By James Cogan, 16 April 2016
Turnbull carefully avoided any contentious public remarks on the US-China confrontation in the South China Sea.
By Nick Beams, 16 April 2016
While government stimulus measures helped to ease the slowdown in Chinese growth, trade figures continued to slump, reflecting stagnation in the world economy as a whole.
By Peter Symonds, 14 April 2016
As US-China tensions mount, Defence Secretary Carter signalled Washington’s intention to seek access to more Philippine military bases.
By K. Ratnayake, 14 April 2016
India has “agreed in principle” to allowing the US military to make routine use of its bases and ports—a major step in making it a “frontline state” in Washington’s preparations for war with China.
By Peter Symonds, 13 April 2016
Carter arrives in the Philippines to send a message to Beijing that the South China Sea is “a core American strategic interest.”
By James Cogan, 13 April 2016
Despite the hype about exciting economic opportunities in China, Turnbull faces fraught issues on trade and Australia’s involvement in the US military buildup in Asia.
By Peter Symonds, 9 April 2016
The Washington think tank’s proposed “federated defence” is nothing but a system of military alliances to prepare for war with China—akin to the alliances that preceded the previous two world wars.
By Andre Damon, 8 April 2016
The United States has sharply escalated its standoff with China, leading the New York Times to conclude that a “confrontation seems increasingly likely.”
By Peter Symonds, 7 April 2016
Family members of current and former Chinese leaders, including President Xi Jinping, have set up offshore companies in tax havens such as the British Virgin Islands.
By Peter Symonds, 2 April 2016
The aim of US “non-proliferation” policy is not to rid the world of nuclear bombs but to ensure the US retains its nuclear dominance over any potential rival.
By John Ward, 1 April 2016
The police crackdown points to Beijing’s fears of social unrest amid a slowing economy and plans for mass sackings across basic industry.
By Peter Symonds, 26 March 2016
An open letter by “loyal Communist Party members” called on President Xi to resign all positions and blamed him for China’s “unprecedented problems and crises.”
By John Ward, 25 March 2016
The announcement at the National People’s Congress of a 43 percent increase in poverty alleviation funds is to deflect attention from growing social inequality.
By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 23 March 2016
Last weekend’s incident involving Chinese and Indonesian vessels is a sign of the acute tensions being generated by Washington’s intervention in South China Sea disputes.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2016
The attack on the Chinese ship has triggered the first foreign policy crisis for Argentina’s new right-wing president.
By Peter Symonds, 14 March 2016
The protests are a sign of the acute social tensions building up as the economy slows and the government prepares to axe millions of jobs.
As Chinese exports plunge
By Nick Beams, 10 March 2016
The sharp fall in Chinese exports reflects a decline in global trade that has been expressed as well in US trade data.
By Peter Symonds, 10 March 2016
With the Chinese government planning to sack millions of workers, Finance Minister Lou Jiwei complained that the legal system made it too difficult to dismiss employees.
By Peter Symonds, 8 March 2016
This year’s joint war games are based on a new operational plan that includes pre-emptive attacks on North Korean missile and nuclear sites and “decapitation” raids to kill its leaders.
By Keith Jones, 8 March 2016
Washington is determined to make India a “frontline state” in its drive to strategically isolate, encircle and potentially wage war against China.
By Peter Symonds, 7 March 2016
The Chinese Communist Party’s only “plan” is to further open the economy for private investment, both foreign and domestic, in the hope that it will drive economic growth.
By Peter Symonds, 5 March 2016
The dispatch of a US carrier strike group is part of a wave of provocations over China’s alleged militarisation of the South China Sea.
By Nick Beams, 4 March 2016
As the “BRICS model” of economic growth disintegrates, conditions are emerging for another financial crisis.
By Peter Symonds, 4 March 2016
The punitive new measures will intensify North Korea’s economic and social crisis and greatly heighten tensions on the Korean Peninsula and throughout the region.
By John Ward and Peter Symonds, 3 March 2016
The emergence of huge overcapacities in China’s basic industries is intimately bound up with the continuing worldwide economic slump.
By Mike Head, 3 March 2016
The Greens, who once postured as an anti-war party, have sent another signal of their readiness to support the US-led military build-up against China.
By Andre Damon, 2 March 2016
Leading strategists of US imperialism increasingly see the fomenting of national secessionist movements as a means to destabilize and subjugate the Eurasian land mass.
By Peter Symonds, 2 March 2016
Abbott’s comments are part of growing demands for the Australian government to mount a military intrusion into Chinese-claimed territory in the South China Sea.
By Nick Beams, 2 March 2016
Fears of where the global economy is heading led former British Labour shadow chancellor Ed Balls to warn of “echoes of the 1930s.”
By Ben McGrath, 1 March 2016
The draft resolution contains measures reportedly the strictest in 20 years and will further heighten tensions on the Korean Peninsula and throughout the region.
By Peter Symonds, 27 February 2016
The only conclusion that can be drawn is that advanced preparations are being made for war with China.
By John Ward, 27 February 2016
A stoppage at a Guangzhou stainless steel factory highlights the mounting resistance of Chinese workers to deepening attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.
