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World War 3 warning: Trump’s nuclear threat is major ‘flashpoint’ with Russia – top expert

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s threats to move nuclear weapons from Germany to Poland would represent a major flashpoint with Vladimir Putin’s Russia, if the move went ahead, a defence expert has warned. Mr Trump has already pulled 9,500 troops out of Germany after accusing the country, led by Angela Merkel, of being “delinquent” in its […]

China and Taiwan Could Be Headed Towards a Showdown. What Should America Do?

“Independence Support Spikes,” blared a headline this week in the Taipei Times, one of my favorite erstwhile publishing haunts. And blare it should. A Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation poll indicated that a striking 54 percent of respondents favor early independence from China, 23.4 percent back the cross-strait status quo, 12.5 percent favor early unification with […]

America and China Are Entering the Dark Forest

“We are in the foothills of a Cold War.” Those were the words of Henry Kissinger when I interviewed him at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Beijing last November. The observation in itself was not wholly startling. It had seemed obvious to me since early last year that a new Cold War — between […]

This is no time to take eyes off the South China Sea

Regional flashpoints are heating up, as we’ve seen with the fatal clash in Ladakh on the India–China border, the protests in Hong Kong and provocative sorties in the airspace over Taiwan and Japan. But the South China Sea may be the most dangerous of all. Recent developments suggest that China is making even more decisive, […]

Defense chief says pact with China forbids PHL to develop Sandy Cay

The Philippines—not China—is still in possession of Sandy Cay, the sandbar closest to the island of Pagasa in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana asserted on Thursday. The defense chief told a virtual forum organized by the National Defense College of the Philippines that the government could have taken control of […]

How the Philippines could become a hotspot in the US-China rivalry

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte recently reversed his decision to terminate his country’s Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States. The move comes despite the fact that relations between the Philippines and the US have not been cordial in recent years as the Southeast Asian nation has grown closer to China. China has promised to […]

Lorenzana: India wants presence felt in South China Sea

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 2, 2020) — Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said India has expressed its intent to carry out navigation activities in the South China Sea. In an online forum on Thursday, Lorenzana said navigation in the South China Sea is open to all countries. “We do not prevent other countries from passing […]