Monday, December 18, 2017

Tag: Philippines

War With China? Effects Of A U.S. Blockade In The South China Sea

“Chinese and Western experts” say a blockade by the U.S. in the South China Sea of China's artificial islands would be an “act of war” according to breathless Wall Street Journal reporters. The New York Times says unnamed “American Navy experts” are calling a blockade “tantamount to war”. Association of...

The Coming War on China

When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there. It was an almost perfect impression of a human being at ease: legs splayed, back bent, one hand by her side as she sat waiting for a bank to open. At a quarter...

China, Malaysia pledge to narrow differences on South China Sea

Kuala Lumpur also agrees to buy four Chinese naval vessels as part of Najib Razak’s visit to Beijing. China and Malaysia vowed to deepen cooperation on the ­disputed South China Sea on Tuesday as Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak met Premier Li ­Keqiang in Beijing. Li called on Malaysia and China...

Philippines open for business with China, says finance minister

Opportunities for the two countries to cooperate on infrastructure, says Carlos Dominguez. The Philippines' new government plans to court Chinese investment to fund an ambitious infrastructure programme, the latest sign of warming ties between the two nations that have been at loggerheads over territorial claims in the South China Sea. “The...

First Cracks Appear in the U.S. Alliance With the Philippines

The Philippines' president has heaped abuse on the United States for weeks, but now Rodrigo Duterte is backing up his words with action. His defense minister said Friday the Philippines has suspended joint naval patrols with the United States in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Manila’s announcement...

China, Russia Plan Naval Drills in South China Sea

Joint exercises follow international tribunal’s rejection of Chinese maritime claims. BEIJING - China and Russia will hold joint naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, the Chinese Defense Ministry said, amid heightened regional tension following an international tribunal’s rejection of Beijing’s maritime claims there. China's defense-ministry spokesman, Senior Col....

Inside the Corporate Utopias Where Capitalism Rules and Labor Laws Don’t Apply

Under Cambodian law, the right to organize is supposed to be ironclad. No employer, government agent or citizen may impede union activity. Inside the walls of Cambodia's largest special economic zones (SEZs), however, In These Times’ reporters saw a system designed to tightly control the workforce by keeping workers...

Troubled Russia Tries to Exploit Links to China

Putin to visit Beijing in bid to boost trade and ties as Russian economy struggles from Western sanctions. Russian President Vladimir Putin will try to bolster trade and economic ties when he visits China on Saturday to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, as Russia’s economy struggles amid Western sanctions and...

Memo Sheds New Light on CIA’s Network of Journalists

Most people with an interest in the history of CIA will have heard of “Operation Mockingbird” (an unofficial name), sometimes known as Frank Wisner’s “Mighty Wurlitzer,” which used a network of journalists for propaganda purposes. While the elements of Mockingbird that most people are familiar with were run through CIA’s Office...

Europeans Push Back Against Beijing in the South China Sea

France has thrown its hat into the acrimonious South China Sea debate, calling for more European naval patrols in a contested waterway that is at the center of a growing dispute between China and the United States and its Asian allies. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, speaking Sunday at...

A Court You’ve Never Heard of Is About to Raise the Stakes in the...

An international tribunal’s decision will reorder the tense chess game over the South China Sea — and test Washington’s commitment to the Philippines. An obscure court in The Hague will soon issue a ruling likely to inflame tensions in the South China Sea and force Washington to clarify how far...

Is Scarborough Shoal Worth a War?

If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight. Should we back down, says Aquino, the United States will lose "its moral ascendancy, and also the confidence of one of its allies." And what is Scarborough Shoal? A cluster of rocks and...

Forecasting the Aftermath of a Ruling on China’s Nine-Dash Line

A tribunal is likely to rule on China's hazy claims to South China Sea sovereignty. How Beijing and others react isn't set in stone. The arbitration tribunal of five impartial experts that has been considering the Philippines suit against China under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea...

U.S. plans naval exercises with India and Japan in Philippine Sea

India, the United States and Japan will hold naval exercises in waters off the northern Philippines near the South China Sea this year, the U.S. military said on Wednesday, a move likely to further raise tensions with China. The announcement comes a day after the United States warned China against...

China Accuses US of Militarizing South China Sea

BEIJING -- China on Friday accused the US of militarizing the South China Sea, just days after it was revealed that Beijing had deployed surface-to-air missiles on an island in the hotly disputed area. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters that patrols by US military aircraft and Navy...

Saudi Arabia field report: Another potential oil crisis in the Middle East

Saudi Arabia is the biggest oil exporter in the world. However, this status may be threatened as a result of domestic oil consumption. Several recent studies predict that Saudi Arabia will be a net oil importer by 2030 or 2038. Other regional energy exporters such as the United Arab...

US Marines look to nurture integrated Asia-Pacific amphibious forces, China excluded

The U.S. Marine Corps is bringing together foreign commanders from amphibious forces deployed mostly in the Asia-Pacific for a conference aimed at taking steps to integrate operations, with China excluded from the event, according to officials and planning documents. The effort centers on a first-of-its-kind conference between the Marine Corps...

Pentagon weighs sending planes, ships near disputed South China Sea reefs

The Pentagon is considering sending U.S. military aircraft and ships to assert freedom of navigation around rapidly growing Chinese-made artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. Defense Secretary Ash Carter requested options that include sending aircraft and ships within 12 nautical miles (22...

Japan, Philippines to hold first naval drill in South China Sea

Japan and the Philippines will hold their first joint naval drill this month in the South China Sea near a disputed shoal claimed by Beijing, sources in Tokyo and the Philippines said. The May 12 maritime safety exercise, which will practice the code for unplanned encounters at sea, known as...

Philippines seeks help from U.S. in South China Sea dispute

(Reuters) - The Philippines is seeking more "substantive" support from its long-time security ally United States on how to counter China's rapid expansion in the South China Sea, the foreign secretary said on Wednesday. China's rapid reclamation around seven reefs in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea has...

Indonesia eyes regular navy exercises with U.S. in South China Sea

(Reuters) - Indonesia wants to hold regular military exercises with the United States near the sparsely populated Natuna archipelago, an area of the South China Sea near China's claims, a navy spokesman said on Monday. Although Indonesia is not a claimant in the South China Sea, the military has accused...

China, Vietnam pledge peaceful resolution for sea dispute

(Reuters) - China and Vietnam have pledged to look for a peaceful resolution to their dispute in the South China Sea via talks, following a meeting between China's president and the head of Vietnam's Communist Party, state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday. A joint communique carried by Xinhua said...

US Special Forces Are Operating in More Countries Than You Can Imagine

What do you know about the special forces carrying out a secret war in more than half the nations on the planet? This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com. In the dead of night,...

China, Russia and the waning demand for Canadian oil

After closing gigantic supply deals with Russia, does China still need Canadian production? The international oil trading business with its complex contractual underpinnings, expensive infrastructure requirements and protracted time horizons has never been for the faint of heart. Required is not only imagination, perseverance, immense cash reserves, and co-operative governments,...

This Map Shows Why The South China Sea Could Lead To The Next World...

The South China Sea is a powder keg of territorial claims mixed with oil and gas resources. Almost every country in the area has a longstanding animus toward at least one of its neighbors. China claims 90% of the Sea, and Beijing is viewed with fear and suspicion throughout the region. The...

Understanding ASEAN: Seven things you need to know

Southeast Asia is one of the world’s fastest-growing markets—and one of the least well known. China remains the Goliath of emerging markets, with every fluctuation in its GDP making headlines around the globe. But investors and multinationals are increasingly turning their gaze southward to the ten dynamic markets that make...

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