Lacson’s unsolicited advice to Carpio: Be paranoid of Chinese surveillance

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio EDWIN BACASMAS / INQUIRER FILE PHOTO Be paranoid. This was the unsolicited advice given by Sen. Panfilo Lacson to Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, who earlier claimed that China had been eavesdropping on his phones calls and tracking his e-mail. Carpio, a member of the Philippine delegation to The Hague when the country pressed its claims against China in the South China Sea, made the remarks on Thursday when a power outage interrupted his presentation in Iloilo City on the 2016…

U.S.-China Relations & Donald Trump’s Strategy

President Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China’s President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. (Damir Sagolj/REUTERS) The Trump administration’s full-court press against China is going strong, buttressed by a dramatic shift in opinion among the foreign-policy community, now increasingly critical of Beijing. Trade talks are continuing, and for the nonce, the administration does not seem to setting itself up for a quick deal that will be all smoke and no fire. The longer the trade spat goes on,…

Fit for April Fools’ Day

“What were they thinking?”     Filipinos together with the rest of the civilized world were astounded not of the substance of the complaint filed by the two former officials of the Noynoy Aquino administration before the International Criminal Court against China’s President Xi Jinping, foreign minister Wang Yi, and Chinese ambassador to the Philippines, Zhao Jianhua on behalf of the Filipino fishermen for alleged “crimes against humanity” but on what they want to convey. Some say the decision of former Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario and…

Ardern’s first trip to China a test of resolve, more than mending bridges

OPINION: It’s really rather extraordinary that Jacinda Ardern is going to China at all right now.  And at the same time, it’s not surprising in the least. The terrorist attack in Christchurch casts a dark pall over nearly everything New Zealand is engaged with at the moment. But if anything, the murder of 50 innocent Muslims only serves to highlight this country’s need to show a brave face to the world and remain engaged with its partners on those issues that threaten the internal security of many countries.  Ardern’s decision to travel is a…

U.S. Says China’s Moves at Sea and World Trade All Support Its ‘State National Security’

The top U.S. diplomat has claimed that China’s growing presence in the South China Sea and its global project to promote Chinese investment abroad were all linked to Beijing’s plan to promote its own defense. Speaking at the National Review Institute’s 2019 Ideas Summit in Washington, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged Thursday that “there is an important relationship between the United States and China,” but warned that “trade’s not been remotely reciprocal” due to Chinese state intervention in various business dealings. He argued this meant there was a “security…

Sansha Islet Key in Beijing’s Plan to Control S. China Sea

TAIPEI —  A planned expansion of the biggest city in the once all but uninhabitable South China Sea will strengthen China’s control over the waterway, despite rival claims by five governments. The city of Sansha, anchored by a tiny tropical islet south of the Chinese mainland, will “obtain new breakthroughs” in infrastructure, environmental protection, people’s livelihoods and integration of the military, municipal Communist Party Secretary Zhang Jun said March 22 on the city’s website. A population today of about 1,500 makes Sansha the largest city in the South China Sea…

What about US war crimes?

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From jetski to appeasement: Opposition bets blast Duterte; Roque comes to the rescue

ILOILO CITY – Senatorial candidates Neri Colmenares, Florin Hilbay and Chel Diokno faced off with former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque at a forum in Iloilo City on Friday. At issue at the forum organized by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines were the Philippines’ foreign policy and the West Philippine Sea. Former Rep. Neri Colmenares mocked the President’s campaign promise of riding a jetski to fight for our rights in the West Philippine Sea. “Sabi niya, ‘I will ride a jetski and stake our claim doon sa West Philippine Sea…

The Wailing Of The Warmongers – Analysis – Eurasia Review

Warmongering is the encouragement of aggression toward other countries. There is certainly no shortage of it blaring from both China and the U.S. regarding the South China Sea. Indeed a recent public tit-for-tat illustrates both the danger of such public advocacy and of taking it seriously. In China several People’s Liberation Army academicians called for attacks on U.S. Navy ships operating provocatively in the South China Sea. https://americanmilitarynews.com/2018/12/chinese-senior-military-official-calls-for-attacks-on-us-ships-in-south-china-sea/;https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2019/01/04/well-see-how-frightened-america-is-chinese-admiral-says-sinking-us-carriers-k  Based on these statements and a series of actions, Kerry Gershaneck and James Fanell, two retired  US military officers turned pundits, concluded…