US-China Conflict

Strategic Triangle: Scarborough Shoal, Spratlys, and Paracel islands.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz The biggest — and hottest — topic in geopolitical circles today is World War III, or to be more precise… where will World War III start? But if you ask Pope Francis, he’d probably say what he said several months ago: World War III has already begun, at least in a “piecemeal fashion.” “Piecemeal fashion” is a reference to several crises Read More …

Chinese fortifications on Panganiban (Mischief) Reef.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz For the past two years, China has embarked on an aggressive encroachment of the East China and South China Seas and the islands and reefs in those waters. And her neighbors aren’t happy about China’s bullying and salami-slicing techniques. But the most disadvantaged among China’s neighbors is the Philippines, which is the weakest militarily among the Asian countries. The country is Read More …

Fiery Cross Reef: Unsinkable aircraft carrier.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz The most popular variation of poker today is called “Texas hold ‘em.” Whoever shows the best hand wins the game, except where players fold their hands. “Texas hold ‘em” is not a game of chance or luck, it’s a game of strategy – and deception — where a player’s goal is to turn a weak and losing hand into a winner. Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz “America at war” headlines a newspaper. That’s an understatement; America has been at war since the “War that will end all wars” or World War I as we know it. Indeed, the world has been at war since then. Yes, World War II followed and then the Cold War… followed by the Korean War… followed by the Vietnam War… ad infinitum. Read More …

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TAIWAN INCLUDED: The plan calls for concentric rings to deny China the use of the sea inside the ‘first island chain’ and domination of the air and sea space outside By William Lowther Staff reporter in WASHINGTON Taipei Times A new study by researchers at the US National Defense University argues that Washington should defend Taiwan’s sea and air space and all of the first Read More …

F-22 Raptors

Staff Reporter Want China Times The People’s Liberation Army Air Force and Navy Air Force would be unable to challenge US aerial superiority over the Far East because an American F-22 fighter is capable of defeating 20 fourth-generation Chinese fighters in aerial combat, according to the latest issue of the Tokyo-based right-leaning SAPIO magazine. Facing the challenge of China’s maritime expansion, Japan has equipped its Read More …

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Source: The Interpreter The rise of China has returned to prominence Thucydides’ explanation of the epochal Peloponnesian War: ‘It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this inspired in Sparta that made war inevitable.’ This warning seems to be borne out by historical analysis, which apparently indicates that there’s a 75% chance of war as China replaces America in the global pecking order. Read More …

In this Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 photo, a crew member of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy monitors on the deck of the China's aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, sailing on the East China Sea for sea trials. The Liaoning departed for its first-ever sea trials in the South China Sea, a mission likely to draw scrutiny amid Beijing's drive to assert its claims to those waters and their island groups. (AP Photo)

The latest examples of Chinese assertiveness are part of China’s strategy of ‘legal warfare’. By Benjamin Carlson The Mint Press HONG KONG — As anyone who has seen “Rebel Without a Cause” knows, playing chicken is dangerous for California teenagers in hot-rods. But playing chicken with warships, cruisers, and fighter jets — well, that’s just another level of crazy. Unfortunately, vessels from the US military Read More …

Admiral Samuel Locklear, the head of U.S. Pacific Command, listens during a news conference in Seoul (POOL New Reuters, REUTERS / October 1, 2013)

Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chinese operational inexperience and communications difficulties on both sides contributed to a near-collision between the USS Cowpens and a Chinese warship in the South China Sea last month, the head of U.S. forces in the Asia-Pacific said on Wednesday. Admiral Samuel Locklear, the head of U.S. Pacific Command, told a Navy conference the Cowpens, a guided missile cruiser, was monitoring China’s Read More …

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By MATTHEW PENNINGTON  Associated Press The United States must not tolerate China’s use of military coercion in pursuit of its territorial claims in the seas of East Asia, lawmakers said at a hearing Tuesday. Experts warned that Beijing’s assertiveness is unnerving its neighbors and challenges American security interests. Separately, the Philippine envoy to Washington complained about China’s “aggression” and urged Vietnam, another claimant state in Read More …