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China marks South China Sea claims with coast guard, marine militias


China’s growing use of non-conventional means to assert control over the South China Sea is raising concerns among neighboring countries and regional military planners. Analysts say that in “front line” flash points in the vast waterway, Beijing is deploying coast guard ships and armed fishing vessels instead of its regular navy vessels. China claims sovereignty … Continue reading

Chinese jets intercept US aircraft over East China Sea, US says


Two Chinese Sukhoi Su-30 jets have conducted an “unprofessional” intercept of a US aircraft, the US military said. One of the Chinese jets came as close as 150ft (45m) to the US WC-135 plane and flew upside down above it, according to US officials cited by CNN. The US says the plane was on a … Continue reading

Drafting peace in the Pacific


We no longer live in a world without alliances. Yes, individual nations retain sovereignty within their borders. However, the days are over when a single nation will boss and police an entire region alone. One nation can no longer take out an “enemy” in another nation as the “lone ranger”. Any nation that tries will … Continue reading

Philippines wants to ‘open alliances’ with Russia and China


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he would visit Russia and China this year to chart an independent foreign policy and “open alliances” with two powers with historic rivalries with the United States. Duterte said the Philippines was at the “point of no return” in relations with former colonial ruler the United States, so … Continue reading

Japan to provide patrol ships to Vietnam amid maritime row with China


The Japanese government said on Wednesday it is ready to provide Vietnam with new patrol ships, in its latest step to boost the maritime law-enforcement capabilities of countries locked in territorial rows with China. On Tuesday, Japan agreed to provide two large patrol ships and lend up to five used surveillance aircraft to the Philippines, … Continue reading

China criticises US, Japan, Australia for ‘fanning’ tensions in South China Sea


Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi criticised the United States, Japan and Australia for a joint statement on the South China Sea that he said was only “fanning the flames” of regional tensions just as countries have agreed to cool them down. Wang said in a statement Wednesday that the move by the three countries came … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, July 25, 2016


The words “China” and “tariffs” are appearing in headlines together again. Cambodia is seen as a Chinese puppet in ASEAN. And, one dissenting opinion from Forbes claims that tariffs are only about consumers, not about jobs and whole economies. Contrary to China’s unspoken messages, Beijing asks for more economic cooperation, but Europe is stealing the … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, February 29, 2016


A Chinese official, Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi (王毅), has become the first to recognize Taiwan’s Constitution. He says that the president elect, Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), should “abide by it”. Tsai has promised to declassify documents about the 228 Massacre, which the Taiwanese observed in memory this past weekend. The three day weekend of … Continue reading

US says China will be bound by maritime arbitration ruling in South China Sea


A senior U.S. official says that an upcoming ruling on a case brought by the Philippines to arbitrate territorial claims in the South China Sea will also be binding on China despite its boycott of the proceedings. China contends it won’t be bound by the ruling that the Hague-based tribunal will deliver this year. Chinese … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, February 22, 2016


China is deploying weapons. The US is responding with pressure—mostly economic, some political, always involving alliances. Money and trade are atop the list. China’s unusual manipulation of its money is documented and under more scrutiny than ever. According to Chinese State-run media, China has weapons on disputed islands by right. According to the government, US … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, December 21, 2015


Tensions intensify in the China seas. Beijing knows it. Washington knows it. Everyone knows it. Japan delayed a US cooperation step-up due to popularity issues. The Japanese public is tired of the US war machine in their back yard, however increasingly necessary Chinese patterns make such cooperation essential. Perhaps Japan suffers from US-imposed affluenza. Japan’s … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, December 14, 2015


As elections push forward in Taiwan and Malaysia, China faces it’s own political issue: Military reform. The report from Reuters demonstrates two things. Firstly, we see that China’s military does, in fact, need reform. This is evidenced by the 300k military jobs cut since September. With an obviously larger shakeup coming, it is clear that … Continue reading

Chinese navy silently obtains access to important ports around the world


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: Chinese news site mil.news.sina.com.cn reports that the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) navy has been making great efforts to obtain access to ports abroad so that it may become a true blue water navy. Its most important recent achievement is the … Continue reading

China told to behave in the South China Sea … or else


The most powerful navy officer on earth, US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift, has fired a broadside at China and other regional nations who are flouting international law in the South China Sea. Speaking to a high-powered audience that included senior navy officers from more than a dozen countries at the Pacific 2015 expo … Continue reading

China’s delusions of regional hegemony – other Asian states want to squash Beijing’s leadership ambitions


