Rockall, Ireland and Scotland

Sir, – Alex Massie’s contribution on Rockall was as disingenuous as one would expect from a staff member of the Tory Spectator magazine (“Scotland stupefied at Irish reaction to Rockall row”, Opinion & Analysis, June 12th). He should note that another London newspaper, the Economist, addressed this very issue some years ago. Its primary view would agree with the Irish position that an uninhabitable piece of rock in the middle of the ocean should not have its own economic zone. At a second level, it examined the four competing claims…

US aircraft carrier and Japanese warships sail together in South China Sea

The Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) participated in a cooperative deployment with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships JS Izumo (DH-183), JS Murasame (DD-101) and JS Akebono (DD-108) June 10-12, 2019. Reagan, Akebono, Izumo and Murasame conducted communication checks, tactical maneuvering drills and liaison officer exchanges designed to address common maritime security priorities and enhance interoperability at sea. “Having a Japanese liaison officer aboard to coordinate our underway operations has been beneficial and efficient,” said Lt. Mike Malakowsky, a tactical actions officer aboard Ronald Reagan. “As…

In Brewing Strategic U.S.-China Competition in Asia, the United States can get by with a Little Help from its Friends

For the past ten years or so, officials from China and the United States have carefully avoided the moniker ‘rivalry’ to describe their relationship. Nevertheless, the two nations have been engaging in increasingly high stakes competitions in many arenas, notably for influence in the Asia-Pacific region. This was on full display at the recent Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. China Minister of Defense Wei Fenghe warned against outside countries interfering in China’s affairs, and United States acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan reaffirmed the United States’ intention to maintain its strategic…

Filipino fishing boat sunk by suspected Chinese vessel in the South China Sea

A Filipino fishing boat carrying 22 fishermen sank after being hit by a suspected Chinese vessel in the South China Sea, ratcheting up tensions in the disputed area. Teodoro Locsin Jr., the Philippines’ foreign secretary, revealed Thursday he had filed a diplomatic protest the previous day. In wake of the attack, there were calls from some politicians for President Rodrigo Duterte to recall the Philippine ambassador and consuls in China. The boat, identified as F/B Gimver 1, sank Sunday night after being hit at Reed Bank off the western Philippine province…

Could China’s rise to power really be ‘peaceful’ and different to anything we’ve ever seen before? – China power

Posted June 15, 2019 05:07:35 China has developed at an unprecedented rate since opening up 40 years ago, lifting some 850 million people out of poverty and has becoming one of the largest contributors to global economic growth. Key points: China’s “peaceful rise” policy was initially introduced to counter perceptions of a “China threat” Huawei and the South China Sea have raised concerns about a “peaceful” rise Analysts say a power shift from the US to China in the Asia-Pacific is “inevitable” Beijing has long maintained its rise will be…

F-35 jets: ‘Naive’ UK lets Chinese-owned firm make key parts for top-secret warplanes | UK | News

Exception PCB is a Chinese circuit board manufacturer based in Gloucestershire and provides boards that “control many of the F-35’s core capabilities”, Ministry of Defence (MoD) publicity material states. The document also states the firm includes work on “its engines, lighting, fuel and navigation systems”. When quizzed on their Chinese ownership by Sky News, the MoD said Exception PCB is an established circuit board manufacturer and presents “no risk” to the F-35 US-UK fighter jet supply chain. But defence experts, which includes former defence ministers, are concerned a Chinese-owned company…

Tensions flare from Philippines over ‘hit and run’

Tensions have flared in the South China Sea after a Chinese fishing vessel collided with a Filipino boat and left 22 men on board to drown. The 22 Filipino men were left floating at sea before they were rescued by a Vietnamese boat, sparking fury from President Rodrigo Duterte. Mr Duterte, who has sought closer ties to with Beijing since his rise to power, was “outraged” over the “hit-and-run” incident, according to the South China Morning Post. “We will not allow ourselves to be assaulted, to be bullied, to be…

Demand compensation from China for PH boat sinking – Carpio

Filipinos should ‘send a strong signal’ that ramming Filipino vessels ‘will mean a break of diplomatic ties with China,’ says Justice Antonio Carpio Published 12:11 AM, June 15, 2019 Updated 12:21 AM, June 15, 2019 SURVIVORS. Fishermen of F/B Gem-vir, the Philippine boat sunk by a Chinese vessel, reunite with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler MANILA, Philippines – One of the Philippines’ staunchest defenders of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) urged…

What Are China’s Intentions in Antarctica?

In 2019, the world is celebrating 60 years of the Antarctic Treaty, which was signed by 12 countries on December 1, 1959. For six decades, the Antarctic Treaty and its related agreements, known as the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS), have successfully ensured peace and devoted the whole continent to science. The ATS proved to be resilient, but also has not seen any significant development since the 1990s, when the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (Madrid Protocol) was adopted to ban mining in Antarctica. The ATS is now…