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In a photo released by Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense on May 11, 2018, a Taiwanese Air Force fighter jet flies near a Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force bomber that reportedly flew over the Luzon Strait south of Taiwan during an exercise.

Beijing’s Welcome Gift to Biden: More Threats and Tensions

If China is seeking a reset of relations, it has a strange way of showing it.

A U.S. F/A-18 hornet fighter prepares to land while other fighter jets fly behind during a routine training aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt in the South China Sea

U.S. Carriers Send a Message to Beijing Over South China Sea

“China is just pushing on all fronts,” a former defense official told Foreign Policy. “I’m worried at some point that the dam is going to break somewhere.”

A Great Wall 236 submarine of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy in the sea near Qingdao, China, on April 23, 2019.

Under Cover of Pandemic, China Steps Up Brinkmanship in South China Sea

Beijing has increased pressure on its nervous neighbors in its quest to dominate the entire South China Sea.

President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Oct. 16. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Needs to Show That He Is Serious About America’s Rivalry With China

The president should use his trip to Asia to reassure allies and assert U.S. power.

China's President Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a working session on the first day of the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017. 
Leaders of the world's top economies gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / Patrik STOLLARZ        (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s China Policy Must Look Beyond North Korea

The White House should consider the long term in its dealings with Beijing.

A man buys a Chinese newspaper, with the headline that reads "Outsider strikes back", featuring Donald Trump on the front page in Beijing on November 10, 2016.
The American public on November 9 voted for the Republican candidate Donald Trump to be the 45th President of the United States.  / AFP / GREG BAKER        (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Beijing Is Ready To Go Eyeball to Eyeball With Trump

The U.S. president-elect took the first steps up the ladder of escalation, but China’s seizure of a naval drone shows it’s glad to follow.


Rubio Calls for Sanctions on Beijing for South China Sea Antics

In dealing with Beijing, is this a brilliant bill or blunder and bluster?


Half of Chinese Favor The U.S. Despite Growing Tensions

The poll also showed that Chinese citizens prefer Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.

401432 01: U.S. Special Forces Captain Joe McGraw of Tacoma, Washington, looks over Philippine soldiers February 22, 2002 in Tipo-Tipo on the southern Philippine island of Basilan. An estimated 660 U.S. military personal have arrived in the southern Philippines for "Balikatan 02-1," a joint training exercise with the Philippine military designed to help in the fight against the Islamic militant Abu Sayyaf Group on the island of Basilan. (Photo by David Greedy/Getty Images)

Duterte Wants U.S. Special Forces Out of the Southern Philippines

Ever since he took office on June, the Philippines and the United States have been on somewhat rocky footing.

BEIJING, CHINA - JUNE 7: US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) speaks with China's President Xi Jinping (R) as they sit next to Chinese vice premiers Liu Yandong (R) and  US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew (L) at the Great Hall of the People at the end of the eight round of U.S-China strategic and economic dialogues on June 7, 2016 in Beijing, China. Kerry has been in China for talks on a variety of issues including seeking diplomatic solutions for the South China Sea. (Photo by Nicolas Asfouri - Pool/Getty Images)

How to Explain Xi Jinping’s Mounting Foreign-Policy Failures

Yet The Hague's decision was only the latest in a series of diplomatic setbacks for Chinese President Xi Jinping.

SANSHA, CHINA - JULY 24:  (CHINA OUT) Soldiers raise the national flag during the Sansha city establishment ceremony in front of the city government's main building on July 24, 2012 in Sansha, China. The Sansha city on Yongxing island, a part of the Xisha Islands, will administer the Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha islands and the surrounding waters in the South China Sea.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

Why China Says No to the Arbitration on the South China Sea

Beijing will ignore the upcoming ruling — and with good reason.

This picture taken on April 23, 2016 shows a member of the Indonesian navy standing before the Chinese trawler "Hua Li-8" (L) in Belawan, North Sumatra.
Indonesian warships have detained a Chinese trawler allegedly operating illegally in Indonesian waters, just weeks after a confrontation between vessels from the two countries caused tensions, the navy said on April 24. / AFP / ABIMATA HASIBUAN        (Photo credit should read ABIMATA HASIBUAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Indonesia Afford a Fish War With China?

Jakarta needs Beijing’s billions, but it’s fed up with Chinese fishing boats trawling its waters.


China Doesn’t Care About What Some Dutch Court Thinks about the South China Sea

And veiled threats from the U.S. Secretary of Defense clearly don’t scare it, either.

US President Barack Obama (R) walks past Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang (L) after a press conference at the International Convention Center in Hanoi on May 23, 2016.
Obama visits Vietnam for the first time making him the third US President to visit the South East Asian country since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.  / AFP / pool / LUONG THAI LINH / POOL        (Photo credit should read LUONG THAI LINH / POOL/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington’s Honeymoon in Cam Ranh Bay

Chinese bellicosity in the disputed waters of the South China Sea has brought the United States back to a strategic port and created enough misery to unite the former foes.

QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 02:  (CHINA OUT) A frigate fires a missile during live-fire drill on Yellow Sea on July 2, 2015 in Qingdao, Shandong Province of China. Naval vessels and soldiers mainly from China people's Liberation Army Navy North Sea Fleet and part of soldiers of China people's Liberation Army Navy East Sea Fleet, the Second Artillery Force of the PLA, Chinese PLA Shenyang Military Region and Chinese PLA Jinan Military Region attended the live-fire drill on Yellow Sea on Thursday.  (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Pentagon: Chinese Military Modernization Enters “New Phase”

Beijing is overhauling its army, while looking to flex its muscles further from home


Obama Finally Gets His Pacific Trade Deal

In a potentially massive win for the White House, negotiators agree on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.


Will Xi Jinping Yield to U.S. Demands on the Economy?

U.S. officials have long prodded China to open its economy and stop meddling with its markets and money. Will Xi finally listen?