Eastern Asia

US sanctions against North Korea target China

By Peter Symonds, 23 November 2017

Washington is determined to exploit the confrontation with Pyongyang to undermine China economically and strategically.

Trump designates North Korea as state sponsor of terrorism

By Peter Symonds, 21 November 2017

Trump’s decision is another step towards a catastrophic war that would not only kill millions on the Korean Peninsula but could potentially draw in major powers such as China and Russia.

“Time is quickly running out”

Trump threatens China over North Korea and trade

By James Cogan, 10 November 2017

Three aircraft carrier battlegroups are positioned off the coast of the Korean Peninsula and will rehearse for war this weekend.

In wake of US threats against North Korea, China heaps honors on Trump

By James Cogan, 9 November 2017

The strategic orientation of the Chinese regime is to avoid an open clash with Washington for as long as possible.

In Seoul, Trump delivers war ultimatum to North Korea

By James Cogan, 8 November 2017

The casualties and horrors of a second Korean War, in 2017, could make those of nearly 70 years ago pale in comparison.

Trump encourages Japanese militarism against North Korea and China

By James Cogan, 7 November 2017

Trump displayed complete indifference to anti-war sentiment in Japan, as he strutted alongside right-wing nationalist prime minister Shinzo Abe.

Trump in Asia: On the eve of war

By James Cogan, 6 November 2017

Trump personifies the decay of American imperialism and the calculation of its strategists that it can arrest its decline by military means.

Trump begins 12-day visit to Asia to build war coalition against North Korea

By James Cogan, 4 November 2017

The visit symbolically began with a visit by the president to the Pearl Habor naval base, where war between the US and Japan for dominance over Asia began in December 1941.

President Xi presides over brittle Chinese regime

By Peter Symonds, 1 November 2017

Xi has emerged as a Bonapartist figure, who, confronted with huge challenges at home and abroad, serves to maintain party unity and ward off an internal crisis.

US masses ships and aircraft outside North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 30 October 2017

The Trump administration is threatening a war not just with conventional weapons, but with nuclear bombs—directed against North Korea and any other power that joins the conflict.

Trump: US “totally prepared” for war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 26 October 2017

The US military preparations take place amid bitter infighting in Washington fuelled, in part, by fears an American attack on North Korea could be imminent.

Xi Jinping consolidates grip over Chinese Communist Party apparatus

By Peter Symonds, 25 October 2017

The elevation of Xi to supreme leader is a sign of crisis of the CCP regime, which is beset with irresolvable internal and external problems.

China faces growing debt problems, says central bank governor

By Nick Beams, 24 October 2017

The use of the term “Minsky moment” could be an indication of how serious the bank chief regards the situation.

Ruling LDP maintains two-thirds majority in Japanese election

By Ben McGrath, 23 October 2017

While the media is declaring Abe’s victory a mandate for his policies, the low turnout points to widespread alienation from the political establishment.

Japan’s Stalinists seek to head off anti-war movement ahead of election

By Ben McGrath, 21 October 2017

By blaming Pyongyang for the current crisis, the JCP is effectively lining up behind Japan’s ruling elite and the US in their confrontation with North Korea and China.

Chinese leader calls for “strong nation” and “strong military”

By Peter Symonds, 21 October 2017

Confrontation is inevitable as US imperialism regards China as the chief challenge to its global hegemony, and Chinese capitalism strains against the restrictions of the current world order.

US admiral must “imagine the unimagined:” All-out war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 18 October 2017

The comment from Admiral Harry Harris, who is centrally responsible for preparing US forces for conflict with North Korea, is the latest threat against Pyongyang.

Chinese Communist Party congress meets amid gathering crises

By Peter Symonds, 17 October 2017

Xi is being elevated to the status of supreme leader as the regime confronts a slowing economy, rising social tensions and the growing US threat of trade war and war.

US open to diplomacy with North Korea “until the first bomb drops”

By Peter Symonds, 16 October 2017

Far from offering any reassurance of a peaceful solution, Tillerson’s remarks underscore the advanced state of US preparations for a war with North Korea.

