Tag: China

Olive Branch: Washington Not Excluding China From US-led World Order

Washington is holding out the olive branch to Beijing, signaling that it does not want to exclude China from the US-led liberal-institutional world order, US defense expert Dave Majumdar writes.   Incredible as it may seem, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is now holding the olive branch to Beijing, insisting that Washington is committed to working with China despite tensions […]

China’s plan to cut meat consumption by 50% cheered by climate campaigners

The Chinese government has outlined a plan to reduce its citizens’ meat consumption by 50%, in a move that climate campaigners hope will provide major heft in the effort to avoid runaway global warming.   New dietary guidelines drawn up by China’s health ministry recommend that the nation’s 1.3 billion population should consume between 40g […]

Analysts disagree on rising tensions in South China Sea

The tensions in the South China Sea took a new twist last month when Washington and Hanoi forged closer military ties during US President Barack Obama’s three-day visit to Vietnam.   Obama’s decision to end a decades-old embargo on arms sales to Vietnam looks set to accelerate an already intense arms race in Southeast Asia […]

South Korea sends military boats to repel Chinese fishermen

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea sent military vessels to repel Chinese fishing boats that were illegally harvesting prized blue crabs near the disputed sea boundary between the Koreas before the fishermen retreated Friday, South Korean officials said.   Four naval and marine boats entered neutral waters around South Korea’s Ganghwa island to chase […]

Japan protests to China over ship in disputed waters

Japan has lodged a protest with the Chinese ambassador in Tokyo, after a Chinese ship sailed close to contested islands in the East China Sea. Japan administers the uninhabited Senkaku islands, which China also claims under the name Diaoyu islands. Russian naval ships were also spotted in the area at the same time, Japanese local […]

The US-China talks have shown just how strained the ‘G2’ relationship is

There is so much going on in the world these days it’s sometimes possible to focus on the ephemeral and the inconsequential rather than the long-term structural changes that are likely to shape the international system for decades.   The US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, inaugurated in 2009 by Barack Obama and Hu Jintao, is […]

China Accused of ‘Unsafe’ Intercept of U.S. Spy Plane

A Chinese fighter jet carried out an “unsafe” intercept of a U.S. spy plane on routine patrol on Tuesday in international airspace over the East China Sea, according to U.S. Pacific Command.   The incident came as China again demanded an end to U.S. surveillance flights.   The intercept involved two Chinese J-10 fighter planes […]

China Is Planning a Massive Sea Lab 10,000 Feet Underwater

China is speeding up efforts to design and build a manned deep-sea platform to help it hunt for minerals in the South China Sea, one that may also serve a military purpose in the disputed waters. Such an oceanic “space station” would be located as much as 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) below the surface, according […]

China: No fear of trouble over South China Sea

Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of general staff of the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army, addressed the tensions resulting from overlapping territorial claims in the South China Sea at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, an annual conference on security in the Asia-Pacific region.Chinese Admiral Sun Jianguo speaks at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Sunday.Sun […]

South China Sea fears grow before tribunal rules on disputed

Fears are growing that there will be a sharp rise in tensions in the South China Sea in the next few weeks after an international tribunal delivers a ruling on disputed islands and reefs that Beijing has said it will reject.   Western officials say they fear China will react to the ruling of the […]