U.S. B-52 bombers train with navy, ASDF over East China Sea

The U.S. Air Force said Thursday it sent two B-52 bombers over the East China Sea for training with the U.S. Navy and Air Self-Defense Force near Okinawa Prefecture, the latest mission in the waterway that is home to the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands. The training mission, which took place Wednesday, was part of the so-called continuous bomber presence operations the U.S. military says have been ongoing since March 2004 and are part of the United States’ long-standing “freedom of navigation” policies. “Two B-52H Stratofortress bombers took off from Andersen Air…

Climate Change. War. Poverty. How the U.S.-China Relationship Will Shape Humanity’s Path.

A call for diplomacy and deescalation, not economic and military confrontation. We should prioritize the fight for a 180-degree turnaround in the U.S. stance toward China, demanding that diplomacy and negotiation replace trade wars and military encirclement. More than any other bilateral relationship, what happens between the United States and China will shape global politics and human civilization in the 21st century. The success of efforts to combat climate change, avoid a humanity-threatening war and build democratic, working-class movements in both countries largely hinges on how Beijing and Washington manage their differences…

US eyes more troops in Pacific

US eyes more troops in Pacific WASHINGTON – The US Army plans to deploy as many as 5,000 to 10,000 troops in the Pacific as part of a “dynamic force employment” concept, which calls on the military to be more agile and less predictable. The move will add the equivalent of a division headquarters and several brigades to ongoing rotations in the Pacific, Gen. Robert Brown, commander of Army forces in the Pacific, told the Stars and Stripes in an interview this week. Brown said existing rotations and forces…

Duterte plans May Japan visit, advancing Tokyo-style subway

MANILA — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Japan in late May for his third trip to the country he views as a crucial partner for economic development.  Duterte will speak at the annual Future of Asia conference that Nikkei will host in Tokyo for two days through May 31. Japan and the Philippines are also trying to schedule a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Duterte has been focusing on strengthening diplomatic ties with Japan, winning 1 trillion yen ($9 billion) in aid from Tokyo in 2017. The Japanese government is supporting a…

Hun Sen denies Cambodia is Chinese ‘colony’ as work on US$2b road begins, SE Asia News & Top Stories

PHNOM PENH (AFP) – Cambodia broke ground on Friday (March 22) on a US$2 billion (S$2.70 billion) Chinese-funded expressway – the country’s first – as strongman premier Hun Sen denied his country was in danger of becoming a colony of Beijing. Once complete in 2023, the expressway will connect the capital Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, a southern resort and seaport that has become a honeypot for Chinese gamblers and investors. The near 200km road is being constructed by the China Road and Bridge Corporation and is a part of China’s…

Trump′s Golan recognition: A dangerous precedent? | Middle East| News and analysis of events in the Arab world | DW

US President Donald Trump’s call to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights is being seen by some observers as a blatant attempt to influence upcoming Israeli elections, with experts warning that it serves neither US nor Israeli interests and could encourage other countries to make land grabs. Israel captured the Golan from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed it in 1981. But the move was not recognized internationally, and UN Security Council Resolution 242 upheld the “inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war.” Read more: Golan…

US commandos capture Japanese island to show Beijing they’re ‘not kidding around’ — RT World News

US special forces, aided by F-35 stealth fighters and rocket artillery units, have practiced capturing a small Japanese island as part of a new operational concept to counter China in the Indo-Pacific theater. Members of the US Marines, Army and Air Force invaded and secured Japan’s Ie Jima Island as they polished-up their Expeditionary Advance Base Operations (EABO) skills, which haven’t been put into practice since the end of America’s fight against the Japanese in World War II. US airmen conducted reconnaissance of the island off the coast of Okinawa…

A photo of a Chinese ship attacking Philippine boats

Published 9:42 PM, March 23, 2019 Updated 9:42 PM, March 23, 2019 A photo has been shared hundreds of times online in posts that claim it shows a Chinese ship using a water cannon against Philippine vessels. The claim is false; the photo, which was published on the website of international news agency Reuters, shows the Japanese Coast Guard using a water cannon against Taiwanese boats in January 2013. The photo of a ship spraying water on two smaller boats appears as part of a larger image carried in this…

China’s great geostrategy for trade and defense

George Friedman, the head of the ‘private CIA’ firm Stratfor, issued a report on March 5th, “After Hanoi: North Korea, the US and Japan”, and it said: The strategy since World War II, built on the assumption that U.S. conventional forces can defeat any foe and pacify the country, is being abandoned. And in the case of the Hanoi talks, the U.S. is following a new strategy of diplomatic deadlock without recourse to the insertion of force. … The U.S. has decided to accept that North Korea is a nuclear…