How U.S.-China War in the South China Sea Could Start in 2034

In the year 2034, U.S. naval destroyers enter the waters of the South China Sea, where they eventually encounter a heavily armed Chinese vessel.  Apparently, it all goes downhill from there. Relentless cyberattacks put a stranglehold on the United States’ ability for strategic action, and the devastating sea battles lead to thousands of lives lost on both sides. That’s the lethal scenario imagined in the recently published 2034: A Novel of the Next World War, which was co-authored by combat veteran Elliot Ackerman and Adm. James Stavridis, a former supreme…

TikTok, Hong Kong and More U.S.-China Flashpoints

An incumbent superpower and a rising one are finding coexistence increasingly difficult. Jockeying for position in a changing world, the U.S. and China are facing off on all sorts of issues, most — but not all — involving economic rather than military might. As the U.S. prepares for a change of leadership, here’s a rundown of flashpoints, some with significant real-world consequences and others that for now are mostly symbolic. Source link

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…

US-China tensions could get worse before the dust settles on presidential election, observers say

HONG KONG, Nov 8 (SCMP): With the battle for the US presidency likely to rage on for some time, regardless of the official result, observers say there could be a spike in tensions between the US and China on thorny issues like Taiwan and the South China Sea before the inauguration ceremony in January. Wu Xinbo, director of the Centre for American Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai, said the Donald Trump administration was likely to continue to confront China on political, diplomatic and economic issues. That might include labelling…

Amid U.S.-China conflict, can Latin America find its way?

The Chinese embassy in Suriname simply replied: “We advise Mr. Pompeo to respect facts and truth, abandon arrogance and prejudice, stop smearing and spreading rumors about China.” Can LAC countries actually cooperate? Do LAC countries have any alternative? In an article published by Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, Chilean ex-diplomats assert that LAC could adopt “active non-alignment,” which was used during the Cold War when Washington butted heads with Moscow. But the authors warn that “the difference is that, this time, the stakes from an economic point of view are much higher,…

US-China rivalry set to persist whoever wins the White House | China News

In April 2017, US President Donald Trump entertained his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago, his luxury golf resort in Florida. On his way to the White House, China had been one of Trump’s favourite targets. Now he was all smiles. “We are going to have a very, very great relationship,” the businessman-turned-politician said after the meeting. A few months later, Xi feted Trump with a state dinner in Beijing’s Forbidden City, the first foreign leader to be given such an honour. The two events marked the peak of a…

Five things to know about the US-China conflict

The US presidential election next month could bring a dramatic change to relations between the United States and China. Though US President Donald Trump has at times appeared to court a strong relationship with his Chinese counterpart, some experts say the ties between the two countries have never been weaker. Here are the five key issues. Both sides want to end the trade war The US government fired the first shots of the trade war in March 2018, when it sharply increased tariffs on steel and aluminum to address what…

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…