The South China Sea Crisis
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.
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.
Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore
By James Cogan, 6 June 2016
US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter threatened that China “could end up erecting a Great Wall of self-isolation.”
By Oscar Grenfell—SEP candidate for Grayndler, 2 June 2016
The centre’s significance is underscored by the decision of Sydney University authorities to ban an anti-war meeting of the SEP on the Anzac Day weekend last year.
By Peter Symonds, 1 June 2016
While graphically warning of the danger of nuclear conflict, the UCS has no proposal to prevent it—other than a vain hope in a diplomatic solution.
By Peter Symonds, 31 May 2016
Chinese submarines will be deployed in an effort to prevent Beijing’s nuclear arsenal being wiped out in an American nuclear first strike.
By Peter Symonds, 30 May 2016
A conspiracy of silence reigns over the preparations for war, aimed at deadening the consciousness of the population to the rising risks of nuclear conflict.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 28 May 2016
While aggressively pursuing New Delhi’s own strategic ambitions, the Indian naval patrol is in line with the US “pivot to Asia” and preparations for war against China.
By James Cogan—SEP candidate for the Senate in NSW, 26 May 2016
The greatest expenditure on hardware for the Australian military since World War II is being cynically portrayed as a public works program.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 May 2016
Part of the discussions in Hanoi will involve the pre-positioning of US military hardware at bases used four decades ago to wage war on the Vietnamese people.
By Mike Head, 20 May 2016
Allegations that Chinese aircraft “unsafely” intercepted a US surveillance plane underscore Pentagon calls for a “trigger” for conflict with China.
By Robert Stevens, 16 May 2016
The state visit by China’s Xi Jinping to Britain last year proceeded despite trenchant complaints from sections of the military and intelligence apparatuses.
By John Roberts, 16 May 2016
The intensified military cooperation between Singapore and Australia is another part of the escalating US “pivot” against China.
By James Cogan, 11 May 2016
US imperialism continues to stoke up long-standing, competing claims over territory in the South China Sea to militarily encircle and destabilise the Chinese regime.
By James Cogan, 4 May 2016
James Cogan, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), delivered the following speech to the International Online May Day Rally.
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By James Cogan, 2 May 2016
The rhetoric reflects the fact that major figures in the US political establishment are more than prepared to trigger a war.
By James Cogan, 28 April 2016
The contract also serves the US and Australian aim of drawing France more closely into the strategic planning for war with China.
By Peter Symonds, 27 April 2016
The use of American ground attack aircraft and special forces helicopters near a Chinese-claimed islet was designed to send a menacing message to Beijing.
By Peter Symonds, 16 April 2016
Carter used his visit to the Philippines to unveil the basing of US military forces in the country and again blame China for mounting tensions in the South China Sea.
By Nick Beams, 16 April 2016
While government stimulus measures helped to ease the slowdown in Chinese growth, trade figures continued to slump, reflecting stagnation in the world economy as a whole.
By Peter Symonds, 14 April 2016
As US-China tensions mount, Defence Secretary Carter signalled Washington’s intention to seek access to more Philippine military bases.
By Peter Symonds, 13 April 2016
Carter arrives in the Philippines to send a message to Beijing that the South China Sea is “a core American strategic interest.”
By James Cogan, 13 April 2016
Despite the hype about exciting economic opportunities in China, Turnbull faces fraught issues on trade and Australia’s involvement in the US military buildup in Asia.
By Peter Symonds, 9 April 2016
The Washington think tank’s proposed “federated defence” is nothing but a system of military alliances to prepare for war with China—akin to the alliances that preceded the previous two world wars.
By Andre Damon, 8 April 2016
The United States has sharply escalated its standoff with China, leading the New York Times to conclude that a “confrontation seems increasingly likely.”
By Peter Symonds, 5 April 2016
Amid large US-Philippine war games, the Pentagon is preparing a new “freedom of navigation” operation to challenge China’s maritime claims.
By Peter Symonds, 2 April 2016
The aim of US “non-proliferation” policy is not to rid the world of nuclear bombs but to ensure the US retains its nuclear dominance over any potential rival.
By Oscar Grenfell, 25 March 2016
Socialist Alternative’s response to the Defense White Paper is aimed at obscuring Australia’s central role in the US drive to war against China.
By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 23 March 2016
Last weekend’s incident involving Chinese and Indonesian vessels is a sign of the acute tensions being generated by Washington’s intervention in South China Sea disputes.
By Peter Symonds, 22 March 2016
Beijing responded to the implementation of the US-Philippines basing agreement by warning that Washington was turning Asia into “a new Middle East.”
By Peter Symonds, 9 March 2016
Citing Chinese “militarisation” of the South China Sea, the US Pacific Air Forces commander insisted that the US had to maintain “a credible combat power” in Asia.
By Mike Head, 9 March 2016
Sharp divisions within the political establishment lie behind recriminations within the Turnbull government.
