Monthly Archives: August 2018

The Economic Showdown in the South China Sea

The Trump administration wants to mobilize private American capital for high-quality investments in the Asia-Pacific region. As China inches closer to imposing a de facto exclusion zone across the South China Sea, it has sought to box the United States out of Southeast Asia. Having deployed state-of-the-art weapons systems to artificially created islands in the […]

Neighbors square off with Beijing in South China Sea

A Vietnamese protester holds up a placard and shouts slogans along with dozens during a 2014 protest rally against China outside the Chinese Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Vietnam’s government stated its concerns to Ukraine over plastic globes being sold in the country that showed the Vietnamese province of Quang Ninh as Chinese […]

Largest China-made amphibious aircraft can operate in South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines — The world’s largest China-made amphibious aircraft is capable of landing on and taking off from Beijing’s outposts in the South China Sea. China’s independently-developed amphibious aircraft AG600 recently completed trial ground flights, Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Huang Lingcai, chief designer of the large amphibious aircraft, said the Kunlong was designed […]

South China Sea is ‘on low boil,’ analysts warn

While the situation in the South China Sea is not as tense as it has sometimes been before, China has kept consolidating its position. At the 51st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM 51) in Singapore earlier this month, Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan announced that ASEAN and China have successfully adopted a single draft negotiating text […]

‘Rock Solid’—history as film thriller

Marites D. Vitug’s new book, “Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case Against China,” tells the story like a film thriller. It begins in three time zones on July 12, 2016, the day of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) decision. Waiting for the 5 a.m. e-mail from The Hague was the law […]

Rock Solid and Federalism

I have always said that for a people to be truly civilized, they must learn the value of reading books. It is obvious that a lot of people are very vocal about their positions on political and economic issues; but betray their shallow ignorance when they start explaining their positions. Others simply argue or resort […]

A new Chinese radar facility could become a weapon hiding in plain sight

IN A small coastal town in the South China Sea, just 4200 kilometres from Darwin, China is building a facility designed to shoot radio waves into Earth’s upper atmosphere. China says it’s for scientific purposes. But critics aren’t entirely convinced. Researcher in the field of ionospheric science are excited about the prospect of learning more […]