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China Gets An Early Win Off Trump, But Many Battles Remain

Combining public bluster with behind-the-scenes diplomacy, China wrested a concession from the United States as the two presidents spoke for the first time this week, but Beijing may not be able to derive much comfort from the win on U.S. policy toward Taiwan. In getting Trump to change course on the “one China” policy, Beijing may have overplayed its hand.

February 11, 2017
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6 Countries Trump Has Already Insulted And Provoked

Here’s a list of six countries and major international institutions that Trump and his team have threatened—injecting anything but stability into international affairs. Certainly this behavior is silly, unnecessary, and stupid. The question is, will these provocations and others to likely follow lead to serious new international conflict.

February 5, 2017
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Trump Team Struggles For Cohesion On Tougher China Policy

The incoming U.S. administration’s tough talk against China has set the stage for showdowns on everything from security to trade and cyberspace, but contradictory signals are sowing uncertainty over how far President-elect Donald Trump is prepared to go in confronting Beijing.

January 14, 2017
China Navy, American drone, South China Sea

China Returns Underwater Drone, U.S. Condemns ‘Unlawful’ Seizure

The taking of the unmanned underwater vehicle in international waters triggered a diplomatic protest and speculation about whether it would strengthen U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s hand as he seeks a tougher line with China.

December 20, 2016
China Navy, American drone, South China Sea

China’s Navy Seizes American Underwater Drone In South China Sea

A Chinese Navy warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by an American oceanographic vessel in international waters in the South China Sea, triggering a formal diplomatic protest from the U.S. and a demand for its return.

December 16, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama receives flowers as he arrives at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam May 24, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Obama’s Statecraft in East Asia

In the waning months of his presidency, Barack Obama seeks to redefine U.S. foreign policy, most recently in his embrace of one of the biggest phantoms of the Cold War battlefield: Vietnam.

May 24, 2016
US Secretary of State John Kerry holds up Joseph Kennedy's cane, which has been used by John F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy, while talking about his broken leg during the 8th Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting at the Putra World Trade Center

US And China Appear To Be At An Impasse Over North Korea And The South China Sea

Experts said that China likely does not see much upside in adopting the United States’ proposed framework for dealing with Pyongyang.

January 28, 2016
Environment, Ocean, China, South China Sea, Controversy, Marine Life, Mischeif Reef, Military, Infrastructure, World News, Navy Base

China’s ‘Great Wall of Sand’ In South China Sea

China continues to flex its might as it constructs new military-related buildings over living coral ecosystems in the aptly named Mischief Reef.

April 9, 2015

Kerry Urges China To Be Cooperative Partner

Sydney (AFP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged China Tuesday to be a cooperative partner, saying Washington was not interested in conflict or confrontation with it. Kerry, who is in Australia for annual talks on security and foreign policy, made the comments as Beijing accused Washington of deliberately stoking tensions in the South […]

August 12, 2014