Angry US-China rivalry intensifies despite Trump talk with Xi Jinping

President Trump has enraged the Chinese Communist Party by signing legislation Thursday that will help American diplomats fight Beijing’s attempts to isolate Taiwan, a sign that antagonism between China and the United States continues to ramp up. “We strongly urge the US to correct its mistake, refrain from implementing this act and obstructing other countries’ pursuit of relations with China,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Friday. “Otherwise, it will be met with resolute countermeasure from the Chinese side.” Trump signed the bill into law on the very same…

Has the U.S.-China Cold War Now Begun?

Among the biggest victims of the coronavirus pandemic is the fiction of amicable U.S.-China relations. Those ties have been worsening for years, even before President Trump decided to call out Beijing’s predatory behavior starting in 2017. With the crisis now pitting America and China openly against each other, it seems impossible to salvage the old working ties. Washington now faces an unambiguously adversarial relationship with the Chinese Communist Party, one in which global ideological blocs may be drawn. Losing this new cold war would be a grievous blow to global…

US-China Tensions Heat Up As Beijing Seeks Leadership Role

Both countries have scrambled to shape the international narrative on the COVID-19 virus. A sharp escalation in tit-for-tat retributions between China and the United States marks a deeply uncertain moment in relations between the two countries, already under strain from a longstanding trade dispute and a fierce debate over international use of Chinese technology. Both countries have scrambled over the last week to shape the international narrative surrounding both the inception and response to the COVID-19 virus.  Trump began resolutely referring to the disease as the “Chinese virus,” brushing aside concerns about…

The Coronavirus Is Killing U.S.-China Cooperation

As Washington shifted its worldview over the last several years to a sharp focus on China competition, even the most claw-bearing hawks generally left open the possibility of cooperation. Key transnational issues, such as climate change and nonproliferation, challenge all nations and require collaborative responses even among adversaries. While the United States and China compete fiercely, it previously seemed to most that enhanced rivalry should not preclude working together when interests dictated it. But amid an unprecedented crisis as the new coronavirus spreads, cooperation is the last thing on either…

The case against a US-China ‘divorce’

Covid-19, which originated in China, added fuel to the US-China “big power competition” narrative with increasing numbers of people in the US government and media, pundits and the public, blaming the Asian country for America’s economic and other ills. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) the “Wuhan virus,” and national security adviser Robert O’Brien lambasted the Chinese government’s “lack of transparency” or coverup the cause of the spread of Covid-19, the disease the coronavirus causes. Even President Donald Trump retweeted it as the…

South China Sea clash: The US-China aircraft flashpoint amid Philippines row | World | News

On May 20 2015, an American plane named the P8-A Poseidon – the US military’s most advanced surveillance aircraft – flew near China’s artificial island bases in the Spratly Chain. Chinese forces ordered the aircraft to leave the area, thought to be from the Fiery Cross Reef which has been contested by the Philippines, China and Vietnam among others. On board the flight was a CNN television crew which record a US pilot flying over international airspace. A commercial flight operated by Delta was also in contact with the Chinese…

The US-China Feud Makes It Harder to Fight Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus does not respect borders, but they loom large for heads of state and CEOs responding to the global health crisis. Geopolitics as much as public health will determine how the pandemic proceeds and its lasting effects on people and business. Ian Bremmer, president and founder of political risk consultancy Eurasia Group, says the crisis is exposing the world’s divisions, and could force the US and China into a more hostile and economically independent relationship. Bremmer recently met with a group of WIRED reporters and editors. An edited…

Coronavirus solidifies US-China decoupling – Asia Times

In November 2019, Henry Kissinger was in Beijing for the Bloomberg Next Economy Forum, warning that the US and China are in the “foothills of a Cold War”, saying that conflict could be worse than World War I if left to run unconstrained. These comments came in the context of escalating tensions in recent years over trade, increasing rhetoric of military conflict over Taiwan and the South China, Sea, accusations of espionage and influence campaigns, and an all-out competition to define the norms and values underpinning the international order. One…

A Cold War Movie’s (Wrong) Lessons About US-China Competition – The Diplomat

Advertisement Thirty years ago this week, the film adaptation of Tom Clancy’s internationally best-selling Cold War thriller The Hunt for Red October about a Soviet captain trying to turn his high-tech submarine over to the United States was released in theaters. The film enjoyed substantial cooperation from the U.S. Navy, which provided ships, submarines, and helicopters for the filming and, like the book it was based on, was praised for its technical accuracy and portrayals of naval operations, if not the quality of its Russian dialogue. Well-reviewed despite appearing just…

South China Sea: How Britain could play key role in US-China feud as conflict fears rise | World | News

This is because as China’s rapid militarisation of the South China Sea gathers pace, the UK could lease one of its new super carriers to the US as President Donald Trump looks to expand his naval forces. According to recent reports, the British Army is said to be pushing for one of the Royal Navy’s brand new super carriers to be leased out to the US in a bid to garner extra cash for military funding. A Sunday Times report revealed that decision makers in the UK’s military could look…