Monthly Archives: February 2019

US Navy dispatches destroyer, cargo ship through Taiwan Strait in message to China

The U.S. Navy dispatched a guided-missile destroyer and a cargo ship through the Taiwan Strait Monday, the latest in a series of American military maneuvers intended to send a message to Beijing that the United States will continue its support of Taiwan in the face of recent threats by the Chinese government. The passage through […]

China’s military seeks new islands to conquer

A DEFENCE Department report warns that China’s military build-up is reaching the point where it can attempt to “impose its will on the region and beyond”. Visiting recently with senior officials from two US allies in the region, Japan and Singapore, gave me a visceral feeling of how things look on the ground (and at […]

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

BEIJING — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: Indonesian reports say the country plans to develop fisheries surround the […]

US Lawmakers Urge Trump to Push Vietnam on Rights Record During North Korea Summit

Three U.S. lawmakers have called on U.S. President Donald Trump to raise human rights issues with officials in Vietnam when he travels to the one-party Communist Southeast Asian nation next week for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In a letter dated Feb. 19, U.S. House of Representatives members Zoe Lofgren, Chris […]

U.S. Secretary of State to visit PH next week

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 23) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit the Philippines next week to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr. Pompeo will be in Manila for a two-day trip from February 28 to March 1, the U.S. Department of State said […]

China says it would welcome visit by Hammond

BEIJING (Reuters) – China would welcome a visit by Britain’s finance minister Philip Hammond, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Friday, a day after Hammond said talk of deploying a British warship in the Pacific had complicated bilateral relations. As Britain prepares to exit the European Union at the end of next month, its biggest […]

China seeks new islands to conquer

WASHINGTON – A U.S. Defense Department report warns that China’s military buildup is reaching the point where it can attempt to “impose its will on the region and beyond.” Visiting recently with senior officials from two U.S. allies in the region, Japan and Singapore, gave me a visceral feeling of how things look on the […]

Law expert warns facilities would allow China to surveil PHL airspace

China’s structure-building effort in the disputed South China Sea had so expanded that facilities had been built beyond the Asian power’s original Nine-Dash Line territorial claim, GMA News TV program State of the Nation with Jessica Soho reported on Friday. According to think-tank Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, China had been accelerating its South China Sea […]

What’s in Indonesia’s New Natuna Fishing Zone in the South China Sea?

A recent statement has spotlighted Jakarta’s ongoing efforts in this respect. Earlier this week, a top Indonesian official made headlines when he said that Indonesia planned to establish a fishing zone in waters north of the Natuna Islands to preserve the country’s interests there. Though the statement constitutes a reinforcement of preexisting efforts by Jakarta […]