By Peter Symonds, 5 March 2016
The dispatch of a US carrier strike group is part of a wave of provocations over China’s alleged militarisation of the South China Sea.
By Mike Head, 3 March 2016
The Greens, who once postured as an anti-war party, have sent another signal of their readiness to support the US-led military build-up against China.
By Peter Symonds, 2 March 2016
Abbott’s comments are part of growing demands for the Australian government to mount a military intrusion into Chinese-claimed territory in the South China Sea.
By James Cogan, 1 March 2016
The militarist agenda spelled out in the White Paper is incompatible with the democratic and social rights of the working class.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2016
The Pentagon described the unusual launching of two unarmed missiles in the space of a week as a “signal” that Washington is ready for nuclear war.
By Peter Symonds, 27 February 2016
The only conclusion that can be drawn is that advanced preparations are being made for war with China.
By Dante Pastrana, 26 February 2016
The Enhanced Defense Cooperative Agreement paves the way for a major US military build-up in the Philippines that will greatly heighten tensions with China.
By James Cogan, 24 February 2016
The aim was to lend an air of urgency to a decision by the Australian government to order a military response to alleged Chinese “expansionism” in the South China Sea.
By Joseph Santolan, 24 February 2016
The Philippine Maoists are speaking for the most reactionary layers of the Philippine bourgeoisie, who are spearheading the US war drive against China, but want firm guarantees of US support if a conflict breaks out.
By James Cogan, 20 February 2016
Labor is serving as the catspaw of the US military establishment and seeking to dramatically ratchet up military tensions with Beijing.
By James Cogan, 19 February 2016
The entire issue has been inflated and exaggerated for definite political and diplomatic purposes.
By Peter Symonds, 18 February 2016
Much of the US and international media coverage of the Chinese missile revelations is exaggerated and deliberately misleading.
By James Cogan, 18 February 2016
Bishop’s visit to Japan and China underscored Australia’s role as a key partner of Washington’s aggressive “pivot to Asia.”
By Peter Symonds, 17 February 2016
Obama’s failure to secure a tough statement against Beijing will not stop the provocative US freedom of navigation operations challenging Chinese maritime claims.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 3 February 2016
Washington’s entire anti-China strategy has received the unconditional backing of successive governments in Canberra.
By Peter Symonds, 2 February 2016
“Freedom of navigation” is the threadbare pretext used to disguise US-led preparations for war with China.
By Peter Symonds, 1 February 2016
Washington’s actions are deliberately confrontational and reckless, raising the danger of a military clash with China.
By James Cogan, 26 January 2016
The CSIS report demands a build-up of the Australia military, as well as US bases across the north of the continent.
By Peter Symonds, 26 January 2016
The CSIS report represents the voice of the vast American military establishment, which regards China as the chief threat to untrammelled US strategic dominance in Asia.
By Peter Symonds, 25 January 2016
The study is a master plan for an accelerating arms race in Asia in preparation for a conflict that would draw in the entire region and the world.
By Mike Head, 23 January 2016
Over the past year, the admiral has played a vocal role in inflaming tensions with China, particularly over its territorial claims in the South China Sea.
By Peter Symonds, 22 January 2016
Japan, like the US, is exploiting the tensions in the disputed waters to advance its own economic and strategic interests in South East Asia.
By James Cogan, 21 January 2016
Shadow defence spokesman Stephen Conroy’s column underscores the Labor Party’s role as the most fervent supporter of the US-Australia alliance.
By Peter Symonds, 5 January 2016
Washington’s calls for restraint are in marked contrast to its escalating provocations to challenge Chinese claims in the disputed waters.
By John Braddock, 5 January 2016
Vietnam is preparing to enter an imperialist war as an accomplice of the United States against China.
By John Roberts, 31 December 2015
Amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, Indonesia has adopted a tougher approach to China, while at the same time seeking to avoid open confrontation.
By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2015
As Japanese and Australian leaders met in Tokyo, an American paper reported a US military intrusion into Chinese-claimed air space in the South China Sea.
By Peter Symonds, 16 December 2015
A BBC news crew deliberately intruded inside the 12-nautical-mile territorial limit around a Chinese-controlled reef to provoke a reaction in an already tense situation.
By Peter Symonds, 9 December 2015
The basing of P8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft in Singapore foreshadows further provocative US activities against China in the South China Sea.
By Peter Symonds, 8 December 2015
Washington’s misgivings over Turnbull have been heightened by the lease of Darwin port to a Chinese company and his failure to agree to joint military challenges to Chinese claims in the South China Sea.
By Peter Symonds, 27 November 2015
US strategists have long regarded the Eurasian landmass as the key to world domination and view China and Russia as the chief obstacles to American ambitions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 November 2015
State Grid’s offer was turned down after a hysterical campaign presenting it as a threat to “national security.”
By Peter Symonds, 23 November 2015
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin condemned the intrusion of a US navy destroyer within the 12-mile limit of its islands as a “political provocation.”
