China

Trump, Tillerson press China for action against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 20 March 2017

Despite his muted public remarks in Beijing, the US secretary of state had already made clear that “all options,” including military ones, were on the table to deal with Pyongyang.

US rejects talks over North Korea, declaring “all options on table”

By Peter Symonds, 9 March 2017

China’s foreign minister warned that the US and North Korea are like “accelerating trains” on a collision course “with neither side willing to give way.”

US steps up military exercises in South Asia

By Saman Gunadasa, 9 March 2017

Billed as a humanitarian operation, Washington’s Pacific Partnership is part of its military buildup against China.

As US deploys anti-missile system, China warns of nuclear arms race

By Peter Symonds, 8 March 2017

Using North Korean missile tests as a pretext, the US has begun deploying its THAAD anti-ballistic missile system in South Korea.

India becomes “frontline” state in US war plans against China

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 7 March 2017

After decades of “non-alignment,” India has become a service hub for the US Seventh Fleet, marking a new stage in its integration into US imperialism’s military-strategic offensive against China.

China lowers economic growth target

By Nick Beams, 6 March 2017

The Chinese government has cut its target in an attempt to address growing problems in the country’s financial system.

Australian government flags “foreign policy reset” in response to Trump

By James Cogan, 4 March 2017

The Trump administration’s “America First” agenda has produced consternation within the political and strategic establishment.

US, South Korea mount massive joint military exercises

By Peter Symonds, 2 March 2017

This year’s war games take place amid an already tense stand-off with North Korea over its nuclear and missile testing and alleged assassination of Kim Jong-nam.

South Korea demonises North Korea over Malaysian murder

By Peter Symonds, 1 March 2017

The South Korean government is exploiting the killing of Kim Jong-nam to demand North Korea’s suspension from the UN and criminal charges against its leadership.

US officials accuse China of building missile bases in South China Sea

By Mike Head, 23 February 2017

Media reports have declared the latest claims to be “an early test of US President Donald Trump.”

US conducts show of force in South China Sea

By Mike Head, 20 February 2017

The USS Carl Vinson’s operation is being mounted amid a sharp escalation in US trade war and military threats against China since the inauguration of Trump.

The bizarre murder of North Korean leader’s half-brother

By Peter Symonds, 18 February 2017

If Kim Jong-un did order the assassination, it can only further undermine North Korea’s relations with China.

US-backed UN statement condemns North Korean missile test

By Peter Symonds, 16 February 2017

The UN warned of “further significant steps” if Pyongyang did not halt its testing and called on UN members “to redouble their efforts” to implement existing sanctions.

Chinese foreign minister warns against war with the US

By Peter Symonds, 9 February 2017

Trump’s top adviser Steve Bannon declared last March there was “no doubt” that the US would go to war with China over the South China Sea in “five to ten years.”

China protests US sanctions on Iran

By Peter Symonds, 8 February 2017

The Trump administration blacklisted three Chinese individuals and two Chinese companies in retaliation for Iran’s missile test.

Trump browbeats Australian “ally”

By Mike Head, 4 February 2017

Just two weeks in office, Trump’s aggressive “America First” economic nationalism and militarism are sending political shockwaves around the world.

Senior Chinese military official warns of rising danger of war

By Peter Symonds, 31 January 2017

The remarks reflect growing concerns in the Chinese regime over the bellicose remarks of Trump and his advisers toward Beijing.

US and India sharing intelligence on Chinese submarine and ship movements

By Keith Jones, 26 January 2017

The head of the US Pacific Command likened the Indo-US military partnership to a war axe that needs to be “razor sharp,” “because we never know when events will force us to use it.”

Former US ambassador advocates American military bases on Taiwan

By Peter Symonds, 19 January 2017

Bolton is among those militarist layers who regard conflict with China as inevitable.

Chinese President Xi Jinping warns of trade war in speech to Davos forum

By Alex Lantier, 18 January 2017

Xi delivered a keynote speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland hailing free trade and implicitly criticizing Trump’s call for protectionism.