By Peter Symonds, 24 February 2016
The Chinese foreign minister’s visit to Washington was preceded by planted media stories grossly exaggerating the threat of Chinese “militarisation.”
By James Cogan, 20 February 2016
Labor is serving as the catspaw of the US military establishment and seeking to dramatically ratchet up military tensions with Beijing.
By James Cogan, 19 February 2016
The entire issue has been inflated and exaggerated for definite political and diplomatic purposes.
By John Ward, 19 February 2016
For the past seven years, speculative property investment has maintained growth in China, but this has laid the foundation for a broader crisis.
By Peter Symonds, 18 February 2016
Much of the US and international media coverage of the Chinese missile revelations is exaggerated and deliberately misleading.
By James Cogan, 18 February 2016
Bishop’s visit to Japan and China underscored Australia’s role as a key partner of Washington’s aggressive “pivot to Asia.”
By Nick Beams, 17 February 2016
The latest statistics from the world’s second and third largest economies underscore the worsening world downturn.
By David Walsh, 13 February 2016
Veteran independent Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke’s Mountains May Depart is opening in theaters in the US this week.
By Nick Beams, 9 February 2016
The growing financial crisis in China, marked by capital flight and mounting concerns over debt levels, is accompanied by increasing doubts about the stability of the entire global banking system.
By Peter Symonds, 5 February 2016
Ezubao was part of the largely unregulated peer-to-peer online finance industry that has drawn in millions of small investors with the offer of high returns.
By John Roberts and Peter Symonds, 3 February 2016
While General Secretary Trong may be more cautious than his rival about embracing US imperialism, Vietnam’s leadership will continue the tilt to Washington.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 3 February 2016
Washington’s entire anti-China strategy has received the unconditional backing of successive governments in Canberra.
By Samuel Davidson, 1 February 2016
The steelworkers will lose their jobs, in line with plans to slash crude steel production capacity by between 100 million and 150 million tons.
By Peter Symonds, 28 January 2016
Kerry threatened to expand the US military presence in Asia unless Beijing took tough measures in response to Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test.
By Peter Symonds, 26 January 2016
The CSIS report represents the voice of the vast American military establishment, which regards China as the chief threat to untrammelled US strategic dominance in Asia.
By Mike Head, 23 January 2016
Over the past year, the admiral has played a vocal role in inflaming tensions with China, particularly over its territorial claims in the South China Sea.
By Peter Symonds, 22 January 2016
Japan, like the US, is exploiting the tensions in the disputed waters to advance its own economic and strategic interests in South East Asia.
By Nick Beams, 20 January 2016
The risks cited by the International Monetary Fund to the global economy are not situated on the longer term horizon, but are an ever-present reality.
By Peter Symonds, 20 January 2016
While the tone was not as strident as his predecessor, Turnbull’s underlying message was the same: full support for US militarism around the world.
By Nick Beams, 14 January 2016
The sharp downturn in US markets has come amid a series of statements by banking officials that the conditions for a new financial crisis are rapidly developing.
By Peter Symonds, 13 January 2016
The economic slowdown, which is exposing massive overcapacity and high levels of debt, is threatening to trigger an upsurge in the class struggle.
By Nick Beams, 12 January 2016
The Shenzhen Composite Index has fallen by more than 20 percent so far this year, wiping off almost $1 trillion from share values.
By Peter Symonds, 9 January 2016
China is caught in a bind: not wanting North Korea to trigger an arms race in North East Asia, but also seeking to stave off a collapse of the unstable regime.
By Nick Beams, 9 January 2016
The impact of events in China points to the worsening situation facing major Western corporations.
By Nick Beams, 7 January 2016
The fall in oil prices to their lowest level in 11 years points to deepening recessionary trends that increase the risk of defaults in high-risk, high-yield bonds.
By Peter Symonds, 7 January 2016
The test will heighten the tense situation in North East Asia generated by the Obama administration’s confrontational “pivot to Asia” against China.
By Peter Symonds, 5 January 2016
Washington’s calls for restraint are in marked contrast to its escalating provocations to challenge Chinese claims in the disputed waters.
By John Roberts, 31 December 2015
Amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, Indonesia has adopted a tougher approach to China, while at the same time seeking to avoid open confrontation.
By Nick Beams, 30 December 2015
Economic developments in 2015 were dominated by intensifying recessionary trends throughout the world economy.
By Will Morrow, 30 December 2015
The response of the Chinese regime is aimed at diverting attention from the broader social and political implications of the disaster.
By Ben McGrath, 29 December 2015
The callous disregard for the safety of miners, resulting in a series of mine explosions and cave-ins, is a product of the drive to cut production costs and boost profits.
By Peter Symonds, 22 December 2015
Rescuers are struggling to find those missing after a tidal wave of mud and waste toppled buildings and inundated an area of Shenzhen.
By Peter Symonds, 14 December 2015
The downward slide in the renminbi’s value threatens other Asian export-dependent countries and heightens the danger of a currency war.
By Peter Symonds, 7 December 2015
Like every part of the globe, Africa has been transformed into an arena for geo-political rivalry.
