Beijing’s Line on the S. China Sea: “Nothing to See Here”

The Chinese base at Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands ( file image courtesy Tony Peters) By The Lowy Interpreter 11-29-2020 02:02:26 [By Oriana Skylar Mastro] China’s strategy in responding to concerns about its intentions in the South China Sea is to claim that none of the activities, statements or behaviors that concern other countries are actually happening. China claims it has not militarized the South China Sea, but that the United States “is the real pusher of militarization” in…

Joe Biden to ‘cooperate with China’ and offer ‘more stable approach’ to Trump trade war | World | News

President Trump has long accused China of unfair trading practices and the theft of intellectual property, while in China, the view exists of the US seeing the country as a threat and so, tries to curb its rise as an economic global superpower. Negotiations are ongoing but have proven very difficult between President Trump and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping. Mr Trump’s tariffs policy is aimed at encouraging American consumers to buy home-grown goods by making imported items from China much more expensive. President Trump has…

U.S.-China Relations Haven’t Been This Toxic Since Vietnam

U.S.-China relations have been on a generally downward trajectory since it became apparent during the later Obama years that America’s longstanding policy of diplomatic and economic engagement had failed to bring China around to embrace democratic institutions or accept the rules-based international order led by the United States. On all fronts—diplomatic, military, and commercial—the relationship has been an exceptionally bumpy ride since Donald Trump assumed office. With the advent of COVID-19, international relations scholars and professional China watchers say, things have gone rapidly from bad to worse. Indeed, U.S.-China relations…

China slaps Australia with eye-watering 200% tax on wine exports as trade war erupts | World | News

Beijing has slapped a 200 percent tax on Australian wine as tensions rise between the two nations. Australia has drawn the wrath of Beijing by calling for an international investigation into China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. A strain in relations has also been amplified by China detaining Australian journalist Cheng Lei without charge. Canberra has also attacked China’s expansionist ambitions in the South China Sea that has seen Australia sign a mutual defence agreement with Japan, a traditional rival to Beijing. All of the contentions between both…