Trump’s leadership was lacking on Tuesday

By standards of good national leadership. President Trump did not have a good day on Tuesday. First off, Trump used the Obama playbook and offered a muted tweet as Nicolás Maduro’s colectivo gangs smashed their way through peaceful protesters in Venezuela. Next, Trump decided to become a big-state liberal and apparently endorsed $2 trillion in new infrastructure spending. Following that, Trump decided to put politics before national security by keeping the Truman aircraft carrier in operation against Navy advice and threat assessment. On the spending count, it was not surprising…

US Navy’s warning to China in sea row ups ante, United States News & Top Stories

A US Navy warning to China that it will treat Beijing’s maritime militia the same way it treats Chinese naval vessels has upped the ante in the South China Sea and raised questions on how the new policy will work out in practice. Beijing’s use of non-military vessels has been a worry for claimants to islands in the South China Sea. China is known to deploy vessels that look like fishing trawlers but are actually part of its maritime militia, operating in a so-called “grey zone” and likely reporting to…

U.S. Will Unveil New Indo-Pacific Strategy Next Month

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), left, and the Japanese helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181), right, sail in formation with 16 other ships from the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) during Keen Sword 19 on Nov. 08, 2018. US Navy Photo KUALA LUMPUR — The Pentagon will unveil a new Indo-Pacific strategy at the Shangri-La Dialogue this May, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver told a media roundtable in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last week. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan’s speech at the Singapore…

Another month, another sailing by US ships to waters China wants as its own – Talk Media News

The guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem, in foreground, conducts replenishment-at-sea with the underway replenishment oiler USNS Pecos in the East China Sea in February. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William McCann/U.S.Navy) WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is increasing its visibility in waters claimed by China, relying on what top brass believe is the discipline and training of Chinese forces not to spark an escalation between the two navies. For the fourth consecutive month, the Navy sent ships through the Taiwan Strait, the waterway separating mainland China run by Beijing and the islands…

Never a dull day in the Western Pacific

BEIJING — This is a weekly look at developments in the South China Sea and nearby waters, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves. CHINA, RUSSIA PREPARE FOR JOINT NAVAL EXERCISES A Russian naval task force has arrived in the northern Chinese port of Qingdao ahead of joint naval exercises this week that reinforce the growing bond between Beijing and Moscow. During the drills, the…

How to Reinvigorate the US-Philippine Alliance

The time is ripe for both sides to modernize their longstanding partnership. By Jay L. Batongbacal for The Diplomat May 01, 2019 In March, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Publicly, and in no uncertain terms, he declared that the United States would honor its commitments under the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) should any Philippine vessel or aircraft be attacked anywhere in the South China Sea. Pompeo’s comments came amid uncertainties with respect to the alliance under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, including talk…

Careful calculation, not vanity, pride, or prejudice » Manila Bulletin News

Published May 1, 2019, 12:36 AM THE LEGAL FRONT By JUSTICE ART D. BRION (RET.) J. Art D. Brion (RET.) For the first 50 years of our life as an independent country, our foreign relations have mostly been uncomplicated. We were staunch American allies who supported the US in most of its international moves. Things began to change when negotiations broke down between the Philippines and the US on the continued lease by the US of the Philippine military bases. We stood pat on what we felt was our due…

The rise of Japan’s militarism

There, floating calmly in the still waters of Tokyo Bay, was Japan’s future. Stretching over 800 feet long, the JS Izumo warship’s size made it stand out even as its dark gray exterior fused with the gloomy December sky. The largest vessel in Japan’s naval fleet, the four-year-old warship is already among the country’s most prized military possessions. But standing on the dock at the Yokosuka naval base on a cold, drizzly December day, looking up at the Izumo, I have to admit I was a bit underwhelmed by the…

Asean morning news for April 30

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu          @stmarisewudolu   ASEAN countries fight trade in counterfeit goodsEnforcement officials, investigators, and prosecutors from across the ASEAN region discussed best practices for addressing the trade in counterfeit goods at a workshop on the enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights held in Manila last week.— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release) Manufacturing activity in Emerging Asia seen weakening in AprilManufacturing activity in Emerging Asia – as measured by the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) – is seen to have weakened in April from March…