As Trump escalates China trade dispute, economic ties lose stabilizing force in matters of national security

Paul Sonne National security reporter focusing on the U.S. military May 19 at 2:59 PM The United States for years relied on economic interdependence with China as a stabilizing force in relations with Beijing, with business between the two nations forming what former treasury secretary Hank Paulson used to call the “ballast” in U.S.-China affairs. But as President Trump escalates his trade dispute with Chinese President Xi Jinping, there is a realization that those days are gone. The result is a reduced incentive for stability and restraint in Washington when…

SIMBEX begins in South China sea

Visakhapatnam: Indian Naval ships Kolkata and Shakti are taking part in the sea phase of the 26th edition of Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) -2019 commenced on Sunday in South China Sea. During the sea phase, IN ships along with long range maritime patrol aircraft P81 and ships of Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) Steadfast and Valiant, maritime patrol aircraft Fokker-50 and F-16 fighter aircraft perform various maritime combat drills as part of four-day exercise. The maritime combat drills include advanced aerial tracking, coordinated targeting and tactical exercises and…

Indian Navy: India, Singapore conduct naval drill in South China Sea

NEW DELHI: The navies of India and Singapore conducted their bilateral naval drill in the South China Sea on Sunday, the Navy said. The bilateral naval drill will be conducted till May 22. Indian Navy ships Kolkata and Shakti took part in the bilateral naval exercise with Singapore, along with long range maritime patrol aircraft Poseidon-8I (P8I). The Singapore side is to be represented by RSN ships Steadfast and Valiant, maritime patrol aircraft Fokker-50 (F-50) and F-16 fighter aircraft. On successful completion of IMDEX 19, a biennial maritime defence show,…

India, Singapore conduct naval drill in South China Sea

NEW DELHI: The navies of India and Singapore conducted their bilateral naval drill in the South China Sea on Sunday, the Navy said. The bilateral naval drill will be conducted till May 22. Indian Navy ships Kolkata and Shakti took part in the bilateral naval exercise with Singapore, along with long range maritime patrol aircraft Poseidon-8I (P8I). The Singapore side is to be represented by RSN ships Steadfast and Valiant, maritime patrol aircraft Fokker-50 (F-50) and F-16 fighter aircraft. On successful completion of IMDEX 19, a biennial maritime defence show,…

Making the extraordinary appear ordinary in Siem Reap City

JOHN ROZENTALS discovers plenty to do in Cambodia’s Siem Reap … as well as visit Angkor Wat. Siem Reap is a bustling, mid-sized city of about 150,000 in north-western Cambodia, not far from the northern edge of Tonlé Sap, an enormous lake which very nearly punctuates the flow of the mighty Mekong River on its flow to the South China Sea. It’s nothing out of the Asian ordinary – though compared to Australia anything there is quite extraordinary – and would hardly rate a place on the itinerary of many…

Tussle with US forcing China to seek support of smaller neighbours, says don

Malaysia is seeking an Asean solution to the dispute in South China Sea, where Chinese vessels have been seen frequently. (File pic) PETALING JAYA: China’s escalating rivalry with the United States has put pressure on it to seek support from its smaller neighbours but its initiative is likely to be met with resistance from Malaysia, a Chinese professor says. Zhang Mingliang, an associate professor specialising in South China Sea studies at Jinan University in Guangzhou, told South China Morning Post that with the immense pressure from the trade war with…

Japan: A trusted partner | Philstar.com

Conventional wisdom dictates that Southeast Asia has become a region caught between two powers – China and the United States. Another often repeated mantra is that China is now the main source of investments – especially infrastructure funds – in the region. Both conclusions are actually contestable. Any geopolitical observer will note that there is a third power that is quietly but effectively making its influence felt in the region. Japan is the third power that is actively wooing Southeast Asia. Ever since the rise of China, Japan has been…