The South China Sea Crisis

Two US aircraft carriers in war games in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 6 July 2020

The “high-end” exercises sought to test US naval capabilities in a conflict with China involving both offensive operations using war planes and the defence of the ships from any counter-attack.

US operation aggravates tensions over South China Sea disputes

By James Cogan, 30 August 2019

The latest operation is intended to either provoke or intimidate the Beijing regime and Chinese military.

US warships provocatively challenge China’s claims in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 21 May 2019

The so-called freedom of navigation operation underscores the danger that trade war with China will escalate into military conflict as the US seeks to ensure its global domination.

US navy challenges China in the South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 12 February 2019

The intrusion by two US destroyers is designed to send a menacing message to China as trade talks begin in Beijing on a deal to avert escalating US trade war measures.

US and Chinese warships narrowly avoid collision in South China Sea

By Patrick O’Connor, 3 October 2018

Any misstep or accident in East Asia’s sea and airspace now threatens to trigger a full-scale war between the rival nuclear-armed powers.

Beijing cancels trade talks with Washington after US sanctions China for weapons purchases

By Nick Beams, 22 September 2018

The moves mark a further escalation of trade and military tensions between the US and China.

US ramps up threats to China and North Korea

By Mike Head, 4 June 2018

Whatever the outcome of a Trump-Kim summit, the US confrontation with China will escalate.

As US applies “painful pressure” to North Korea

Tensions mount over South China Sea

By Mike Head, 22 May 2018

Far from lessening the dangers of war, the US offer of talks with Kim Jong-un has heightened the conflict with Beijing.

US seizes on missile allegations to ramp up threats against China

By Mike Head, 7 May 2018

With military, geo-strategic and trade war tensions mounting, there has been a recent elevation of alarming accusations against Beijing.

Chinese military conducts exercises in South China Sea and Taiwan Strait

By Gary Alvernia, 20 April 2018

The Chinese naval drills are in response to Washington’s confrontational stance toward Beijing.

US destroyer intrudes into waters around Chinese-controlled islet

By Peter Symonds, 22 January 2018

The latest “freedom of navigation” provocation came on the eve of a meeting of top naval commanders in India where US Admiral Harry Harris condemned China as “a disruptive force.”

Fourth collision this year shows stress on US Pacific fleet

By Patrick Martin, 26 August 2017

The disasters point to a deep erosion of morale as the Navy has engaged in a high tempo of operations, particularly amid the US confrontation with North Korea.

US naval collision raises questions about morale, training

By Peter Symonds, 22 August 2017

The USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker yesterday morning in waters near Singapore, leaving five sailors injured and 10 missing.

US to launch drone bombing campaign in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 10 August 2017

The US military was involved in the initial attack by Philippine forces that led to the declaration of martial law and US surveillance planes have directed the daily bombing.

Canadian warships join “freedom of navigation” exercises in South China Sea

By Roger Jordan, 27 July 2017

The Canadian navy is joining exercises mounted by the US and its principal Asia-Pacific allies with the aim of threatening and preparing for war with China.

US B-1 bombers challenge Chinese claims in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 8 July 2017

The bomber flight is the latest US provocation ahead of the G20 summit aimed at pressuring China to take stronger action against North Korea.

Trump’s frosty phone call with Chinese President Xi

By Peter Symonds, 4 July 2017

Trump is adopting a more confrontational stance toward China in an effort to pressure Beijing to force North Korea to bow to US demands.

US warship intrudes into Chinese-claimed waters in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 3 July 2017

The US naval provocation, following the approval of a large arms deal with Taiwan and US sanctions on Chinese companies, heightens the risk of war with China.