China

Forty thousand workers strike at shoe manufacturer in southern China

By Joseph Santolan, 19 April 2014

The Yue Yuen strike is described by China Labor Watch as “likely one of the largest Chinese worker strikes in recent history.”

Australian PM pushes for free trade deal with China

By Peter Symonds, 15 April 2014

The trip was generally praised in the Australian media, simply because Abbott managed to avoid any diplomatic rows with Beijing.

US defence secretary’s provocative tour of Asia

By Peter Symonds, 12 April 2014

Hagel’s trip has been an emphatic declaration that the US will not back away from its “pivot to Asia” against China, even as its confrontation with Russia over Ukraine intensifies.

US defence secretary clashes with Chinese counterpart

By Peter Symonds, 9 April 2014

The public display of hostility is another warning of the dangerous tensions that the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia” has provoked throughout the region.

Growing danger of Chinese credit collapse

By Nick Beams, 4 April 2014

China experienced an expansion of credit unprecedented in world economic history—equivalent to the size of the entire US banking system.

Chinese President Xi Jinping visits France

By Kumaran Ira, 2 April 2014

Despite the massive trade deals signed between China and France, relations between the two countries are dominated by rising geo-strategic tensions.

More signs of a weakening Chinese economy

By Nick Beams, 25 March 2014

The fall in a key manufacturing index points to a continuing slowdown in China.

Edward Snowden exposes NSA spying against Chinese telecom firm Huawei

By Tom Carter, 24 March 2014

The NSA has been doing to the Huawei telecommunications firm exactly what the US government has routinely accused the Chinese company of doing.

Provocative remarks by US Pacific fleet commander fuel disputes with China

By Nick Beams, 21 March 2014

A senior US admiral invokes the Crimea crisis to accuse China of expansionism.

Chinese real estate developer on brink of collapse

By Nick Beams, 20 March 2014

Concerns about the property market point to wider problems in China’s economy and financial system.

Concerns mount over Chinese growth and financial stability

By Nick Beams, 17 March 2014

Is the Chinese financial system heading for a “Lehman moment”—the equivalent of the US investment bank failure that triggered the 2008 global financial crisis?

Iron ore price slump points to mounting Chinese economic problems

By Nick Beams, 12 March 2014

A sharp drop in the price of iron ore this week cast a shadow over global financial markets amid concerns about the state of the Chinese economy.

China: IBM workers strike against sale of business to Lenovo

By Tom Peters, 7 March 2014

Workers at IBM-owned factory in Shenzhen fear that the new owner will reduce wages and conditions and cut staff.

China treads cautiously after pro-US coup in Ukraine

By James Cogan, 5 March 2014

The response of China to the US- and European Union-backed coup in Ukraine, and Russia’s subsequent intervention to maintain control over the Crimean peninsula, is being closely monitored by political leaders and strategic analysts around the world. Any decision by Beijing to openly support Moscow’s actions would dramatically escalate the global tensions that now exist.

China: Uighur separatists blamed for railway station killings

By Peter Symonds, 4 March 2014

Attackers armed with long knives killed 29 travellers and employees at Kunming railway station in southwestern China.

US and Japanese troops train for war against China

By Peter Symonds, 28 February 2014

US imperialism, following its wars of aggression in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, is preparing for a new and more terrible conflict against China.

Australian government eyes purchase of Triton drone aircraft

By James Cogan, 25 February 2014

Triton drones would vastly expand the area of the Indian and Pacific Oceans under surveillance by the Australian military.

Another US provocation: Obama meets the Dalai Lama

By Peter Symonds, 24 February 2014

The meeting was designed to reinforce US support for the Tibetan government-in-exile and the threat to China of Tibetan separatism.

UN report on North Korea targets both Pyongyang and Beijing

By Peter Symonds, 18 February 2014

The UN’s catalogue of horrors is designed to stampede public opinion behind stepped-up US provocations against Pyongyang and intensify the pressure on China.

