Tag: China

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 […]

‘Tit-for-tat’ response if US or Japan put military or political pressure over South China Sea

The Chinese people will “firmly support” their government if it launches a “tit-for-tat” response, should the US and Japan use The Hague’s decision that China has no legal right to the South China Sea to pressure Beijing, an influential state-run newspaper has said.   In its editorial published on 12 July, Global Times said: “We […]

Taiwan, After Rejecting South China Sea Decision, Sends Patrol Ship

HONG KONG — Taiwan is an often-overlooked player in the debate over control of the South China Sea, where its emphasis on multilateral negotiations tends to be drowned out by the bold claims of China, which considers Taiwan part of its territory and tries to limit its voice in world affairs.   But after an […]

South China Sea: Tribunal backs case against China brought by Philippines

An international tribunal has ruled against Chinese claims to rights in the South China Sea, backing a case brought by the Philippines. The Permanent Court of Arbitration said there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or resources. China called the ruling “ill-founded” and says it will not be […]

The ‘nine-dash line’ at the heart of the South China Sea conflict

At the heart of the South China Sea dispute is the “nine-dash line”, Beijing’s claim that encircles as much as 90 per cent of the ­contested waters.   The line runs as far as 2,000km from the Chinese mainland to within a few hundred kilometres of the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam.   Beijing maintains it […]

South China Sea dispute: Are they islands, rocks or reefs?

On Tuesday a tribunal in the Hague will deliver an eagerly awaited legal ruling on the South China Sea. Five judges will rule on the status of several contested areas, and they could deliver a blow to China’s claim to sovereignty over the entire South China Sea. The tribunal can’t decide who owns what – […]