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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, March 7, 2016


China’s political Two Sessions just finished. It is good to see concern for responsibility, enforcement, growth, and grace within China’s governance. Clean air was on the agenda. 300,000 soldiers have been cut from active duty, mostly non-infantry. The military did not get the 2.5% budget increase it wanted, only 1.5%. A number of generals are … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, October 26, 2015


Fireworks and seizure. On Saturday, a North Korean patrol boat crossed into South Korea’s side of the “NLL” (Northern Limit Line), which North Korea rejects. The South fired warning shots and the “Nork” ship went home. The DPRK will not have the same cakewalk as Hitler had in France… at least not on the water. … Continue reading

North Korea announces bold new peace plan (satire)


Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Kim Wu-hu, the highly respected director of North Korea’s Ministry of Everlasting Truth. She is variously believed to be Kim Jong-un‘s sister or illegitimate daughter. Kim Jong-un (also known as Kim Chi-un), the universally beloved Dear Leader of the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea, today announced a bold … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, August 17, 2015


Chinese marketing, Taiwanese elections, and new military toys. Both Taiwan and China have been touting their military equipment. This goes a bit beyond the usual saber rattling; it’s more like sabre “show and tell”. China launches a recruitment video for it’s Navy (PLAN). Though, China is facing an aging labor force and lacks the resources … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, August 10, 2015


A typhoon and some bad follow-up weather beat up Pacific Asia over the weekend and it’s not over. China’s controversial island building got ASEAN’s attention and John Kerry’s time. Beijing claims that island reclaiming has ceased, Kerry has not confirmed. The typhoon was an interruption to many things this week, including the curriculum controversy in … Continue reading

The Chinese ‘century’ is already over


Last Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry completed a two-day trip to Beijing. The day before, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi wrapped up his three-day visit to Xian, Shanghai, and Beijing. Everyone, it seems, is going to China, implicitly acknowledging that this is indeed its century. In reality, however, the period of Chinese primacy, … Continue reading

U.S. senators seek strategy to stop China’s South China Sea reclamation


Leading U.S. senators expressed alarm on Thursday at the scale and speed of China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea and said a formal U.S. strategy was needed to slow or stop the work. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter, Republican Senators John McCain … Continue reading

Trade groups urge U.S. to push against China’s protectionist regulations


United States trade groups gave the Chinese government an earful last week about new policies that could hamper the ability of major technology multinationals to do business in China. Now, the other shoe has dropped. In a letter addressed to key United States officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew … Continue reading

US should arm Vietnam to counter China


Almost 40 years after their war, the U.S. and Vietnam have long since stopped being enemies. Trade between them has grown to more than $20 billion. Yet one major obstacle to a full rapprochement remains: the U.S. embargo on lethal weapons sales to its former adversary. This should be removed. Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh … Continue reading

China Secretly Conducts Second Flight Test Of New Ultra High-Speed Missile


China recently conducted the second flight test of a new, ultra-high-speed missile that is part of what analysts say is Beijing’s global system of attack weapons capable of striking the United States with nuclear warheads. The latest test of the new hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) known as Wu-14 took place Aug. 7 at a missile … Continue reading

China rebuffs U.S. efforts on South China Sea tensions


China appeared to rebuff pressure from the United States to rein in its assertive actions in the South China Sea on Sunday as Southeast Asian nations declined to overtly back Washington’s proposal for a freeze on provocative acts. The lack of progress in resolving the maritime tensions at Asia’s highest-profile diplomatic meeting so far this … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, August 11


“Introspection”- The escalation went underground this week as nations look inside themselves. It all began August 1. A gas line explosion in Taiwan could change politics forever. Earthquake, a factory explosion, protests, and anti-Muslim laws in China. Manila finally jails the 12 Chinese fisherman who entered Filipino seas and ran aground the 400-year-old reef. Ebola … Continue reading

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi chides John Kerry for arriving late for talks


US Secretary of State John Kerry was ticked off by his Chinese counterpart today after he arrived late for talks between the superpowers as Washington attempts to cool regional maritime tensions. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pointedly remarked that he had been waiting “for more than half an hour” in comments through an interpreter after … Continue reading

China to build lighthouses on five South China Sea islands, in defiance of U.S. call to stop provocations


China plans to build lighthouses on five islands in the South China Sea, state media reported on Thursday, in defiance of calls from the United States and the Philippines for a freeze on such activity to ease tension over rival claims. At least two of the islands upon which China said it will put up … Continue reading

