Monthly Archives: June 2017

Turnbull speaks truth to Beijing on South China Sea

Australian leader warns that coercion risks provoking Asia-wide resistance Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull highlighted the dilemmas facing so-called “middle power” countries in his most significant address on regional affairs at the Shangri- La Dialogue meeting in Singapore of top defense officials. Some of what Turnbull said in his June 2 speech was familiar: the […]

Beijing has fully militarised its manmade South China Sea islands and will add new military bases in Africa and Pakistan, US report says

Beijing’s man-made islands in the South China Sea are now bristling with military hardware as the country seeks to build more bases overseas, a US report says. The base on the hotly-contested Spratly Islands has been outfitted with 24 fighter-sized hangars, runways, water and fuel storage, a large port, communications equipment, fixed-weapon positions and a […]

Beijing has fully militarised its manmade South China Sea islands and will add new military bases in Africa and Pakistan, US report says

Beijing’s man-made islands in the South China Sea are now bristling with military hardware as the country seeks to build more bases overseas, a US report says. The base on the hotly-contested Spratly Islands has been outfitted with 24 fighter-sized hangars, runways, water and fuel storage, a large port, communications equipment, fixed-weapon positions and a […]

South China Sea, Corruption, And Drug Trafficking: Duterte Doesn’t Seem To Know What He’s Doing

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is fighting two wars: a diplomatic war in the South China Sea, and a real war against corruption and drug trafficking at home. He doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing in either of them, leaving the country deeply confused, divided, and at odds with friends and neighbors. That’s something investors […]

Pentagon: China Stocking Arms on Artificial Islands in South China Sea

China is outfitting its controversial artificial islands in the South China Sea with warplane hangars and weapons, the Pentagon said in a report released Tuesday. According to the report, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force intends to base three regiments of warplanes there. “Although its land reclamation and artificial islands do not strengthen China’s territorial […]

U.S. Markers in the South China Sea

The Trump Administration is starting to show some backbone on China’s territorial power play against its Southeast Asian neighbors in the South China Sea. But if the Philippines, Vietnam and others are to stand up to Chinese bullying, the U.S. needs to do more to show it is committed to the region’s stability. https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-markers-in-the-south-china-sea-1496746701

Despite tirades, Duterte respects Justice Carpio- Palace

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte still respects Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, even while the tough-talking leader has repeatedly blasted the magistrate for criticizing his foreign policy. The Palace made the comment in the wake of Carpio’s appearance at a media forum on Monday, where the magistrate warned that the administration’s foreign policy […]