Monthly Archives: December 2018

[OPINION] DFA foils oil exploration with China – for now

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr emaciates Beijing’s MOU to start joint development by making it an ‘agreement to negotiate’ It’s back to step one for China and its much-awaited joint development of oil and gas with the Philippines. In October, after Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Manila, the Global Times, a subsidiary of People’s Daily, […]

Chinese-Australian relations have had a rollercoaster year in 2018

As Beijing looked to expand its global position, particularly with an increased presence in the Pacific, Australia sat up and took notice. Here we take a look back at 10 key policy moves, diplomatic clashes and deals that have shaped an interesting year in the complex Australia-China relationship. 1. Canberra passes the anti-foreign intervention laws […]

China ‘highly appreciated’ outgoing US Defense Secretary James Mattis, official says

Beijing (CNN)China’s Defense Ministry has praised outgoing US Defense Secretary James Mattis, saying Beijing “highly appreciated” his attitude during his time in the post. In the Chinese government’s first response to the former general’s impending departure, Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said: “(Mattis) made positive efforts in making military-to-military relations a stabilizer in the overall […]

With China in vicinity, Philippine turns to US, seeks review of defense treaty

With China’s new structural presence in the South China Sea, the Philippine government through Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin is turning to US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to discuss issues in the South China Sea. The arranged meeting of Locsin and Pompeo took place amidst the reported presence of newly-constructed Chinese structure […]

How the world resistance caught China off guard

Faced with a weakening economy, a trade war with US and a united West, Xi’s task cut out Xi Jinping, heralded in the West as the most powerful Chinese leader since Chairman Mao Zedong, is heading towards failure. That’s the conclusion one could draw from Xi’s December 18 speech, commemorating the 40th anniversary of China’s […]

Commentary: From co-evolution to decoupling, a new US-China relationship

NEW HAVEN: Henry Kissinger, US secretary of state from 1973 to 1977, remains a rock star in China. So when US-Chinese relations go awry, Chinese leaders turn to Kissinger. In his 2011 book On China, Kissinger proposed that the United States and China should “pursue their domestic imperatives, cooperating where possible, and adjust their relations […]