No matter who wins the next election, managing the China relationship will be tricky – and vital

This is part of a major series called Advancing Australia, in which leading academics examine the key issues facing Australia in the lead-up to the 2019 federal election and beyond. Read the other pieces in the series here. China policy will not be a vote-shifting issue in the 2019 federal election. As usual, the economy and tax in particular will dominate this election. But from a foreign policy standpoint there is no more important issue than achieving a reasonable balance between the United States, Australia’s security guardian, and China, its…

Mahathir: Beijing should define its ‘so-called ownership’ in South China Sea

MANILA – Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Thursday that China should define its “so-called ownership” in the disputed South China Sea so other claimant countries can start to gain benefits from the resource-rich waters. Mahathir stressed the importance of freedom of navigation in the busy waterway, saying in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel in Manila that if there were no restrictions and sanctions, “the claims made by China will not affect us very much.” Malaysia, the Philippines, China and three other governments have been locked in long-simmering territorial…

No harassment of Filipino fishermen near Pag-asa Island—AFP – UNTV News

Senate’s defense was so effective that they were able to limit GSIS’ main gunner James Patrick Abugan to just 16 points. (Myvn Fernandez / Photoville International)   Games on Sunday, October 14 2PM – Senate vs DOJ3:30PM – Malacañang-PSC vs PhilHealth5PM – AFP vs PITC Venue: Pasig City Sports Center   UNTV Cup Season 6 champion Senate Defenders and the Armed Forces of the Philippines will try to keep their share in the Group-A lead when they clash against their respective rivals in the seventh edition of the UNTV Cup…

The ‘Quad’ might be shelved

SINGAPORE (AP) — A U.S. military commander suggested Thursday that a loose security grouping of his country, Japan, Australia and India, also known as the quad, may be shelved for now. Adm. Phil Davidson, who heads the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, said he was on a panel with the other navy chiefs at the Raisina Dialogue, a multilateral conference in New Delhi in January. Davidson said the issue came up “several times” but Indian navy chief Adm. Sunil Lanba “made it quite clear that there wasn’t an immediate potential for a…

Pompeo’s war warning to China – News – The Shawnee News-Star

As President Trump flew home from his Hanoi summit with Kim Jong Un, Mike Pompeo peeled off and flew to Manila. And there the Secretary of State made a startling declaration. Any armed attack by China on a Philippine ship or plane in the South China Sea, he told the Philippine government, will be treated as an attack on an American ship or plane, bringing a U.S. military response. “China’s island building and military activities in the South China Sea threaten your sovereignty, security and, therefore, economic livelihood, as well…

China has ‘stern’ words with U.S. over ship in South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Friday it had lodged “stern representations” with the United States after the U.S. Navy sailed a ship through the contested South China Sea, passing near islands claimed by China. FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags are set up for a meeting during a visit by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at China’s Ministry of Transport in Beijing, China April 27, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo Tension between the two powers in disputed Asian waters comes as their relationship has between strained by a row…

Admiral Accuses Beijing of Militarising S China Sea After US Naval Encroachment

World 17:47 07.03.2019Get short URL In February, the Chinese Foreign Ministry expressed dissatisfaction with US vessels entering waters near the Spratly Islands, an archipelago in the South China Sea that Beijing continues to regard as its “indisputable sovereignty”, without authorisation. Admiral Philip Davidson, the commander of US Indo-Pacific Command, claimed on Thursday that 2018 has seen an increase in Chinese military activity in the South China Sea. “It’s building, it’s not reducing in any sense of the word. There has been more activity with ships, fighters and bombers over the last year than in previous years, absolutely,” Davidson…

With Streaks of Gray Hair, Xi Jinping of China Breaks with Tradition

HONG KONG — President Xi Jinping is known for breaking the rules of Chinese politics, amassing more power than any leader since Mao. His latest attempt to shake things up may be one of his boldest moves yet: Mr. Xi is going slightly — though unabashedly — gray, in defiance of longstanding Communist Party tradition. For decades, Chinese leaders have sported unnaturally black heads of hair, a look that symbolized unity and gave the party a youthful veneer. But Mr. Xi, 65, appears to be dispensing with vanity as he…

China ‘checking’ reports vessels driving away PH fishers

MANILA — Chinese government is verifying reports that Chinese vessels are driving away Filipino fishermen from sand bars near Pag-asa Island in the disputed West Philippine Sea or South China Sea. Chinese ambassador Zhao Jinhua made this assurance, stressing the Chinese government has committed to settle sea disputes peacefully. “We are checking and we are in close coordination with DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) and we will be checking whether it is true or not,” Zhao said in a chance interview with reporters in Malacañan Palace on Wednesday. “Rest assured…