Renowned political, financial figures expected at UCSD forum on US-China relations

UC San Diego is organizing a forum on U.S.-China relations that’s expected to draw major figures from politics, finance and technology, including two former U.S. National Security Advisors and possibly three former Treasury secretaries. The China Forum will take place August 12-16 and will focus on the increasingly contentious tone between the U.S. and China over such things as trade and control of the South China Sea, an area traversed by naval warships based in San Diego. The university’s School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) says it has confirmed…

The Accident That Could Spark a U.S.-China War in the South China Sea

The Black Sea bumping incident amounted to little as diplomatic fracases go. In part that’s because the setting differed markedly from the Western Pacific today. The U.S. task force cruised along mainland Soviet shores where no one disputed Moscow’s sovereignty. This was not contested turf like China’s South China islands—ground wrested from China’s neighbors or manufactured wholesale. That muted tempers. So did the slight damage to Yorktown. Nor was there any loss of life. There was little to fire a public outcry in either capital. What would happen should a…

Trump: US-China trade deal could be reached in weeks – UNTV News

(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte, Pag-asa Island and Chinese President Xi Jinping MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has told China to back off from the Pag-asa Island amid reports that hundreds of Chinese vessels have “swarmed” the island, also known as Thitu, in the West Philippine Sea. Speaking at PDP-Laban’s campaign rally in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on Thursday night, Duterte said he will not allow China to occupy Pag-asa Island, which has long been held by Manila. “I assure you, unless China wants a war with us, eh ‘di…

Amidst US-China Rivalry, US Reassurance Raise Philippine Concerns – Analysis – Eurasia Review

In the past, concern about getting entangled in a conflict over competing territorial and maritime claims in the South China Sea restrained U.S. support for its oldest treaty ally in Asia. Now, a long overdue reassurance raises Philippine worries about getting involved in a brewing great power competition. Fresh from his trip to Hanoi for the second US-North Korea Summit, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew to Manila (February 28-March 1) to meet President Rodrigo Duterte and his counterpart, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. The proposed review of the…

World War 3 alert: US-China tensions rise after Taiwan accused Beijing of provocation | UK | News

The island state issued the warning after Beijing sent fighter jets which crossed the “middle line” which divides the mainland from the contested island. Now 70 years since the state gained independence, Taiwan warned that manoeuvres by the jets was “reckless and provocative”. The state also warned that such actions could “seriously impact regional safety and regional stability” according to the Global Times. However Beijing has blamed the US for increased tensions, with an anonymous expert blaming Washington’s continuing intervention in the region. The expert said: “As a matter of…

A U.S.-China War Scenario: How Would China’s Military Attack a “Great Wall in Reverse”?

Suppose the United States and its allies erect a “Great Wall in reverse,” deploying anti-ship, anti-aircraft, and anti-submarine armaments on and around the islands constituting the first island chain. China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will not submit meekly while the allies curb its freedom of movement between its home waters and the Western Pacific. Instead, PLA soldiers, sailors, and aviators will try to puncture, outflank, or otherwise nullify the wall, regaining access to the wider world. They must—lest China forfeit the export and import trade that underwrites its “dream” of…

An inflection point in U.S.-China relations

Michael Auslin, an Asia expert at the Hoover Institution, examines what I consider the most important foreign policy issue of our time — U.S. relations with China. Auslin believes this may be “crunch time” for these relations. Auslin is happy with President Trump’s China policy so far: The Trump administration’s full-court press against China is going strong, buttressed by a dramatic shift in opinion among the foreign-policy community, now increasingly critical of Beijing. Trade talks are continuing, and for the nonce, the administration does not seem to setting itself up…

U.S.-China Relations & Donald Trump’s Strategy

President Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China’s President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. (Damir Sagolj/REUTERS) The Trump administration’s full-court press against China is going strong, buttressed by a dramatic shift in opinion among the foreign-policy community, now increasingly critical of Beijing. Trade talks are continuing, and for the nonce, the administration does not seem to setting itself up for a quick deal that will be all smoke and no fire. The longer the trade spat goes on,…