The war drive against China
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.
By Nick Beams, 21 March 2014
A senior US admiral invokes the Crimea crisis to accuse China of expansionism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Peter Symonds, 14 February 2014
Australian reportage of the event makes clear that the Chinese naval presence was regarded as an unwelcome intrusion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 January 2014
Tokyo is seeking to integrate New Delhi into a US-led strategic alliance against 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.
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.
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.
By John Chan, 19 December 2013
A forum in Beijing exposed divisions over how to respond to the US military build-up against China.
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.
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.
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.
By John Chan, 16 December 2013
The strategic documents outline a drive to strengthen the US-Japan alliance and expand Japan’s military buildup.
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.
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.
By K. Ratnayake, 11 December 2013
Significant sections of the Indian establishment are pushing for New Delhi to take a harder line toward Beijing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
By John Chan, 8 August 2013
China is resisting US pressure for a Code of Conduct in the South 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.
By John Chan, 20 July 2013
Despite China’s concessions on economic issues, the talks descended into disagreement.
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.
By John Chan, 10 June 2013
Xi Jinping tried to reassure Washington that China has no intention of challenging US global dominance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By a correspondent from China, 28 January 2013
Chinese TV, newspapers and Internet blogs promote militarism and war.
By Peter Symonds, 17 January 2013
With Washington’s encouragement, Japan’s new government is pursuing an aggressive diplomatic and military strategy against China.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
By Peter Symonds, 13 August 2012
While the CSIS is a non-government body, its assessment was commissioned by the US Defense Department.
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.
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.
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.
By John Chan, 28 June 2012
Vietnam, encouraged by US backing, has fuelled tensions with China over disputed territories in the South China Sea.
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.
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
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.
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.
By Peter Symonds, 26 April 2012
The Balikatan exercises, provocatively staged adjacent to the South China Sea, can only heighten US tensions with China.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 7 October 2011
The Senate is preparing to pass legislation that would mandate a US trade war with China.
By Joseph Santolan, 6 October 2011
As Washington engages in political and military machinations throughout the region, the Chinese response is becoming increasingly strident.
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.
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.