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South China Sea: Beijing to build ANOTHER base despite threats from Trump White House

The country will develop an “island city” in the disputed waters. However, the Trump administration criticised their move to transform three islands into a “national key strategic service and logistics base,” the South China Morning Post reported. Senior policy analyst Jeffrey Engstrom revealed to Newsweek the project could raise tensions between China and the US. […]

Senior US Navy commander opposes China plan to exclude America from South China Sea drills

A US navy commander on Monday said China’s reported plan to exclude America from military exercises with Southeast Asian nations in the South China Sea is unacceptable and a violation of international law. Vice Admiral Phillip Sawyer, commander of the Japan-based US 7th fleet, the largest forward deployed maritime force in the region, said Washington […]

New US Military Budget Focused on China

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese bombers. Chinese hypersonic missiles. Chinese cyberattacks. Chinese anti-satellite weapons. To a remarkable degree, the 2020 Pentagon budget proposal is shaped by national security threats that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has summarized in three words: “China, China, China.” The U.S. is still fighting small wars against Islamic extremists, and Russia remains […]

Locsin weighs in on PH-US treaty

“In vagueness lies the best deterrence,’’ Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin said as he commented on the almost seven-decade-old Mutual Defense Treaty with the United States during his joint press conference with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after their meeting last week. Locsin said he was confident about the assurances given by Pompeo, and […]

De Lima urges gov’t to heed Pompeo’s and Mahathir’s advice on China loans

Opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Monday urged the Duterte administration to heed United States Secretary Mike Pompeo’s and Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s advice to be wary with its loan agreements with China. Doing so, de Lima said, would prevent the Philippines from falling into a debt trap, which may eventually lead to commitments […]

How China Began World War III in the South China Sea

In this what-if scenario, Beijing’s SCS war will bring ‘unimagined’ results. China’s claims of South China Sea (SCS) ownership are illegal, but Beijing’s hyper-nationalistic officials increasingly encourage its forces to attack U.S. Navy ships operating lawfully there. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) appears to be calling for war—a war it may well get. But […]

The US and China are gearing up for a missile fight — and the US is at a huge disadvantage

The US announced on Thursday that it would begin testing a whole new class of previously banned missiles in August, but the US’s chief rival, China, has a miles-long head start in that department. The US’s new class of missiles are designed to destroy targets in intermediate ranges, or between 300 and 3,000 miles. The […]