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US-China tensions escalate over South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 27 May 2015

The Obama administration is preparing to step up the war of words against China at the annual Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore.

China warns of war with US in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 26 May 2015

Through its reckless actions, the US has placed the world on the precipice of war between nuclear-armed powers.

Australia deeply embedded in US military build-up in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 25 May 2015

Despite strenuous official denials, Australia “will probably be hosting some American B1 supersonic bombers after all.”

US prepares new military provocations in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 23 May 2015

The unprecedented presence of a CNN news team on a US navy surveillance flight this week was aimed at ramping up pressure on China over the South China Sea.

Agreement signed on China-backed investment bank

By Nick Beams, 23 May 2015

Tensions over the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank surfaced again this week when Japan announced it would provide $110 billion for infrastructure investment.

Police crackdown on protest in western China

By Ben McGrath, 22 May 2015

The demonstration over plans to re-route a planned rail line away from Linshui county highlights the worsening social crisis in many areas of China.

US brings charges of economic espionage against six Chinese engineers and businessmen

By Patrick Martin, 21 May 2015

The case is a deliberate attempt to increase US-China tensions on the eve of House and Senate votes on an anti-China trade bill.

US prepares to challenge China in the South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 21 May 2015

The Australian reports that “momentum is building strongly in Washington” to fly warplanes or send warships within the 12-mile territorial limit surrounding Chinese-held islets.

India’s Modi woos and warns China

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 21 May 2015

Overshadowing Modi’s entire visit was the heightening of tensions across the Indo-Pacific region as a result of Washington’s “pivot to Asia.”

US secretary of state berates North Korea

By Ben McGrath, 20 May 2015

Kerry used his trip to South Korea to deepen military ties, supposedly in order to counter the threat posed by North Korea.

Is the US planning a “Gulf of Tonkin” incident in the South China Sea?

By Peter Symonds, 18 May 2015

No one should be surprised by a new US provocation suddenly emerging to try to stampede public opinion behind military operations against China.

Controversy erupts over American B1 bomber deployments to Australia

By James Cogan, 16 May 2015

Above all, the denials surrounding US war plans against China are directed at keeping the working class in the dark about the dangers of conflict.

The growing danger of a US war against China

By James Cogan, 15 May 2015

Every country in the region, to one degree or another, is embroiled in the war danger.

Closer Chinese-Russian ties on display in Moscow

By Peter Symonds, 15 May 2015

The Chinese President Xi was given pride of place, seated alongside Russian President Putin, during the military parade through Red Square to mark the end of World War II.

US threatens military confrontation with China in South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 14 May 2015

The move would be a reckless act of military brinkmanship calculated to force Beijing to back down on its territorial claims.

China’s central bank cuts rate amid further signs of slowdown

By Nick Beams, 13 May 2015

The latest rate cut has raised concerns that China’s financial authorities are “behind the curve” of the country’s economic slowdown.

China’s Xi meets head of Taiwan’s Kuomintang

By Ben McGrath, 8 May 2015

Xi Jinping and Eric Chu met to discuss collaboration as Taiwan seeks to join international trade agreements and China’s AIIB.

Leading Australian journalist advocates confrontation with China

By James Cogan, 7 May 2015

Beijing’s attempts to match US militarism are being seized upon to demand even greater aggression.

US “Grand Strategy” for war against China laid out

By Nick Beams, 2 May 2015

The report’s theme is that there is no prospect for peaceful coexistence or mutual understanding between the US and China.

Russia, China announce joint naval exercises in the Mediterranean

By Alex Lantier, 2 May 2015

Live-fire exercises planned by Moscow and Beijing off the coast of Europe testify to escalating tensions between the major powers.

South China Sea disputes dominate ASEAN summit

By Peter Symonds, 28 April 2015

While the summit did not embrace the Philippine demand for an immediate halt to Chinese land reclamation on disputed islands, the final statement did take a more hard-line stand.

China invests $46 billion in strategic Pakistan-China Economic Corridor

By Athiyan Silva, 28 April 2015

The deal would allow China to largely circumvent the threat of a blockade of its energy imports by US and allied navies in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

China’s growth rate takes another downturn

By Nick Beams, 16 April 2015

The decline in Chinese growth to the lowest point since the global financial crisis is having significant international consequences.

