The war drive against China

US defence secretary clashes with Chinese counterpart

By Peter Symonds, 9 April 2014

The public display of hostility is another warning of the dangerous tensions that the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia” has provoked throughout the region.

Provocative remarks by US Pacific fleet commander fuel disputes with China

By Nick Beams, 21 March 2014

A senior US admiral invokes the Crimea crisis to accuse China of expansionism.

China treads cautiously after pro-US coup in Ukraine

By James Cogan, 5 March 2014

The response of China to the US- and European Union-backed coup in Ukraine, and Russia’s subsequent intervention to maintain control over the Crimean peninsula, is being closely monitored by political leaders and strategic analysts around the world. Any decision by Beijing to openly support Moscow’s actions would dramatically escalate the global tensions that now exist.

US and Japanese troops train for war against China

By Peter Symonds, 28 February 2014

US imperialism, following its wars of aggression in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, is preparing for a new and more terrible conflict against China.

Australian government eyes purchase of Triton drone aircraft

By James Cogan, 25 February 2014

Triton drones would vastly expand the area of the Indian and Pacific Oceans under surveillance by the Australian military.

Another US provocation: Obama meets the Dalai Lama

By Peter Symonds, 24 February 2014

The meeting was designed to reinforce US support for the Tibetan government-in-exile and the threat to China of Tibetan separatism.

Kerry’s Asian trip and the build-up to war with China

By Peter Symonds, 17 February 2014

Having deliberately inflamed dangerous flashpoints in Asia, the US is seeking to press home its advantage, regardless of the consequences.

US secretary of state’s new round of bullying in Beijing

By Peter Symonds, 15 February 2014

Having deliberately inflamed dangerous flashpoints in the region as part of its “pivot to Asia”, Washington is making provocative new demands on Beijing.

Chinese navy conducts exercises in east Indian Ocean

By Peter Symonds, 14 February 2014

Australian reportage of the event makes clear that the Chinese naval presence was regarded as an unwelcome intrusion.

US analysts debate plans for war against China

By James Cogan, 10 February 2014

The issue being debated is not whether the US should be planning a war on China, but the methods to be used.

US disputes China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 8 February 2014

The move by the US State Department to challenge Beijing’s maritime territorial claim constitutes an escalation of Washington’s campaign against China.

US warns China over air defence zone

By Peter Symonds, 4 February 2014

The Obama administration has seized on an insubstantial Asahi Shimbun article to stir up tensions with China over the South China Sea.

Japanese PM strengthens economic-strategic ties with India

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 January 2014

Both Japan and India are concerned to counter the growth of China’s economic and strategic influence in Asia.

Australian foreign minister declares US economic “best friend”

By Patrick O’Connor, 30 January 2014

The Abbott government has overtly aligned Australia with Washington’s “pivot” to Asia and preparations for military conflict with China.

US inflames row with China over fisheries regulations

By Peter Symonds, 13 January 2014

The Obama administration is exploiting the South China Sea disputes to drive a wedge between China and its neighbours.

Japanese defence minister’s Indian visit strengthens military ties

By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 January 2014

Tokyo is seeking to integrate New Delhi into a US-led strategic alliance against China.

Japan scrambles fighters amid escalating tensions with China

By Peter Symonds, 8 January 2014

In the midst of the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute with China, the Japanese government announced that it was registering another 280 remote islands as state property.

Behind North Korea’s political crisis

By Peter Symonds, 23 December 2013

Whatever the immediate reasons for the turmoil, the chief responsibility for the political upheaval lies not in Pyongyang, but in Washington.

Japanese government boosts defence budget

By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2013

The military buildup is part of a strategic re-orientation of the Japanese armed forces to more aggressively confront China.

Chinese security circles debate growing US war threat

By John Chan, 19 December 2013

A forum in Beijing exposed divisions over how to respond to the US military build-up against China.

