Duterte-Xi meeting may tackle South China Sea dispute » Manila Bulletin News

Updated April 20, 2019, 8:50 PM By Argyll Cyrus Geducos A Malacañang official said it would be better if President Duterte would push through with his China visit next week so he can meet President Xi Jinping and talk about the South China Sea dispute face to face. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and President Xi Jinping of People’s Republic of China pose for a photo after declaring their joint press statements during the successful expanded bilateral meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 20, 2018. (ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA…

China, Wary of US, Pushes to Accelerate Accident Prevention Deal in Disputed Sea

TAIPEI —  China and Southeast Asian countries that dispute sovereignty over a strategic Asian sea aim to speed up talks toward a code of conduct that would lower the risk of accidents and help keep the U.S. government out of the fray. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said his country and a bloc of Southeast Asian states will “speed up” talks on a code of conduct in the South China Sea, Beijing’s state-run China Daily reported March 8. Wang told reporters days later the talks were “gathering pace under a…

Navy Sends Warships to Challenge PLA in S. China Sea

USS Chung-Hoon and another guided missile destroyer are docked near the disputed Spratly Islands / Getty Images BY: Bill Gertz Follow @BillGertz May 8, 2019 5:00 am The Navy conducted the latest freedom of navigation operation in the contested South China Sea on Monday, sending two guided missile destroyers near the Spratly Islands. “The guided missile destroyers USS Preble and USS Chung Hoon conducted a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea May 6,” said Lt. Cmdr. Tim Gorman, a spokesman for the Pacific Fleet. “Preble and Chung…

Putting the Chinese genie back in the bottle

It is insanity to empower China, our most significant geopolitical rival, to continue its long-term effort to replace the United States as the world’s premier superpower.  It is even crazier to allow the Chinese to do so at our expense. For nearly two decades, we have allowed China through currency manipulation, theft of intellectual property, and ridiculous trade imbalances to raid the U.S. economy of trillions of dollars.  With these ill gotten gains, China is increasing its influence, expanding its military, bullying its neighbors, and causing problems (or putting itself in a…

The Philippines, a Key U.S. Ally, Turns to China for Investment

Read: China is quietly reshaping the world Yet the shift in ties between the Philippines, as well as much of the rest of Southeast Asia, and the U.S. is clear. Vacancies for ambassadorships in the region have piled up and include Singapore and Thailand. Trump in March nominated an ambassador to ASEAN, the regional bloc, after a more than two year vacancy, and Patrick Murphy, the nominee for ambassador to Cambodia, continues to face confirmation delays. David Stilwell, nominated last year to be assistant secretary of state for East Asian…

South China Sea conquest: building third aircraft carrier

By Agence France-Presse Recent satellite photographs indicate China’s construction of its third aircraft carrier is well underway, a Washington think tank reported Tuesday. ChinaPower, a unit of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, published photos of a large vessel under construction at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai. The bow and hull are already under assembly, the pictures indicated, and are likely to be the beginnings of the 80-85,000 tonne type 002 aircraft carrier the Chinese navy has been known to be planning. “Visible through the clouds and mist is…

The Book On China You Need to Get

China often dominates the headlines in negative ways. As a teenager I remember looking at a cover of Time with a picture of China and exploration about how their rising economy will affect and maybe harm America. These types of articles tend to play well with the American public. China, with its mysterious history, hard to pronounce names, and distinct culture often provides equal parts of awe and confusion. This means that any story about a rising China, new military technology, strategy, or even aggression ends up being rather scary…