The East China Sea Crisis

Behind the US war drive against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 30 May 2017

A war to destroy the Pyongyang regime would be aimed at weakening and undermining China, which has always regarded North Korea as an important buffer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 uses ASEAN summit to escalate confrontation with Beijing

By Mike Head, 6 August 2015

Washington’s provocative accusations against China over the South China Sea heighten the danger of war between the two nuclear-armed powers, whether by deliberate provocation or miscalculation.

Japanese government ramps up tensions with China

By Peter Symonds, 23 July 2015

By demanding a halt to China’s oil-and-gas exploration platforms in the East China Sea, Tokyo is adding another potential flashpoint for conflict with Beijing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The re-emergence of Japanese militarism

By Peter Symonds, 3 July 2014

Abe’s constitutional “reinterpretation” is a major step toward ending any legal restraint on the ability of Japanese imperialism to wage wars of aggression.

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.

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.

The danger of war in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 26 April 2014

Obama is touring American allies in Asia, stoking up flashpoints, consolidating the US military encirclement of China and preparing for a new Pacific war.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Australian foreign minister declares US economic “best friend”

By Patrick O’Connor, 30 January 2014

The Abbott government has overtly aligned Australia with Washington’s “pivot” to Asia and preparations for military conflict with China.

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.

Japanese defence minister’s Indian visit strengthens military ties

By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 January 2014

Tokyo is seeking to integrate New Delhi into a US-led strategic alliance against China.

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.

Behind North Korea’s political crisis

By Peter Symonds, 23 December 2013

Whatever the immediate reasons for the turmoil, the chief responsibility for the political upheaval lies not in Pyongyang, but in Washington.

Japanese government boosts defence budget

By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2013

The military buildup is part of a strategic re-orientation of the Japanese armed forces to more aggressively confront China.

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.

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.

Signs of China-North Korea tensions after Jang Song-thaek’s execution

By Peter Symonds, 16 December 2013

North Korea has reportedly recalled “large numbers” of businessmen from China following the purge of its no.2 leader.

Japan’s new defence documents target China

By John Chan, 16 December 2013

The strategic documents outline a drive to strengthen the US-Japan alliance and expand Japan’s military buildup.

Australia’s integration into US war plans against China

By Peter Symonds, 12 December 2013

Australia, along with Japan, is rapidly being transformed into a giant base for future US military operations in the region.

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.

India walks fine line over China’s air defence zone

By K. Ratnayake, 11 December 2013

Significant sections of the Indian establishment are pushing for New Delhi to take a harder line toward Beijing.

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.

State secrets law pushed through in Japan

By Ben McGrath, 10 December 2013

The secrecy law is a crucial part of Abe’s efforts to remilitarise Japan and strengthen US-Japan alliance against China.

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.

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.

Chinese fighters shadow US/Japanese warplanes in disputed ADIZ

By Peter Symonds, 30 November 2013

The incident—the first time China has scrambled fighters in response to a US or Japanese incursion—underscores the danger of a clash.

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.