East China Sea

U.S. President Donald Trump interacts with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago resort.
REUTERS/Carlos Barria

PerryScope By Perry Diaz When President Donald Trump met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at his luxurious resort Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida last April 6, he was hoping that Xi would accept his invitation to stay at the posh resort. Well, Xi politely declined and instead stayed at a nearby hotel. But other than that, their summit was deemed a “success.” Trump got something Read More …

East and South China Seas

PerryScope By Perry Diaz The conventional wisdom in geopolitical circles is that a war between the United States and China is not going to happen — not now, not tomorrow – simply because their economies are intricately intertwined with one another like the fabled Gordian Knot. Destroying each other would be like committing a suicide pact. And why would they do that? Are they out Read More …

Pax-Americana.2

PerryScope By Perry Diaz After the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1991, there was only one superpower left in a unipolar world order: The United States of America. For the next two decades, America was the world’s hegemon. It kept peace in an ever-increasing turbulent world. Thus began the era of Pax Americana (American Peace). Today, America is being challenged Read More …

Putin and Xi in Shanghai, May 21, 2014. (Mark Ralston / Courtesy Reuters)

China, Russia, the United States, and the New Superpower Showdown By David Gordon and Jordan Schneider Foreign Affairs This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been in China, looking to deepen ties between his country and his neighbor to the south. The trip could mark the start of a new era in U.S.-Russian-Chinese relations, the trilateral relationship that dominated the final decades of the Cold Read More …

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By Erick San Juan When China parked a giant oil rig in disputed waters off Vietnam, it confirmed what Washington and regional governments have long feared: Beijing is taking a major leap in the defense of its territorial claims, testing the resolve of rattled neighbors—as well as the U.S. (Asia News online 5/8/14) ‘Like a thief in the night’, such major leap will not sit Read More …

The first deep-water drilling rig developed in China, is pictured at 320km southeast of Hong Kong in the South China Sea. Source: AP

By Alan Dupont The Australian IN early January, Australian intelligence analysts watched with increasing concern as three Chinese warships passed through Indonesia’s Sunda Strait on a southerly course towards Australia in a powerful demonstration of China’s growing strategic reach. An AP-3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft was quickly sent to photograph and shadow the Chinese ships, which then turned east, sailing along Java’s southern coast before Read More …

Pacific Rim

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In the aftermath of the signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the United States and the Philippines, China unexpectedly took a conciliatory stance. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a press conference that EDCA does not seem to intimidate China. “It is justifiable for people to ask any agreement between the US and the Philippines be Read More …

Photo: Xinhua/Sipa USA

By Bruce Klingner The Foundry During his trip to Japan, President Obama publicly affirmed long-standing U.S. policy that the bilateral security treaty applies to the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands. China claims sovereignty over the islands and, in recent years, has tried to intimidate Japan—much as Beijing has bullied the Philippines in pursuit of its extralegal territorial claims in the South China Sea. President Obama’s statement was Read More …

The disputed islands Uotsuri island (top), Minamikojima (bottom) and Kitakojima, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea REUTERS/Kyodo

By Reuters TOKYO (Reuters) — U.S. President Barack Obama has assured Japan that tiny islands in the East China Sea at the heart of a territorial row with China are covered by a bilateral security treaty that obligates America to come to Japan’s defense. Obama gave the assurance in remarks published by the Yomiuri newspaper on Wednesday, hours before he was due to arrive in Read More …

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin shake hands at their first meeting in Moscow in March 2013.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz It’s probably fate that brought Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping to the pinnacles of power in the world’s two largest authoritarian regimes. And it’s probably delusional ambition that had pushed them to the throes of nuclear conflagration. And it is for these reasons that many countries – particularly those close by Russia and China — are distancing themselves from them lest Read More …