Continue reading

The US vs China: Who is in charge?


The dramatic evolution of the international order in the past few years has altered this pattern. Covid-19 has catalyzed the Chinese domination as a global superpower, bringing the nation in a face-off with ‘Uncle Sam.’ Continue reading

United States senator calls on China to repay $1.6 trillion of century-old debt


Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., introduced a resolution Thursday calling on China to repay U.S. bondholders more than $1.6 trillion of sovereign debt, including interest, that pre-dates the country’s Communist government. The measure is co-sponsored by Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and a House measure led by Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn., is forthcoming. Resolutions lack the force … Continue reading

China’s days as world’s factory are over, IPhone maker says


A key supplier to Apple Inc. and a dozen other tech giants plans to split its supply chain between the Chinese market and the U.S., declaring that China’s time as factory to the world is finished because of the trade war. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Chairman Young Liu said it’s gradually adding more capacity … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, August 10, 2020


China received two-and-a-half slaps in the face this week: financial sanctions against a few Chinese and Hong Kong leaders, who don’t have money in the US anyway, and the first formal diplomatic visit from America to Taiwan in over 40 years. To add “insultlett” to insults, the purported reason for the US visit was to … Continue reading

US will pay for companies to bring supply chains home from China


The Trump administration is willing to pay for U.S. companies to uproot their supply chains and bring them home from China, according to the president’s top economic adviser. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused supply chain disruptions and elevated concerns the U.S. has become too reliant on production in Asia, and specifically China, for goods and … Continue reading

China wields coronavirus to nationalise American-owned carmaker


China enticed an American entrepreneur with the opportunity of helping build a cutting-edge automobile company in the world’s largest car market, then used the uncertainty cast by COVID-19 to steal his intellectual property, the businessman says. Steve Saleen, founder of specialty high-performance sports car manufacturer Saleen Automotive, and his partner Charles Wang, a Chinese immigrant and former attorney … Continue reading

US picks a fight with China in South China Sea


In a clear and well-orchestrated escalation, the US State Department has effectively rejected nearly all of China’s claims and activities in the South China Sea, a law-based provocation that threatens to spike tensions in the already hotly contested maritime area. The statement comes soon after the US conducted its first dual aircraft carrier exercises in … Continue reading

COVID-19 and the new world order


On 1 July 2020, the first real-time conference in Europe past the early-spring lockdown took place at the Diplomatic Academy Vienna. This highly anticipated event, entitled From the Victory Day to Corona Disarray 75 years of Europe’s Collective Security and Human Rights System Legacy of antifascism for the common pan-European future, was organized by the … Continue reading

Gordon Chang compares China to 1930’s Japan, warns of very dangerous activities by Beijing against US


Author and China expert Gordon Chang warned on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.” Monday that the Beijing government has undertaken “very dangerous activities, especially against the U.S. Navy and the Air Force” in recent years. “When a militant power wants to kill in great numbers, it usually succeeds,” Chang told host Stuart Varney in reference to … Continue reading

Chinese fugitive taken into custody as US claims Houston consulate was a part of espionage network


Senior US government officials said Friday that a Chinese scientist who had been hiding in the country’s San Francisco consulate after accusations of visa fraud is now in US custody and also charged that Beijing has been using its diplomatic outposts to run an espionage network to steal intellectual property from US businesses, universities and … Continue reading

U.S. wants to build coalition to counter China’s ‘disgraceful’ menace


U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday the United States wants to build a global coalition to counter China as he accused Beijing of exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to further its own interests. U.S. President Donald Trump identifies China as the United States’ main rival, and has accused President Xi Jinping of taking … Continue reading

Deep in the Thucydides Trap, but US-China is far from a ‘hot’ war


The term ‘Thucydides Trap’ has become a hot topic after American political scientist Graham T. Allison published his book ‘Destined for War: Can America and China Escape the Thucydides Trap?’ in 2017. It suggests that a war is likely to happen when an emerging power, say, a ranked number 2 power (#2), threatens to displace … Continue reading

The cold war between U.S. and China just got a lot hotter


So, this is what life feels like “in the foothills of a new Cold War,” as Henry Kissinger has called it.Though perhaps the better metaphor would be “in the trenches,” for this week one could hear the steady din overhead from the escalating U.S.-Chinese conflict that will define our times. On Monday, Secretary of State … Continue reading

US considers travel ban on millions of Chinese Communist Party members


The US is reportedly considering imposing travel restrictions on Chinese Communist party members amid a deepening row, with president Donald Trump saying further sanctions were possible and Beijing vowing retaliation. A draft presidential proclamation would revoke visas for members of the Chinese Communist party as well as their families, according to the New York Times, … Continue reading

US allies once seemed cowed by China. Now they’re responding with rare coordination


Chinese President Xi Jinping surprised the world with a speech at Davos in 2017, defending free trade and joint action on climate change as then US president-elect Donald Trump argued for precisely the opposite. It might have been an overambitious pitch by Xi to position China as the world’s next leader, but it also seemed a genuine sign that Beijing … Continue reading