Kerry’s Asian trip and the build-up to war with China

By Peter Symonds, 17 February 2014

Having deliberately inflamed dangerous flashpoints in Asia, the US is seeking to press home its advantage, regardless of the consequences.

US secretary of state’s new round of bullying in Beijing

By Peter Symonds, 15 February 2014

Having deliberately inflamed dangerous flashpoints in the region as part of its “pivot to Asia”, Washington is making provocative new demands on Beijing.

Chinese navy conducts exercises in east Indian Ocean

By Peter Symonds, 14 February 2014

Australian reportage of the event makes clear that the Chinese naval presence was regarded as an unwelcome intrusion.

US analysts debate plans for war against China

By James Cogan, 10 February 2014

The issue being debated is not whether the US should be planning a war on China, but the methods to be used.

US disputes China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 8 February 2014

The move by the US State Department to challenge Beijing’s maritime territorial claim constitutes an escalation of Washington’s campaign against China.

Philippine President Aquino compares China to Nazi Germany

By Joseph Santolan, 6 February 2014

The Philippine president denounced China’s role in the South China Sea as akin to Hitler’s annexation of Czechoslovakia.

Trust bailout highlights massive growth of China’s “shadow banking”

By Oliver Campbell, 6 February 2014

The bailout of a Chinese trust fund could be the prelude to a financial crisis that would have international ramifications.

US warns China over air defence zone

By Peter Symonds, 4 February 2014

The Obama administration has seized on an insubstantial Asahi Shimbun article to stir up tensions with China over the South China Sea.

Report exposes Chinese elite’s offshore tax havens

By Oliver Campbell, 30 January 2014

The consignment of riches to the British Virgin Islands provides a glimpse into the extraordinary growth of social inequality in China.

Japanese PM strengthens economic-strategic ties with India

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 January 2014

Both Japan and India are concerned to counter the growth of China’s economic and strategic influence in Asia.

Chinese Internet shutdown linked to right-wing groups, US shell corporations

By Kevin Reed, 28 January 2014

The Internet in China was rendered virtually inoperable for eight hours last Tuesday.

Chinese economic growth slows

By Nick Beams, 21 January 2014

China’s falling growth rate could be the start of a long-term trend.

Japanese PM’s aggressive diplomatic push in Africa

By John Watanabe, 16 January 2014

The trip was aimed at expanding Japanese influence in Africa and curbing China’s presence in this strategically vital region.

Brazil’s Petrobrás sells off Peruvian stake to China

By César Uco, 15 January 2014

Petrobrás, the government-run oil company, is selling off international assets to finance its investments in offshore oil.

US inflames row with China over fisheries regulations

By Peter Symonds, 13 January 2014

The Obama administration is exploiting the South China Sea disputes to drive a wedge between China and its neighbours.

Japan scrambles fighters amid escalating tensions with China

By Peter Symonds, 8 January 2014

In the midst of the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute with China, the Japanese government announced that it was registering another 280 remote islands as state property.

Chinese economic conference warns of downturn

By John Chan, 24 December 2013

China’s industries confront serious overcapacity, and huge local government debts threaten financial stability.

Chinese security circles debate growing US war threat

By John Chan, 19 December 2013

A forum in Beijing exposed divisions over how to respond to the US military build-up against China.

Former Chinese security chief under house arrest

By John Chan, 18 December 2013

Zhou Yongkang, a former member of the powerful Politburo Standing Committee, is under investigation for corruption.

Top Indian official declares relationship with China “adversarial”

By K. Ratnayake, 18 December 2013

National Security Board chairman Shyam Saran’s remarks point to a growing discussion in Indian ruling circles about closer defence ties with Japan and the US.

US and Chinese naval vessels in near-collision

By Tom Peters, 17 December 2013

While a clash was avoided, the incident is another warning of the dangers war posed by rising tensions in East Asia.

