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Tillerson to China: Island Building Stops Here

Tillerson to China: Island Building Stops Here

For years, China has been enraging its neighbors by building and militarizing artificial islands across disputed waters. Now, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state says it’s time for the U.S. to draw a hard line. “We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that first, the island-building stops and second, your […]

China’s People’s Liberation Army Reveals New Weapons on State Television

China’s People’s Liberation Army Reveals New Weapons on State Television

In this tension-filled period following an international tribunal hearing in the Hague, which ruled that China has no rightful claim to almost all of the South China Sea, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) unveiled a series of weapons for air and sea combat during a visit by prominent officers. It is uncharacteristic and rare for […]

China Prepares Air Defense Identification Zone in South China Sea, Sources Say

China Prepares Air Defense Identification Zone in South China Sea, Sources Say

Conflict in the South China Sea continues to rise as China prepares an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the region, sources close to the People’s Liberation Army say. Some of you – definitely including myself – may be wondering “what the heck is an air defense identification zone??”  Well, here it is: ADIZ is […]

Bi-Annual U.S.-China Talks Likely to be Overshadowed by South China Sea Ruling

Bi-Annual U.S.-China Talks Likely to be Overshadowed by South China Sea Ruling

One of the most crucial meetings in international relations will take place this June: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, along with U.S. Treasury Chief Jack Lew, and other top officials will meet with State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Vice-Premier Wang Yang in Beijing for the Sino-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue (SED). The SED, which […]

US Admiral Takes Tough Stance on China

US Admiral Takes Tough Stance on China

China continues to claim most of the disputed South China Sea, where it has built several artificial islands including some with military capabilities. One man is not too happy about that move. He happens to be in charge of US military operations in the Asia-Pacific region. Meet Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr., the US military […]

New Philippines-U.S. Military Alliance Could Shift Tensions in South China Sea

New Philippines-U.S. Military Alliance Could Shift Tensions in South China Sea

China currently stands as the lone power-head in the disputed region of the South China Sea. China, along with the surrounding weaker countries (including the Philippines) all lay claim to a set of islands, coral reefs, and lagoons sprawled in waters rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves. However, a promising new military […]

Laying Out the Rising Tensions Between Nations in the South China Sea

Laying Out the Rising Tensions Between Nations in the South China Sea

Tensions the South China Sea have not only remained a constant, but despite no recent urgent actions, those tensions keep on rising and rising and rising. China recently built artificial islands (which contain air-strips and radar stations), which has U.S. patrols challenging China’s arrogant claims. Because of this, concerns that the pressures regarding the highly-desirable […]

China to Create Maritime Court to Oversee Territorial Disputes

China to Create Maritime Court to Oversee Territorial Disputes

China’s Supreme Court has announced it will create a maritime judicial centre to handle territorial disputes. Chief Justice Zhou Qiang broke the news on Sunday during the ongoing annual meeting of China’s Parliament. “(We) must resolutely safeguard China’s national sovereignty, maritime rights and other core interests,” Zhou said. China is currently at odds with its neighbors […]

US Urging China to De-Militarize all of South China Sea

US Urging China to De-Militarize all of South China Sea

The US is urging China to cover the entire South China Sea in its pledge to not militarize islands in the region. In recent months, China has deployed surface-to-air missiles, radar gear, and fighter jets to an islet there. “We are concerned that China has taken a number of unilateral steps over the last several […]

The US will Keep Testing China on Militarizing Disputed Islands

The US will Keep Testing China on Militarizing Disputed Islands

In an exclusive interview with Channel News Asia, US President Barack Obama said Washington will “continue to test” Beijing’s pledge to not militarize the disputed South China Sea. His comments came a day before Taiwan announced China had deployed surface-to-air missiles on Woody Island in the Paracel Islands chain. “We think China is resorting to […]

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