Tag: China

Chinese court issues ominous message about South China Sea

The days of nations jockeying for position in the resource-rich waters of the South China Sea aren’t even close to being over, despite last month’s historic legal decision rejecting China’s claim to the majority of the region.   On Tuesday, China’s top court said there was a “clear legal basis for China to safeguard maritime order, marine safety and […]

Mischief Reef in South China Sea

Perhaps the most significant portion of the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s July 12 500-page unanimous ruling on the South China Sea is the decision on Mischief Reef.   According to the ruling, the reef and everything on it legally belongs to the Philippines. This is in spite of China’s reclamation of approximately 5,580,000 square meters of land, and the construction […]

China, Russia to Hold Joint Drills in Disputed South China Sea

China and Russia will hold “routine” naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, Beijing’s Defense Ministry said Thursday.   The exercises come at a time of heightened tension in the contested waters after an arbitration court in The Hague ruled this month that China did not have historic rights to the South China […]

John Kerry to press for diplomatic solution to South China Sea tensions

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, will urge south-east Asian countries in meetings in Laos next week to explore diplomatic ways to ease tensions with China over the South China Sea, following an international court ruling denying China’s claims.   Kerry travels to Laos’s capital, Vientiane, on Monday for meetings of foreign ministers from […]

Meet the US’s answer to China’s ‘carrier killer’ missile

The US Navy just named the first carrier-based Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) the MQ-25A Stingray.   The Navy has been pursuing a carrier-based drone since 2006 — first as a long-range stealthy bomber, then as a surveillance and strike craft, and finally as a flying tanker. Though air-to-air refueling is hardly a breakthrough, having a carrier-based […]

China to shut churches in G20 host city on safety grounds

Chinese authorities have reportedly ordered the closure of churches in the eastern city hosting the G20 summit later this year to “create a safe environment” for world leaders when they meet.   Heads of state will fly into Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, in early September for the two-day meeting hosted by the Chinese […]

South China Sea dispute: Philippines says China has warned of ‘confrontation’

The Philippines has turned down a Chinese proposal to start bilateral talks, its foreign minister said on Tuesday, because of Beijing’s pre-condition of not discussing a court ruling that nullified most of its South China Sea claims.   Perfecto Yasay said he had met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of a summit […]

South China Sea: Chinese admiral warns of ‘disastrous’ consequences

China has again warned its adversaries to keep away from the South China Sea dispute, saying it could be disastrous if the navy of any foreign country carries out secret patrolling of the sea. A senior Chinese admiral said some countries have overestimated the importance of the freedom of navigation issue and added that it […]

War Is Coming and the Global Financial Situation Is a Lot Worse Than You May Think

On the surface, things seem pretty quiet in mid-July 2016. The biggest news stories are about the speculation surrounding Donald Trump’s choice of running mate, the stock market in the U.S. keeps setting new all-time record highs, and the media seems completely obsessed with Taylor Swift’s love life. But underneath the surface, it is a very different […]

Here’s what’s next for China in the South China Sea

The International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea has ruled on the case that the Philippines brought in 2013, challenging China’s claims and behavior in the South China Sea. International lawyers and the policy commentariat has judged the ruling as a sweeping victory for the Philippines and a significant loss for China, which refused to […]