Rising China and Xi Dada

Less than half a century since Deng Xiaoping instituted China’s ‘reform and opening up’ policy, Beijing’s economy has witnessed consecutive decades of explosive growth allowing China to become the second largest economy in the world lagging only behind the US. According to latest data provided by The Economic Times article on ‘China’s economic miracle’, the Asian giant’s economy multiplied itself by a factor of 42 between 1980 and 2017 from $305 billion to $12.7 trillion. Just as Deng Xiaoping is credited with opening China’s economy to the world, so too…

Pompeo: US worried over Chinese moves threatening navigation

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, greets U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo upon arrival at Villamor Air Base in suburban Pasay city southeast of Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. Pompeo, who joined U.S. President Donald Trump in the second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Vietnam, is here for talks on the two countries’ relations as well as the mutual defense treaty. (Bullit Marquez, POOL/Associated Press) MANILA, Philippines — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he would discuss U.S. concerns about Chinese actions that threaten freedom…

Inside the evidence vault from Malaysian flight disaster

It’s been almost five years since MH370 vanished over the South China Sea in the early hours of March 8, 2014. Carrying 239 people on board, the whereabouts of the Boeing 777 remains one of the greatest aviation mysteries of all time. But now, in a world exclusive, we may be a step closer to uncovering the whereabouts of the doomed Malaysian Airlines flight. In a preview for Sunday night’s 60 Minutes, cameras take viewers behind the scenes to a “secret vault” holding the only known fragments of the plane…

Ex-solon: Defense chief ‘naive’ to expect U.S. would agree to include Spratly Islands in defense treaty coverage

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 28) — A former lawmaker believes Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is being “naive” to expect the U.S. will shift its perspective and include Philippine-claimed areas in the hotly-contested South China Sea in the coverage of the Mutual Defense Treaty. “The consistent U.S policy is that it does not want to get involved in sovereingty issues in the West Philippine Sea,” former Akbayan Party-list Representative Walden Bello told CNN Philippines’ On The Record. “And its position is that the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty between the United…

In the nuclear crossfire | Philstar.com

The Trump administration has been leaving international organizations and breaking deals. Diplomats despair at the self-induced demise of American leadership. But now America’s withdrawal from international arms control treaties has made it outright dangerous not just for the US but for the world. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty (INF) On Feb. 1, President Trump announced that the US will withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty (INF). The following day, Russia announced that it would also withdraw from the treaty. Signed on Dec. 8, 1987, the INF Treaty led…

China Denounces US Freedom of Navigation Talk as ‘Pretext to Provocative Moves’

Just days after a US warship transited the Taiwan Strait and two sailed near the Spratly Islands, China’s Defense Ministry accused Washington of “stirring up trouble” in the region, denouncing the US’ freedom of navigation operations “as a pretext to conduct illegal and provocative moves.” “China always respects the freedom of navigation and flights over the South China Sea in accordance with international law, but that should not be conducted in a wayward or illegal manner,” Ministry of National Defense spokesperson Ren Guoqiang said at a press conference, Xinhua News Agency reported. “China resolutely opposes any country taking…

Opinion: The Trump-Kim summit′s predictably disappointing outcome | Opinion | DW

Much excitement, no progress — a predictable outcome. It was already clear in advance that the outcome of the Hollywood-style meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would not live up to its political symbolism. The fact that the two opponents met for talks at all was mainly for domestic political reasons on both sides. Kim wants to prove to his followers that he can force the “capitalist archenemy” to have direct talks on an equal footing. His risky escalation strategy has helped the…

New guidelines spell out new roles for sprawling airports in South China

Hong Kong International Airport in September 2018 Photo: VCG   An overview of Hengqin new district in Zhuhai, South China’s Guangdong Province Photo: VCG The newly issued guidelines for developing a “Greater Bay Area” around the Pearl River Delta have drawn attention to aviation in the region to build a world-class airport cluster. The guidelines include plans on strengthening and enhancing the status of Hong Kong’s international aviation hub, enhancing the competitiveness of the international hubs of Guangzhou and Shenzhen airports, and promoting the functions of airports in Macao…

US worried over Chinese moves threatening navigation

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he will discuss U.S. concerns about Chinese actions that threaten freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea with Philippine officials during an overnight visit to Manila Written by By JIM GOMEZ, Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he would discuss U.S. concerns about Chinese actions that threaten freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea with Philippine officials during an overnight visit to Manila. Pompeo arrived late Thursday and…