The Dangerous New US Consensus on China and the Future of US-China Relations

The trade war and technological competition with China are symptomatic of a much larger issue: a dangerous gridlock in US-China relations that may become permanent, with dire consequences not just for the two countries’ economies but also for the global economy and quite possibly East Asia’s and international security. Martin Wolf, Financial Times columnist, is right to conclude: “Across-the-board rivalry with China is becoming an organising principle of US economic, foreign and security policies.” The fact that this conflict has occurred at a time of trade, investment, and security disputes…

American warship sails in PH waters as US-China tensions escalate

An F/A-18 Super Hornet prepares for take-off, onboard the USS Ronald Reagan, in the South China Sea September 30, 2017. Bobby Yip, Reuters MANILA – One of the largest American aircraft carriers entered Philippine waters on Tuesday, after US Defense Secretary Mark Esper accused China of destabilizing the Indo-Pacific.  Esper on Sunday accused China of predatory economics, intellectual property theft and “weaponizing the global commons” — charges which threatened to inflame already heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing as they wage an escalating trade war.  The USS Reagan, the only aircraft…

Asian Insider Aug 2: US-China tariff wars, Japan-S.Korea spat, China’s media ban , Asia News & Top Stories

In today’s bulletin: Hopes for US-China trade deal dashed, Seoul threatens retaliation against Japan in trade spat, Asean to navigate its own way, China’s media ban ahead of founding anniversary and more. Reading this on the web or know someone who might enjoy receiving Asian Insider? Our sign-up page is here. US-CHINA TRADE TRUCE OVER? There was some optimism in the air just before the Osaka G-20 meet in June about the two countries coming to a negotiated settlement on their trade spat. But US President Donald Trump’s announcement today seems…

Rising South China Sea tensions, US-China trade talks cast shadow over Asean summit, SE Asia News & Top Stories

BANGKOK (BLOOMBERG) – Rising tensions in the South China Sea and the fallout from US-China trade war are set to dominate talks this week as top diplomats converge in Bangkok for a key Southeast Asia summit. US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will be joined at the Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting by his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on the heels of trade negotiations between the two countries in Shanghai on Tuesday (July 30). The meetings come amid accusations from Vietnam and the Philippines that China has become more…

US-China trade talk set to resume as neither seems eager for a deal

Almost three months after their trade talks broke down in acrimony, Chinese and American negotiators meet again in Shanghai this week amid tempered expectations for breakthroughs in their yearlong trade war. Two days of talks are scheduled to restart on Tuesday after an uneasy truce reached by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, last month. Deep tensions remain, though, and recent days have brought mixed signals from both sides, with neither showing an urge to compromise.…

The Jugular ‘Chokepoint’ of US-China Seaway Tensions Lurks Near Indian Waters

The US-Chinese vitriol has shifted back from the trade tables to its more familiar turf of the South China Seas, where China has provocatively tested anti-ship missiles from the man-made structures around the intensely contested, Spratly Islands. This area has been hotly counter-claimed in parts by Vietnam, Philippines and Taiwan, whereas the Chinese have brazenly appropriated sovereignty over the entire 1.3 million square miles of the South China Seas. The restive waters of the region have seen shadowboxing of global powers with the US attempting a ‘balance’ with platforms like…

U.S.-China Tensions and How Unmanned Military Craft Raise the Risk of War

This article originally featured in the Nikkei Asian Review under the title, “US-China tensions — unmanned military craft raise risk of war,” and is republished with permission. Read it in its original form here. By Evan Karlik The immediate danger from militarized artificial intelligence isn’t hordes of killer robots, nor the exponential pace of a new arms race. As recent events in the Strait of Hormuz indicate, the bigger risk is the fact that autonomous military craft make for temping targets – and increase the potential for miscalculation on and…

The Jugular ‘Chokepoint’ jugular of US-China Seaway Tensions Lurk Near Indian Waters

The US-Chinese vitriol has shifted back from the trade tables to its more familiar turf of the South China Seas, where China has provocatively tested anti-ship missiles from the man-made structures around the intensely contested, Spratly Islands. This area has been hotly counter-claimed in parts by Vietnam, Philippines and Taiwan, whereas the Chinese have brazenly appropriated sovereignty over the entire 1.3 million square miles of the South China Seas. The restive waters of the region have seen shadowboxing of global powers with the US attempting a ‘balance’ with platforms like…