This time, unhindered PH fishing in Panatag

PANATAG FISHING The skipper of the fishing boat Ruvina 1 reported that Chinese coast guards allowed his group free access to Panatag Shoal but lamented that the area could be already overfished. —WILLIE LOMIBAO INFANTA, Pangasinan — The Chinese Coast Guard appears to have lifted a blockade of Panatag Shoal following the filing of a complaint in the International Criminal Court (ICC) against President Xi Jinping by two former Philippine officials. Fishermen returning from Panatag, known internationally as Scarborough Shoal, reported fishing in the area unhindered by Chinese coast guards…

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My father, the late Max Soliven once wrote about China. He said: The People’s Republic of China, once a pariah and “doomed” to failure in the world’s eyes after the June 1989 Tienanmen Square “massacre,” is now the Travel Destination of the Year. In ancient times, the saying went that “all roads lead to Rome.” Not anymore. Even Wal-Mart and Starbucks – and yes, Versace – are making a beeline for China. Now, China has become a world power. It is so strong that it could in fact widen its…

Islands in the South China Sea May See More Visitors

The Philippines is making it easier for the public to visit a small island in the disputed South China Sea. A boat ramp is being built on Thitu Island, which is controlled by the Philippines. The ramp is designed to help small boats be brought to shore. It is expected to be finished this year. The move may signal a change in the way the Philippines is treating the territory in the sea that is the subject of an international dispute. China also claims Thitu. It is developing three other…

Trump Administration to Snub China Navy 70th Anniversary Commemorations

In an act of diplomatic shade, the administration of US President Donald Trump will not send senior members of the America’s military or any of its warships to April events commemorating the upcoming 70th anniversary of the creation of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). Many other countries, including long-term US allies South Korea and Japan, however, are scheduled to honor the occasion by sending high-ranking officials and vessels, according to the Japan Times. In a Friday statement from Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn, the defense attache office in the US Embassy in Beijing will…

Pro golfer Arie Irawan found dead in hotel room at 28

Arie Irawan played in college at the University of Tulsa before pursuing a pro golf career in Asia. He was found dead in a hotel room at the age of 28. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan, File) Sunday’s final round of the PGA Tour Series-China Sanya Championship was canceled after Malaysian pro Arie Irawan was found dead in his hotel room at the age of 28. The PGA Tour Series-China said in a statement that Irawan had missed the tournament’s 36-hole cut, but “had remained on-site” at a hotel across the street from…

American leadership is needed to ensure global peace and stability

Last week, military planes from Russia landed in Venezuela with approximately 100 Russian personnel. Russian officials claim that the planes were carrying maintenance workers for military equipment Russia had sold to Venezuela in years past. However, United States officials believe there is a much more targeted purpose of these Russian personnel: to prop up the government of President Nicolas Maduro, who the United States, along with more than 50 nations, no longer recognize as the legitimate president. For many, the situation in Venezuela appears very similar to Russia’s 2015 intervention…

Kilo: The Stealth Submarine the U.S. Navy Won’t Want to Face in Battle

The propulsion plant is isolated on a rubber base so it doesn’t touch the hull, preventing vibrations from turning into noise that can be heard outside the boat. Unlike the United States Navy, which went all-in on nuclear power, Russia maintains fleets of both diesel and nuclear-powered submarines. A land power encompassing much of Eurasia, Russian submarines are based much closer to “the action” than American submarines are. While Russia maintains nuclear submarines for distant ocean patrols, its fleet of diesel submarines is more than adequate for conflicts in Europe,…