Tensions in the South and East China Seas are high and likely to keep on rising for some time, driven by two powerful factors: power (in the form of sovereignty over and influence in the region) and money (from the rich mineral deposits that lurk beneath the disputed waters). Incidents, such as the outcry over [...]
“… In the East China Sea, China refuses to accept Japan’s administration of, or its claims to, islands that Japan calls the Senkaku and China calls the Diaoyu.”
The foreign minister comment, in my opinion, can mean only one thing – war. Soon China will wage war against Japan, and that also means against America.
China’s foreign minister has sounded a note of defiance to the country’s neighbors over rival territorial claims and says good relations with Washington depend on mutual respect.
Wang Yi told reporters at an annual news conference on Saturday that China wouldn’t bully smaller countries over territorial and maritime disputes. But he says Beijing also wouldn’t [...]
Hainan’s Party Chief confirms that authorities are confronting foreign fishing vessels in the South China Sea.
Luo Baoming’s remarks confirm that Sansha is being used as a base to drive foreign fishing boats away from waters claimed by China. The fishing boats in question most likely originate from Vietnam and the Philippines, as the [...]
U.S. Military decline hastens global instability
But he warns: “In the next 10 years, I expect the risk of interstate conflict in East Asia to rise, the vulnerability of our platforms and basing to increase, our technology edge to erode, instability to persist in the Middle East, and threats posed by violent extremist organizations to [...]
His presentation included the assessment that China’s navy (the PLAN) had broadened its operational role beyond simply carrying out a “Taiwan counter-intervention” strategy to now include training and preparations to conduct a “short, sharp war” with Japan over disputed territory in the East China Sea. A minor furor ensued, and Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John [...]
Military clashes between China and Japan cannot be ruled out and the People’s Liberation Army will fight back if provoked, a top Chinese official said today.
“At present we cannot completely rule out the possibility of clashes in East Asia, but it is not decided by China,” said Qian Lihua, a member of China’s top [...]
As China flexes its military might, with huge increases in defence spending and increasingly assertive patrols in disputed territories, Japan has compared the tensions to those between England and Germany before the First World War.
So far it has been a war of words.
However, historian Niall Ferguson has warned that US [...]
China has resisted coming into to negotiations with a sample draft, and from Indonesia’s proposal it’s not hard to see why. China’s navy routinely conducts exercises in disputed regions, and the Chinese Coast Guard also patrols the water as a way of asserting Chinese control. If a code of conduct would outlaw [...]
The Obama administration may have finally lost its patience with China’s salami-slicing in the East and South China Seas. Remarks over the past few weeks from administration officials show a tougher line and may foreshadow “red lines” to ward off further Chinese encroachments. These developments may show a White House increasingly ready to abandon a [...]