Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 brought U.S.-Russia relations to their lowest point since the Cold War. At the same time, China ramped up its aggressive activities in the South China Sea, pushing its territorial claims and challenging international norms of freedom of navigation. Iran, meanwhile, increased its support to proxies across the Middle East and bolstered its support for the Assad regime in Syria.
Taiwanese officials are fighting international isolation by pushing to be allowed into a U.N. assembly focusing on international civil aviation that the island has been locked out of for more than four decades.
Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) condemned China’s “militarization” of the South China Sea Friday afternoon, characterizing Beijing as a “bully” that has used its power to disrupt the international order in the Asia-Pacific.
President Obama on Friday nominated Air Force Gen. John Hyten to be commander of U.S. Strategic Command. Hyten currently commands the Air Force Space Command.
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Wednesday that China was pursuing “militarization” in the South China Sea, and that the U.S. military could conduct more air and sea operations to deter Beijing’s actions.
Leaders from Southeast Asian countries and China agreed on Wednesday to set up a telephone hotline meant to prevent military clashes in the South China Sea.
President Obama’s final trip to Asia was plagued by a series of events that shed light on America’s diminished role in global affairs and exposed shortcomings in the White House’s emphasis on diplomacy over hard power.
The Philippines expressed concern after spotting at least eight Chinese ships near the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea as world leaders gathered at the G-20 summit in China.
Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton turned away a high-ranking Chinese defector who sought political asylum after the communist police chief sought refuge in a U.S. consulate in southwestern China four years ago.
Photos of Chinese ships deployed near a key disputed reef in the South China Sea surfaced over the weekend as U.S. and Chinese leaders met at the Group of 20 nations summit and discussed maritime disputes.