Washington escalates phony “human rights” campaign against China

By Tom Peters, 12 December 2013

The Obama administration’s denunciations of China have nothing to do with defending democratic rights but are intended to camouflage US preparations for war.

Japan steps up campaign against Chinese air defence zone

By Peter Symonds, 10 December 2013

The Japanese government is intensifying the pressure on China by soliciting support in South East Asia to oppose Beijing’s ADIZ and convene an international meeting on the issue.

South Korea declares air defence zone

By Peter Symonds, 9 December 2013

Tensions continue to flare between US allies—Australia, Japan and South Korea—and China over disputed air defence zones in North East Asia.

China’s neo-Maoists hail North Korea’s nuclear program

By John Chan, 9 December 2013

China’s leading neo-Maoist web site Utopia falsely proclaimed the bankrupt North Korean regime as a “bastion against imperialism.”

New Zealand calls for “constructive dialogue” on Chinese air defence zone

By Tom Peters, 7 December 2013

The government’s response reflects the dilemma facing the ruling class as it seeks to balance between its chief trading partner, China, and its longstanding ally, the US.

Biden lectures Chinese leaders on “human rights”

By John Chan, 6 December 2013

Biden’s hypocritical invocation of “human rights” will only compound the tensions between the US and China over the latter’s air defence zone in the East China Sea.

As tensions in Asia mount, danger of world war emerges

By Nick Beams, 6 December 2013

With the centenary of the outbreak of World War I approaching, the prospect of a third world war is increasingly being raised in the establishment media.

Biden-Xi meeting fails to resolve East China Sea crisis

By John Chan and Peter Symonds, 5 December 2013

High tensions over the Chinese air defence identification zone in the East China Sea continue after yesterday’s meeting between the US vice-president and Chinese president produced no agreement.

US vice president backs Japan over China’s air defence zone

By Peter Symonds, 4 December 2013

The US seized on the Chinese ADIZ to strengthen its alliances with Japan and South Korea, as part of its “pivot” to Asia.

US vice-president to lay down law to China

By Peter Symonds, 3 December 2013

The prime responsibility for last week’s flare-up of tensions in the East China Sea lies with Obama’s “pivot to Asia” aimed at undermining China economically and militarily.

US vice-president begins Asian tour as tensions with China continue

By John Chan, 2 December 2013

China’s declaration of an air defence zone will top the agenda during Biden’s trip to Japan, China and South Korea.

Tensions escalate over Chinese air defence zone

By John Chan, 29 November 2013

Miscalculations in the current situation could quickly lead to a clash involving Chinese warplanes with those from Japan, the US or South Korea.

Chinese officials downplay stand-off with US in East China Sea

By John Chan, 28 November 2013

Chinese officials said there should not be a “fuss” after Washington flew B-52 bombers into an air defence zone China established in the East China Sea.

US sends B-52s to China’s air defence zone

By John Chan, 27 November 2013

Far from being a “routine” flight, the B-52 mission was a risky challenge to China that threatened to trigger a military clash.

Heightened tensions over China’s air defence zone

By John Chan, 26 November 2013

Beijing’s creation of a new zone in the East China Sea is a response to Washington’s “pivot to Asia” and Japan’s rearmament.

China announces “air defence identification zone” in East China Sea

By John Chan, 25 November 2013

The Obama administration criticised the Chinese air defence zone and reiterated that the US-Japan Security Treaty will apply if war breaks out between China and Japan over the disputed Senkaku islands.

China releases sweeping market reform blueprint

By John Chan, 23 November 2013

Global financial markets have responded with enthusiasm to the 60-point agenda that will open up lucrative business opportunities.

American think tank envisages blockading China with missiles

By Mark Church, 23 November 2013

The Rand Corporation report points again to the advanced preparations for war as part of the US pivot to Asia.

China creates new National Security Committee

By John Chan, 20 November 2013

The body will bring China’s military, intelligence, public security, and foreign policy agencies under President Xi Jinping’s direct control.

