Asia is the new Middle East

Throughout the 2000s, a lot of attention was directed at various wars, civil wars, conflicts and friction in the Middle East. Some circles believe these ominous events in the Middle East are due to the existence of large oil reserves in the region, mainly in Arab countries. There are those who believe that certain parties, comprised of both insiders and outsiders, will not let Middle Eastern nations be fully independent and sovereign. In 2003, Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq was toppled by the U.S. with the main allegation against him…

Duterte and Abe come together to stand up to China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte latest visit to Japan, his third in less than three years, highlights the recent deepening of a long-standing strategic partnership. Bilateral relations have never been as good since the end of Second World War, amid a long-term convergence of strategic and economic interests between the two Asian countries. This blossoming relationship is driven not only by old-established mutual economic interests, but also the more recent upsurge of shared concerns over China’s maritime expansionism in the East China and the South China seas. Despite international criticism of…

South China Sea marine life in danger of collapse amid territorial dispute – expert

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 7) — Marine life in the disputed South China Sea is in danger of collapse unless claimant countries move to address the issue, a United States-based think tank said Friday. “The fish are gonna be dead pretty soon. And the Philippines is not gonna be handcuffed to an ASEAN-China code of conduct process with some indefinite end date that may or may not touch on these issues,” said Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative Executive Director Gregory Poling, who is in Manila to conduct a talk on the…

Carpio wants ‘truth movement’ to correct China’s claims on South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines — Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said Monday that Filipino communicators should take up the cudgels for the Philippines and help correct China’s ‘fake historical claim’ that they own almost the entire South China Sea because the Duterte administration is reluctant to do so. “We can call this present-day information campaign the South China Sea Truth Movement, a people’s movement using freedom of expression to explain the historical truth about the South China Sea,” Carpio said before graduates of the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication. “We can…

France’s as an Indo-Pacific Power: Making the Case

Unlike other far-flung powers, France emphasizes its massive Indo-Pacific exclusive economic zone and constellation of territories. French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly made a splash with her speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore at the start of the month. As Abhijnan Rej, The Diplomat’s new South Asian security contributor, noted in a recent column, she presented a call to action that was “trenchant, humorous, and combative.” Parly reminded the dialogue that she wasn’t in Singapore alone: She’d brought the FS Charles de Gaulle, the French Navy’s only…

Drifting in South China Sea for 80 hours, S’pore diving enthusiast stayed sane by talking to his watch and life buoy, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Forty hours after Singaporean John Low’s boat sank and he found himself drifting aimlessly on a ring buoy from Malaysian waters to the South China Sea, he decided to strip himself of his clothes. The T-shirt, shorts and underwear he had on were rubbing against his badly sunburnt skin and it got so painful he couldn’t bear it anymore. He stripped. For the next 40 hours before he was rescued by a passing ship, Mr Low, 60, floated naked in the sea. His body was at the mercy…

South China Sea: Philippine Coast Guard Spots PLAN Warship Off Scarborough Shoal

The warship was accompanied by China Coast Guard and maritime militia vessels. A Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy warship has been seen near Scarborough Shoal, a disputed feature in the South China Sea claimed by the Philippines and China. According to Cmd. Armand Balilo, a spokesperson for the Philippine Coast Guard, on Monday, a PLAN vessel was seen within 7 to 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Shoal. Since a 2012 standoff between Beijing and Manila, China has maintained a constant presence at the disputed shoal, mainly in the form of…