Four Looming Flashpoints Facing Trump

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by Michael T. Klare Within months of taking office, President Donald Trump is likely to face one or more major international crises, possibly entailing a risk of nuclear escalation. Not since the end of the Cold War has a new… Continue Reading  

Superpower Conflicts Are Driving Tensions in the South China Sea

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by Walden Bello The Philippines would seem to have won a major victory against China in a recent international court ruling in the Hague, which voided Chinese claims to parts of the South China Sea claimed by the Philippines and… Continue Reading  

China on the Defensive?

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by John Feffer It has not been a good month for China. On July 12, an international court of arbitration at The Hague handed the Philippines a huge victory over China in the struggle over the South China Sea. A… Continue Reading  

US-China Maritime Disputes: Too Close for Comfort

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by Mel Gurtov Two recent close encounters between US spy planes and Chinese jets spell trouble for relations between Washington and Beijing. The first, between a US EP-3 spy plane and two Chinese jets over the South China Sea (SCS) near… Continue Reading  

Making China Great Again

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by John Feffer The final of the World Snooker Championship took place this week in Sheffield, the hardscrabble town in England’s north perhaps best known as the setting for the movie The Full Monte. Sheffield is a former industrial center… Continue Reading