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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, May 16, 2016


China and the US rattled sabers over Taiwan. Arguably, they smacked sheathed sabers. A US Navy ship, USS William P. Lawrence, sailed past one of China’s military-stocked man-made islands with two Chinese jet escorts chasing it away. Chinese and Washington generals want to increase freedom of navigation and communication. Washington wants Taiwan to spend more … Continue reading

US should arm Vietnam to counter China


Almost 40 years after their war, the U.S. and Vietnam have long since stopped being enemies. Trade between them has grown to more than $20 billion. Yet one major obstacle to a full rapprochement remains: the U.S. embargo on lethal weapons sales to its former adversary. This should be removed. Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, September 22


When Ma stepped on board Taiwan’s frigate and smiled for the camera, he wasn’t smiling for the Taiwanese, he was smiling for Washington. Beijing has harboured too much friendliness with the KMT Nationalists and not enough with Taiwan’s DPP. Washington’s comments last week about supporting the KMT in 2016 will change that to shape both … Continue reading

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi chides John Kerry for arriving late for talks


US Secretary of State John Kerry was ticked off by his Chinese counterpart today after he arrived late for talks between the superpowers as Washington attempts to cool regional maritime tensions. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pointedly remarked that he had been waiting “for more than half an hour” in comments through an interpreter after … Continue reading

U.S. accuses China of cyber spying on American companies


A U.S. grand jury has indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of hacking into American companies for information on nuclear plant design, solar manufacturing and other secrets in the toughest action taken by Washington to address cyber spying. China denied the charges, saying they were “made up” and would damage trust between the two … Continue reading

Analysis: Taiwan President Ma may have sold US military tech


In an analysis of publicly-known events, there may be an explanation for the US Military being years late on the Air Defense upgrades of Taiwan‘s Air Force. The decision was made in 2011 when Taiwan’s Air Force could have been doubled for arguably less money. Rather than keeping the older F-16 A/B jets and doubling Taiwan’s Air Force … Continue reading

Chinese spies attending US universities, says expelled Peking University professor


A prominent Beijing scholar who recently fled to the United States has warned that China was sending “spies” to American universities, and urged US institutions to tread carefully on academic co-operation. Xia Yeliang is one of the original signatories of Charter 08, a petition for reform whose Nobel Prize-winning lead author Liu Xiaobo is in … Continue reading

China claims Japan is secretly developing nuclear weapons


Asia Weekly, a Hong Kong-based news outlet (Chinese controlled), is reporting that Japan is secretly developing a nuclear weapons program in response to increasing hostilities with China over the East China Sea dispute. According to the report, paraphrased by the Want China Times, “With the capability to build at least 2,000 nuclear warheads, Japan has recently … Continue reading

Australian government sees Asia as priority over US


Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey has expressed doubts the world has seen the last of the US debt impasse as he urged the United States to get its house in order and signalled a renewed focus on opening more markets in Asia as a response to ongoing instability. In an interview with Fairfax Media, Mr Hockey … Continue reading

China got into bed with the U.S. Treasury and can’t get out


The Chinese sure are doing a lot of worrying these days about the stalemate in Washington. Li Keqiang, China’s Premier, told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that he was watching the tussle over raising the government’s debt ceilingwith “great attention” in a meeting last week. He has good reason to be concerned. With a stash of nearly $1.3 … Continue reading

China-US dialogue: China’s unrequited love again?


In my post South China Disputes: Encirclement of China, I described China’s unrequited love. I said that in spite of China’s efforts and sacrifice in the case of Libya (where it has suffered huge loss due to support for US policy), the US has neglected China’s courting and started to encircle China. China began to seek … Continue reading

The cultures of North Korea and China: conflict escalation explained


What’s with the rhetoric, fist pounding, and war-drumming? North Korea has a long history of making threats whenever they need food. In the past, war-talk resulted in lots of food and supplies being sent to North Korea a short time after. Maybe there were talks somewhere in that process, maybe not. But the West kowtowed … Continue reading

North Korea’s nuclear test a dilemma to the new Chinese leadership


After every illicit nuclear or missile test by North Korea, China comes under criticism from the international community for doing very little to rein in its defiant neighbour and ally. But Chinese President Hu Jintao‘s administration skilfully wriggles out of the embarrassing situations. It scolds Pyongyang but skips out of any deal that imposes strict … Continue reading

China: What would it take?


A friend recently asked me, “Hypothetically, what would it take to tip the tables, break the silence, and move from military escalation in East Asia into either war or peace?” It was actually quite an easy question to answer. The same event could push the tide either way, though there’s no way of knowing in … Continue reading

China breaches and abuses WTO rules, USA says


Washington has issued a blistering attack on China for persistent breaches of world trade rules and abuse of industrial secrets, accusing Beijing of failing to abide by treaty obligations. China is still flouting World Trade Organisation rules 11 years after it first joined, misusing the complaints machinery for tit-for-tat retaliation, said US Trade Repesentative Ron … Continue reading

China accuses Pentagon of undermining ties with Taiwan


China’s Defence Ministry has accused the Pentagon of hyping Chinese military power and its threat to Taiwan in a depiction that will ultimately undermine ties between the two militaries. The annual Pentagon report to Congress on China’s military always draws strenuous objections from Beijing. This year’s report — which outlined a Chinese military modernisation effort … Continue reading

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