By Nick Beams, 5 December 2015
The renminbi’s elevation to the status of a global reserve currency is an expression of vast shifts in the world economy that underlie the rise in geopolitical tensions.
By John Roberts, 5 December 2015
A state-owned Chinese corporation has bought the power assets of Malaysia’s heavily indebted 1MDB fund, which is at the centre of a corruption scandal.
By Peter Symonds, 4 December 2015
Through its grandiose plan to integrate Eurasia, Beijing is hoping to draw in countries across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa to counter Washington’s offensive.
By Nick Beams, 1 December 2015
The decision to include the Chinese renminbi as an international reserve currency will be viewed by Beijing as a step forward but it is a two-edged sword.
By Peter Symonds, 27 November 2015
US strategists have long regarded the Eurasian landmass as the key to world domination and view China and Russia as the chief obstacles to American ambitions.
By John Braddock, 24 November 2015
The war games are a sharp warning to the tiny states throughout the Pacific of what is in store if they defy the US-led drive against China.
By James Cogan, 23 November 2015
Labor’s subservience to Washington and the US-Australia alliance is in line with its entire history.
By Peter Symonds, 19 November 2015
Amid rising tensions with Beijing, Obama said Washington should have had “a heads-up” over a Chinese company winning the northern Australian port lease.
By James Cogan, 16 November 2015
The discussion shifted from the commercial opportunities offered by Chinese investment to the “threat” posed by Chinese companies.
By Peter Symonds, 14 November 2015
Washington’s latest military provocation in the South China Sea takes place on the eve of international summits in Manila and Kuala Lumpur.
By Ben McGrath, 11 November 2015
The meeting took place amid rising tensions produced by Washington’s aggressive “pivot to Asia” against Beijing.
By a reporter, 10 November 2015
The fall in imports shows the strength of the downdraft impacting on the world economy.
By Peter Symonds, 10 November 2015
“Stability,” in Washington’s lexicon, is synonymous with American dominance, which it has always pursued through ruthless and violent means.
By Patrick Martin, 9 November 2015
Ashton Carter’s speech, delivered at the Reagan Library in California, was a deliberately staged provocation against the world’s second and third nuclear powers.
By Nick Beams, 6 November 2015
Ashton Carter’s appearance on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is a further intensification of the US military push against China.
By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2015
Three congressional hearings Tuesday discussed the preparations of the US military for a Third World War against China, Russia or both.
By Nick Beams, 5 November 2015
Despite heavy lobbying, the US did not obtain overt backing for its actions in the South China Sea from a meeting of South East Asian defence ministers
By Peter Symonds, 4 November 2015
The violation of Chinese maritime claims has nothing to do with upholding international law but is part of Washington’s “pivot to Asia” aimed at subordinating China to US interests.
By Ulrich Rippert, 3 November 2015
Germany is still China’s most important European trade partner, accounting for 30 percent of China’s total trade with the European Union.
By Peter Symonds, 3 November 2015
The joint operation in no way eases the tensions heightened by the US naval intrusion into Chinese-claimed territory in the South China Sea last week.
By Ben McGrath, 2 November 2015
The lack of any reference by China to maritime disputes or Japan’s whitewashing of the crimes of its military in the 1930s and 1940s was a significant concession to Tokyo.
By Peter Symonds, 31 October 2015
The Chinese Communist Party plenum this week occurred amid a continuing economic slowdown and Tuesday’s provocative US incursion in the South China Sea.
By Nick Beams, 30 October 2015
Pressure is set to intensify on Australia to take a direct part in the US naval operations.
By Nick Beams, 29 October 2015
The US naval operation was the outcome of months of planning by the Pentagon, accompanied by a build-up of pressure on the Obama administration to authorise it.
By Peter Symonds, 28 October 2015
The entry of the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen into Chinese-claimed waters raises the danger of a military confrontation between two nuclear-armed powers.
By James Cogan, 28 October 2015
The reckless calculation in Washington is that the Chinese regime’s diplomatic and military response to its provocative actions are nothing more than rhetoric.
By Nick Beams, 27 October 2015
The brazen and aggressive character of the operation is underscored by the fact that it has been undertaken in the total absence of military activity against the US by China.
By Robert Stevens, 26 October 2015
US officials and advisors have warned that London is “playing a dangerous game” in developing its economic relations with Beijing.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 24 October 2015
The most grotesque example of Corbyn’s fawning before Xi was when he gave fulsome praise for “the remarkable Chinese achievements in poverty reduction.”
By Joseph Santolan, 23 October 2015
While many details are still unknown, the fatal shooting occurs amid explosive tensions between China and the Philippines provoked by Washington.
By Nick Beams, 23 October 2015
China’s economic slowdown will heighten deflationary and recessionary trends throughout the world economy.
By Robert Stevens, 21 October 2015
The key announcement from the Chinese President’s visit is that London has been chosen as the first overseas financial centre for a sovereign debt market in Chinese renminbi.
By Nick Beams, 20 October 2015
Although China’s third-quarter growth rate was the slowest since 2009, the real state of the economy may be even worse than presented in official figures.
By Nick Beams, 15 October 2015
Chinese imports have fallen by one fifth over the past year as credit-fueled growth slows.