Trump again threatens to tear up One China policy

By Peter Symonds, 16 January 2017

China rejected Trump’s remarks declaring that the “One China” principle was the political foundation of China-US relations and was “non-negotiable.”

Trump’s China policy threatens nuclear war

By James Cogan, 13 January 2017

President-elect Donald Trump and the cabal of billionaires and ex-generals who will comprise his cabinet have signaled they will substantially intensify the United States’ conflict with China.

Taiwanese president meets senior Republicans, fuelling US-China tensions

By Peter Symonds, 12 January 2017

To underline Beijing’s concerns about closer US ties with Taiwan, the Chinese navy sailed its aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, through the Taiwan Strait.

Public anger in China as smog crisis continues

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 January 2017

The government fears that the air pollution disaster will become a focal point for broader discontent.

Trump’s coming confrontation with China

By Peter Symonds, 7 January 2017

No longer having the economic muscle to lay down the international trade rules, the US has begun a dramatic military build-up in Asia to assert its dominance, even if that leads to war with China.

New Indian army chief threatens Pakistan and China

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 7 January 2017

As India conducts tests of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, its new army chief has warned of a possible “two front” war against China and Pakistan.

US think tank urges Trump to confront China in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 3 January 2017

Well aware of the dangers of full-scale war, the report nevertheless insists that the US and its allies must challenge China sooner rather than later.

Trump’s new White House office for trade war

By Peter Symonds, 24 December 2016

Trump’s decision to pull out of the TPP is not a retreat from Obama’s confrontational policy toward China but a marked intensification on all fronts.

China accuses US of using undersea drone to spy

By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2016

The incident intensifies the US-China tensions produced by the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia” that has transformed the South China Sea into a dangerous flashpoint.

Chinese vessel seizes US undersea drone in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 17 December 2016

With Washington issuing a formal protest, the incident could rapidly heighten the already tense standoff between the US and China in the strategic waters.

European powers criticize Trump’s threats against China

By Alex Lantier, 17 December 2016

A month before Donald Trump’s inauguration as US president, tensions are already emerging with the European powers over his “America first” program.

US admiral pledges to confront China in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 15 December 2016

The aggressive remarks by Admiral Harry Harris, commander of US Pacific Command, were encouraged by Trump’s belligerent stance toward China during and since the election.

China reproaches Trump over Taiwan stance

By Peter Symonds, 13 December 2016

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman warned that US-China cooperation was “out of the question” if Trump interfered with the One China policy.

Trump threatens to overturn One China policy

By Peter Symonds, 12 December 2016

By placing a question mark over US-China relations, Trump is recklessly compounding rising uncertainty in Asia and around the world, as well as the threat of war.

Trump picks trusted go-between as ambassador to China

By Peter Symonds, 8 December 2016

Branstad’s support for the TPP and his unfamiliarity with key foreign policy issues indicate he will not play a significant role in determining US policy toward Beijing.

Indian defence minister visits Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara, 8 December 2016

The visit underscores India’s growing efforts—backed by Washington—to bring Bangladesh into its orbit, undercutting China’s influence.

Trump’s talk with Taiwanese president heightens US tensions with China

By Peter Symonds, 5 December 2016

The phone conversation—the first between US and Taiwanese leaders since 1979—undermines decades of protocols based on Washington’s acceptance of the “One China” policy.

Chinese fears about Trump and the South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 28 November 2016

A Chinese think tank director warned that “strategic rivalry between China and the US is likely to continue over the South China Sea.”

Construction scaffolding collapses, killing 74 at Chinese power plant

By Richard Phillips, 26 November 2016

The disaster was the tragic outcome of company demands for “hard work” speed-ups and cuts to basic safety procedures.

Trump’s win provokes nervousness and bravado in Beijing

By Mike Head, 16 November 2016

While the Beijing regime is clearly anxious to reach an accommodation with Trump, it is preparing for an historic collision.

Diplomatic row erupts between Sri Lanka and China

By W.A. Sunil, 12 November 2016

The public squabble between Colombo and Beijing over loans is another indication of rising geo-strategic tensions in the region.