Obama heightens tensions over South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 13 April 2015

Over the past five years, the US has deliberately inflamed territorial disputes in the South China Sea into dangerous flashpoints that risk triggering a war.

French oil giant Total uses Chinese funds to finance Russian oil project

By Athiyan Silva, 11 April 2015

As the imperialist powers in North America and Europe seek to divide up markets in Russia and Asia, inter-imperialist tensions are coming to the fore.

Massive fire at Chinese chemical factory

By Ben McGrath, 11 April 2015

Industrial accidents in China are a regular occurrence amid the corporate drive to boost profits at the expense of safety and health standards.

US defence secretary warns China over Asian maritime disputes

By Peter Symonds, 9 April 2015

Ashton Carter is visiting Japan and South Korea to integrate their militaries more closely into the Pentagon’s preparations for war with China.

China’s former security chief indicted on corruption charges

By Ben McGrath, 9 April 2015

Xi Jinping’s government is cracking down on state-owned enterprises as it imposes a pro-market agenda.

Sri Lankan president performs delicate balancing act in Beijing

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 7 April 2015

Newly-elected Sirisena has shifted foreign policy toward the US and India, but has few options other than to seek much-needed financial assistance from China.

US faces another debacle on Pacific economic treaty

By Mike Head, 4 April 2015

Talks have broken down again on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed US-dominated bloc.

US admiral threatens Beijing over South China Sea

By James Cogan, 2 April 2015

Prominent figures in Washington are attempting to make China’s alleged activities a major issue of geopolitical tension.

A decisive turning point in the crisis of American imperialism

By Nick Beams, 1 April 2015

The decision by some 40 countries to sign up for the China-backed Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank is a critical marker in the economic decline of American imperialism.

South Korea joins Chinese-led investment bank

By Ben McGrath, 31 March 2015

Seoul’s decision was welcomed by China and came in defiance of US pressure.

The conflict over the China-backed Asian investment bank

By Nick Beams, 19 March 2015

The British decision to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has opened the way for other European powers to sign up, despite intense opposition from the US.

China-Burma tensions rise after bomb kills Chinese citizens

By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 17 March 2015

Closer ties with Washington have encouraged the Burmese military to take a more pronounced anti-China stance.

Divisions emerge between Britain and US over China bank

By Nick Beams, 16 March 2015

The British decision to participate in the Chinese-backed Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank was taken largely behind the back of the United States.

Sri Lanka-China tensions rise over suspended port project

By Manusha Fernando, 16 March 2015

Suspension of the Chinese investment project is bound up with the shift of Sri Lankan foreign policy under the new government away from Beijing and towards Washington.

US ramps up anti-China “pivot to Asia”

By Peter Symonds, 14 March 2015

The US maritime strategic document released yesterday is a recipe for intensifying tensions in Asia and compounding the danger of war with China.

Snowden documents reveal New Zealand’s spying on China

By Tom Peters, 14 March 2015

The government has attempted to suppress discussion of the revelations, which point to New Zealand’s collaboration with the US “pivot to Asia,” aimed at militarily encircling China.

Modi visiting Indian Ocean islands in bid to undermine China’s influence

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 10 March 2015

The Indian prime minister’s tour of Indian Ocean island states is unfolding just days after the head of the US Pacific Fleet urged New Delhi to play a much larger role in the Asia-Pacific region.

China cuts growth forecast, warning of “deep-seated” economic problems

By Nick Beams, 6 March 2015

In opening the National People’s Congress yesterday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang warned that “the downward pressure on China’s economy is intensifying.”

Philippines expels Chinese power grid technicians

By John Roberts, 4 March 2015

Manila’s provocative decision not to renew the visas of 16 Chinese technicians will further exacerbate tensions with Beijing over disputes in the South China Sea.

Chinese economy under downward pressure

By Nick Beams, 3 March 2015

The Chinese government is set to lower its growth rate target for this year when Premier Li Keqiang addresses the National People’s Congress, which opens Thursday.

US inflames South China Sea disputes

By James Cogan, 2 March 2015

The immediate result has been the rise of tensions between China and the Philippines, which, backed by the US, has aggressively asserted its maritime claims.

Burmese army clashes with separatist militia near Chinese border

By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 24 February 2015

While not directly accusing China of backing the MNDAA, the Burmese president clearly implied that his country faced an external threat.