The corollary of the decline of the west is not the rise of Asia. It is the erosion of Asia, at least as an idea, as rivalries within geographic Asia overtake the notion of regional cohesion that once bound these countries together. This may seem heresy. China has been leading world growth; western pundits often … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, August 10, 2015


A typhoon and some bad follow-up weather beat up Pacific Asia over the weekend and it’s not over. China’s controversial island building got ASEAN’s attention and John Kerry’s time. Beijing claims that island reclaiming has ceased, Kerry has not confirmed. The typhoon was an interruption to many things this week, including the curriculum controversy in … Continue reading

U.S. proposes military challenge to China over South China Sea claims


The U.S. military is considering using aircraft and Navy ships to directly contest Chinese territorial claims to a chain of rapidly expanding artificial islands, U.S. officials said, in a move that would raise the stakes in a regional showdown over who controls disputed waters in the South China Sea. Defence Secretary Ash Carter has asked … Continue reading

Asean chief says ‘can’t accept’ China’s South China Sea claims


The secretary-general of Southeast Asia’s 10-member trade and security bloc Sunday said the group can’t agree to China’s use of its so-called nine-dash line to claim the contested waters of the South China Sea as Beijing continues its land-reclamation efforts in the area. China’s island-building project in the Spratly Islands in particular has raised concerns … Continue reading

US, Australia and Philippines start war games in South China Sea amid China tensions


More than 11,000 soldiers from the Philippines, U.S. and Australia began joint drills in the South China Sea, as the Philippines’ military chief called China’s building work on disputed reefs “worrisome” and a source of friction with its neighbours. The reclamation “will cause tensions among claimant countries not only because it could deter freedom of … Continue reading

Asia’s dominance in manufacturing will endure – that will make development harder for others


By making things and selling them to foreigners, China has transformed itself—and the world economy with it. In 1990 it produced less than 3% of global manufacturing output by value; its share now is nearly a quarter. China produces about 80% of the world’s air-conditioners, 70% of its mobile phones and 60% of its shoes. … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, April 13, 2015


China’s new bank (AIIB, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank) dominated headlines this week. AIIB’s history suggests China wants infrastructure money without being told to clean up the environment, respect human rights, or play nice with their hope-to-be soon-to-be-annexed neighbors. The US could have jumped-in and controlled AIIB, but didn’t, as if the US anticipates that AIIB may lose … Continue reading

China’s wage inflation forcing foreign firms to look at Southeast Asia


The economic turbulence in China has another hidden layer to it – losing jobs to Southeast Asia as multinational companies relocate their manufacturing units to those countries as a way to enhance cost efficiency. “I definitely think Southeast Asia is a threat to China’s job market,” said Christine Wright, Asia managing director of recruitment agency … Continue reading

Japan, US, ASEAN direct investment in China drops dramatically, as China considered less attractive


Japan‘s direct investment in China in 2014 dropped 38.8 percent from the previous year to $4.33 billion, the Commerce Ministry said Thursday. The plunge, which compares with a decline of about 4 percent in 2013, reflects soured bilateral relations over territorial and wartime historical issues, as well as rising labour costs in China. In addition, … Continue reading

Massive spending won’t make China’s Asia dream come true; money can’t buy respect


After two years of waxing poetic at home about a “China Dream,” Xi Jinping wants to enchant the entire Asia region—and is dangling $1.25 trillion to make sure he does. “China’s development will bring huge opportunities and benefits to the Asia-Pacific and the world, President Xi told business leaders in Beijing on Sunday. “We are … Continue reading

China: the tricky chessboard of the free trade agreements


US and China are facing each other with similar but opposite strategies in the whole Asia-Pacific area: The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), of which China isn’t a part, and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) led by China and the ten nations of ASEAN that will create a regional free market of more than 3 … Continue reading

China seeks to be centre of Asian Union, world’s largest Free Trade Zone


As far back as January 2012, I pointed out “China’s desire to establish an East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere,” which Japan shed a lot of blood to establish decades ago, but failed. ASEAN plus China, Japan and Korea (APT – ASEAN Plus Three) will be its embryo. If Australia and New Zealand, who both already have free trade … Continue reading

China rebuffs U.S. efforts on South China Sea tensions


China appeared to rebuff pressure from the United States to rein in its assertive actions in the South China Sea on Sunday as Southeast Asian nations declined to overtly back Washington’s proposal for a freeze on provocative acts. The lack of progress in resolving the maritime tensions at Asia’s highest-profile diplomatic meeting so far this … Continue reading

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi chides John Kerry for arriving late for talks


US Secretary of State John Kerry was ticked off by his Chinese counterpart today after he arrived late for talks between the superpowers as Washington attempts to cool regional maritime tensions. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pointedly remarked that he had been waiting “for more than half an hour” in comments through an interpreter after … Continue reading