Beijing bars two Hong Kong legislators from taking their seats

By Peter Symonds, 8 November 2016

The Chinese regime fears that advocacy of independence for Hong Kong will fuel separatist movements in other parts of the country including Tibet and Xinjiang.

Growing tensions in Chinese-German relations

By Ulrich Rippert, 7 November 2016

The visit to China this week by German economics minister Sigmar Gabriel is overshadowed by mounting tensions.

Chinese president’s visit to Bangladesh highlights growing rivalry in South Asia

By Sarath Kumara, 5 November 2016

Xi’s trip was aimed at countering the efforts of India, backed by the US, to undermine Chinese influence in Bangladesh.

Malaysian prime minister forges closer military ties with China

By Peter Symonds, 3 November 2016

During his visit to Beijing, Prime Minister Najib wrote in the state-run media that former colonial powers should not lecture smaller countries over the conduct of their internal affairs.

Mine explosion in China kills 15 workers

By Peter Symonds, 1 November 2016

The mine disaster in southwest China took place as President Xi exhorted a conference of safety inspectors to improve safety standards and reduce industrial deaths.

China: CCP plenum on tightening party discipline signals inner crisis

By Peter Symonds, 27 October 2016

The Chinese regime confronts a slowing economy, mounting social and class tensions and Washington’s aggressive “pivot to Asia” aimed at undermining and subordinating China.

China growth on target but debt concerns mount

By Nick Beams, 27 October 2016

Chinese firms are estimated to have about $18 trillion worth of debt, equivalent to 170 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.

US “pivot to Asia” in disarray

By Peter Symonds, 26 October 2016

Far from making a retreat, Washington’s response to its setbacks will be to escalate its diplomatic intrigues and military provocations in the Asia Pacific.

US navy sends destroyer to challenge China in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 22 October 2016

The latest US “freedom of navigation” operation came as Philippine President Duterte’s tilt to Beijing dealt a blow to Washington’s “pivot to Asia” strategy.

Public rifts erupt in Australian government

By Mike Head, 22 October 2016

The internal warfare wracking the Liberal-National Coalition cannot be explained by a dispute over gun laws.

Philippine president in China seeks to cement closer ties

By Peter Symonds, 19 October 2016

Duterte has signalled that he is open to closer military relations with China and Russia as he seeks billions of dollars in Chinese aid and investment.

Chinese soldiers protest over benefits in central Beijing

By our reporter, 14 October 2016

The Chinese Communist Party regime is clearly concerned that such protests could trigger wider unrest within the military, and more broadly with society.

Philippine President Duterte tilts toward China

By Peter Symonds, 12 October 2016

In advance of Duterte’s trip next week to China, his defence secretary announced a suspension of joint exercises with the US in the South China Sea.

France calls for its own “pivot to Asia” amid US war drive against China

By Kumaran Ira, 10 October 2016

French imperialism is laying out an aggressive military strategy in the Asia-Pacific as Washington intensifies its war drive against China.

Escalating war games in the South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 6 October 2016

Tensions have only worsened since the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled in favour of the US-backed Philippine challenge to Chinese maritime claims.

Japan scrambles fighter to intercept Chinese military aircraft

By Peter Symonds, 26 September 2016

While the Chinese planes were outside Japanese air space, the incident highlights the sharp tensions in North East Asia amid the ongoing US military build-up in the region.

US ambassador backs campaign against “Chinese influence” in Australia

By Peter Symonds, 15 September 2016

Berry’s intervention confirms American involvement in the anti-Beijing crusade, and highlights US determination to ensure Canberra’s support for its war drive against China.

Obama heightens antagonisms with China at East Asia Summit

By Joseph Santolan, 9 September 2016

Unable to enlist the Philippines or a reliable proxy from other ASEAN members, Obama was compelled to directly intervene.

Trudeau attempts balancing act in eight-day China visit

By Roger Jordan, 8 September 2016

The Canadian prime minister stressed Ottawa’s desire to “reset” relations with Beijing and avoided talking publicly about the mounting tensions between US imperialism and China.

Rising global tensions surface at G20 summit

By Nick Beams, 5 September 2016

It is a sure sign of the deepening malaise of the global capitalist economy, afflicted by lower growth and falling trade, that “overcapacity” in steel was at the very centre of the G20 economic agenda.

