Jul 3, 2014

China's reach for leverage

by Ramesh Thakur

China's random and sporadic acts of provocations over territorial disputes seem to fail to intimidate its opponents in the Asia-Pacific region, but each push and probe tests retaliatory assets and calls into question the U.S. capacity, and will, to come to the aid of ...

Navy drills will boost China-U.S.  contacts

Jun 24, 2014

Navy drills will boost China-U.S. contacts

Chinese warships will join U.S.-led naval drills off Hawaii for the first time this week, in a significant effort by the two powers’ fighting forces to forge connections. Rising giant China and superpower the United States frequently find themselves at loggerheads as Beijing asserts ...

Jun 22, 2014

China insists on direct negotiations to resolve maritime disputes

China believes territorial disputes in the region should be settled through direct talks with the countries concerned, the nation’s top foreign policy official said. “We will never trade our core interests or swallow the bitter fruits that undermine our sovereignty, security and development interests,” ...

Jun 18, 2014

Abe, Colin Powell express concern over Iraq crisis

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell agreed Wednesday on the need for diplomatic efforts to stop the escalating violence in Iraq. “We both expressed our concern over the situation in Iraq,” Powell told reporters after a meeting with ...

Abe calls for G-7 unity to deal with Asia tensions

Jun 5, 2014

Abe calls for G-7 unity to deal with Asia tensions

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told his Group of Seven counterparts that the seven major industrial nations should unite to deal with increasing maritime tensions in Asia. The Ukraine crisis requires deep discussions because it may affect other regional problems, Abe told a G-7 session ...

May 29, 2014

Flurry of contacts with China takes positive swing toward commerce

Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao and the head of the Keidanren business lobby agreed Wednesday to expand bilateral economic cooperation despite continuing political tensions. “Although China and Japan are currently fighting about historical issues” and over which country controls a group of islands in ...