The global business elite flocked to China’s Boao forum last week and thrilled to the President’s promises of growth and prosperity. But as they flew home enraptured, they might not have noticed what their host did next.
But as the crowd flew home with those words ringing happily in their ears, Xi made a [...]
The Philippines alleged on Sunday that a Chinese vessel accidentally rammed a local fishing boat north of a disputed South China Sea shoal, killing one and leaving four others missing.
The fishing boat set out from the northern coastal town of Bolinao, in Pangasinan province, last Monday and was reported to have sunk two days [...]
The South China Sea’s more than 200 small islands, rocks, and coral reefs—only about three dozen of which are permanently above water—are the subject of fierce, arcane, and increasingly geostrategic territorial disputes. Brunei claims a southern reef of the Spratly Islands. Malaysia claims three islands in the Spratlys. The Philippines claims eight islands in the [...]
Zhu Lei, a property agent for the Serenity Coast luxury residential and hotel complex in Sanya on China’s Hainan island, recalls clients carrying suitcases of cash to shop for holiday apartments last year.
“We didn’t even have time for toilet breaks because there were just too many clients,” Zhu said. Today, sales in [...]
China‘s harassment of the civilian crewed U.S. Navy survey ship Impeccable operating in international waters approximately 70 miles south of Hainan Island was unprovoked and a flagrant violation of recognized Law of the Sea regulations. Their harassment of a survey ship operating in international waters within China’s claimed Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) [...]
“The change is in China’s attitude. This reflects the hardening line in Chinese foreign policy and the importance we attach to the strategic value of the South China Sea.”
Denny Roy, an expert on Asia-Pacific security at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, said the confrontation appeared intended to send a message to Washington.
As America and its allies focus their diplomatic energy on the Middle East and Afghanistan, China continues to alter the balance of power in East Asia with little fanfare and even less resistance. Consider recent revelations that China has built a massive new naval base in Sanya, on Hainan Island. The strategically located base, which [...]
NEW DELHI: The absence of nuclear-powered submarines armed with nuclear-tipped missiles has come back to haunt the Indian defence establishment, even though plans are afoot to test the China-specific Agni-III missile within this week.
Though tabs were being kept on China’s underground nuclear submarine base on the southern tip of the Hainan Island in South [...]
Experts attempting to understand the strategic aims behind China’s aggressive military expansion have generally focused on Taiwan. But a new naval base points at Beijing’s significant and growing interest in projecting power into waters far from the Taiwan Strait. China, in fact, is equipping itself to assert its longstanding and expansive territorial claims in the [...]
According to the 2007 edition of the Pentagon’s annual report on Chinese military power, China is developing a capability beyond regional war at a pace that both surprises and concerns U.S. officials, a capability that includes a new generation of ballistic missile submarines and the capability of a first-strike attack on our military satellites.