Beijing Takes Pivotal Technology Lead in South China Sea

Beijing Takes Pivotal Technology Lead in South China Sea China has an exceptionally large fleet of coastguard and militia vessels in the region. NYT. by Ross Babbage. Key members of the Trump administration are shaping to confront China in the South China Sea. Last month Donald Trump tweeted: “Did China ask …

The Australian Financial Review

Beijing able to manage peripheral diplomacy

The past year, 2016, was surprisingly eventful in the realm of international politics as frustrating geopolitical challenges in the South China Sea posed obstacles for China. The fallout from these emerging events has certainly impacted China’s

Global Times

Tillerson: Beijing’s Illegal Actions in South China Sea Disregard Int’l Norms

Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson described Beijing’s actions in the South China Sea as “an illegal taking of disputed areas without regard for international norms”. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Beijing’s military actions and building in the disputed

Sputnik International

Commentary: Expanding cooperation with China important political legacy for US

BEIJING, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) — As U.S. President Barack Obama bid farewell to the nation in a speech in his hometown of Chicago, the United States and China — the world’s two largest economies — can now take a moment to ponder the development of their …

Xinhua

Tillerson says US must signal that China’s access to artificial islands will be denied

WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) – The United States must send a clear signal to China that its island-building in the South China Sea must stop and that its access to those islands will not be allowed, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for

Daily Mail

Rex Tillerson, Pick for Secretary of State, Breaks with Trump on Key Issues

The oilman struggled to lend coherence to Trump’s foreign policy, but did reveal their differences on Russia, climate change, and more. More. Testifying before lawmakers Wednesday, former ExxonMobil boss Rex Tillerson attempted to lend coherence to …

Yahoo News

US state secretary nominee Tillerson expected to say China’s island building in South China Sea is illegal

WASHINGTON (REUTERS, BLOOMBERG) – President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson will voice concern over China in his confirmation hearing on Wednesday (Jan 11), calling Beijing’s building of islands in the South China …

The Straits Times

Cops and Robbers (Again): Solving the South China Sea Dilemma

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part story about the strategic situation, key dilemma and best solution in the South China Sea. For a better understanding of the second part, the reader is encouraged to read the first part, which lays

The National Interest Online

Trump pick for State Dept talks tough on China

Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil, testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing to become US Secretary of State on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan 11, 2017. Photo: Reuters.

TODAYonline

China Flies Bomber Around Disputed Spratly Islands: US Official

A Chinese H-6K bomber patrols the islands and reefs in the South China Sea, in this file photo. (Liu Rui/Xinhua via AP). A Chinese bomber has flown around the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in an apparent show of force, according to a …

The Epoch Times

Beijing warns of ‘necessary response’ against provocation in South China Sea in White Paper

China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier and an accompanying fleet conducting a drill in an area of the South China Sea in December 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS. Published. 8 hours ago. Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Email More. Share Tweet Linkedin Pin Google+ …

The Straits Times

A Trade War That Cannot Be Won

More than trade figures, the kinds of goods the United States imports from China reveal the complexities of the two countries’ trade relationship — and the challenges U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will face in trying to change it. (STR/AFP/Getty

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