US aircraft carriers return to South China Sea amid rising tensions

The United States runs regular operations in the South China Sea. (AFP/Catherine LAI)

HANOI: For the second time in two weeks, the United States has deployed two aircraft carriers to the South China Sea, the US Navy said on Friday (Jul 17), as China and the United States accuse each other of stoking tensions in the region. Tiếp tục đọc “US aircraft carriers return to South China Sea amid rising tensions”

Beijing denies intercepting US ‘sniffer plane’ over Yellow Sea

China says its aircraft were acting ‘in accordance with the law’ when they approached the American WC-135 plane

A US WC-135 Constant Phoenix aircraft can detect signs of nuclear activity.
A US WC-135 Constant Phoenix aircraft can detect signs of nuclear activity. Photograph: HANDOUT/Reuters

China has denied US allegations that two of its fighter jets intercepted an American “radiation-sniffing” plane earlier this week, saying that its aircraft were acting “in accordance with the law”.

“Related remarks from the US side are inconsistent with fact,” the Chinese defence ministry said in a statement posted to its website late on Friday.

“On 17 May, a US reconnaissance aircraft was carrying out an operation in airspace over the Chinese Yellow Sea (the northern part of the East China sea), and Chinese aircraft acted to identify and investigate in accordance with the law,” the statement said, calling the action “professional” and “safe”.

The US air force said in an earlier statement on Friday that its plane, a WC-135 Constant Phoenix, was conducting a “routine mission” in international airspace when it was intercepted by two Chinese Sukhoi SU-30 fighter aircrafts.

The WC-135 is a so-called “sniffer plane” designed to scan the atmosphere for signs of nuclear activity.

“The WC-135 was operating in accordance with international law. While we are still investigating the incident, initial reports from the US aircrew characterised the intercept as unprofessional,” the US air force said.

Mid-air interceptions occur routinely in international airspace, but the US military will often call out foreign pilots if it judges the manoeuvres to be risky or unprofessional.

Meanwhile, China urged the US to halt such reconnaissance exercises in order to prevent future incidents.

“The American military’s frequent reconnaissance operations are the root cause of security issues between the Chinese and US navy and air forces,” the Chinese defence ministry’s statement said.

Donald Trump speaks directly to Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen


Donald Trump speaks directly to Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen

President-elect speaks with Taiwan’ leader in a break from the US’ “one China” policy triggering protest from Beijing.

US President-elect Donald Trump has spoken with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, in a major break with Washington’s policy on China, triggering protest from Beijing.

During Friday’s discussion, Trump and Tsai noted “the close economic, political and security ties” between Taiwan and the United States, according to the president-elect’s transition team. Tiếp tục đọc “Donald Trump speaks directly to Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen”

US warns China of countermeasures if it provokes ahead of court decision

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Speech by Dai Bingguo at China-US Dialogue on South China Sea Between Chinese and US Think Tanks 2016/07/05

China Ministry of Foreign Affairs
5 July, Washington D.C

I am delighted to attend the China-US dialogue on South China Sea between Chinese and US think tanks jointly organized by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University and meet with old and new friends. I would like to take this opportunity to thank both organizations for putting this dialogue together and my sincere thanks go to all of you here who have for long cared for and supported the development of China-US relations. Tiếp tục đọc “Speech by Dai Bingguo at China-US Dialogue on South China Sea Between Chinese and US Think Tanks 2016/07/05”

Chiến lược toàn cầu Mỹ – Nga – Trung trong trật tự thế giới mới và đối sách của Nga

  • Thứ năm, 10 Tháng 3 2016 15:04

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Mấy năm qua, thế giới đã chứng kiến những bất ổn và biến động khôn lường, từ khủng hoảng kinh tế đến bạo lực khủng bố, khủng hoảng di cư , ly khai biệt lập, đối đầu ngoại giao, an ninh quân sự… với quy mô và cấp độ chưa từng thấy kể từ sau chiến tranh thế giới thứ  II đến nay. Rõ ràng, trật tự thế giới thay đổi sâu sắc, với xu hướng bất ổn ngày càng gia tăng. Trong đó, nổi bật lên sự cạnh tranh khốc liệt về chiến lược toàn cầu  của tam giác Nga – Mỹ – Trung. Bài viết này sẽ cố gắng luận giải những đối sách của Nga trong quan hệ với Mỹ và Trung Quốc hiện nay. Tiếp tục đọc “Chiến lược toàn cầu Mỹ – Nga – Trung trong trật tự thế giới mới và đối sách của Nga”

Let China win. It’s good for America.

