Opinion: China Is Joining the Rush for Arctic Riches

By James Stavridis (Bloomberg Opinion) -- I recently wrote a column on the challenges posed by China both on the South China Sea and globally on the deep seabed. But there is another element to the maritime “Great Game” China is playing: the Arctic Ocean. This may seem counterintuitive – last time I looked at a map, China did not have any Arctic waterfront. But this has not … [Read more...]

Opinion: China Goes Unconventional in Escalating South China Sea Face-Off

By Peter Apps LONDON, April 12 (Reuters) - In early December, a flotilla of two dozen Chinese fishing boats and escort warships sailed to the disputed Filipino-occupied reef of Thitu. By the end of the month, Beijing had almost 100 vessels in and around the archipelago, sparking an initially largely hidden confrontation that could yet spark outright war. When China’s … [Read more...]

Opinion: China’s Targeting Underwater Internet Cables

By James Stavridis (Bloomberg Opinion) -- As the West considers the threat posed by China’s naval ambitions, there is a natural tendency to place overarching attention on the South China Sea. This is understandable: Consolidating it would provide Beijing with a huge windfall of oil and natural gas, and a potential chokehold over up to 40 percent of the world’s shipping. But … [Read more...]

Cheniere Hunts U.S. LNG Export Deals with China, Trade Truce or Not

By Bloomberg News (Bloomberg) -- America’s biggest natural gas exporter is ready to sign long-term agreements with buyers in China, the world’s top market for the fuel, with or without a trade truce. Cheniere Energy Inc. isn’t delaying any liquefied natural gas deals because of the trade dispute, Chief Executive Officer Jack Fusco said in an interview in Shanghai. If that’s … [Read more...]

U.S. Negotiators Said to See China Push Back on Trade Vows

By Jenny Leonard, Saleha Mohsin and Jennifer Jacobs (Bloomberg) -- Some U.S. negotiators are concerned that China is pushing back against American demands in trade talks as progress slows toward a deal that could give President Donald Trump a boost for his 2020 reelection bid, according to people familiar with the talks. Chinese officials have shifted their stance with the … [Read more...]