My Turn: Mackubin Thomas Owens: U.S. confronts China’s provocations at sea – Opinion – providencejournal.com

As I argued in my April 16 Commentary piece (“China vs. a liberal world order”), the Peoples’ Republic of China (PRC) seeks to displace the United States as the leading power of the liberal international security order or to change the global system to its own benefit. It has sought to do so in a number of mutually reinforcing ways, employing all available tools: from trade to technology to military means. China has made it clear that it sees the United States as an adversary, if not an enemy. In…

Clarifying the provisions of our PH-US defense pact

  IN the wake of various incidents involving Philippine claims and interests in the South China Sea (SCS), that body of water west of the Philippines that separates us from China in the north, Vietnam in the west, and Brunei and Malaysia in the south, some Philippine officials have voiced a need to review the Mutual Defense Treaty between the US and the Philippines. Last Friday, US Ambassador Sung Kim, in a television interview, reiterated the US commitment to honor the provisions of the treaty which binds the two…

Beware of propaganda about boat ramming

Beware of propaganda about boat ramming A communist must be a good propagandist, Mao Zedong directed. So China’s communist rulers contrive lofty aims behind their schemes. Despite authoritarian and military might, they pretend to be underdogs. Beijing’s spin about its maritime militia’s ramming of a Filipino fishing boat follows the script. Supposedly in the dead of night of June 9, seven to eight Filipino craft ganged up on a lone Chinese vessel. In retreat the latter inadvertently hit fishing boat Gem-Ver 1, throwing 22 Filipino crewmen into the water.…

The ANC Brief: Changing tack

After initially using strong words to condemn the Reed Bank incident, it looks like the Palace is changing tack. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today: Lousy aim?The usually straight-shooting Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana will be in a forum today at 9 a.m. to talk about the Reed Bank incident. Will he walk back his initial strong statement on the incident some more? The Palace already expressed doubts over the statements of the Filipino fishermen. Sen. Ping Lacson came out swinging and expressed disappointment over President Duterte’s…

China’s expansionist designs – Northlines

Omkar Dattatray As is the history of China, it has expansionist designs and wants to expand its territorial limits but India which is a peace loving and tolerant nation does not believe in expansionist designs. From the times immemorial she has never nursed the designs of expanding its boundaries unlike its neighbor china which has expansionist designs on its sleeves. Imperialism or expansionist designs of china as it has eight borders but eighteen issues. We should know the countries that have territorial and border disputes with China. Japan is one…

Philippines has ‘opening’ to raise Recto Bank collision at ASEAN summit

Philippines has ‘opening’ to raise Recto Bank collision at ASEAN summit Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – June 18, 2019 – 1:02pm MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has a chance to raise the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel in the West Philippine Sea during the upcoming ASEAN Summit in Thailand. Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Junever Mahilum-West said the South China Sea, part of which is the West Philippine Sea, will be on the agenda of the summit this week. “During the exchange of views on…

Filipino fishermen to get new boats, financial aid after Reed Bank incident: Piñol

MANILA – The Filipino crew of a boat that figured in an allision with a Chinese ship near the Recto (Reed) Bank will receive new fishing boats, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said Tuesday. Eleven fishing boats with gears will be distributed to the 22 fishermen along with financial aid, Piñol told ABS-CBN News. The fishermen were abandoned at sea by a Chinese crew after sinking their boat, F/B GEM-VER, last June 9 in the West Philippine Sea, part of the disputed South China Sea. They were rescued by a Vietnamese…

 Clarifying  the provisions of  our PH-US defense pact  » Manila Bulletin News

Published June 19, 2019, 12:38 AM In the wake of  various  incidents involving Philippine claims and interests in the South China Sea (SCS), that  body of water west of the Philippines  that separates us from China in the north, Vietnam in the west, and Brunei and Malaysia in the south, some Philippine officials have  voiced a need to review the Mutual  Defense Treaty between the US and the Philippines. Last Friday, US Ambassador Sung  Kim, in a television interview,  reiterated the US commitment  to  honor the provisions of the treaty…

Asean Summit not the best venue for ‘maritime incident’

A FOREIGN affairs official said Tuesday, June 18, that the Asean Summit in Thailand would not be the best venue to discuss the Recto Bank “maritime incident” that left 22 Filipino fishermen in distress at sea. Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Junever Mahilum-West said there is an “opening” for President Rodrigo Duterte to raise the Recto Bank incident during the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit on June 22 to 23, 2019, but the summit might not be the proper venue. “Traditionally, ‘yung (the) summit is not the…