The Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018 (ARIA) is aimed at containing China's political, economic and military rise, Jan R. Weinberg, an American peace activist and founder of "Show Up! America", told Sputnik. © AP Photo / Armed Forces of the PhilippinesChina Deploys 'Ship-Killer' Missiles in Wake of US Ship's South China Sea TourAccording to the White House press release, the new law "establishes a multifaceted US strategy to increase US security, economic interests, and values in the Indo-Pacific region". Although the law "seeks to build a positive, cooperative, and comprehensive relationship with China" it clearly envisages boosting economic, political and security ties with ASEAN and Taiwan. Specifically, ARIA urges the US president to "conduct regular transfers of defence articles to Taiwan that are tailored to meet the existing and likely future threats from the People's Republic of China". Furthermore, … [Read more...] about Gas, Arms and Trade: New US Law is Military Tool to Encircle China – Activist
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The US and China are engaged in a trade war nothing seems able to stop. It began with President Donald Trump’s threats against those who ‘steal from us’ (18 April 2017), to which President Xi Jinping replied: ‘No one should expect us to swallow anything that undermines our interests’ (1). A war of words soon led to punitive import tariffs: the US imposed 10-25% on a range of Chinese goods and China retaliated. This began in the spring, dragged on through the summer and looks set to continue beyond this winter. It’s sometimes hard to distinguish real measures from sensational headlines. The US compiled a list of 5,745 Chinese products (including steel, aluminium, chemicals, textiles and electronics) with a value of $200bn (compared to total imports worth $505bn in 2017) that face a 10% duty until 1 January 2019, and 25% thereafter. There are several exemptions: smart watches, a sector in which Apple is market leader, are … [Read more...] about Trade truce between the US and China
Some political scientists call the South China Sea a potential hot spot of the 21 century, comparable in explosiveness to the Middle East. The intersection of the interests of regional powers, long-standing territorial disputes, active attempts by the United States and other Western countries to play on the contradictions of the dispute's participants, the passage of strategic sea routes through the South China Sea, large hydrocarbon reserves — all this forces us to take seriously any steps to increase a country's military presence in this region. © Photo : U.S. Navy‘Ram It’: Chinese Colonel Offers Solution to US Ships Transiting South China SeaThe militarisation of the South China Sea's waters carried out by one side, forces other states in the region to increase their military spending, complicates the search for compromises and increase the risks … [Read more...] about Indonesia Establishes Military Base in South China Sea, but for What Purpose?
WAR between the US and Chinese forces in the South China Sea could break out in 2019, leading experts fear. Concerns are mounting the two superpowers could become embroiled in a terrifying conflict in the directly contested region which could kill thousands of people. Malcolm Davis, a senior analyst in defence strategy and capability at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in Canberra, told CNN: "China is not going to ease up on its attempts to control the South China Sea in its entirety. "Basically, what the Chinese want to do is make the South China Sea their lake." Mr Davis added that Trump administration would be unlikely to back off in the face of Chinese pressure. Gregory Poling, an Asia and maritime law expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Al Jazeera in October: "There's a whole basket of issues that could lead to a US-China conflict. "The South China Sea is the thorniest. It gets right at the heart of US primacy in the region, the … [Read more...] about US and China both refuse to back down over South China Sea row that experts fear could trigger World War 3
However, Western powers have continuously cited "freedom of navigation" under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to justify their actions. Sputnik spoke with Saikat Bhattacharya, research scholar at Jadavpur University in Kolkutta, India, about China's claims to sovereignty over the South China Sea dating back to the 1400s, in addition to greater implications for Western powers and their strategies in the disputed maritime region. What Have Western Scholars Historically Argued About the South China Sea? Saikat explained how the Middle Kingdom acquired the South China Sea during Han Chinese rule in the 1400s, leading to cartographic advancements which ultimately gave the sea its name. "China's claims to the South China Sea are purely based upon the Han Chinese Ming dynasty, where Admiral Zheng He led … [Read more...] about Western Powers Will Never Give Up US Policy in South China Sea—Research Scholar