Growing problems for Chinese economy

By Oliver Campbell, 17 February 2015

Inflation in China has fallen to its lowest level in five years as the economic slowdown continues.

Hong Kong protest falls short of expectations

By Ben McGrath, 7 February 2015

The small turnout was a reflection of the political dead-end into which so-called pro-democracy leaders steered last year’s weeks-long protest movement.

US spy bases in Australia central to war plans against China

By Will Morrow, 5 February 2015

A recent Australian Financial Review article highlights the far-reaching implications of Canberra’s alignment with the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia.”

China records lowest growth in 24 years

By Will Morrow, 21 January 2015

China’s economy is racked by mounting debt and productive overcapacity, resulting from the stimulus measures adopted by the Chinese regime since the 2008 crash.

Japanese government boosts military spending

By Will Morrow, 16 January 2015

The government left no doubt that the increase is part of preparations for war with China.

Chinese President Xi Jinping targets CCP party factions

By Ben McGrath, 14 January 2015

In the name of fighting corruption, Xi Jinping is going after political rivals in order to pursue more pro-market restructuring.

Japan: New laws to loosen restrictions on the military

By Ben McGrath, 5 January 2015

If passed, the legislation will give the government far broader scope to go to war in the name of “collective self-defense.”

New Year’s Eve stampede in Shanghai kills 36

By Will Morrow, 5 January 2015

The government’s refusal to take basic safety precautions for the New Year celebrations created the conditions for the tragedy.

US imposes new sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 3 January 2015

The entire Sony hacking affair has the character of a US concoction deliberately designed to heighten tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Vietnam backs Philippine case against Chinese maritime claims

By John Roberts, 30 December 2014

Hanoi rejected China’s claims in the South China Sea and called on the court to take Vietnam’s interests into consideration.

China challenges US economic war against Russia

By Alex Lantier, 23 December 2014

In a move that will intensify tensions between the United States and China, top Beijing officials pledged to extend credit and economic aid to Russia.

Chinese president visits New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 10 December 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit was part of Beijing’s efforts to counter the US “pivot to Asia.”

Former Chinese security chief arrested on corruption charges

By Peter Symonds, 8 December 2014

President Xi’s anti-corruption campaign is part of his pro-market agenda of opening up the Chinese economy as well as a means to remove key factional rivals.

UK and China clash over Hong Kong

By Julie Hyland, 4 December 2014

A significant section of the ruling elite in Washington and London are using the dispute over Hong Kong’s status to encourage the dismemberment of China.

Dozens killed in separate Chinese mine explosions

By Ben McGrath, 1 December 2014

The latest tragedies make a mockery of Beijing’s claim it is working to improve conditions for miners.

The Australian Greens and “human rights” imperialism

By James Cogan, 29 November 2014

At the recent G20 summit, the Greens singled out Chinese President Xi Jingping to present a protest letter on “human rights”—in line with Washington’s confrontational stance towards Beijing.

Police crack down on Hong Kong protest site

By Peter Symonds, 27 November 2014

Police cleared protestors from Mong Kok with a massive show of force that resulted in the arrest of at least 148 people.

Chinese and Indian leaders hold competing visits to Fiji

By Tom Peters, 27 November 2014

The two high-profile visits to the Pacific island country came amid increasing geo-political rivalry, fuelled by US imperialism’s “pivot to Asia” against China.

US intervenes in South China Sea dispute

By Peter Symonds, 26 November 2014

Washington’s posturing as an honest broker in the longstanding, competing claims involving China and its neighbours is completely cynical.

Markets rise as global economic outlook worsens

By Nick Beams, 25 November 2014

The Chinese central bank’s decision to cut interest rates and a speech by the European Central Bank president point to deteriorating conditions in the world economy.

Russia and China expand economic cooperation

By Clara Weiss, 21 November 2014

An alliance between Russia and China is emerging in response to the US-led Pacific and Atlantic trading blocs and the Russia-NATO confrontation over Ukraine.

Chinese president seeks to use trade to counter US “pivot”

By James Cogan, 18 November 2014

Xi’s speech in the Australian parliament yesterday was a carefully-crafted response to President Obama's bellicose reaffirmation of the “pivot” last Saturday.

Huge growth in China’s shadow banking system

By Douglas Lyons, 15 November 2014

China’s shadow banking sector now ranks as the third largest in the world, according to a report by the Financial Stability Board.