Chinese Communist Party unveils pro-market “Reform 2.0”

By John Chan, 13 November 2013

There will be further privatisations and millions more jobs lost, while divisions remain in the top party leadership over the future of the largest state firms.

Chinese Communist Party plenum to unveil “free market” blueprint

By John Chan, 8 November 2013

Beijing is desperately seeking to lift economic growth, presently 7.5 percent a year, by boosting foreign investment.

China and Japan hold rival military exercises

By John Chan, 6 November 2013

Massive exercises, staged not far from the disputed Diaoyu/Senkakus islands, have become the focal point for a war of words between Tokyo and Beijing.

Chinese court rejects Bo Xilai’s appeal

By Peter Symonds, 28 October 2013

The trial of the CCP Politburo member was bound up with sharp differences within the state bureaucracy over economic policy.

Chinese premier visits Vietnam

By John Roberts, 28 October 2013

The trip was part of a diplomatic offensive by the Chinese leadership in South East Asia aimed at countering the US “pivot to Asia.”

US stages show of naval force in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 26 October 2013

The presence of an aircraft carrier battle group was designed to shore up the US diplomatic position in Asia after Obama’s no-show at key regional summit meetings.

Taiwan’s ruling party mired in political crisis

By John Chan, 16 October 2013

Underlying the political infighting is Taiwan’s deteriorating economy and differences over the Cross-Strait Services Trade Agreement with China.

US-China tensions flare over South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 11 October 2013

The Chinese premier and US secretary of state traded verbal blows over the South China Sea at yesterday’s East Asia Summit.

US-Japan talks escalate war preparations against China

By Peter Symonds, 5 October 2013

The talks announced deployments of hi-tech US weaponry to Japan and a green light for Japanese remilitarisation, in the framework of “a more robust alliance”.

Staggering growth of billionaires in China

By John Watanabe, 3 October 2013

The staggering growth in the worth of these ultra-wealthy individuals testifies to the widening social gulf between rich and poor.

China protests British and US interference in Hong Kong

By John Chan, 28 September 2013

Britain and the US are provocatively exploiting the issue of democratic rights in the territory to exert pressure on China.

China: Ex-CCP Politburo member Bo Xilai given life sentence

By John Chan, 24 September 2013

Bo was given a life sentence for accepting millions of dollars of bribes from two businessmen.

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation warns against US-led war on Syria

By John Chan, 19 September 2013

The Russian- and Chinese-led summit reflects mounting geo-political tensions with the US, first and foremost over Syria and Iran.

Sino-Japanese tensions flare over disputed islands

By John Chan, 16 September 2013

Both Japan and China engaged in risky military manoeuvres on the anniversary of Tokyo’s nationalisation of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.

Volkswagen opens plant in Chinese province of Xinjiang

By Philipp Frisch, 16 September 2013

Concern is mounting in Germany about Volkswagen's over-reliance on the Chinese car market.

China’s former security chief under investigation

By John Chan, 11 September 2013

The decision to target Zhou Yongkang is bound up with the new stage of pro-market restructuring being pushed through by the Chinese leadership.

China warns against a repeat of the Iraq war in Syria

By John Chan, 31 August 2013

While Beijing has officially called for caution, sections of the Chinese media are calling for active opposition to a US war on Syria.

Bo Xilai denies corruption charges

By John Chan, 27 August 2013

The state media sought to portray the trial as an example of China’s “rule of law,” rather than a political prosecution against a major factional figure.

China: Bo Xilai trial signals new wave of market “reform”

By John Chan, 22 August 2013

Fearing public discussion about the corrupt character of the entire “red” aristocracy, the CCP has kept the scale of the charges against Bo relatively small.

Chinese security analyst questions “no first use” nuclear policy

By John Chan, 15 August 2013

In response to a growing US military threat, Professor Shen Dingli argued that China should not rule out a first nuclear strike.