Top Indian official declares relationship with China “adversarial”

By K. Ratnayake, 18 December 2013

National Security Board chairman Shyam Saran’s remarks point to a growing discussion in Indian ruling circles about closer defence ties with Japan and the US.

US and Chinese naval vessels in near-collision

By Tom Peters, 17 December 2013

While a clash was avoided, the incident is another warning of the dangers war posed by rising tensions in East Asia.

Signs of China-North Korea tensions after Jang Song-thaek’s execution

By Peter Symonds, 16 December 2013

North Korea has reportedly recalled “large numbers” of businessmen from China following the purge of its no.2 leader.

Japan’s new defence documents target China

By John Chan, 16 December 2013

The strategic documents outline a drive to strengthen the US-Japan alliance and expand Japan’s military buildup.

Australia’s integration into US war plans against China

By Peter Symonds, 12 December 2013

Australia, along with Japan, is rapidly being transformed into a giant base for future US military operations in the region.

Washington escalates phony “human rights” campaign against China

By Tom Peters, 12 December 2013

The Obama administration’s denunciations of China have nothing to do with defending democratic rights but are intended to camouflage US preparations for war.

India walks fine line over China’s air defence zone

By K. Ratnayake, 11 December 2013

Significant sections of the Indian establishment are pushing for New Delhi to take a harder line toward Beijing.

Japan steps up campaign against Chinese air defence zone

By Peter Symonds, 10 December 2013

The Japanese government is intensifying the pressure on China by soliciting support in South East Asia to oppose Beijing’s ADIZ and convene an international meeting on the issue.

State secrets law pushed through in Japan

By Ben McGrath, 10 December 2013

The secrecy law is a crucial part of Abe’s efforts to remilitarise Japan and strengthen US-Japan alliance against China.

South Korea declares air defence zone

By Peter Symonds, 9 December 2013

Tensions continue to flare between US allies—Australia, Japan and South Korea—and China over disputed air defence zones in North East Asia.

New Zealand calls for “constructive dialogue” on Chinese air defence zone

By Tom Peters, 7 December 2013

The government’s response reflects the dilemma facing the ruling class as it seeks to balance between its chief trading partner, China, and its longstanding ally, the US.

Biden lectures Chinese leaders on “human rights”

By John Chan, 6 December 2013

Biden’s hypocritical invocation of “human rights” will only compound the tensions between the US and China over the latter’s air defence zone in the East China Sea.

As tensions in Asia mount, danger of world war emerges

By Nick Beams, 6 December 2013

With the centenary of the outbreak of World War I approaching, the prospect of a third world war is increasingly being raised in the establishment media.

Biden-Xi meeting fails to resolve East China Sea crisis

By John Chan and Peter Symonds, 5 December 2013

High tensions over the Chinese air defence identification zone in the East China Sea continue after yesterday’s meeting between the US vice-president and Chinese president produced no agreement.

US vice president backs Japan over China’s air defence zone

By Peter Symonds, 4 December 2013

The US seized on the Chinese ADIZ to strengthen its alliances with Japan and South Korea, as part of its “pivot” to Asia.

US vice-president to lay down law to China

By Peter Symonds, 3 December 2013

The prime responsibility for last week’s flare-up of tensions in the East China Sea lies with Obama’s “pivot to Asia” aimed at undermining China economically and militarily.

US vice-president begins Asian tour as tensions with China continue

By John Chan, 2 December 2013

China’s declaration of an air defence zone will top the agenda during Biden’s trip to Japan, China and South Korea.

Chinese fighters shadow US/Japanese warplanes in disputed ADIZ

By Peter Symonds, 30 November 2013

The incident—the first time China has scrambled fighters in response to a US or Japanese incursion—underscores the danger of a clash.

Tensions escalate over Chinese air defence zone

By John Chan, 29 November 2013

Miscalculations in the current situation could quickly lead to a clash involving Chinese warplanes with those from Japan, the US or South Korea.

