America Can Beat China In Asia, But Not Alone

Key point: Historical enmities and different interests have kept America’s Asian allies apart. They need to come together. As China continues to exhibit assertive—and sometimes provocative—behavior toward the United States and the other countries in the Asia-Pacific region, tensions are gradually rising in and around the East China Sea (ECS) and South China Sea (SCS). However, Washington’s regional allies and partners—Manila, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo—possess a historic opportunity to enhance peace and stability in and around these troubled waters. By establishing a quadrilateral dialogue, they can facilitate mutual understanding of…

America’s feeble Indo-Pacific strategy | The Japan Times

HANOI – With the global geopolitical center of gravity shifting toward Asia, a pluralistic, rules-based Indo-Pacific order is more important than ever, including for America’s own global standing. So it was good news when, two years ago, U.S. President Donald Trump began touting a vision of a “free and open” Indo-Pacific, characterized by unimpeded trade flows, freedom of navigation, and respect for the rule of law, national sovereignty and existing borders. Yet, far from realizing this vision, the United States has allowed Chinese expansionism in Asia to continue virtually unimpeded.…

Japan’s precarious Indo-Pacific balance | The Japan Times

Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department released a report titled “Free and Open Indo-Pacific: Advancing a Shared Vision.” It highlighted the U.S. core understandings of the Indo-Pacific, which includes: 1) respect for sovereignty and independence of all nations; 2) peaceful resolution of disputes; 3) free, fair and reciprocal trade based on open investment, transparent agreements and connectivity; and 4) adherence to international law, including freedom of navigation and overflight. For Japan and other states in the Indo-Pacific, the document clearly articulates their ongoing concern that “authoritarian revisionist powers seek…

Is China an Imperial Power in the Image of the West?

Shutterstock This article is the first part in a series on China as a global power. Owing to geography and geopolitics, my country the Philippines finds itself in the middle of an escalating conflict between the United States and China. Like the trench lines that stretched from the North Sea through France to Switzerland during the First World War, the front lines of this conflict stretch across both land and sea for over 4,200 kilometers — from Korea and Japan to Taiwan and the East China Sea, and on to…

NDRRMC Update: Situational Report No. 12 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Typhoon “Quiel” (I.N. Nakri) and Tail-End of a Cold Front (TECF), 14 November 2019, 6:00 AM – Philippines

l. SITUATION OVERVIEW On 05 November 2019, the Tropical Depression West Southwest of Iba,Zambales has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and was named “Quiel”. It has intensified into a Tropical Storm on the same day while moving eastward. “Quiel” and the Tail-End of a Cold Front brought moderate with occasional heavy rains over Northern Luzon particularly in Ilocos Region,Batanes, Cagayan and Apayao. On 07 November 2019, “Quiel” has intensified into a Severe Tropical Storm (STS) while moving slowly eastward. It became a Typhoon on 08 November 2019 as…

The US diplomatic debacle at the ASEAN Summits and its ‘Hail Mary’ to salvage relations

The Trump administration has eroded confidence in the US’s economic and foreign policy commitments. But its attempts to salvage relations risk exacerbating the situation. By Mark J. Valencia, Adjunct Senior Scholar, National Institute for South China Sea Studies The behaviour of the US representatives before and at the 35th ASEAN summit illustrated that its political, economic and cultural influence on the preferences of Southeast Asian countries has declined. U.S. and ASEAN relations have become increasingly discordant. Now the US has invited ASEAN leaders to meet with US President Donald Trump…

South China Sea warning revealed: ‘We’ll see how frightened America is!’ | World | News

As Beijing looked to forge a plan to dominate the region, one admiral made a shocking claim that escalated war talk in an already precarious political dispute. Rear Admiral Lou Yuan has told an audience in Shenzhen in December 2018 that the diplomatic and military standoffs could be resolved by sinking two US aircraft carriers. Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) reported that he said: “What the United States fears the most is taking casualties. Highlighting that as many as 5000 US troops could die if one carrier was to be…

US risks China’s wrath as US warship sails through Taiwan Strait in ‘routine’ operation | World | News

The USS Chancellorsville sailed through the disputed waters on Tuesday on what the US military has called a “routine” operation. Commander Reann Mommsen said the guided-missile cruiser travelled through the Strait to demonstrate “commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific”. This is the ninth-time a US vessel has sailed through the waters this year. Commander Mommsen, spokesman for the US 7th fleet said: “Guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit November 12 in accordance with international law. “The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates…

Pentagon chief tries to keep Asia in focus with second trip

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barely four months into his tenure, Defense Secretary Mark Esper is making his second trek across the Pacific. And yet it is the Middle East – most recently a near-war with Iran and an actual war in Syria – that in Washington commands more attention and demands more American troops. Esper’s Asia visits illustrate the central feature of a revamped U.S. defense strategy: Focus first on China as a threat to U.S. global predominance, rather than remain bogged down in a generation-long fight against extremist groups. Esper…