Monthly Archives: January 2017

White Paper on Asia-Pacific Security Reveals China’s Regional Ambitions

A Chinese national flag flutters at the headquarters of a commercial bank on a financial street near the headquarters of the People’s Bank of China, China’s central bank, in central Beijing November 24, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Files A Chinese national flag flutters at the headquarters of a commercial bank on a financial street near the […]

Turbulence in South China Sea: India Offers Missile to Vietnam

India to Test Nuclear-Capable Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile In fact, India has been helping Vietnam’s defence modernization when it is trying in confrontation with China on the South China Sea issue. It recently underwrote the costs of four patrol boats that it will build especially for Vietnam. Akash is a medium range air-to-air missile system developed […]

A Sino-American showdown in Southeast Asia?

Trump’s tough talk heightens regional tensions between superpowers From his election campaign to the eve of his inauguration, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s initial isolationist leanings have morphed into a knee-jerk foreign policy conducted under an “America First” geostrategic mantra. Ushering in the most controversial presidential transition in recent memory, Trump has ominously contributed to ongoing […]

As Trump era looms, Beijing fortifies the South China Sea

Since last year’s surprising election of Donald Trump, Beijing has looked to up the stakes and increase its leverage in the disputed South China Sea. This past December, China seized a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater vehicle near the Philippines. The seizure was made outside of Beijing’s expansive and ambiguous “nine-dash line.” While the drone was […]

Abe’s PH visit more beneficial for Japan: analyst

MANILA – The visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Philippines is more beneficial for Japan since Tokyo is moving towards a more stable and secured position in the region, an analyst said. Historian and University of the Philippines-Diliman Professor Ricardo Jose thinks Japan gained more during Abe’s visit since they are in […]

Maritime disputes in the South China Sea

While China has refused to accept the ruling, it has conducted air patrols over disputed areas, and said that it would hold war games with Russia No one expected the international arbitration court to be the last word that China had no legal basis to claim longstanding rights over most of the South China Sea, […]