Intelligence agencies reportedly question Australian PM’s “stance” on China

By James Cogan, 5 September 2016

The question mark over Turnbull’s allegiance to the US alliance and anti-China agenda has been raised under conditions in which he holds office by a thread.

China completes majority purchase of Greece Piraeus port

By John Vassilopoulos, 2 September 2016

The sale of the port is part of the wider privatisation programme imposed by the EU and the IMF to raise funds towards the repayment of the country’s vast mountain of debt.

War clouds overhang Obama’s Asian trip

By Peter Symonds, 1 September 2016

Obama will attend international summits in China and Laos amid escalating geo-political rivalries, particularly between Washington and Beijing.

Australian establishment discusses prospect of US-China war

By James Cogan, 1 September 2016

ASPI began with the question “under what circumstances would Australia join in a war against China?”

Nepal’s Maoist prime minister walks a tightrope between India and China

By W.A. Sunil, 24 August 2016

The political turmoil in the small landlocked country has been fuelled by rising US-driven geo-political tensions across Asia.

US-South Korean war games inflame Asian tensions

By Peter Symonds, 23 August 2016

While nominally aimed against North Korea, the exercises consolidate Washington’s military alliance with Seoul as it makes preparations for conflict with China.

Japan plans missile deployment in East China Sea

By Ben McGrath, 19 August 2016

Tokyo intends to design and construct its longest-range missile to cover the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, further risking clashes with Beijing.

Chinese-South Korean tensions rise over THAAD anti-missile deployment

By Ben McGrath, 15 August 2016

South Korea is lining up more explicitly with Washington and its war drive in the region, using North Korea’s nuclear tests as a pretext.

Chinese power plant explosion kills 21

By John Braddock, 15 August 2016

The incident at a coal-fired plant is the most recent of the industrial disasters that kill and maim thousands of workers and residents in China each year.

Australian government blocks Chinese bids for electricity grid

By Mike Head, 13 August 2016

The decision highlights the dilemma facing the Australian ruling elite, which depends heavily on China economically but relies on the US militarily.

Former Philippine President Fidel Ramos travels to China to conduct negotiations

By Joseph Santolan, 11 August 2016

Ramos’s trip highlights the contradictory nature of the current Philippine President Duterte’s attempt to balance between Washington’s “pivot to Asia” and trade ties with China.

Australian government faces “test” over Chinese bid for electricity grid

By Mike Head, 10 August 2016

Sharp differences have erupted over the Turnbull government’s looming decision on whether to permit State Grid to operate Sydney’s electricity supply.

“Thinking Through the Unthinkable”

RAND Corporation lays out scenarios for US war with China

By Peter Symonds, 5 August 2016

The RAND Corporation study provides further evidence that a US war against China is being planned and prepared in the upper echelons of the American military-intelligence apparatus.

China issues warning to Australia over South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 2 August 2016

The state-owned Global Times newspaper suggested that Australia would be “an ideal target for China to warn and strike” if it intruded in South China Sea disputes.

Anger mounts over government handling of floods in China

By John Braddock, 30 July 2016

With widespread media and internet reports accusing officials of negligence, Beijing is increasingly nervous about deepening social opposition.

US-China underwater rivalry in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 28 July 2016

While submarines play an important part in conventional warfare, the preoccupation of China and the United States is their role in a nuclear war.

US stokes divisions over South China Sea at ASEAN summit

By Peter Symonds, 25 July 2016

The Philippines and Vietnam are at loggerheads with Cambodia over a reference in the final communiqué to the recent UN-backed court ruling negating China’s maritime claims.

US vice president’s trip triggers debate on US-China conflict

By Mike Head and James Cogan, 23 July 2016

A full-scale US assault on China would almost certainly escalate into a nuclear war, in which millions would die.

Arch-rivals India and Pakistan take opposed stands on Hague court’s anti-China ruling

By Deepal Jayasekera, 22 July 2016

While India has lined up behind Washington in supporting the provocative ruling issued in The Hague, Pakistan has backed China’s rejection of it.