Chinese officials downplay stand-off with US in East China Sea

By John Chan, 28 November 2013

Chinese officials said there should not be a “fuss” after Washington flew B-52 bombers into an air defence zone China established in the East China Sea.

US sends B-52s to China’s air defence zone

By John Chan, 27 November 2013

Far from being a “routine” flight, the B-52 mission was a risky challenge to China that threatened to trigger a military clash.

Heightened tensions over China’s air defence zone

By John Chan, 26 November 2013

Beijing’s creation of a new zone in the East China Sea is a response to Washington’s “pivot to Asia” and Japan’s rearmament.

China announces “air defence identification zone” in East China Sea

By John Chan, 25 November 2013

The Obama administration criticised the Chinese air defence zone and reiterated that the US-Japan Security Treaty will apply if war breaks out between China and Japan over the disputed Senkaku islands.

American think tank envisages blockading China with missiles

By Mark Church, 23 November 2013

The Rand Corporation report points again to the advanced preparations for war as part of the US pivot to Asia.

China and Japan hold rival military exercises

By John Chan, 6 November 2013

Massive exercises, staged not far from the disputed Diaoyu/Senkakus islands, have become the focal point for a war of words between Tokyo and Beijing.

US stages show of naval force in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 26 October 2013

The presence of an aircraft carrier battle group was designed to shore up the US diplomatic position in Asia after Obama’s no-show at key regional summit meetings.

US-China tensions flare over South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 11 October 2013

The Chinese premier and US secretary of state traded verbal blows over the South China Sea at yesterday’s East Asia Summit.

US-Japan talks escalate war preparations against China

By Peter Symonds, 5 October 2013

The talks announced deployments of hi-tech US weaponry to Japan and a green light for Japanese remilitarisation, in the framework of “a more robust alliance”.

No maritime agreement at ASEAN meeting

By John Chan, 8 August 2013

China is resisting US pressure for a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.

Japan scrambles fighters against Chinese plane in East China Sea

By John Chan, 26 July 2013

Japan scrambled fighter jets on Wednesday after a Chinese military aircraft flew between the main island of Okinawa Prefecture and Miyako Island, south of Japan.

US-China dialogue in shambles

By John Chan, 20 July 2013

Despite China’s concessions on economic issues, the talks descended into disagreement.

US-China tensions flare over Snowden’s revelations

By John Chan, 27 June 2013

The anger in Beijing over the security implications of NSA hacking has been compounded by US threats following Snowden’s departure from Hong Kong.

Chinese president appeals to Obama for “new type of great power relations”

By John Chan, 10 June 2013

Xi Jinping tried to reassure Washington that China has no intention of challenging US global dominance.

US defence secretary outlines military build-up in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 3 June 2013

Obama’s “pivot” involves strengthening US military ties, as well as restructuring military forces, throughout the Indo-Pacific region.

Armed stand-off, mounting tensions, in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 29 May 2013

A new confrontation is rapidly developing between the Philippines and China over a dispute involving a shoal in the Spratly Islands.

Canada’s NDP denounces China, signals support for Obama’s “Asia Pivot”

By Graham Beverley, 18 May 2013

The NDP has mounted its campaign against Chinese investment in Canada to convince the US ruling elite that they will find in it a reliable ally in their war preparations against China.

Chinese defence paper warns of US “hegemonism”

By John Chan, 20 April 2013

Confronted by Obama’s aggressive “pivot to Asia” aimed at encircling China, Beijing has been forced to rethink its military doctrine.

Taiwan holds military exercises amid rising US-China tensions

By John Chan, 18 April 2013

Taiwan launched live-fire exercises this week, based on the premise of countering a Chinese attack on islands in the Taiwan Strait.

Former Australian PM urges US-China rapprochement

By Patrick O’Connor, 10 April 2013

Rudd’s international tour reflects concerns in ruling circles about the growing danger of war between China and the US.

