Category Archives: West Philippine Sea

Anger grows in Philippines over China’s control of shoal

Public backlash as documentary shows Filipino fishermen accusing Chinese para-military forces of forcibly taking the best of their catch Once again, the Scarborough Shoal dispute is threatening to torpedo Philippine-China relations. Two years into office, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is facing a widespread public backlash over reports that the Chinese coast guard is controlling the […]

Russia, China Are Outmaneuvering US: Generals

China and Russia are outmaneuvering the US, using aggressive actions that fall short of war, a group of generals and admirals have concluded. To counter them, the US needs new ways to use its military without shooting, concludes a newly released report on the Quantico conclave. The US military will need new legal authorities and […]

CHINESE STATE MEDIA SUGGESTS PRESIDENT TRUMP IS A ‘FOOL’

China’s state news agency mocked President Donald Trump this week as tensions between Beijing and Washington mounted amid fears of an escalating trade war. Trump announced Friday plans to impose 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese products in retaliation for what he described as China’s intellectual copyright theft. Washington warned it would […]

Malaysia power shift hits China infrastructure drive

‘We will be friendly with China, but we do not want to be indebted to China,’ says Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysia was once a loyal partner in China’s globe-spanning infrastructure drive but a new government is now pledging to review Beijing-backed projects, threatening key links in the much-vaunted initiative. […]

How Beijing is winning control of the South China Sea

Erratic US policy and fraying alliances give China a free hand SINGAPORE — Even by his outspoken standards, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s account of a conversation he had with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, was startling. During a meeting between the two leaders in Beijing in May 2017, the subject turned to whether the Philippines […]