China’s billionaires rapidly expand their fortunes

By Mike Head, 16 October 2017

President Xi’s five-year reign, due to be extended next week, has accelerated a vast accumulation of corporate wealth.

The US on the brink of war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 12 October 2017

As Trump faces a mounting political crisis at home, the US president may see a war with North Korea as a means of shoring up his administration and crushing domestic political opposition.

Australia deploys for war with North Korea and confrontation with China

By James Cogan, 11 October 2017

A flotilla of six Australian warships is making its way toward the Korean Peninsula and an Australian attack submarine is already in the area exercising with US and Japanese subs.

US defence secretary calls on military to be ready for war against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 10 October 2017

President Trump has repeatedly dismissed efforts to start talks with North Korea and to end the dangerous confrontation on the Korean Peninsula.

UK draws up plans to back US military attack on North Korea

By Robert Stevens, 10 October 2017

At the Conservative Party’s annual conference, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said his government was prepared to use nuclear weapons against North Korea or another adversary.

Japan’s new Party of Hope releases right-wing populist election platform

By Ben McGrath, 9 October 2017

The new party backs remilitarization along with constitutional changes to remove any restraints on military action in order to advance the interests of Japanese imperialism.

Japan’s Democrats found new party to posture as opponents of remilitarization

By Ben McGrath, 6 October 2017

The CDP is a regrouping of many of the same Democrats who imposed austerity measures and aligned with the US war drive against China while in office from 2009 to 2012.

Trump administration crisis worsens amid war drive against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 5 October 2017

Notwithstanding concerted efforts to downplay any breach, Tillerson has been publicly at odds with Trump—most sharply over the US confrontation with North Korea.

Trump rules out negotiations with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 2 October 2017

Trump’s crude tweet branded Tillerson’s efforts as “a waste of time” while also targeting Chinese leaders, with whom the US secretary of state had just held talks.

Japan’s main opposition party dissolves itself ahead of general election

By Ben McGrath, 30 September 2017

The dissolution of the Democratic Party is the end product of the party's continuous shift to the right over two decades.

North Korea warns that Trump’s threats are a declaration of war

By Peter Symonds, 26 September 2017

Washington’s constant drumbeat of threats and military provocations is aimed at forcing Pyongyang to unconditionally capitulate or goad it into action that can be seized on as the casus belli for a war of annihilation.

South Korea backs Trump’s threats to “totally destroy” North Korea

By Ben McGrath, 26 September 2017

The Moon Jae-in administration in Seoul is deepening its military cooperation with the US while continuing to posture as an advocate of peace on the Korean Peninsula.

As Trump threatens North Korea, most Americans oppose war

By Peter Symonds, 25 September 2017

An opinion poll revealed the majority of Americans oppose a US attack on North Korea, fear it will lead to a wider war and do not trust Trump as commander-in-chief.

Trump provokes North Korean counter-threats and heightens war danger

By Peter Symonds, 23 September 2017

North Korea has clearly concluded that the US is intent on destroying its government and is developing its nuclear arsenal in a desperate bid to counter the US threat.

Trump announces aggressive sanctions against trade with North Korea

By Mike Head, 22 September 2017

Trump’s executive order is clearly aimed primarily at China, but can also threaten other countries.

Japanese PM backs US “military option” against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 20 September 2017

Abe’s conclusion that “dialogue will not work with North Korea” amounts to a menacing threat to deal with Pyongyang either through regime change or war.

Top Canadian general stokes fears over North Korea to justify joining US ballistic-missile defence

By Roger Jordan, 20 September 2017

Canada’s top general in the North American Aerospace Defence command has made the sensationalist claim that the US would not defend Canada from a ballistic missile strike.

South Korea assassination squad to target Pyongyang leadership

By Ben McGrath, 18 September 2017

This “decapitation squad” is part of a broader plan for preemptive war against North Korea that would have devastating consequences for the region.

Trump threatens North Korea with “effective and overwhelming” military force

By Peter Symonds, 16 September 2017

Senior Trump officials insisted that the US had a “military option” and warned that time was running out for any diplomatic solution to the Korean crisis.