Australian PM’s China trip prepared by top-level, secret committee

By Peter Symonds, 6 April 2013

The committee’s purpose is to refocus all aspects of the Australian state apparatus on China as an integral part of Washington’s confrontational policies toward Beijing.

Former top Obama official warns of “powder keg” in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 27 February 2013

Ex-assistant secretary of state Kurt Campbell described the escalating tensions between China and Japan as the most difficult situation he had faced.

US preparations for cyber war against China

By Peter Symonds, 23 February 2013

The demonisation of China as a global cyber threat follows a well-established modus operandi: it is to establish the pretext for new US acts of aggression.

The Philippines takes South China Sea dispute to UN tribunal

By Joseph Santolan, 31 January 2013

The case represents a further ratcheting up of tensions between China and other regional claimants to the South China Sea.

Chinese media on war footing

By a correspondent from China, 28 January 2013

Chinese TV, newspapers and Internet blogs promote militarism and war.

Japanese government boosts military spending

By Peter Symonds, 17 January 2013

With Washington’s encouragement, Japan’s new government is pursuing an aggressive diplomatic and military strategy against China.

South China Sea disputes flare up

By Peter Symonds, 5 December 2012

The Philippines and Vietnam have condemned new Chinese regulations to permit the boarding of foreign ships in what Beijing regards as its territorial waters.

Chinese military conducts long-range missile tests

By Mark Church, 12 September 2012

The Chinese missile tests are a response to the US military build-up in Asia and fears that China’s nuclear arsenal is vulnerable to an American “first strike.”

Clinton pressures Beijing over South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 6 September 2012

The blunt reactions of Chinese officials and the media point to deepening resentment at the Obama administration’s aggressive intervention into the region.

New York Times backs reckless US intervention in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 21 August 2012

The editorial cynically blames China for the dangerous tensions in the strategic waters that the Obama administration has deliberately stoked in the past two years.

US think tank plans military build-up against China

By Peter Symonds, 13 August 2012

While the CSIS is a non-government body, its assessment was commissioned by the US Defense Department.

US stokes disputes in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 7 August 2012

The US statement was calculated not to lower, but to raise regional tensions by giving implicit support to China’s neighbours to press their claims to disputed territory.

Tensions heighten in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 26 July 2012

While the US media has blamed China for the friction in the South China Sea, Washington is responsible for inflaming the dangerous flashpoint.

ASEAN summit breaks up amid feuding over South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 14 July 2012

The diplomatic impasse is the product of the Obama administration’s aggressive “pivot” to Asia, aimed at undercutting China’s influence in the region.

Vietnam’s maritime claim provokes standoff with China

By John Chan, 28 June 2012

Vietnam, encouraged by US backing, has fuelled tensions with China over disputed territories in the South China Sea.

US “pivot” to Asia threatens war with China

By Peter Symonds, 6 June 2012

Washington is surrounding China with US allies and strategically located military bases and sowing the seeds for world war.

A dangerous dispute in the South China Sea

By John Chan, 19 May 2012

What began as minor incident involving a warning by a Philippine ship to Chinese fishing boat has escalated into a diplomatic row that risks military conflict.

SEP (Australia) first national congress

Resolution 3: Oppose the US war drive against China

9 May 2012

The following is the second of seven resolutions passed unanimously at the first national congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) held from April 6 to 9, 2012 in Sydney (see: “Australian SEP holds first national congress”).See resolutions 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Unresolved tensions dominate US-China talks

By John Chan, 4 May 2012

The case of Chinese dissident lawyer Chen Guangcheng threatens to overshadow the talks, despite efforts by both sides to defuse the issue.

US-Philippine military exercises directed against China

By Peter Symonds, 26 April 2012

The Balikatan exercises, provocatively staged adjacent to the South China Sea, can only heighten US tensions with China.

India tests long-range missile capable of striking China’s cities

By Kranti Kumara, 24 April 2012

The Indian government did nothing to counter or dampen the media’s contention that the long-range missile it tested last Thursday is aimed first and foremost at China.

