US, Philippine Air Forces Conduct Bilateral Air Contingent Exchange Amid Uncertainties

The exercise highlights how the US-Philippines alliance soldiers on, even amid major tensions. By Christian Vicedo for The Diplomat February 07, 2019 From January 21 to February 1, 2019, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces together with the Philippine Air Force conducted the seventh iteration of the Bilateral Air Contingent Exchange-Philippines (BACE-P) at the Cesar Basa Air Base in Pampanga. Established in 2016, the BACE-P is a regular two-week joint exercise that seeks to facilitate the exchange of operational and technical expertise, improve interoperability, and enhance the air power capabilities of both…

Australia’s defence in uncertain global times

AS A fellow resident of Cowper I can understand that we can be consumed with local issues that directly impact families in our towns, such as the Coffs Harbour Bypass, the Macksville Hospital or the cost of electricity. Although, these issues are at the forefront of our mind there are also external and seemingly hidden factors which directly contribute to our way of life. As a nation we are directly impacted by issues both at home and abroad. Most people will appreciate that China has become increasingly rich over the past…

Forget Trump’s sideshows. Here are my solutions to 6 real crises.

Syringes of the opioid painkiller fentanyl. (Rick Bowmer/AP) Max Boot Columnist covering national security I recently argued that President Trump is ignoring our real crises in order to focus, as he did in the State of the Union address, on a fake crisis at the border. A reader suggested that I take the next step by proposing solutions to the six crises I identified. Needless to say, solving problems is a lot harder than identifying them. But here goes. Climate change. A distinguished, bipartisan group of economists advocates a carbon…

Inherit the longstanding friendship, work together for bright future of China-Sri Lanka ties

President Maithripala Sirisena shakes hands with President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping     Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe shakes hands with President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping   Reflections by Chinese Ambassador on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the establishment of the China-Sri Lanka diplomatic relations which falls today   By Cheng Xueyuan As the tide of history surges with vigour, our world today is experiencing profound changes unseen in a century. In the second decade of the 21st century, China has…

We have not, and will never surrender any part of our territory » Manila Bulletin News

Updated February 5, 2019, 9:05 PM By Francis Wakefield  Defense Secretary Delfin N. Loren­zana cited the most critical external security challenge for the Philippines is the competing territorial and maritime claims in the South China Sea when he spoke before alumni and students of the National Defense College of the Philippines Monday. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (Office of the Secretary of National Defense / MANILA BULLETIN) (Photo: Joseph Vidal/PRIB/ MANILA BULLETIN) In the forum titled: “The National Security Outlook for the Philippines in 2019”, the Defense Chief shared that the…

Hilbay: Be wary of China’s ‘generosity’

Former Soliictor General Florin Hilbay, shown here at a June 7, 2018 forum at the Institute for Women’s Studies in Manila. ({Photo by GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE / Philippine Daily Inquirer) MANILA, Philippines — Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay warned Filipinos on Wednesday against the “generosity” of the Chinese government as it could pose threats in the West Philippine Sea. “I think we should be very wary on signs of generosity on the part of China. There is always a give and take involved so that apparent generosity may come at…

Charting Britain’s Moves in the South China Sea

Last summer, the HMS Albion, an amphibious assault ship colloquially described as one of the Royal Navy’s ‘Swiss Army knives’, undertook what is widely believed to have been a freedom of navigation manoeuvre near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. In doing so, the British government has shown that it is committed to upholding the rules-based order and asserting its market access rights in Southeast Asia. This was commendable for two different reasons: it projects a Britain that is willing to take the diplomatic and economic risk in…

China’s Creeping South China Sea Challenge in the Spotlight With New Facility

The muted Philippine response has exacerbated existing concerns about the regional response to Beijing’s maritime claims. In late January, Chinese state media announced the establishment of yet another new facility in a South China Sea feature. Though the unveiling was just another manifestation of an old aspect of Beijing’s broader strategy in advancing its position in the South China Sea, the initially muted response from the Philippines has once again exacerbated concerns about the regional response to such actions taken by China. As I have noted repeatedly in these pages…

Vietnam, and the reasons it might host second Trump-Kim summit | Trump News

Seoul, South Korea – If their first, unprecedented summit in Singapore last year ended up being more about vague promises, the second meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump will be aimed at coming home with concrete results. After holding a series of meetings this week with South Korean officials in Seoul, Stephen Biegun, the US special envoy for North Korea, will head to Pyongyang on Wednesday to prepare for the upcoming summit. The much-anticipated event is slated for late February, with whispers that Danang, in central Vietnam,…

Why the Philippines wants to review the mutual defence treaty with the United States

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte with US President Donald Trump Philippines’ Defence Secretary, Delfin Lorenzana at a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo in late December last year spoke of the need for a review of the 1951 Mutual Defence Treaty (MDT) with the United States given the growing security concerns in the South China Sea. The Defence Secretary had mentioned, given the ambivalent stand of the United States with respect to the Philippines’ claim in the West Philippine Sea (as referred to by the Philippines), “the government had three options after…