North Korea tests missile in response to sanctions

By James Cogan, 15 September 2017

Washington is pushing the besieged regime in North Korea into a corner from which it could escape only by a complete capitulation to US demands.

UN Security Council imposes severe sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 12 September 2017

Far from easing tensions in North East Asia, the UN resolution sets the stage for further US provocations and heightens the danger of military conflict.

As US threatens North Korea, NATO chief warns of “more dangerous world”

By Peter Symonds, 11 September 2017

The danger of catastrophic war in Asia is provoking deep fears in Europe and exacerbating divisions with Washington.

As US threatens war against North Korea, China appeals to European powers

By Alex Lantier, 9 September 2017

China has called on Germany and France to coordinate sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear test and prevent US escalation on the Korean Peninsula from leading to war.

US completes anti-missile deployment in South Korea amid heightened war danger

By Ben McGrath, 8 September 2017

Under pressure from Washington, South Korean President Moon has moved away from his previous calls for dialogue with North Korea and toward increasingly hawkish positions.

UN head warns Korean crisis could spiral into world war

By James Cogan, 7 September 2017

Sharp divisions exist between the US, China and Russia over Washington’s demands that the UN impose a total trade embargo on North Korea.

Burmese military steps up ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims

By John Roberts, 7 September 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi, promoted by the US and its allies as a “democracy icon,” has backed the military’s pogrom at every step.

The US faces off against China and Russia over North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 5 September 2017

In a provocative speech in the UN, US ambassador Nikki Haley not only targeted North Korea over its nuclear test, but also threatened China and Russia.

Trump, North Korea and the danger of world war

By Peter Symonds, 4 September 2017

While North Korea’s nuclear test certainly compounds the risk of conflict, the prime responsibility for pushing the world to the brink of nuclear war rests with US imperialism.

Another war threat: Trump rules out talking to North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 31 August 2017

If negotiations are not an option, the only conclusion that can be drawn is that the US is preparing to attack North Korea militarily.

Trump threatens North Korea with war

By Peter Symonds, 30 August 2017

By declaring “all options are on the table,” Trump effectively ruled out strong hints last week that a peaceful solution to the standoff could be found.

Amid high tensions, North Korea fires intermediate-range missile over Japan

By Peter Symonds, 29 August 2017

US and South Korean military commanders reportedly agreed to an early, tough response, including “military measures,” to demonstrate “the alliance’s strong will.”

Muted US response to North Korean short-range missile launches

By Peter Symonds, 28 August 2017

While US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has suggested that talks might be possible, he has continued to stress that the US still has a military option to deal with North Korea.

US hits China, Russia with punitive sanctions over North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 23 August 2017

The targeting of Chinese companies makes clear that Washington is exploiting the tense standoff with North Korea as part of its wider confrontation with Beijing.

US pushes ahead with provocative war games in South Korea

By Peter Symonds, 21 August 2017

By proceeding with the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercises, the US is once again deliberately inflaming its confrontation with North Korea.

IMF sharpens its warning on “dangerous” Chinese debt growth

By Nick Beams, 18 August 2017

According to the IMF, the increased Chinese debt, resulting from government efforts to stimulate the economy, could lead to a financial crisis.

China accelerates privatisation of state-owned enterprises

By Gary Alvernia, 18 August 2017

The conversion of SOEs to joint-stock companies is a form of back-door privatisation that will intensify the attacks on Chinese workers’ jobs and conditions.

Earthquake in China kills 25

By Robert Campion, 18 August 2017

Since the devastating quake in Sichuan Province in 2008, little has been done to address the quality of building materials in the countryside.

A temporary step back in US-North Korean tensions

By Peter Symonds, 17 August 2017

The confrontation on the Korean Peninsula remains on a hair trigger and a mistake or miscalculation could plunge the world into war.

New Zealand government would “consider” joining US war against North Korea

By Tom Peters, 15 August 2017

For the government and opposition parties alike, the threat of war has been the great unmentionable in their campaigns for the September 23 election.