Harper’s Beijing trip highlights Canadian-Chinese tensions

By Keith Jones, 13 November 2014

Harper, himself a neoconservative ideologue, and his Conservatives have repeatedly voiced suspicions over “Communist China’s” intentions.

ASEAN summit opens in Myanmar

By Joseph Santolan, 13 November 2014

The summit’s first day was marked by an avoidance of the question of the South China Sea.

Japanese and Chinese leaders hold first meeting in Beijing

By Ben McGrath, 11 November 2014

Abe’s brief talks with Xi are not a sign of an easing of Tokyo’s agenda of reviving Japanese militarism.

India criticises Chinese submarine visits to Colombo

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 10 November 2014

By objecting to Chinese vessels docking in Sri Lanka, the Indian government is clearly acting with Washington’s support.

New warnings of war in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 5 November 2014

A report released this week draws details scenarios that could trigger a conflict in the East China Sea.

US blocks Australian participation in China-backed bank

By Nick Beams, 4 November 2014

Washington’s intervention, objecting to the bank on strategic grounds, points to the escalating military drive against China.

Chinese Communist Party plenum pushes pro-market agenda

By Ben McGrath, 27 October 2014

The Chinese leadership used the plenum to tighten its grip on power and to continue the drive for more extensive pro-market restructuring.

US and China clash over infrastructure bank

By Nick Beams, 27 October 2014

The US is campaigning against participation by Australia and other regional powers in an Asian infrastructure bank set up by China.

German business demands further opening of Chinese market

By Gustav Kemper, 23 October 2014

The third round of German-Chinese government consultations took place in Berlin on October 10.

Hong Kong protests continue after televised debate

By Peter Symonds, 22 October 2014

The discussion between government officials and protest leaders reached no agreement on the framework for the 2017 election for chief executive.

Police clash with Hong Kong protesters

By Peter Symonds, 15 October 2014

Having taken no action against the protests last week, the Hong Kong government is now seeking to dismantle the protest sites, step by step.

Hong Kong protests swell after talks called off

By Peter Symonds, 11 October 2014

Protest leaders threaten to escalate their actions unless the government responds to their demand for full and open elections in 2017.

Hong Kong protests dwindle ahead of talks

By Peter Symonds, 9 October 2014

Talks tomorrow are unlikely to reach any agreement, but have already served the government’s purpose in defusing the protests.

Growth estimates revised down ahead of IMF-World Bank meetings

By Nick Beams, 8 October 2014

Such reductions have been a regular occurrence since the eruption of the global financial crisis in 2008.

Hong Kong government issues ultimatum to protesters

By Peter Symonds, 6 October 2014

While refusing to end the protests, the student leaders eased the blockade of government buildings and held initial talks with administration officials.

Hong Kong protests ebb

By Peter Symonds, 4 October 2014

Protesters came under attack from thugs who took advantage of growing public frustration over the disruption to daily life.

SEP (Sri Lanka) to hold antiwar meetings in Galle, Gampaha and Hatton

4 October 2014

SEP/IYSSE meetings will discuss the threat of a third world war and the international socialist program to fight it.

Hong Kong chief executive seeks to defuse protests

By Peter Symonds, 3 October 2014

In his effort to end the protests, Leung had the support of sections of the official opposition that are just as fearful as Beijing of spiralling social unrest.

Washington partially lifts ban on the sale of lethal weapons to Vietnam

By Joseph Santolan, 3 October 2014

The announcement marks a significant escalation of Washington’s war drive against China.

Student leaders threaten to escalate Hong Kong protests

By Peter Symonds, 2 October 2014

The pressing social issues facing working people in Hong Kong find no expression in the demands advanced by the parties and organisations dominating the protests.

Mass protests continue in Hong Kong

By Peter Symonds, 1 October 2014

The tense standoff continues after Hong Kong’s chief executive ruled out any compromise and protesters ignored his demand to clear the streets.

Protests in Hong Kong continue after riot police withdraw

By Ben McGrath and Peter Symonds, 30 September 2014

The attacks on peaceful protesters, far from breaking up the crowds, only provoked broader anger and prompted others to join in.

Hong Kong police crackdown on protests

By Ben McGrath, 29 September 2014

The Occupy Central organization has stepped in to ensure that the protests remain limited to the narrow demand for open chief executive elections.

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.