The war drive against China

US-China rivalry compounds Thai election tension

By Peter Symonds, 2 July 2011

The renewed American focus on Thailand stems from a sense that the US has allowed China to strengthen its influence in Bangkok at the expense of longstanding strategic ties with Washington.

Washington continues to escalate tensions in South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 30 June 2011

A US Senate resolution passed this week deploring China’s use of force and supporting continued US military operations heightens the danger of a confrontation in the South China Sea.

Mounting US-China rivalry over South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 24 June 2011

Back-to-back US training exercises, a clear instance of sabre rattling, have provide a justification for US ships to remain in the disputed waters as an assertion of American hegemony in the region.

South China Sea disputes heighten danger of conflict

By Joseph Santolan, 15 June 2011

Tensions have intensified as Vietnam and the Philippines, tacitly backed by the US, assert their claims in the contested waters of the South China Sea.

South China Sea disputes intensify

By Joseph Santolan, 11 June 2011

The US has aggressively intervened in the region and is encouraging other countries to assert their territorial claims against China.

Chinese patrol boats confront Vietnamese oil exploration ship in South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 31 May 2011

Tensions are being fuelled by the US backing of Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries to contest China’s activities in a strategically sensitive region that has vast oil and gas reserves.

Tensions escalate over the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 3 May 2011

China, Taiwan and the Philippines have each stepped up their rhetoric regarding the contested oil-rich Spratly Islands and deployed troops to the region.

Philippine planes confront China in disputed South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 5 March 2011

Two Philippine military planes chased Chinese patrol boats from disputed waters in the South China Sea on March 2.

The US-China summit

By Barry Grey, 20 January 2011

Behind the pomp and diplomatic niceties, what dominates the state visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to Washington is the growth of tensions between the world’s two biggest economies.

US defence secretary warns China not to “underestimate” US military power

By John Chan, 11 January 2011

Robert Gates’s visit to Beijing began with a sharp warning that “history’s dustbins are filled with countries that underestimated the resilience of the United States.”