US rejects nearly all Chinese claims in South China Sea


The Trump administration escalated its actions against China on Monday by stepping squarely into one of the most sensitive regional issues dividing them and rejecting outright nearly all of Beijing’s significant maritime claims in the South China Sea. The administration presented the decision as an attempt to curb China’s increasing assertiveness in the region with … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, July 13, 2020


China and the US have shown their intentions to the world. The new “National Security Law”, passed and interpreted solely by the Chinese Communist Party, applies to the entire world. China made it illegal for Americans to support calls for change in Hong Kong. Germans wearing a Winnie-the-Pooh shirt could be guilty of a Chinese … Continue reading

Meet China’s Type 055: Beijing’s very own Zumwalt Stealth Destroyer?


The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy is preparing to deploy a new, stealthy, heavily armed high-tech class of Type 055 destroyer intended to offer sea attack, air defenses and wartime support to carriers to carriers and amphibs at war on the open ocean. Here’s What You Need To Remember: Commissioned earlier this year in January, … Continue reading

Trump is a bigot and a hypocrite, but he’s right to condemn China


Donald Trump taints everything he touches. If he supports a cause, he damages it. If he takes a stance, the instinct of most self-respecting liberals is to rush to the opposing side. So when Trump rails against China, a favourite bete noire, it can make a progressive pause. That’s especially true when the US president … Continue reading

FBI director says China’s economic espionage threatens free societies


America’s top law enforcement official is warning of the risks to free societies posed by the Chinese Communist Party’s espionage. This theft poses the greatest long-term threat to U.S. economic and national security, he says. In remarks to a Washington think tank July 7, FBI Director Christopher Wray detailed the CCP’s “expansive approach” to stealing information … Continue reading

U.S. operations in the South China Sea show that Washington is ‘not backing down’


The U.S. Navy exercise in the disputed South China Sea over the weekend was about “showing the flag” and sending a message to the region, an expert told CNBC this week. Two U.S. aircraft carriers conducted operations and exercises in the contested waters on the Fourth of July “in support of a free and open … Continue reading

The world is finally uniting against China’s bully tactics


Twenty Indian soldiers are murdered in a surprise cross-border attack by the People’s Liberation Army. A Philippine fishing boat is sunk in its own territorial waters by increasingly predatory Chinese ships. Peaceful pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong are beaten bloody by riot police on Beijing’s orders. Australia’s farmers and miners are hit with trade sanctions … Continue reading

President Trump has tools to pressure China. Will he use them?


Much of the focus on China in recent months has been over the coronavirus that originated there late last year. But that has hardly slowed Beijing’s assault on fundamental freedoms and human rights, from the brutal repression of the Uighurs to choking off Hong Kong’s limited autonomy. Congress has acted with admirable alacrity and unanimity … Continue reading

Trump’s national-security adviser says U.S. ‘has finally awoken to the threat’ posed by China


President Donald Trump’s national-security adviser warned China on Wednesday that the United States is waking up to the threat that the Chinese Communist Party poses “to our great way of life” and will act to check the spread of Beijing’s ideology. Robert O’Brien said his speech challenging China was the first of many planned for … Continue reading

White House adviser Navarro says China trade deal is ‘over’


White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said on Monday the trade deal with China is “over,” and he linked the breakdown in part to Washington’s anger over Beijing’s not sounding the alarm earlier about the coronavirus outbreak. “It’s over,” Navarro told Fox News in an interview when asked about the trade agreement. He said the … Continue reading

China’s global Navy eyeing sea control by 2030, superiority by 2049


I assess that the PLA Navy by 2030 will consist of a surface force of over 450 ships and a submarine force approaching 110 submarines, an almost 10% increase from my 2015 estimate. It may still be a low estimate. In June 2018, I stood aboard the fantail of the PLA Navy guided missile frigate … Continue reading

World War III has begun and we are unaware


Most of the Earthlings keep looking at the happenings in the Middle East, in horror. We assume, and many times are made to believe, that any time this conflict may spill over to the other regions of the world, making way for World War III. If we thought that the 21st-century World War would be … Continue reading

US military ban locks two Chinese universities out of popular software


Two Chinese universities with close ties to the military have been banned from using a US-developed computer software platform amid tensions between China and the United States over technology. The US Department of Commerce added the Harbin Institute of Technology and Harbin Engineering University to its “entity list” late last week, barring them from access … Continue reading

America and China: A possible post COVID-19 future


“Americans performed three very different policies on the People’s Republic: From a total negation (and the Mao-time mutual annihilation assurances), to Nixon’s sudden cohabitation. Finally, a Copernican-turn: the US spotted no real ideological differences between them and the post-Deng China. This signalled a ‘new opening’: West imagined China’s coastal areas as its own industrial suburbia. … Continue reading

How to avoid a China-led world order


As the COVID-19 crisis has unfolded, it has opened our eyes to China’s rapidly expanding role in the international order and global economy. Beijing’s outsize role in the World Health Organization has come under attack, as has the muscular diplomacy used by China’s foreign ministry in responding to criticism. Three decades of American global hegemony after the … Continue reading

