‘Superman’ apologises for ‘South China Sea belongs to Beijing’ remark

Former DAP member Hew Kuan Yau has apologised for his controversial remarks in favour of China with regard to the dispute over claims to the South China Sea. Hew, known as ‘Superman’ among his supporters, said his appointment as CEO of the Malaysia-China Business Council (MCBC), effective yesterday, has become a hot topic on social media due to this, and certain quarters have labelled him as pro-China. Recalling his Facebook posting on the South China Sea issue in 2016, the fiery orator, who has often courted flak for his profanity-laden…

The arms race between Washington and Beijing – Kılıç Buğra Kanat

Although not many people consider an armed confrontation between superpowers to be likely today, nobody is ignoring the increasing tension among them due to significant disputes in different areas. In the last decade, many scholars and observers of superpower politics refer to territorial disputes as the most probable source of contention among China, the U.S. and Russia. The maritime delimitation disputes in the South China Sea and the disputes over the Spratly Islands have been considered as the most risky issues for superpower relations. Not only did the United States…

MH370 news: Pilot ‘in toilet when plane depressurised before crash’

Christine Negroni believes co-pilot, Fariq Abdul Hamid, made a string of bizarre decisions because his brain was starved of oxygen while pilot, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, was out of the cockpit. And she claims we only need to study the jet’s route to understand why. MH370 turned west above the South China Sea before flying across the Malaysia Peninsula, according to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). Investigators say it turned left again towards the Indian Ocean west of Australia and crashed after running out of fuel. They do not know why it…

Thankful to China – Manila Standard

Finally, a different tone is emerging from the Department of Foreign Affairs on China’s aggressive actions in the South China Sea. On Saturday, Foreign Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin said the Philippines must protest China’s establishment of a maritime rescue center on the contested Kagitingan Reef in the Spratly Islands. Locsin, just recently the country’s ambassador to the United Nations, said he agreed with the position of Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio that the country must lodge a protest as not doing so could mean consent to China’s recent…

China Couldn’t Dominate Asia if It Wanted to – Foreign Policy

It is now widely accepted that China aspires to displace the United States as the world’s sole superpower by 2049, the 100th anniversary of its modern founding. Amid a trade war and military escalations, an atmosphere many describe as “Cold War 2.0” has set in. But whatever happens between the United States and China, the outcome will not be a unipolar world, neither under American or Chinese tutelage. The United States neither wants nor can afford to re-extend itself globally—nor do most countries want a return to American hegemony. The…

How America is Waging a Futile War with China by Other Means

China’s grand plan for expanding its influence has multiple strategic layers that involve sovereignty claims, preserving its territorial integrity, expanding its economy, and testing the United States. Authors Patrick Mendis and Joey Wang explore the various facets this plan in a two-part series that examines the scope of possibilities available to Xi Jinping. This is the first part of the series. The Communist Party of China (CPC) places a great emphasis on the significance of anniversaries and political events. The May Fourth Movement against imperialism—organized by students in 1919—called for…

Nukes: The end of the affair

THE NUCLEAR OPTION: The 1987 deal being signed by Gorbachev and Reagan. Photo: AFP/Getty Nukes: The end of the affair Independent.ie Following in the footsteps of the United States, which on Friday announced that it was pulling the plug on the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty over alleged Russian violations, Russia yesterday announced that it will abandon the centrepiece nuclear arms treaty. https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/nukes-the-end-of-the-affair-37777313.html https://www.independent.ie/incoming/article37776942.ece/3218a/AUTOCROP/h342/18nukes.jpg Email Following in the footsteps of the United States, which on Friday announced that it was pulling the plug on the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty…

Nagpapalakas lang! Palace assures public: Duterte in good health

ATTENTION: Please Click “How to get the latest Facebook News Feed from POLITIKO” By Prince Golez Malacañang on Sunday allayed fears about President Rodrigo Duterte’s, saying that he is just getting enough rest ahead of gruelling schedule. “We assure our countrymen that (Duterte) remains in robust health and is just resting in his Davao home for the weekend,” spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. “The President is conscientious of his health and he puts a break to his activities if he feels his body is not up to it. In other words,…

U.S. Navy Nightmare: The Chinese Fleet Doesn’t Have 300 Ships, It Has 650

The Chinese fleet is much bigger than most people think. And that should compel the United States to reconsider its Pacific maritime strategy, one expert argued. The People’s Liberation Army Navy by 2020 will possess between 313 and 342 warships, the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence estimated. By comparison, in mid-2018 the U.S. Navy possessed 285 warships. But the PLAN accounts for only a fraction of China’s maritime power, according to Andrew Erickson, a professor at the U.S. Naval War College. “China’s armed forces comprise three major organizations, each with…