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Calls to punish China grow


Following a year of China’s flagrant and aggressive activities in contested waters, some in Washington are calling for President Obama to cancel China’s invitation to the largest maritime military exercise in the world. Some leaders in Congress and the military want to exclude China, warning about its military buildup in the East China Sea and … Continue reading

Revamping defence strategy vital for US to prevent being surpassed by China


Reuters reports today that US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel recently said that Russia and China are trying to close the technology gap with the US. Realisation of the fierce arms race the US faces is certainly good, but the idea that China is merely catching up proves US underestimates China’s efforts to surpass the US. … Continue reading

US interference in sea disputes strengthens power of China’s reformists


In my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” (its expanded second edition will soon be released with heavy discount for two weeks in memory of the Tiananmen Protests), I said that when the major reformist Zhao Ziyang fell into disgrace due to the Tiananmen Protests, reform seemed doomed. Deng Xiaoping had to reinvigorate the reform by his … Continue reading

US warns China that Washington will not remain passive if aggression continues


The United States has warned China to stop using “destabilising” tactics in its bid to claim parts of the South China Sea. US defence secretary Chuck Hagel made the comments at an Asia-Pacific security forum in Singapore, also attended by Australia’s Defence Minister, David Johnston. China is locked in territorial disputes with Vietnam, the Philippines, … Continue reading

Obama looks to salvage Asia ‘pivot’ as allies fret about China


When a Philippine government ship evaded a Chinese blockade in disputed waters of the South China Sea last month, a U.S. Navy plane swooped in to witness the dramatic encounter. The flyover was a vivid illustration of the expanding significance of one of Asia’s most strategic regions and underscored a message that senior U.S. officials … Continue reading

US defence chief gets earful as China visit exposes tensions


Tensions between China and the United States were on full display on Tuesday as Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel faced questions in Beijing about America’s position in bitter territorial disputes with regional U.S. allies. Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan, standing side-by-side with Hagel, called on the United States to restrain ally Japan and chided another U.S. … Continue reading

US tells ‘great power’ China to respect its neighbours; intimidation will not be tolerated


U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, on the eve of a trip to China, called on Beijing to use its “great power” responsibly and said he would urge its leaders to respect neighbors increasingly anxious over its posture in territorial disputes. “Great powers have great responsibilities. And China is a great power,” Hagel said, adding he … Continue reading

China says carrier tests in South China Sea going well


China‘s first and only aircraft carrier has successfully carried out a series of tests during a training mission in the disputed South China Sea, state media reported on Monday. This month’s drills off the coast of Hainan Island mark not only the first time China has sent a carrier into the South China Sea but … Continue reading

China’s behaviour in South China Sea ship encounter is irresponsible says U.S.


China‘s behaviour in a narrowly averted naval collision in the South China Sea was both “unhelpful” and “irresponsible,” U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday, warning against incidents could escalate existing U.S.-Chinese tensions. “That action by the Chinese, cutting their ship 100 yards out in front of the (USS) Cowpens, was not a responsible … Continue reading

US defies China by flying over East China Sea without notification


Two unarmed U.S. B-52 bombers on a training mission flew over disputed islands in the East China Sea without informing Beijing, Pentagon officials said on Tuesday, defying China’s declaration of a new airspace defence zone in the region. The flight on Monday night did not prompt a response from China, and the White House on … Continue reading

China bolsters East China Sea claim, warns of ‘defensive measures’


China on Saturday bolstered its claim to islands that Japan says it owns, warning that it would take “defensive emergency measures” against aircraft that failed to identify themselves properly in airspace over them. Ties between the Asian powers have been strained for months by the dispute over the islands in the East China Sea, called … Continue reading

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