Tag Archives: US

‘US plane over Ayungin Shoal proves all-out support to PH’

The presence of a US Navy plane monitoring possible confrontation between Chinese coast guard ships and a civilian Philippine vessel serves as proof the US is ready to provide all-out support to the Philippines if it is attacked by China, a source in the Armed Forces said on Friday. “The presence of the US Navy […]

Updated Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report—Ronald O’Rourke, “Maritime Territorial and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Disputes Involving China: Issues for Congress

Ronald O’Rourke, Maritime Territorial and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Disputes Involving China: Issues for Congress (Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service, 9 August 2013), R42784. Summary This report presents policy and oversight issues for Congress arising from (1) maritime territorial disputes involving China in the South China Sea (SCS) and East China Sea (ECS) and (2) an additional […]

Noy: US statement vs China to help reduce tension over sea row

MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino believes US Secretary of State John Kerry’s pronouncements and those of officials of other countries on China’s air defense identification zone would reduce tension in the disputed areas. Speaking to reporters after an event in Malacañang yesterday, Aquino said the pronouncements would be helpful. “I suppose it is good that […]

China and The Art of (losing) War

HONG KONG — There’s no question that Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” is a brilliant strategy manual. Everyone from Oracle’s Larry Ellison to the New England Patriots’ Coach Belichick has cited the ancient general’s maxims. Even Gen. Norman Schwartzkopf was a Sun Tzu devotee. But when it comes to China’s foreign policy, Sun Tzu’s theories […]

China does best to dispel pact hope

Optimism over a relaxation of tensions in the South China Sea generated by China’s agreement to discuss a code of conduct with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) next month is rapidly dissipating in the wake of Beijing’s clear reluctance to reach an early agreement. In late June, when China and ASEAN agreed […]

Biden Says U.S. to Push China for South China Sea Code

Vice President Joe Biden said the U.S. is pushing China to negotiate quickly with Southeast Asian nations on a code of conduct for the South China Sea, an area that’s a “major, major, major highway of commerce.” China agreed during an Association of Southeast Asian Nations-hosted forum in Brunei late last month to meet with […]

Are Filipinos united against China’s invasion of Ayungin?

At a fund raiser for the Filipino Advocates for Justice in Oakland on June 20, I sat down with the former national chair of Bayan USA to ask him if his group planned to join the July 24 global protest against China’s occupation of the Ayungin Reef. Model of the Philippine Independence Day float of […]