Posts tagged as Asia Pacific

US-China relations deteriorating fast over flashpoint issues

By Simon Tisdall on Wednesday, June 6, 2018

China’s expanding efforts to impose its will on neighbours through diplomatic, commercial and military pressure – the so-called Xi doctrine – have drawn the sharpest riposte to date from the Trump administration, with Taiwan once again the main flashpoint in a sea of accelerating Sino-American rivalry. Following recent verbal clashes over US “freedom of navigation” patrols in disputed South China Sea waters, officials in Washington say they plan to send…

North Korea’s nuclear pause: grist for both doves and hawks

By Robert E Kelly on Tuesday, April 24, 2018

“For the North Koreans, the principle of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula does not mean unilateral disarmament,” said Joshua Pollack, the editor of the Nonproliferation Review, and a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. “They couch it in terms of global disarmament.” In doing so, Pollack noted, the North Korean regime copied the language used by Beijing when China announced its own moratorium on…