US admiral holds “frank” talks in Beijing over South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 20 July 2016

The Chinese regime is playing directly into Washington’s hands by resorting to its own reckless military measures that heighten the danger of conflict.

Manila responds to South China Sea ruling

By Joseph Santolan, 15 July 2016

The Duterte government has reacted to the ruling with caution, seeking to placate Washington and Beijing, while the Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines has escalated its attacks on China.

The Hague ruling: A dangerous step toward war

By Peter Symonds, 14 July 2016

The court decision on the South China Sea will heighten tensions and the risk that a minor incident spirals out of control and triggers a conflict between the US and China.

Despite South China Sea crisis, EU deepens relations with China

By Alex Lantier, 14 July 2016

EU officials are pointedly refusing to endorse US and Filipino claims against China in the South China Sea, as laid out in Tuesday’s court ruling in The Hague.

UN court to deliver decision on South China Sea disputes

By Peter Symonds, 11 July 2016

With a ruling imminent, the US has cranked up its propaganda apparatus and military activity in the South China Sea, setting the stage for a dangerous confrontation with China.

US and South Korea agree on THAAD anti-missile system

By Ben McGrath, 11 July 2016

The installation will likely inflame tensions while continuing to stoke an arms race in East Asia.

Widespread destruction in China following floods

By Ben McGrath, 9 July 2016

At least 186 people have been killed, dozens remain missing and 32 million people have been affected overall.

Chinese Walmart workers engage in wildcat strikes

By Linda Tenenbaum, 8 July 2016

The strike has spread rapidly, with Walmart workers determined to reach out to their national and international co-workers.

US planners prepare air war on China

By Peter Symonds, 7 July 2016

The Mitchell Institute report released last week reveals the detailed character of the Pentagon’s preparations and plans for a conflict with China.

Chinese military drills ahead of South China Sea court ruling

By Peter Symonds, 6 July 2016

The military exercises are meant as a warning to the US, which has deliberately inflamed territorial disputes in the sea over the past six years.

China grapples with implications of Brexit vote

By Peter Symonds, 2 July 2016

The British vote to leave the EU has undermined China’s strategy of using the UK as a stepping stone to Europe and has broader geopolitical ramifications.

Russian president seeks closer economic and strategic ties in Beijing

By Peter Symonds, 28 June 2016

The two countries are being driven closer together by fears of the growing danger of war posed by the United States.

Indonesian naval vessels clash with Chinese fishing boats

By John Roberts, 24 June 2016

Indonesia’s aggressive fisheries enforcement regime has been encouraged by Washington as it prepares to step up military and diplomatic pressure on China.

Two US aircraft carriers in war games in western Pacific

By Peter Symonds, 21 June 2016

The show of force is a sign that the US intends to ramp up its confrontation with China following an imminent ruling on the Philippine legal challenge to Beijing’s maritime claims.

US-China tensions rise amid major naval exercises

By Peter Symonds, 16 June 2016

The Malabar war games involving the US, Japanese and Indian navies are “complex, high-end, war-fighting exercises” aimed against China.

German unions call for steel trade war against China

By Jan Peters and Dietmar Henning, 16 June 2016

In a new burst of reactionary economic nationalism, the Social Democratic Party and German trade unions are calling for US-type trade war measures against China.

Chinese defence minister seeks to boost ties with Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara, 16 June 2016

In line with Washington’s “pivot” to Asia, India and Japan are attempting to undermine Chinese influence in Bangladesh and throughout the region.

IMF issues warning over growing Chinese debt problems

By Nick Beams, 14 June 2016

The IMF has described rising corporate debt in China as the key “faultline” in its economy, amid concerns it could have major “spillover” effects internationally.

US and Chinese military aircraft in second close encounter in East Asia

By Peter Symonds, 9 June 2016

The incident took place amid Washington’s increasingly aggressive stance toward Beijing over maritime disputes in the East China and South China Seas.

US confronts China over trade, investment in Beijing talks

By Peter Symonds, 7 June 2016

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew set the tone for the annual dialogue with imperious demands that China slash overcapacity in steel and aluminium.