No maritime agreement at ASEAN meeting

By John Chan, 8 August 2013

China is resisting US pressure for a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.

China to audit government debt “black hole”

By John Chan, 6 August 2013

As a result of Beijing’s 2008 stimulus package, unsustainable local government debts could destabilise the world’s second largest economy.

The revival of Japanese militarism

By Peter Symonds, 3 August 2013

Japanese militarism has been deliberately encouraged by the Obama administration as part of its “pivot to Asia”, aimed at encircling China militarily.

Japan scrambles fighters against Chinese plane in East China Sea

By John Chan, 26 July 2013

Japan scrambled fighter jets on Wednesday after a Chinese military aircraft flew between the main island of Okinawa Prefecture and Miyako Island, south of Japan.

IMF warns of growing risks to China’s financial system

By John Chan, 25 July 2013

The IMF pointed to the widely-cited fears over China’s total loan issuance.

US-China dialogue in shambles

By John Chan, 20 July 2013

Despite China’s concessions on economic issues, the talks descended into disagreement.

China and Russia hold naval exercise in Sea of Japan

By Ben McGrath, 16 July 2013

Naval drills between China and Russia, monitored by nearby US and Japan aircraft, highlight the growing tensions in North East Asia.

Tighter Chinese credit policy threatens financial instability

By John Chan, 11 July 2013

Economists estimate that the cut in credit will be equivalent to the size of the Vietnamese economy, further slowing growth.

South Korean president conducts “charm offensive” in China

By Ben McGrath, 3 July 2013

The South Korean and Chinese presidents discussed North Korea’s nuclear programs as well as boosting economic relations.

Chinese workers detain US businessman for a week

By Oliver Campbell, 29 June 2013

The incident provides a glimpse into the social tensions being generated by the slowdown of the Chinese economy.

US-China tensions flare over Snowden’s revelations

By John Chan, 27 June 2013

The anger in Beijing over the security implications of NSA hacking has been compounded by US threats following Snowden’s departure from Hong Kong.

Credit crunch hits China

By John Chan, 22 June 2013

The dramatic credit tightening in China since early June points to an emerging financial crisis with global implications.

China uses NSA revelations to highlight US hypocrisy on cyber security

By John Chan, 20 June 2013

Beijing will quickly dump Edward Snowden if his presence in Hong Kong begins to threaten China’s own police-state measures.

Edward Snowden reveals US computer hacking aimed at China

By John Chan, 14 June 2013

Former CIA employee Edward Snowden has revealed that the US has been hacking targets within Hong Kong and China.

Relatives protest over Chinese poultry factory fire deaths

By John Chan, 11 June 2013

In response to rising public anger over workers’ deaths, the Chinese authorities are implementing “Weiwen” (“maintain stability”) measures to silence protests.

China’s president visits Mexico and Central America seeking economic ties

By Don Knowland, 10 June 2013

Chinese President Xi arrived following a similar tour by US Vice President Joseph Biden.

Chinese president appeals to Obama for “new type of great power relations”

By John Chan, 10 June 2013

Xi Jinping tried to reassure Washington that China has no intention of challenging US global dominance.

US, Chinese presidents hold two-day discussion in California

By Joseph Santolan, 8 June 2013

Washington is ratcheting up the pressure on Beijing, demanding significant economic and geo-strategic concessions‎.

Chinese strategic review warns of “big power competition” in Asia-Pacific

By John Chan, 6 June 2013

A new Chinese military think tank points to the “uncertainty” of China’s strategic environment in the face of the aggressive US “pivot” to Asia.

Global capitalist crisis drives China’s pro-market reform

By John Chan, 5 June 2013

The third round of “market reform” will drive the Chinese regime into an explosive confrontation with the Chinese working class.

Chinese poultry slaughterhouse fire kills more than 100 workers

By Mike Head, 4 June 2013

More than 300 workers were inside the Baoyuan plant in northeastern China when the fire broke out.