Tense naval stand-off in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 13 April 2012

Philippine naval vessels and Chinese marine surveillance ships continue to face off against each other in disputed waters near the Scarborough shoal.

Obama’s nuclear disarmament hoax

By Peter Symonds, 29 March 2012

The slogan of “disarmament” is one means used by the ruling classes to dupe working people as war is prepared.

China’s military spending surpasses $100 billion

By John Chan, 19 March 2012

The main driving force for the emerging arms race is the aggressive stance taken by the US, particularly under the Obama administration, toward China.

Australia lines up with US for war with China

By Peter Symonds, 11 February 2012

The Australian defence posture report is the latest sign of the Obama administration’s aggressive push against China on all fronts.

US tightens the military noose around China

By Joseph Santolan, 30 January 2012

Washington’s talks with Manila over an expanded US military presence in the Philippines are another step in Obama’s reckless strategy of containing China.

Obama’s new war doctrine fuels debate in China

By John Chan, 13 January 2012

An intense discussion is underway in Chinese ruling circles over how to respond to the confrontational US stance and threat of military conflict.

US prepares for war against China

By Peter Symonds, 12 January 2012

The Pentagon’s new strategic review released last week places China squarely at the centre of American war planning.

Obama unveils war strategy focused on China

By Bill Van Auken, 7 January 2012

The Pentagon strategic guidance document unveiled by Obama Thursday keeps massive spending on the US war machine largely intact, while shifting its focus decisively toward China.

US-China military talks fail to resolve tensions

By John Chan, 27 December 2011

At talks this month in Beijing, Chinese officials called on Washington to explain its plans to base troops in Australia.

US-China tensions loom over Taiwan’s presidential election

By John Chan, 14 December 2011

The election campaign is taking place as the Obama administration adopts an increasingly confrontational approach to China, cementing closer ties with countries throughout Asia.

Obama’s aggressive turn to Asia

By Peter Symonds, 24 November 2011

On every front—diplomatic, economic and strategic—the US president has set course for a confrontation with China in order to reassert American dominance in the world’s fastest growing region.

Obama forces discussion at Bali summit on South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 21 November 2011

The US diplomatic bullying of China has transformed what was a troublesome, but limited maritime dispute in the South China Sea into another dangerous flashpoint in Asia.

Obama seeks to build anti-China coalition at Bali summit

By Alex Lantier, 19 November 2011

The US escalation of military tensions with China, which dominated the three-day Asian summit on the Indonesian island, is exacerbating regional rivalries throughout Asia.

Obama lays down the challenge to China

By Peter Symonds, 18 November 2011

In his speech to the Australian parliament, the US president made clear that his “top priority” was to boost America’s military power in Asia and strengthen its alliances against China.

Obama increases US military presence in Australia and Asia

By James Cogan, 17 November 2011

Obama’s announcement confirms that the chief target of his administration’s turn to the Asia-Pacific region is China.

Philippine gunboat rams Chinese fishing vessel in South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 25 October 2011

Behind the confrontation and escalating tensions in the South China Sea is the provocative role being played by Washington in the region.

Anti-China rhetoric raises threat of war

By Patrick Martin, 7 October 2011

The Senate is preparing to pass legislation that would mandate a US trade war with China.

Tensions continue to mount in South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 6 October 2011

As Washington engages in political and military machinations throughout the region, the Chinese response is becoming increasingly strident.

US imperialism and the South China Sea crisis

By Patrick O’Connor, 26 July 2011

Previously localised border disputes between China, Vietnam and the Philippines now intersect with the wider breakdown of the international order established by US imperialism in the previous period.

Top US and Chinese generals exchange words over South China Sea

By John Chan, 15 July 2011

The rather open slanging match highlights the sharpness of US-China tensions, the fundamental character of the strategic interests at stake, and the growing danger of conflict in this global flashpoint.