As Trump initiates hostile trade inquiry against China

US defence secretary threatens war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 15 August 2017

Mattis’s remarks came in the aftermath of bellicose threats by President Trump last week to engulf North Korea in “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

China rejects Trump’s accusations over North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 2 August 2017

Beijing’s determination not to be bullied into tougher action against North Korea sets the stage for an escalating US confrontation not only with Pyongyang, but also China.

The US sanctions drive and the danger of war

By Alex Lantier, 1 August 2017

Amid a mounting domestic political crisis and a breakdown of long-standing alliances, the United States is simultaneously escalating its military threats against nuclear-armed Russia and China.

Trump slams China over North Korean missile

By Peter Symonds, 31 July 2017

Trump’s tweets are another sign that the White House is actively considering far more aggressive methods, including military strikes against North Korea.

Japan’s defense minister resigns in wake of scandal

By Ben McGrath, 29 July 2017

Inada’s resignation is an attempt to reverse the drastically falling support for the Abe government.

US generals discuss “military options” after North Korean missile test

By Peter Symonds, 29 July 2017

Yesterday’s launch of a long-range missile will only heighten the clamour in Washington for action, including military strikes and regime-change operations.

US military declares “time is running out” before war with North Korea

By James Cogan, 28 July 2017

The situation is rendered even more volatile and dangerous by the besieged character of the Trump presidency.

US accuses China of unsafe mid-air encounter

By Peter Symonds, 26 July 2017

The incident involving a US spy plane and Chinese fighters highlights the acute tensions generated by Washington’s repeated threats to attack North Korea.

South Korea extends deadline for talks with the North

By Ben McGrath, 24 July 2017

Seoul has reassured Washington that its proposal is not meant to undermine the larger demand for the complete denuclearization of North Korea.

Top leadership contender in China abruptly ousted

By Peter Symonds, 20 July 2017

Sun Zhengcai was removed as party boss of Chongqing and replaced by a trusted protégé of President Xi Jinping.

South Korea proposes military talks with North Korea

By Ben McGrath, 18 July 2017

Seoul’s offer is likely to aggravate differences with Washington, which were largely papered over during the summit between the leaders of the two countries last month.

China establishes military base in Djibouti

By Peter Symonds, 17 July 2017

China’s military involvement in Africa takes place amid rising geo-political rivalries that threaten its considerable investment in, and trade with, Africa.

US threatens China over North Korean sanctions

By Peter Symonds, 13 July 2017

The Trump administration is preparing secondary sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals even as it demands Beijing’s support for far tougher UN bans on North Korea.

US strategic bombers conduct provocative drill near North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 10 July 2017

The military exercise involving US B1-B bombers just before the G20 summit, was aimed at pressuring all countries, especially China, to take tough action against North Korea.

Japan’s ruling party trounced in Tokyo regional election

By Ben McGrath, 7 July 2017

The election is regarded as a barometer of national political sentiment, showing falling support for the Abe government.

Ahead of G20 summit

US exploits North Korean missile test to threaten war and isolate China

By James Cogan, 6 July 2017

The Trump administration is returning to the bellicose anti-China stance that characterised his campaign in the presidential election.

North Korean missile launch intensifies war danger

By Peter Symonds, 5 July 2017

Washington, not Pyongyang, is primarily responsible for creating the explosive situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Japanese PM plans to submit constitutional revisions this year

By Ben McGrath, 5 July 2017

Prime Minister Abe’s plan has upset some within his party who feel the changes do not go far enough in removing restrictions on the military.

Trump’s frosty phone call with Chinese President Xi

By Peter Symonds, 4 July 2017

Trump is adopting a more confrontational stance toward China in an effort to pressure Beijing to force North Korea to bow to US demands.

South Korean president aligns with US war plans against North Korea

By Ben McGrath, 3 July 2017

With his election out of the way, President Moon sought to reassure Washington that he remained committed to the military alliance.

US threatens war with North as South Korean president arrives in Washington

By James Cogan, 30 June 2017

Moon Jae-in, far from seeking to curb Washington’s threats, has fallen into line with the steady build-up toward confrontation with North Korea.

US demands “much greater” Chinese pressure on North Korea, or else

By Peter Symonds, 22 June 2017

While continuing to press China over North Korea, the Trump administration is warning that the US will resort to other measures—including military action—if there are no results.

