Filipinos still trust US the most, ‘neutral’ on China: survey

MANILA – Filipinos still trust the United States the most while they have a “neutral” stance on China, a Social Weather Stations survey revealed Wednesday. Of 1,440 Filipino adults, 71 percent said they have “much trust” in the US, a long-time Philippine ally, compared with three other countries. This resulted in a “very good” +60 net trust rating in December from the previous quarter’s +59. The US was followed by Japan and Australia, which garnered a “good” +34 and +31 net trust rating, respectively.  China, meanwhile, got a “neutral” -7…

Words of war | ABS-CBN News

Here are the stories ANC is covering today: Dogs of warThe peace talks with communist rebels took a major step back when President Duterte dissolved the government peace panel negotiating with the rebels. Is it the final nail in the coffin for the peace talks with the rebels? On March 14, the President said he would reconstitute the peace panel with military, police and members of the academe as members. Meanwhile, President Duterte said Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari threatened to “go to war” if the…

Is Beijing Losing Its Footing In South China Sea?

The United States military launched nuclear-capable B-52H Stratofortress bombers over the heavily disputed South China Sea last week, where they “conducted routine training”. In these contested waters, the Chinese government has claimed ownership over reserves containing trillions of dollars worth of oil and gas. The South China Sea is one of the most heavily trafficked maritime routes in the entire world. However, the conditions that make it so valuable–its location on the coasts of a considerable number of Asian countries–have also led to major regional tensions over ownership. Vast, overlapping…

Calling China’s bluff | Deccan Herald

I had said it was time for India to say, ‘Enough is enough’ in these columns (July 10, 2017) in the context of China’s bullying ways. I think it is time to reiterate the same message –- India needs to be far more assertive against the habitual bully.  Our cathedral-like silence in the face of China repeatedly kicking us in the eye is galling, especially when contrasted with our raving and ranting like the devil possessed and chest-beating like a moonstruck gorilla at the slightest provocation from Pakistan. China first…

China’s Next Phase of Militarization in the South China Sea

China’s astonishing expansion into the South China Sea’s 1.35 million square miles and its subsequent militarization of the region over the past several years has cultivated a complex security environment. The initial phase of that growing complexity was predicated on geopolitical interest and expansion, notably during U.S. President Barack Obama’s second term in office. Although it has been argued that regional tensions may remain stable because China has ceased its land acquisition endeavors to the south, the complex regional security environment may enter into a new phase of heightened tension…

Yes, the U.S. Could Be Drawn Into Yet Another Big War

Sixteen years ago today, the George W. Bush administration sent U.S. forces crashing into Iraq without a real plan for what to do after defeating Saddam Hussein. It is easy to forget that moment’s fervent convictions about the Iraqi dictator’s supposed weapons of mass destruction and links to al Qaeda—and the calamity into which Iraq soon descended. It all seems to belong to another era. The debate today is more about how we got out of Iraq than how we got in. The idea that the U.S. would do anything…

War Nightmare: Could America Fight Russia and China Simultaneously?

The United States can still fight and win two major wars at the same time, or at least come near enough to winning that neither Russia nor China would see much hope in the gamble. The United States can do this because it continues to maintain the world’s most formidable military, and because it stands at the head of an extremely powerful military alliance. The United States discarded its oft-misunderstood “two war” doctrine, intended as a template for providing the means to fight two regional wars simultaneously, late last decade.…

China’s ‘Fisherman Navy’ Takes Control of Sandbars Near Philippines’ Pag-asa Island

Five years ago today, Russia officially annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. “The Ukraine debacle has taken us a giant step closer to World War iii,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote at the time. If you understand what really happened in Crimea, from the state of the world in the 1980s to the era of Vladimir Putin to today, you will realize why world war looms in the future. Back in the U.S.S.R. During the 1980s, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was going strong in its decades-long Cold War…

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: China Consensus

Just hours before the U.S. Senate passionately diverged on American foreign policy in Yemen last Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) fervently converged on American foreign policy on China during their “A New Approach for an Era of U.S.-China Competition” hearing. Republican and Democrat senators issued scathing attacks on China’s behavior and proposed countering those actions through regional alliances and partnerships and bipartisan legislation. Holding the power to guide Senate foreign policy legislation and debate, the SFRC rebuked China’s economic, political, and military conduct. Senators’ statements and questions…