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China Completes Longest Space Mission Yet

China Completes Longest Space Mission Yet

China completed its longest crewed space mission so far with the safe landing of the Shenzhou 11 space capsule on the northern region of Mongolia, according to state media. Two astronauts, Jing Haipeng  and Chen Dong, emerged from the craft after spending 30 days aboard the Tiangong 2, or “Heavenly Palace 2,” space laboratory. China […]

China Announces it Will ‘Never Stop’ Construction In South China Sea

China Announces it Will ‘Never Stop’ Construction In South China Sea

Last week’s international tribunal ruling at the Hague between the Philippines (who brought the case) and China over territorial disputes in the South China Sea did not end well for China. However, in what resembles a child-like “sore-loser” response to the court’s decision, the Chinese government has made a public vow to “never stop” construction […]

As South China Sea Ruling Nears, China Ramps Up Propaganda

As South China Sea Ruling Nears, China Ramps Up Propaganda

There are just days before the world hears the ruling by an international tribunal on the Philippine’s case against power-nation China over the hot-button issue of the South China Sea. China, in the past, has made blatant – and often belligerent –  statements saying it does not care about the results of the hearing and […]

Chinese Figher Jets Carried Out ‘Unsafe’ Intercept in East China Sea, U.S. Claims

Chinese Figher Jets Carried Out ‘Unsafe’ Intercept in East China Sea, U.S. Claims

While most of the headlines recently have been about the rising tensions between nations in the South China Sea (all who claim a set of islands and lagoons in the region), an incident between the United States and China has occurred in the other China Sea – the East China Sea, that is. The U.S. […]

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 […]

China Threatens Sanctions on US Companies: How Should Washington Respond?

China Threatens Sanctions on US Companies: How Should Washington Respond?

China has threatened sanctions against US companies selling military equipment to Taiwan raising concern among officials in Washington that it could be bracing itself for a difficult chapter in US-China relations. For the most part, Beijing has maintained that sanctions imposed only by the United Nations are legitimate. Now, China is stepping into relatively new […]

Tensions with China Pushing Vietnam Toward Closer Ties with the U.S.

Tensions with China Pushing Vietnam Toward Closer Ties with the U.S.

In a race to open up markets for Chinese companies, Beijing is offering its regional neighbors tens of billions of dollars in loans and investments. The average Vietnamese, however, would rather tell China to stick it. A tense history between the two nations along with Vietnam’s discontent at China’s shady business practices and territorial claims […]

China Keeping Eye on Singapore as U.S. Surveillance Aircraft Flies In

China Keeping Eye on Singapore as U.S. Surveillance Aircraft Flies In

China’s defense officials are keeping their eyes peeled on Singapore after the U.S. announced it was launching P8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft to the city state which is in the disputed South China Sea region. “We are paying close attention to how the relevant situation develops, and hope bilateral defense cooperation between the relevant countries is […]