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China: Silk Roads And Open Seas

By Pepe Escobar Beijing’s disclosure earlier this week of its latest military white paper, outlining a new doctrine moving beyond offshore defense to “open seas” defense, predictably rattled every exceptionalist’s skull and bone. Almost simultaneously, in Guangzhou, the annual Stockholm China Forum, hosted by the German Marshall Fund and the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, was … Continue reading

U.S. Condemns China’s Reclamation In South China Sea, Urges Regional Agreement On Code Of Conduct

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says that China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea is “out of step with international rules” and that the United States opposes “any further militarization” of the disputed lands. The U.S. is “deeply concerned” about the scale of China’s island building and the prospect of further militarization of theses … Continue reading

U.S. Defence Secretary Sets Stage For Confrontation With China

By Peter Symonds In the lead-up to this weekend’s Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter on Wednesday bluntly declared that the US would continue its military provocations against China in the South China Sea. The Pentagon deliberately inflamed tensions with Beijing last week by allowing a CNN news crew to fly on board a … Continue reading

“We’ll Probably Be At War This Summer. If We’re Lucky It Won’t Be Nuclear,” Senior NATO Official Says

By Joshua Krause Last week, former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler posted a rather disturbing tweet. With a statement that one could only assume to be a reference towards Russia, Schindler wrote “Said a senior NATO (non-US) GOFO to me today: “We’ll probably be at war this summer. If we’re lucky it won’t be nuclear.” Let … Continue reading

Why Is China Militarising The South China Sea?

By Dr. Sukjoon Yoon Recent Western reports confirm that China is militarising disputed reefs and shoals in the South China Sea. China will obtain no military benefit from this but will simply acquire some weak naval bases at the cost of antagonising rival claimants. Even as ASEAN nations are responding warmly to China’s “Maritime Silk Road” … Continue reading

China’s Growing Global Military Presence: Walking Softly And Carrying A Small Stick

By Daniel Wagner The alarm bells that are ringing among various governments and in the press with respect to China’s growing global military presence are overdone. Yes, in doing so, China is indeed seeking to expand its global political, as well as its ability to project its military power abroad. As the world’s second largest economy … Continue reading

Greece’s Tussle With Turkey, Key To Athens’ Economic Comeback?

By Aaron Kovac How can two life-long, sworn enemies who frequently squabble with each other and who almost went to war some 20 years ago over an arid Aegean island be part of NATO? Indeed, Turkey and Greece, the quintessential frenemies of the Mediterranean, have so far waged war with each other four times since Athens … Continue reading

Forget Artificial Islands, China Is Building Massive Mobile Island Bases

In China’s push for regional dominance, it is apparently not content with transforming reefs in the South Sea into air strips.  China is now reportedly broadening its naval basing by building massive new floating island bases that will likely be used by the military, according to a report from Popular Science. According to the report, Jidong Development Group … Continue reading

China’s Reclamations Roil South China Sea

By James Borton The South China Sea remains at the epicenter of one of the most volatile maritime areas in the world with little or no agreement on sovereignty claims to ownership of atolls, submerged banks, islands, reefs and rocks. Yet South China Sea fishermen, marine biologists and policy shapers agree that without an end to … Continue reading

ASEAN’s Geopolitical Arrangement Vis-à-Vis The Chinese Containment Coalition

By Andrew Korybko The regional grouping of Southeast Asian states has catapulted to the forefront of global economics, becoming one of the fastest growing blocs in the world. Its economies have stabilized after the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, and have since then shown intense resilience by fully rebounding from the ‘Great Recession’ in 2010, much quicker … Continue reading

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