January 15

Joshua Kurlantzick is a senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations.

When Chinese officials announced in 2013 that they would open an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to primarily fund big construction projects across the Pacific, they launched a slow-motion freak-out in Washington. As they went around the world inviting governments to join, Obama administration officials pressured their allies in Asia, Europe and elsewherenot to. The AIIB, headquartered in Beijing, would allow China to expand its influence throughout Asia, the White House fretted. “We are wary about a trend toward constant accommodation of China,” one Obama aidecomplained to the Financial Times after Britain joined 56 other nations in signing up to fund power plants, roads, telecommunications infrastructure and other ventures. It was a rare public critique of a U.S. ally.

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The U.S. Navy Wants to Show China Who’s Boss

FP Report

The U.S. Navy Wants to Show China Who’s Boss

Worried about China’s increasing naval might, the U.S. Navy is scrambling to buy new anti-ship missiles for the first time in decades, and throwing out its old playbook for war strategy in the Pacific.

Since the end of the Cold War, the American military has enjoyed unrivaled dominance on the high seas, with no other navy posing a serious threat. But over the past decade, China has rapidly built up a naval force to be reckoned with, spending tens of billions of dollars annually to produce dozens of new warships of every size, and a formidable arsenal of missiles aimed at undercutting America’s naval reach. Tiếp tục đọc “The U.S. Navy Wants to Show China Who’s Boss”

Trying not to choose: A region pulled between China and America

Simon Long
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East Asia is the scene for an unprecedented experiment in international relations. Never before have so many countries been so intertwined economically with one big power (China) while looking to another (America) as the ultimate guarantor of their security. So far the experiment has seemed a stunning success. For 40 years, America has not just kept the peace; it has enabled a continental economic boom. And the biggest beneficiary of that has been China. Yet that order is now fraying, as China chafes under what it sees as an American-led world order that is impeding its rise and its natural regional predominance. In 2016 the tensions that this fraying produces may become acute, posing awkward questions for other countries in Asia.

When Xi Jinping, China’s president, paid his first state visit to America in September 2015, the two countries were already at odds on a number of issues: the perennial bugbears such as China’s human-rights record and repression in Tibet and Xinjiang; and new concerns over cyber-security and the militarisation of space. The visit was marked, as always, by an effort to stress areas of co-operation, for example on climate change; but the two big powers are now rivals in a growing number of spheres. Asia is where the rivalry is most intense. It will become more so in 2016 for three main reasons.
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Takeaways from Xi Jinping’s US Visit


Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States has been anticipated since it was announced in February. Now that Xi and U.S. President Barack Obama have issued their statements and held their big press conference, it’s time to ask: what actually came out of their meetings? Tiếp tục đọc “Takeaways from Xi Jinping’s US Visit”

U.S. developing sanctions against China over cyberthefts

Washington Post

The administration is preparing sanctions against Chinese firms and individuals over cyberespionage. Chinese president Xi Jinping is arriving in Washington for a state visit next month. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Evan Vucci/AP)
By Ellen Nakashima August 30 at 7:13 PM

The Obama administration is developing a package of unprecedented economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from their government’s cybertheft of valuable U.S. trade secrets.

The U.S. government has not yet decided whether to issue these sanctions, but a final call is expected soon — perhaps even within the next two weeks, according to several administration officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Tiếp tục đọc “U.S. developing sanctions against China over cyberthefts”