Monthly Archives: August 2020

Donald Trump’s national security adviser calls Beijing’s South China Sea claims ‘ridiculous’

  “ridiculous” and announced upcoming meetings with his counterparts in Japan, India and Australia to strengthen defence partnerships in the region.US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser called Beijing’s claims in theSouth China Sea Robert O’Brien said China’s claim to nearly the entire ocean that Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries claim […]

China angry: Philippines opens new airstrip to bring in US aircraft to near South China Sea island

THE PHILIPPINES has unveiled plans to spend £20million on building more structures on a disputed island in the South China Sea in a move which is bound to raise hackles in Beijing. Top defense officials of the Philippines inaugurated Tuesday a cemented pier that would let its ships dock on Pag-Asa (Thitu) Island, whose waters […]

Fuga Island: Between Chinese money and national security

MANILA, PHILIPPINES An economic slump is making government eager for new investments. But the risk is real. Critics of a Chinese company’s proposed investment on Fuga Island renewed warnings against the project amid an economic slump that has made the government eager for new investments. Fuga is a 10,00-hectare private island with pristine white beaches […]

Philippine town gives official names to 4 sandbars, 2 coral reefs around Pag-asa Island

The local government of Kalayaan in Palawan has named 4 sandbars and 2 coral reefs in Pag-asa (Thitu) Island, whose surrounding waters are continuously being claimed by China despite a 2016 arbitration award invalidating Beijing’s sweeping claims over almost the entire South China Sea. Pag-asa Island, located some 285 miles west of mainland Palawan, hosts […]

To The Brink Of War With China?

Observers of United States (US)-China relations increasingly talk of a new cold war. On top of a long-running trade war, the two countries now find themselves in a destructive cycle of mutual sanctions, consulate closings, and increasingly bellicose official speeches. Efforts to decouple the US economy from China’s are underway as tensions mount in both, […]

US deploys B-2 stealth bombers to base in Indian Ocean: Why it’s the most advanced bomber in US airforce

Yesterday, the US military’s Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) confirmed that three B-2 stealth bombers from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri had been deployed to the Naval Support Facility on the remote island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. The aircraft departed the Missouri base on Tuesday and arrived on Diego […]

South China Sea: China activated ‘ship killer’ missiles amid threat to sink two US ships

SOUTH CHINA SEA tensions have pushed the US and China into a dangerously hostile dispute, with some experts warning the risk of conflict is real. This wasn’t helped by Beijing’s deployment of “ship killer” missiles. China’s military had already threatened to “sink two aircraft carriers” of the US’ when it activated the ballistic missiles. Rear […]