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U.S. Challenges China With Patrols Near South China Sea Islands

The Wall Street Journal | Jade Walker | Posted 10.11.2015 | World

The U.S. determination to challenge China with patrols near Chinese-built islands in the South China Sea will test Xi Jinping’s recent pledge t...

Reports: U.S. Mulls Sailing Warships Near Disputed South China Sea Islands

Reuters | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 10.08.2015 | World

The United States is considering sailing warships close to China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea to signal it does not recognize Ch...

Obama's China Syndrome

William Bradley | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama's China syndrome is that he seeks both to engage China and to contain China. Both are appropriate and arguably quite necessary goals for American statecraft. But they presuppose a state of creative tension between the established superpower and would-be superpower.

Here Is the Path to Peace in the South China Sea

Hu Bo | Posted 09.24.2015 | World
Hu Bo

BEIJING -- Having been a superpower for a long time, America cannot afford to assume a weak stance. But Beijing, with its growing power, is also unable to tolerate U.S. interference at its doorstep.

Why Tibet Could Be the Best Opportunity for Xi Jinping

Matteo Mecacci | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Matteo Mecacci

China's President Xi Jinping will arrive in Washington to meet President Obama for an important state visit. The context is a growing alarm about China's less than peaceful rise, and provides a rare opportunity for the president to give an important message on Tibet.

Let's Not Get Into It With China

Ivan Eland | Posted 09.21.2015 | World
Ivan Eland

In both seas, China is engaged in territorial disputes with other countries in the region. Because of President Barack Obama's "pivot to Asia," the United States has been strengthening its Cold War-era alliances with some of these nations to contain the rising China.

Rumor, Manipulation and Change: China's Entrepreneurs Correctly Predicted the Great Fall of China

Ryan McMunn | Posted 09.11.2015 | Business
Ryan McMunn

The sooner the Chinese government stops putting GDP growth targets out, and starts getting realistic economic data from the provinces, the better off the Middle Kingdom will be.

China, Climate, and the Opportunity Costs of 9/11

John Feffer | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
John Feffer

Despite all the meetings, promises, and apocalyptic threats, global carbon emissions have risen from the Kyoto Protocol of 1997 until today -- from around 6.5 billion metric tons per year to nearly 10 billion. If both China and the U.S. had tackled this issue back in 2001, perhaps we wouldn't currently be in this pickle. Chalk that up as another opportunity cost (which might just cost us the planet). Instead of haggling over currency, hacking, and sea-lanes, the two superpowers should be thinking big. Between them, the U.S. and China account for nearly one-third of the global economy, nearly one-quarter of the world's population, and more than two-fifths of the world's carbon emissions. What these two countries do by definition has an enormous global impact.

How Mutual Recognition Can Avoid a Future War in Asia

Key-young Son | Posted 08.31.2015 | World
Key-young Son

SEOUL -- Any future war in Asia will not be about conflicting interests, but "a cultural war for mutual recognition."

Spratly Islands: Burying Coral Reefs Alive

Michael Webster | Posted 08.27.2015 | Science
Michael Webster

If we are serious about saving coral reefs and the many benefits they provide to wildlife and people, we must resist the temptation to engineer small platforms of land aimed solely at flexing geopolitical muscle. Instead, we must prioritize conservation and management actions that allow corals to thrive.

China and the Philippines: Asia's Most Toxic Relationship

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 08.17.2015 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Unless China dramatically scales back its para-military patrols, military exercises, and construction activities across disputed waters, any Filipino leader will undoubtedly face an uphill battle, if not domestic backlash, in exploring a more pragmatic relationship with Beijing.

theSKIMM'S Guide to the South and East China Sea Conflicts

theSkimm | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics

China's been getting into some serious water fights with its neighbors. Welcome to the South and East China Sea disputes.

Sand Wars

Peter Neill | Posted 08.11.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

The impact on the environment is enormous, with measurable destructive consequence for biodiversity, land loss, hydrological function, water supply, infrastructure, climate, landscape and extreme events.

China, U.S. Spar Over Islands In South China Sea

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 08.03.2015 | World

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said on Monday the disputed South China Sea should not be discussed at a me...

Aquino's Legacy in the Philippines

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 08.03.2015 | World
Edsel Tupaz

In just 5 years, Aquino's accomplishments have exceeded many expectations and have outperformed all previous administrations.

The Philippines vs. China: The Real Fight in the South China Sea

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.17.2015 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

While the Philippines is waging the snail's pace legal warfare, China is dramatically altering facts on the ground on a daily basis. By all means, the real struggle in the South China Sea is to protect your position on the ground, defending every inch of your territorial claim lest others will Darwin you out.

America and China Face the 21st Century: Replace Confrontation with Cooperation

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.13.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Goldstein performs two critical tasks in his new book, Meeting China Halfway: How to Defuse the Emerging U.S.-China Rivalry (Georgetown University Press). First, he acknowledges the legitimacy of the PRC's desire for a greater international role. Second, he offers a strategy of cooperation for the two nations, which includes recognizing natural but much-reviled "spheres of influence."

Scattershot U.S. Policies Only Fueling China's Strength Economically, Militarily and Politically

David Oualaalou | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

So much for last month's U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, which has left U.S. security analysts convinced the United States is getting nowhere with China. This was evident as President Obama expressed concern about China's increasingly troublesome cyber and maritime behavior.

Storm Warning in the South China Sea

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
Lyric Hughes Hale

The South China Sea might be a marginal sea in strictly geographic terms, but based on its history and present importance in international trade, it is central to defining the most consequential bilateral relationship in the world - that of China and the US.

28 Chinese Cavort Amid the Treasures of the Asian Art Museum

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.07.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The placement of these artworks is disconcerting and, for the most part, brilliant. Viewing the modern work next to ancient artifacts from China and from neighboring countries with which it has had a volatile history, instantly rewires our brains.

The U.S. and China Should Not Risk War Over a "Damn Fool Thing" in the South China Sea

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.04.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Some territorial claims are easy. Often, however, history disdains simplicity. In this case, there is a complex mix of control, historical practice, international law and treaty. In the view of most observers, Beijing's claims are extravagant. Yet, they are not unprecedented.

State of Play: Our Far-flung Crises

William Bradley | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

The velocity of events and the fragmentation of the media culture are such that it can be difficult to keep up with how we're doing in various national security crises around the world. Here's the latest state of play on some of the most pressing.

Confronting China Over Other Nations' Territorial Disputes: Not in America's Interest

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

None of the claims generating so much controversy is worth war. China is carefully using "salami tactics," successively grabbing small pieces of a larger whole to avoid a conflict. But who is prepared to fight even for the larger whole?

China: Milestones in the Dragon's Rise

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 06.20.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Last week, the collective valuation of China's publicly traded equity exceeded 10 trillion dollars for the first time in its history. Considering that forty odd years ago China's equity markets were moribund, the benchmark is astonishing.

Asia: On the Rocks

John Feffer | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
John Feffer

The U.S. inability to help resolve the myriad island disputes in Asia and its failure to overcome domestic resistance to the TPP suggest that a time will come quite soon when America no longer rules the waves in the Pacific (or has the hegemonic power to waive the rules).