China

Chinese president visits Sri Lanka to strengthen strategic ties

By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 September 2014

President Xi’s South Asian tour is an attempt to counter aggressive moves by the US and Japan to line up countries in the region behind the US “pivot” against China.

Malaysia offers its military facilities for US spy planes

By Peter Symonds, 16 September 2014

If US military aircraft do begin to operate from Malaysia, the move would mark a significant shift by Kuala Lumpur toward Washington.

Hong Kong protests denounce Beijing’s anti-democratic plans

By Ben McGrath, 3 September 2014

While granting “one person, one vote,” Beijing will retain effective control of the 2017 election for Hong Kong’s chief executive by closely vetting candidates.

Fears of “a new cold war” and conflict in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 26 August 2014

The increasingly volatile situation in Asia is provoking a degree of nervousness in Washington, including among those directly responsible for creating it.

Australia: Clive Palmer advised on the civil way to demonise China

By James Cogan, 25 August 2014

For all the sound and fury against Palmer, the reality is that the US-led pivot has, from the beginning, been justified by falsely denouncing China as a danger.

US condemns China over close aerial encounter

By Peter Symonds, 23 August 2014

The Chinese intercept of a US spy plane took place 200 kilometres from Hainan Island, home to sensitive Chinese air and naval bases.

Philippine Supreme Court controversy: A revealing glimpse into Washington’s machinations

By Joseph Santolan, 22 August 2014

The entire Jardeleza affair reveals the colonial-level control which Washington exercises over Philippine politics, over Manila’s legal case against China in particular.

Major dip in China’s property market

By Nick Beams, 20 August 2014

If the fall in Chinese house prices continues, it will have a major impact on the financial system and the broader economy.

Australian mining magnate’s outburst against “Chinese mongrels”

By Peter Symonds, 20 August 2014

Palmer was declaring openly and crassly what is being discussed behind closed doors as part of the preparations for war against China.

US war drive in Asia continues apace

By Peter Symonds, 16 August 2014

Even as the US engages in provocations against Russia and in the Middle East, the Obama administration is proceeding with its “pivot to Asia” against China.

New Zealand opposition parties campaign on anti-Chinese xenophobia

By Tom Peters, 16 August 2014

Labour and other opposition parties are campaigning against Chinese land purchases to divert attention from pressing social issues and to align with the US war drive against China.

Signs of serious problems in Chinese and Japanese economies

By Nick Beams, 15 August 2014

The sharp slowdown in credit expansion in China and the contraction in Japan will impact on the world economy.

Earthquake in southern China leaves nearly 400 dead

By Ben McGrath, 5 August 2014

Eyewitnesses described the scenes as resembling a battlefield after bombardment.

Deadly auto parts plant explosion in China

By Ben McGrath, 4 August 2014

A blast at an aluminum plant in eastern China on Saturday morning has left 71 dead and nearly 200 injured.

Influential Washington think tank pushes US war drive in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 2 August 2014

The worsening tensions in the South China Sea have been fueled at every turn by Washington, with the CSIS think tank playing a leading role.

China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang investigated for corruption

By Joseph Santolan, 30 July 2014

Zhou, an ex-member of the Politburo Standing Committee, China’s top leadership body, is the highest-ranking official ever to be brought up on corruption charges.

BRICS bank decision highlights growing divisions among major powers

By Nick Beams, 19 July 2014

The move by the BRICS summit to set up a development bank and emergency fund reflects dissatisfaction with US dominance of the global financial system.

Chinese president seeks closer ties with South Korea

By Ben McGrath, 9 July 2014

The developing relationship between China and South Korea has led to questions about Seoul’s relations with Washington.

German chancellor makes her seventh visit to China

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 July 2014

As on previous visits, the chancellor was accompanied by a business delegation.

Socialism and the Fight Against Imperialist War

Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International

3 July 2014

One hundred years after the outbreak of World War I and 75 years after the start of World War II, the imperialist system is once again threatening humanity with a catastrophe.

UK’s People’s Assembly stages anti-austerity protest

By Paul Mitchell, 24 June 2014

The purpose of the People’s Assembly protest was to sow illusions in the trade unions, which have not lifted a finger to fight austerity.

China’s premier signs major trade deals with Greece

By John Vassilopoulos, 24 June 2014

A total of 271 private meetings were held between the Greek delegation and Chinese investors.

China-Vietnam talks fail to end tensions over oil rig

By Ben McGrath, 24 June 2014

As part of its “pivot to Asia,” the US has deliberately stoked territorial disputes between China and its neighbours, including Vietnam.

China seeks to woo India’s new right-wing government

By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 June 2014

Beijing is trying to counter US and Japanese attempts to draw India more tightly into their campaign to isolate and militarily encircle China.

Washington drives escalating tensions in South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 13 June 2014

As part of its “pivot to Asia”, the US is pressing Vietnam and the Philippines to challenge China in the South China Sea.

Thai junta holds talks with Chinese military, investors

By Tom Peters, 13 June 2014

The Thai delegation to Beijing will be closely watched by Washington, which considers Thailand a key ally in its “pivot to Asia” against China.

Australian Senate committee discusses threat of US-China war

By Mike Head, 11 June 2014

Behind the backs of the public, a discussion is taking place about the likelihood of Australia being involved in a US war for domination over the Asia-Pacific.

Close encounter between Japanese and Chinese military planes

By Ben McGrath, 28 May 2014

China scrambled fighters in response to Japanese planes monitoring a joint Chinese-Russian naval exercise in the East China Sea.

Russian president forges stronger ties in China

By Peter Symonds, 23 May 2014

It is precisely Washington’s confrontation strategy in Asia as in Eastern Europe that is driving China and Russia into a closer relationship.

US pushes cyber-war confrontation with China

By Patrick Martin, 20 May 2014

The Justice Department indicted five officers of the Peoples Liberation Army on 31 counts of computer hacking and economic espionage.

Anti-Chinese protests erupt in Vietnam’s industrial zones

By Peter Symonds, 16 May 2014

The protests follow Hanoi’s xenophobic campaign against a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea.

Further warnings on Chinese property markets

By Nick Beams, 14 May 2014

The “housing construction frenzy” in China has reached its “highest peak in human history” over the past three years.

Vietnam and Philippines escalate maritime disputes with China

By Mike Head, 13 May 2014

Continuing clashes between Vietnamese and Chinese vessels in the South China Sea highlight the potential for a wider conflict.

Leaked plans highlight China’s fear of a new Korean war

By Ben McGrath, 12 May 2014

The contingency plans detail the Chinese response to the collapse of the North Korean regime and a US-led invasion.

Tensions flare between China and Vietnam in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 8 May 2014

The positioning of a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters has been the immediate trigger for a confrontation between Vietnamese and Chinese vessels.

A bombing in China’s Xinjiang province

By Peter Symonds, 6 May 2014

There are growing fears in Beijing that the US will exploit separatist movements among China’s ethnic minorities to destabilise the country.

Strike by Chinese footwear workers shut down

By Alan Leigh, 1 May 2014

State-controlled trade unions, local officials and the police worked to pressure striking Yue Yuen workers back to work.

Wall Street Journal outlines US military options against China

By Tom Peters, 30 April 2014

The Pentagon has drawn up plans to deploy nuclear-capable bombers and aircraft carriers off the Chinese coast.

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.