South Korean president tries to smooth disagreements with Washington

By Ben McGrath, 22 June 2017

Seoul has suggested reaching out to Pyongyang as the US ramps up pressure on North Korea.

Trump takes another step towards war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 21 June 2017

By declaring that Chinese pressure on Pyongyang has “not worked out,” Trump is left with few options but to launch reckless military attacks on North Korea.

South Korean president offers phony welfare pledges

By Ben McGrath, 20 June 2017

The new government’s promises are a smokescreen to obscure its pro-capitalist policies, counter mounting discontent and prevent the eruption of social unrest.

US ex-basketballer heads to North Korea to “open door”

By Peter Symonds, 15 June 2017

Given the accelerating US confrontation with North Korea, the chances that Rodman’s visit can open meaningful talks between the two countries appear remote.

China, Japan take tentative steps to revive relations

By Kurt Brown, 14 June 2017

China’s top foreign policy official held three days of talks with senior Japanese officials, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

South Korea delays THAAD battery installation

By Ben McGrath, 13 June 2017

Washington is concerned that the new government in Seoul is pursuing closer relations with China.

Following new UN sanctions, North Korea tests more missiles

By Peter Symonds, 8 June 2017

A US nuclear-powered attack submarine docked in South Korea on Tuesday—the latest step in Washington’s military build-up near the Korean Peninsula.

Political lessons of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in China

By James Cogan, 5 June 2017

Each year, the Stalinist regime mobilises its police state apparatus to prevent any commemoration of the massacre, which was aimed at suppressing a potentially revolutionary movement of the Chinese working class.

Shangri La Dialogue: US Defence Secretary, Australian PM threaten North Korea, China

By Peter Symonds, 3 June 2017

The premier Asian strategic conference is taking place as the US threatens war against North Korea and continues its relentless military build-up.

Germany turns to Asia

By Johannes Stern, 1 June 2017

In the midst of a historic crisis in transatlantic relations, Berlin is working systematically to expand political and economic ties with Asia.

US anti-missile test sends warning to North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 31 May 2017

The successful interception of a dummy ICBM demonstrates to North Korea and also China that the US can launch a nuclear attack and counter any attempt to retaliate.

Japanese government pushes “anti-conspiracy” laws through lower house

By Gary Alvernia, 30 May 2017

Defying public opposition, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing ahead with the bill that defines 277 types of crimes to which criminal conspiracy can apply.

North Korea tests missile as US deploys third aircraft carrier

By James Cogan, 29 May 2017

The test follow steps by the US and its allies that would have heightened fears in the North Korean regime of the possibility of attack.

Moody’s downgrades China’s debt rating

By Nick Beams, 26 May 2017

The sharp reaction of the Chinese finance ministry to the Moody’s downgrade decision signifies that that economic and political contradictions facing the Xi Jinping regime are increasing.

UN Security Council to meet again after North Korea missile test

By James Cogan, 22 May 2017

The test followed actions by the US and its allies that would only have heightened the North Korean regime’s fears about an imminent military assault.

Another undercover report of super-exploitation in China’s iPhone factories

By Robert Campion, 22 May 2017

A student exposes some of the horrendous working conditions enforced by the Beijing regime, on behalf of conglomerates such as Apple.

Japanese government exploits Korean crisis to whip up war scares

By Gary Alvernia, 20 May 2017

Post-war Japanese governments have attempted for decades to find ways around the limitations on military force in the constitution.

North Korea accused of cyber attacks in mounting demonisation campaign

By James Cogan, 18 May 2017

A propaganda campaign is underway in the US and international media that is ominously reminiscent of the 2002-2003 hysteria over Iraq and “weapons of mass destruction.”

China hosts international launch of One Belt, One Road initiative

By Nick Beams, 16 May 2017

In launching the initiative, Chinese president Xi Jinping emphasised the need for “win-win co-operation,” but there are significant tensions surrounding the project.

US, South Korea emphasise alliance after North Korean missile test

By Ben McGrath, 15 May 2017

Concerns persist in Washington that the new Moon administration in Seoul could undermine attempts to pressure Pyongyang.