Senkaku Islands

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 …

American-Eagle

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With all the trouble spots around the world where the U.S. is involved one way or another, it makes one wonder: Where will the war take place? Okay, let’s try this: Take your pick? (1) Baltic States (U.S. and NATO vs. Russia), (2) Middle East (U.S. vs. ISIS), (3) Senkaku Islands (U.S. and Japan vs. China), (4) Korean Peninsula (U.S. and 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 …

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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 …

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Source: Indian Express In a stern message to its neighbours, China on Saturday said it is determined to defend “every inch” of its territory and there was “no room for compromise” with Japan over territorial or historical disputes. “We will not take anything that is not ours, but we will defend every inch of territory that belongs to us,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Read More …

Japanese patrols drive off foreign fi shing boats near the disputed Senkaku islands Japanese patrols drive off foreign fi shing boats near the disputed Senkaku islands [GETTY]

WHILE vast swathes of the Middle East are embroiled in conflict and Ukraine teeters on the brink, many believe the real flashpoint for war is between China and Japan. By Hilary Douglas Express (UK) As China flexes its military might, with huge increases in defence spending and increasingly assertive patrols in disputed territories, Japan has compared the tensions to those between England and Germany before Read More …

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A senior US military official says the PLA has been holding exercises to practice seizing islands in the East China Sea.   By Zachary Keck The Diplomat A senior U.S. military officer has accused China’s People Liberation Army of training for a “short sharp war” against Japan in the East China Sea aimed at seizing the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. According to the U.S. Naval Institute, Captain Read More …