China ‘needs to win over Europe’ after loss of trust and impact of US rivalry


When Washington imposed tariffs on Chinese imports to set off the US-China trade war in 2018, Beijing warned Europe not to “stab China in the back”, yet the continent has since criticised China on issues including trade, the coronavirus and its actions in Hong Kong. The Group of 7 has also been a focus of … Continue reading

MPs from eight countries form new global coalition to counter China


What does the chair of the Australian parliament’s Intelligence Committee have in common with a Greens MP, a former Japanese Defence Minister, and a former Liberal Canadian attorney-general? The answer is China. Today, a group of 19 MPs from eight countries and the European Parliament, representing a swathe of parties from right across the political … Continue reading

Policy beyond politics – The UN Security Council should urgently address Covid-19 (part 2)


Further to the points of view undersigned authors expressed nearly two months ago (see: https://www.neweurope.eu/article/the-un-security-council-should-urgently-address-covid-19/), it is to a deep regret that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) still misses to adopt the much-needed Council Resolution to address the COVID-19 (C-19) pandemic event. This paralysis is largely due to the tensions between two of its … Continue reading

What next after US sanctions China’s Hong Kong SAR?


Washington has been deadly sure to sanction China in certain way (Bloomberg May 26). While the COVID-19 pandemic may not be a sufficiently justified excuse, Beijing’s move to enact a national security law (Guardian May 28) for its Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HK) is more than welcome by President Trump and the ‘Deep State’. … Continue reading

Policy beyond politics – The UN Security Council should urgently address Covid-19


Further to the points of view undersigned authors expressed nearly two months ago (see: https://www.neweurope.eu/article/the-un-security-council-should-urgently-address-covid-19/), it is to a deep regret that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) still misses to adopt the much-needed Council Resolution to address the COVID-19 (C-19) pandemic event. This paralysis is largely due to the tensions between two of its … Continue reading

US, China sliding towards a lose-lose military conflict


Is the world sleepwalking into a new war, be it hot or cold? And is the virus the oil to lubricate and fuel the clash that is centered on China and the US, but impacts the world? Are countries playing a bizarre game of chicken where neither wants to step back for fear of losing … Continue reading

Obama’s man in China is now Beijing’s man in Washington


As the novel coronavirus wreaks havoc across the world, the Obama administration’s ambassador to China has found a second lease on life as a pro-China talking head on regime propaganda outlets. Former ambassador Max Baucus has given at least four different interviews to Chinese propaganda outlets in the last two weeks, repeatedly comparing the U.S. … Continue reading

China owes the US $1.6 trillion in century-old Chinese war bonds, and Trump wants them to pay up


As the Trump administration seeks ways to penalize China for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, it need look no further than Tennessee. The Lewisburg, Tennessee-based American Bondholder Foundation holds $1.6 trillion of century-old Chinese debt, including interest, dating to before the founding of the communist People’s Republic of China, that it wants the administration’s help … Continue reading

Chinese report warns coronavirus could lead to armed confrontation with US


Beijing faces a wave of anti-China sentiment led by the United States in the aftermath of the pandemic and needs to be prepared in a worst-case scenario for armed confrontation. An internal Chinese report warns that Beijing faces a rising wave of hostility in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that could tip relations with … Continue reading

China says it ‘expelled’ U.S. Navy vessel from South China Sea


China’s military said it “expelled” a U.S. navy vessel from the hotly contested waters of the South China Sea this week. It said the “USS Barry” had illegally entered China’s Xisha territorial waters on Tuesday. U.S. officials disputed the account. China’s Southern Theater army command “organized sea and air forces to track, monitor, verify, and … Continue reading

China’s self-reliance efforts to counter US tech war attack at Huawei


We still remember that China has made great efforts to make its own early warning airplanes after US banned Israel’s export of such plane to China. Due to such efforts, China is now able to make KJ-2000 and KJ-500 early warning and control planes comparable to not only Israel’s but also US best early warning … Continue reading

US intel believes China hid severity of coronavirus epidemic while stockpiling supplies


The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 243,000 people worldwide. Over 3.4 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much … Continue reading

Non-Permanent members lead the Security Council through COVID-19


Building up on the recent analysis of the IFIMES (International Institute of the Special Consultative status with the UN Eco-Soc) and its call for a formidable multilateral action; “The International Security Dimension of Covid-19 and the Pivotal role of the UN SC”, the founder and CEO of the London-based think-tank  furthers that argument, while explaining … Continue reading

The post-Corona epilogue of an overheated Sino-American relationship


We have a Winner; Will we have a Game-changer too? Americans performed three very different policies on the People’s Republic: From a total negation (and the Mao-time mutual annihilation assurances), to Nixon’s sudden cohabitation. Finally, a Copernican-turn: the US spotted no real ideological differences between them and the post-Deng China. This signalled a ‘new opening’: … Continue reading

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