If Australia wants to avoid regional turmoil caused by China’s sea claims, it needs to turn to Asean


Sitting as far from its European roots as possible, perched on the southeast tip of Southeast Asia, Australia has for so long searched for security from our region. Now it needs to, and is, seeking security in the region. Traditional security threats, like territorial disputes in the South China Sea, are disrupting the Asia-Pacific. What … Continue reading

Philippines urges unity for South East Asian nations in China sea dispute


The Philippines is pushing for a meeting among four Southeast Asian nations with conflicting claims to waters in the South China Sea so that they can hammer out a common stand in dealings with China, Manila‘s foreign minister said on Friday. Manila is waging a territorial dispute with China over the Spratlys and the Scarborough … Continue reading

China’s young military leaders are destroying China


China is on the verge of destroying a geopolitical miracle. In 1980, its economy was less than one-tenth that of the United States. In 30 years, China rose to become No. 2 in the world, without disrupting the world order. Suddenly, with little warning, three decades of careful management of its external challenges have been … Continue reading

Malaysia hardens stance against China; new naval base in South China Sea


The following is a repost of an article that appeared in China Daily Mail on March 1, 2014: The submerged reef would be easy to miss, under turquoise seas about 80 km (50 miles) off Malaysia’s Borneo island state of Sarawak. But two Chinese naval exercises in less than a year around the James Shoal … Continue reading

A useless ASEAN will lead to the Chinafication of the entire Southeast Asia


I refer to TJ A. Burgonio’s “Philippines, Vietnam urge strong Asean action vs China” in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, May 12th with regard to the on-going 24th ASEAN Summit being held at Burma. The world is well aware that besides the usual chores and normal talks of the countries involved in the said region, the … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, May 12


China and the West want China and the West to know that they are in a prelude to war. Here are a few reasons why from recently… Philippines, US begin war games after Obama pledge The Mystery Shrouding China’s Communist Party Suicides Two articles on which military is stronger… Why Japan’s Smaller Military Could Hold … Continue reading

Malaysia joins forces with Philippines and Vietnam against China in sea dispute


The submerged reef would be easy to miss, under turquoise seas about 80 km (50 miles) off Malaysia’s Borneo island state of Sarawak. But two Chinese naval exercises in less than a year around the James Shoal have shocked Malaysia and led to a significant shift in its approach to China‘s claims to the disputed … Continue reading

China says Japan’s ‘hype’ on air defence zone spreads tension


China does not feel threatened by countries in Southeast Asia and is optimistic about the situation in the disputed South China Sea, the Foreign Ministry said, warning Japan not to “spread rumours” it plans a new air defense identification zone. China alarmed Japan, South Korea and the United States last year when it announced an … Continue reading

USA tells China to focus on law in South China Sea dispute


US Secretary of State John Kerry encouraged Southeast Asian leaders on Wednesday in their efforts to resolve maritime disputes with China based on international legal principles, rather than by making individual deals as China would prefer. Mr. Kerry arrived in Brunei to substitute for President Obama at the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast … Continue reading

China causing imbalance in “Asian Century”


The eminent academician Dr. Anis H. Bajrektarevic says that “there [can be] no Asian century, without the Pan-Asian multilateral setting.” The Americas, he says, have the Organisation of American States (OAS), Africa has the African Union, and Europe has the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). There is no counterpart in the sprawling … Continue reading

Japan’s giant new destroyer sends a clear message to China and the world


Sixty-eight years to the day of the Hiroshima bombing, Japan unveiled its new naval “destroyer” that happens to have a flat top – dubbed “Izumo” – capable of carrying various rotary-wing aviation units, reports Eric Talmadge of ABC. Consequently, it’s also the biggest since WWII … and since Japan’s official army was disbanded. The new boat comes as Chinese … Continue reading

China tells Vietnam it wants peace in South China Sea


Chinese President Xi Jinping told his visiting Vietnamese counterpart on Wednesday that maintaining peace and stability in the contested South China Sea was vital for both countries, who should remember their traditional friendship. Beijing‘s assertion of sovereignty over a vast stretch of the South China Sea has set it directly against Vietnam and the Philippines, … Continue reading

Japan seeks defence ties with ASEAN amid China rows


Japan on Wednesday, March 13, called for stronger security ties with Southeast Asia as Tokyo looks to boost alliances at a time of growing territorial tensions with China. Vice-minister level representatives from Japan and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) were beginning a two-day gathering at a Tokyo hotel, with several participating nations embroiled in … Continue reading

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