A new Cold War: Trump, Xi and the escalating US-China confrontation

“From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an ‘iron curtain’ has descended across the continent.” Winston Churchill’s speech in Fulton, Missouri, in March 1946 is remembered as a key moment in the outbreak of the cold war. If future historians are ever looking for a speech that marked the beginning of a second cold war — this time between America and China — they may point to an address by Mike Pence delivered at Washington’s Hudson Institute in October 2018. “China wants nothing less than to push…

US-China tensions and its impact on the South China Sea dispute

Given the seriousness and the fact that the South China Sea is becoming ‘militarised’ — it is time for the ASEAN countries to take a strong stand by themselves or in unison with the US and the other players like Australia, Japan, India. An Indonesian security ship crew works on a map during a patrol in the South China Sea — Natuna, August 2016. © Ulet Ifansasti/Getty This is the 101st article in the series The China Chronicles. Read the articles here. Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, tensions in…

Election 2020: U.S.-China Tensions Will Remain Regardless of Who Wins the White House

U.S.-China trade relations and economic policy are highly politicized within the United States, and are key issues in the campaigns of both President Donald Trump and the Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden. A theme has emerged in the campaign messaging battles, with neither candidate ceding any ground on their “tough on China” bona fides. But as divergent as Trump and Biden are on many policy issues, when it comes to China and trade, there is some overlap between Trump’s executive actions and Biden’s campaign agenda. Aggressive U.S. policymaking…

Understanding the simmering US-China rivalry in the SCS – The Manila Times

Last of 2 partsNOTE the date — Jan. 11, 2007 — when China decided that it was time to show its capabilities and to bide its time no more. This was the time of Hu Jintao, not yet Xi Jinping. To give the readers an idea of the significance of this Chinese display of its capabilities, Russia recently announced the advent of its S-500 air defense system, reputed to be the best air defense system in the world as it is capable of shooting down adversary satellites or incoming ballistic…

Southeast Asian Leaders Air Fears Over US-China Rivalry – The Diplomat

Advertisement As the United Nations General Assembly opened its 75th session this week, two Southeast Asian leaders used their speeches to the global body to voice mounting anxiety about the growing tensions between China and the United States. In prerecorded speeches submitted to the pandemic-affected U.N. proceeding, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte expressed concern that the superpower rivalry could drag the Southeast Asian region into conflict. “War will benefit no one,” Jokowi said in his virtual address. “There is no point of celebrating victory…

‘War will benefit no one’: Global concern over US-China tensions | China

Concern over escalating tensions between the United States and China has taken centre stage at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warning against a “new Cold War” and the presidents of Indonesia, the Philippines and France expressing worry over the threats posed to world peace and stability by the superpower rivalry. Opening a virtual “general debate” of world leaders – a first in the UN’s 75-year history – Guterres said on Tuesday that the world was “moving in a very dangerous direction”. “We must do everything…

US-China fight over fishing is really about world domination

China’s aggressive, sometimes illegal fishing practices are the latest source of conflict with the United States. China has the world’s largest fishing fleet. Beijing claims to send around 2,600 vessels out to fish across the globe, but some maritime experts say this distant-water fishing fleet may number nearly 17,000. The United States has fewer than 300 distant-water ships. According to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, nations control marine resources within a 200-mile “exclusive economic zone”; beyond that are international waters. While the U.S. never…