Monthly Archives: February 2019

China ‘inappropriately aggressive’: new US Ambassador Arthur Culvahouse

The new US Ambassador to Australia Arthur Culvahouse has accused China of being “inappropriately aggressive” and failing to play by the rules across the Indo-Pacific region. In strongly worded comments, he said China’s recent behaviour, including its “coercive” economic approach and military brinkmanship in the South China Sea makes the Australia-US alliance more relevant than […]

Hanoi Is Happy Cozying Up to Trump

At the U.S.-North Korea summit, the host may be the biggest winner. As the world waits to see if U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un make any headway at next week’s summit in Hanoi, the hosts see a diplomatic coup of their own. Vietnam, among the world’s poorest pariah states […]

Report: Beijing Runs Unannounced South China Sea Military Drills

The Chinese military this week concluded a month of unannounced exercises in the South China Sea and the Pacific aimed at testing its “wartime command system” and enhancing its missile defenses, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) revealed on Thursday. “Military observers said the exercises indicated the People’s Liberation Army [PLA] wanted to put its […]

China’s Military Seeks New Islands to Conquer

Allies in the Pacific are worried that the U.S. and Europe are no longer reliable. James Stavridis is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. He is a retired U.S. Navy admiral and former military commander of NATO, and dean emeritus of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is also an operating executive […]

US, UK hold second South China Sea joint drills in 2 months

MANILA, Philippines — For the second time this year, the American and British navies recently concluded maritime security drills in the South China Sea. The US Navy deployed replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe while the Royal Navy deployed frigate HMS Montrose last February 18 for a maritime security and logistics training. Last January, the US Navy’s […]

Sino-PH, Sino-US tensions persist in the South China Sea

The Ronald Reagan Strike Group ship’s the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam and the guided-missile destroyer USS Milius conduct an exercise in the South China Sea in August 2018. Reuters There are rifts within the Duterte administration on how Manila should handle its dispute with Beijing over the South China […]