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East China Sea Dispute

Why China and America are Headed Toward a Catastrophic Clash

Hugh White | Posted 08.02.2014 | World
Hugh White

Both Washington and China are steadily upping the stakes in their rivalry as China's provocations of U.S. friends and allies become more flagrant and America's commitments to support them become more categorical. Both believe they can do this with impunity because both believe the other will back down to avoid a clash. There is a disconcertingly high chance that they are both wrong. Asia today therefore carries the seeds of a truly catastrophic episode of mutual misperception.

Obama's Asian Pivot: A WorldPost Review

Nathan Gardels | Posted 06.22.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

This week, U.S. President Barack Obama is visiting Asia to meet U.S. allies and assure them of America's backing as China rises to become the dominant power in the region. In light of the West's weak response to Putin's takeover of the Crimea, some Asian allies are concerned about whether the U.S. will stand steady in the event a conflict breaks out between one of its allies and China.

A Zen Response To The Japan-China Island Dispute

Nathan Gardels | Posted 06.17.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

Though mired in a thoroughly modern nation-state dispute with very real military consequences, both China and Japan also proudly draw their identities from continuous cultures that are not only thousands of years old, but also grounded in common civilizational roots. Perhaps if they peered far enough back to those common roots, they would not be so bent out of shape over who owns a few rocks in the ocean. Looked at differently, the islands very much resemble a dry zen garden where a series of mindfully positioned rocks rest harmoniously amid a meticulously raked gravel sea of nothingness. It is here that one contemplates peace.

Robert Kaplan: The End Of A Stable Pacific

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.05.2014 | World

Robert Kaplan is the author of “Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific” Kaplan spoke with The WorldPost editor N...

Brzezinski: Ominously, A Real Danger Of Conflict In East China Sea

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

Can China Avoid the Thucydides Trap? Zbigniew Brzezinski, one of America's pre-eminent strategic thinkers, comments on Chinese President Xi Jinping...

War With China?

Allan Topol | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Allan Topol

The United States and China are now playing a dangerous game which could lead to war. Beijing is asserting its new military might; and Washington is accepting the challenge.

U.S. Directly Defies Chinese Airspace Declaration

Reuters | Phil Stewart and David Alexander | Posted 11.26.2013 | World

By Phil Stewart and David Alexander WASHINGTON, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Two U.S. military aircraft have flown around disputed islands in the East China ...

The U.S. Perilously Ignores Island Conflicts in Asia

Donald Gross | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
Donald Gross

The fallout between the Philippines and Taiwan has been considerable, and recent events demonstrate that the United States ignores the disputes over the small islands in the South China and East China Seas at its peril.

China Warns Of Right To 'Further Action' In Island Dispute

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 11.18.2012 | World

BEIJING — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta met Wednesday with Chinese leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping, who just days ago reappeared after a puzz...

Japanese Businesses Hit In Raging Chinese Protests

AP | ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 09.18.2012 | World

TOKYO -- Scores of Japanese-owned factories and stores in China were shuttered Tuesday as anti-Japan demonstrations erupted in dozens of cities. At s...

Thousands Of Chinese Boats Head For Disputed Islands

AP | DIDI TANG | Posted 11.17.2012 | World

BEIJING — The 81st anniversary of a Japanese invasion brought a fresh wave of anti-Japan demonstrations in China on Tuesday, with thousands of p...

Chinese Protesters Rage Against Japan

Reuters | Posted 11.15.2012 | World

By Michael Martina and Terril Yue Jones BEIJING/CHENGDU, China, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Chinese police used pepper spray, tear gas and wat...