By Mike Head, 19 November 2015
In Manila for the APEC summit, Obama condemned China specifically, further escalating the confrontation over the South China Sea.
By Peter Symonds, 14 November 2015
Washington’s latest military provocation in the South China Sea takes place on the eve of international summits in Manila and Kuala Lumpur.
By Peter Symonds, 10 November 2015
“Stability,” in Washington’s lexicon, is synonymous with American dominance, which it has always pursued through ruthless and violent means.
By our reporters, 7 November 2015
Australia’s Turnbull government last week gave its immediate support for US naval provocations against China in the South China Sea.
By Mike Head, 7 November 2015
The unannounced fly-over by a large Globemaster aircraft displayed utter contempt for the residents and alarmed many people, both physically and politically.
By Nick Beams, 6 November 2015
Ashton Carter’s appearance on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is a further intensification of the US military push against China.
By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2015
Three congressional hearings Tuesday discussed the preparations of the US military for a Third World War against China, Russia or both.
By Nick Beams, 5 November 2015
Despite heavy lobbying, the US did not obtain overt backing for its actions in the South China Sea from a meeting of South East Asian defence ministers
By Peter Symonds, 4 November 2015
The violation of Chinese maritime claims has nothing to do with upholding international law but is part of Washington’s “pivot to Asia” aimed at subordinating China to US interests.
By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 4 November 2015
Hollande’s was the latest in a series of high-level state visits highlighting Europe’s ever-closer relations with China.
By Peter Symonds, 3 November 2015
The joint operation in no way eases the tensions heightened by the US naval intrusion into Chinese-claimed territory in the South China Sea last week.
By Joseph Santolan, 31 October 2015
The tribunal’s ruling is a blow to China and strengthens the propaganda of Washington, which will use it to provide a legal fig leaf to escalate its war-mongering.
By Nick Beams, 30 October 2015
Pressure is set to intensify on Australia to take a direct part in the US naval operations.
By Nick Beams, 29 October 2015
The US naval operation was the outcome of months of planning by the Pentagon, accompanied by a build-up of pressure on the Obama administration to authorise it.
By Peter Symonds, 28 October 2015
The entry of the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen into Chinese-claimed waters raises the danger of a military confrontation between two nuclear-armed powers.
By James Cogan, 28 October 2015
The reckless calculation in Washington is that the Chinese regime’s diplomatic and military response to its provocative actions are nothing more than rhetoric.
By Nick Beams, 27 October 2015
The brazen and aggressive character of the operation is underscored by the fact that it has been undertaken in the total absence of military activity against the US by China.
By Joseph Santolan, 23 October 2015
While many details are still unknown, the fatal shooting occurs amid explosive tensions between China and the Philippines provoked by Washington.
By Robert Stevens, 21 October 2015
The key announcement from the Chinese President’s visit is that London has been chosen as the first overseas financial centre for a sovereign debt market in Chinese renminbi.
By James Cogan, 15 October 2015
For the first time, the Ausmin communiqué has explicitly named Chinese activity as the cause of “strong concerns.”
By Nick Beams, 14 October 2015
The apparent US decision to go ahead with “patrols” in the South China Sea follows a steady drumbeat from within military circles.
By our reporter, 9 October 2015
Any action by the US Navy to breach the 12-mile exclusion zone around Chinese claimed islands in the South China Sea would threaten a head-on military confrontation.
By Peter Symonds, 7 October 2015
The US military is preparing to send warships and aircraft within the 12-mile territorial limit around Chinese-administration islets, deliberately risking an armed clash.
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.
By Peter Symonds, 5 August 2015
The naval build-up is an integral part of the military preparations by the US and its allies throughout Asia for war against 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.
By James Cogan, 15 July 2015
Scott Ludlam epitomises the cynical manner in which a layer of the Greens occasionally pose as “left” and “anti-war.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 14 July 2015
The outposts of Vietnam and other claimants in the region cover a far broader expanse than those of China.
By Peter Symonds, 14 July 2015
The joint US-Australian think tank report documents the extent to which Australia has already become a major base of operations for the US military in Asia.
By Peter Symonds, 10 July 2015
Trong’s very presence in the White House sends a strong message regarding Hanoi’s closer ties to Washington, directed against Beijing.
By Joseph Santolan, 9 July 2015
The legal case, which aims to invalidate China’s territorial claim to the South China Sea, is part of Washington’s campaign against Beijing.
By James Cogan, 7 July 2015
For the first time, Japanese forces will participate in the biennial joint Australian and US “Talisman Sabre” exercise.
By Oliver Campbell, 2 July 2015
The establishment of the bank, a blow to US plans for hegemony in the Asia-Pacific, was accompanied by a ratcheting up of Washington’s campaign against China.
By Oliver Campbell, 27 June 2015
The talks took place amid an escalation of Washington’s diplomatic, military and economic campaign against China.
By Patrick Martin, 24 June 2015
The vote to revive the “fast-track” bill, only a week after its defeat in the House, demonstrates the decisive power of big business and the military-intelligence establishment.