US military plans new tactics to deter China in South China Sea


The US is developing new military tactics to deter China’s slow but steady territorial advances in the South China Sea, including more aggressive use of surveillance aircraft and naval operations near contested areas. The rethink comes in the wake of the series of low-level incursions China has used to shift the status quo in one … Continue reading

China, U.S. say committed to managing differences


China and the United States need to manage their differences, the leaders of both countries said on Wednesday at the start of annual talks expected to focus on cyber-security, maritime disputes, the Chinese currency and an investment treaty. The two-day talks in Beijing, called the Strategic and Economic Dialogue, will be an opportunity for the … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, July 7


This week’s international smack-talk of China took a more academic tone. China’s evidential first enemy: the global super-giant (little old Taiwan), still not thwarted by the near-2,000 missiles aimed at the island, is appearing in more and more news articles and sections. One news site discusses Taiwan’s economy and demographics. Documented rising sea levels (3 … Continue reading

US tells China to adjust its territorial claims in the South China Sea in accordance with international law, or prove the claims


The U.S. voiced concern Wednesday that China is gradually asserting control in the disputed South China Sea on the basis of vague territorial claims unsupported by international law. Sharpening U.S. criticism of the rising Asian power, Daniel Russel, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia, described in congressional testimony a litany of actions by China … Continue reading

John Kerry will seek an audience with Kim Jong-un in North Korea


Secretary of State Kerry has had at least two historic diplomatic successes recently: demanding that Israel give the Palestinians whatever they want in exchange for destruction peace and begging Iran and her Supreme Leader Khamenei to be slightly more discrete about their acquisition and development of nukes. With those successes behind him, having little else to do … Continue reading

U.S. offers to help South East Asia patrol South China Sea; most to Vietnam


The United States on Monday offered $32.5 million in assistance to Southeast Asian nations, more than half to Vietnam, to boost maritime security, which comes as tension grows with China over rival claims in the South China Sea. On his first visit to Vietnam as secretary of state, John Kerry denied that the assistance had … Continue reading

China: Why are Japan and America so concerned about this map?


China’s Ministry of National Defense issued this map establishing the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone. The ministry claims that the zone is “not directed against any specific country or target,” which is a bit hard to buy given that it overlaps significantly with Japan’s air defense zone in the region: it includes the disputed islands known as the Diaoyu … Continue reading

China: What Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iran, Israel, and the U.S. have in common


The opinions expressed are those of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail. If there is a nation (not “state”) that can successfully convince the Arabs, the Jews and the Iranians to sit down simultaneously for a talk, it could be the Chinese. With the historical cultural links and for immense economic … Continue reading

China got into bed with the U.S. Treasury and can’t get out


The Chinese sure are doing a lot of worrying these days about the stalemate in Washington. Li Keqiang, China’s Premier, told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that he was watching the tussle over raising the government’s debt ceilingwith “great attention” in a meeting last week. He has good reason to be concerned. With a stash of nearly $1.3 … Continue reading

USA tells China to focus on law in South China Sea dispute


US Secretary of State John Kerry encouraged Southeast Asian leaders on Wednesday in their efforts to resolve maritime disputes with China based on international legal principles, rather than by making individual deals as China would prefer. Mr. Kerry arrived in Brunei to substitute for President Obama at the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast … Continue reading

China benefits from Obama’s missed trip, U.S. credibility suffers


President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that China had probably taken advantage of his absence from a summit in Asia this week and he warned that the government shutdown and fiscal debate were hurting U.S. credibility abroad. Obama last week cancelled a trip to Indonesia and Brunei, opting to stay home and manage the U.S. … Continue reading

Happy birthday Kim Il-sung


Well, sorta. Maybe it will be his last, but I wouldn’t count on it. Kim Il-sung was born (it is written and may ever be true) on April 15, 1912. There are over 500 statues of Kim Il-sung in North Korea. The most prominent are at Kim Il-sung University, Kim Il-sung Stadium, Mansudae Hill, Kim Il-sung Bridge and the Immortal Statue … Continue reading

China ‘extremely concerned’ about U.S.- Japan island talk


Japan and the United States have started talks on military plans in case of armed conflict over a group of East China Sea Islets claimed by Tokyo and Beijing, Japanese media said on Thursday, prompting China to complain of “outside pressure.” The Pentagon confirmed talks were being held on Thursday and Friday between Shigeru Iwasaki, … Continue reading

Obama: US must ratify UN sea treaty to avoid confrontation with China


Washington’s failure to ratify the Law of the Sea Convention puts the U.S. military at increasing risk of confrontation with rising powers like China, U.S. officials said on Wednesday as the Obama administration began a new push to join the 30-year-old treaty. Senior defence officials told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that without the treaty, … Continue reading

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