China Asia

Latest news and analysis on diplomacy between Asian governments including China, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Coverage of ASEAN summits.  
  1. An unexpected warning by the Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr over Chinese naval drills has sparked speculation Manila’s friendly stance towards Beijing is shifting, adding to tensions in the South China Sea where naval forces from the United States and China are conducting exercises within sight of each other. On Friday, Locsin released a five-minute video statement in which he expressed concern over military exercises held by China near the Paracel Islands, vowing that the…
  2. Indian and Chinese troops have begun a partial disengagement from their positions along the disputed Himalayan border region after a tense stand-off lasting nearly nine weeks, sources in the Indian establishment told local media on Monday. Indian officials, according to Bloomberg, said the People’s Liberation Army was seen removing tents and structures, while China had also begun moving its vehicles back at several points along the 3,488km undemarcated border known as the Line of Actual…
  3. Indian soldiers who died in close combat with Chinese troops last month were unarmed and surrounded by a larger force on a steep ridge, Indian government sources, two soldiers deployed in the area and families of the fallen men said.One of the Indian soldiers had his throat slit with metal nails in the darkness, his father said, saying he had been told by a fellow soldier who was there.Others fell to their deaths in the freezing waters of the Galwan river in the western Himalayas, relatives…
  4. Australia is edging towards a “partial economic decoupling” with China as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a new Australian parliamentary inquiry has heard.In a new inquiry set up in May to examine the vulnerability of Australia’s supply chains, defence and foreign affairs, experts argued there was a critical need for Australia to plan its own network of supply chains to shore up sovereign resilience with a need to drift away from China.The inquiry, findings of which could feed into state…
  5. Vietnam and the Philippines on Thursday criticised China’s holding of military drills in a disputed part of the South China Sea, warning it could create tension in the region and affect Beijing’s relationship with its neighbours.Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said China’s exercises in the waters near the Paracel Islands were “highly provocative”, while Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry called them a violation of sovereignty that could be “detrimental” to Beijing’s relationship with the…
  6. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday announced a significant increase in defence spending to boost the country’s military prowess in the Indo-Pacific, amid jitters about China’s growing power in the region.In a major speech in Canberra, Morrison said the government would spend A$270 billion (US$186 billion) on defence over the next decade, up nearly 40 per cent from the A$195 billion pledged under its previous strategic review in 2016.Warning that Australia must prepare for a…
  7. It has been over a month since China initiated a trade dispute with Australia by announcing tariffs on barley and banning beef from four firms, and Chinese Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan still has not returned any of the phone calls from his Australian counterpart, Trade Minister Simon Birmingham.China first suspended beef imports from four major meat processing plants in Queensland and New South Wales, before confirming a tariff of 80.5 per cent on Australia’s barley exports following the…
  8. The rise in tensions along the China-India border in the Himalayas began in early May and resulted in bloodshed earlier this month with violence in the Galwan valley. This border stand-off bears similarities to the skirmish in 2017, with the only exception being a lack of fatalities three years ago.The intensification of this dispute has spurred concern among Nepal, Japan and other regional players who have to balance their foreign policy between China and India. It has also drawn the attention…
  9. Joint exercises by the Indian and Japanese navies in the Indian Ocean at the weekend suggest the two countries are drawing closer to face what they perceive as a common threat from China, analysts say.While joint military exercises involving the two countries are not uncommon, the latest activity comes amid tensions both are experiencing with Beijing.Indian and Chinese troops remain locked in a face-off along the disputed Himalayan border where 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a recent clash…
  10. When 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese troops in the Himalayas this month, a fragile peace on the top of the world that has held for nearly 60 years looked dangerously close to shattering. While diplomats and army commanders remain locked in talks to resolve the tensions on a military level, many experts fear another type of conflict is looming as ordinary Indians demand economic retribution and punishment of their neighbour. A traders association in New Delhi has…