US torpedoes China with South China Sea sanctions

In another move to pre-empt its successor’s foreign policy, the Donald Trump administration has imposed 11th-hour sanctions on one of China’s energy giants over its activities in the South China Sea. China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC), a Hong Kong-listed company and one of the world’s leading energy companies, has been placed on a lengthening US blacklist of Chinese companies affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The move effectively bars the energy company, China’s main deep-water explorer, from American markets and potential partnerships. US investors, who until currently have…

China-Australia relations, where words now speak louder than actions

Some uniquely Australian mental gymnastics are needed to be outraged at China’s SAS tweet but to ignore the rest of its years of aggressions. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian (Image: AP) Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. Tweets are another thing. It seems rather ridiculous that it was an offensive and juvenile post on Twitter that caused more public outrage at China from Australia than any of its actual harmful and ultimately dangerous actions over the years. Sure the Chinese — unlike…

China news: Beijing blasts Australia ‘warhound of US’ as tensions escalate | World | News

Australia and China have traded sharp words in recent months on a number of issues, including trade and human rights. Australia joined dozens of nations in condemning China’s human rights abuses of Uighur Muslims earlier this year and has also rejected China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea. Meanwhile China recently slapped huge tariffs on Australian wine imports and has spoken out about a report linking Australian soldiers to civilian murders in Afghanistan. The state-run Global Times newspaper recently referred to Australia as a “savage accomplice of US suppression…