Leni on seeking 2022 presidency: Everything is possible

Leni on seeking 2022 presidency: Everything is possible Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) – June 27, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Addressing the country’s present problems is Vice President Leni Robredo’s top priority, not the 2022 presidential elections. While she did not rule out the possibility of running for the country’s top post, Robredo maintained the presidency is a matter of destiny. “Everything is possible. But it’s not something that is planned, I think it’s destiny,” Robredo said after she was asked on her possible 2022 presidential bid.…

Duterte claims earlier deal with Xi allows China to fish in Recto Bank

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 26) — President Rodrigo Duterte cited a previous agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping which allows Beijing to fish in Recto Bank. In a speech before members of the Presidential Security Group on Monday, the President said he and Xi agreed that China will no longer block fishermen from Scarborough Shoal — the subject of a standoff in 2012 — in exchange for permit to fish in Recto Bank, also known as Reed Bank. “Will you allow the Chinese to fish? Of course. ‘Yan ang…

China hopes to beat America’s armed forces by copying them

OVER THE PAST decade, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been lavished with money and weaponry. Chinese military spending rose by 83% between 2009 and 2018, by far the largest growth spurt of any big country. This splurge has enabled China to deploy precision missiles and anti-satellite weapons that challenge America’s supremacy in the western Pacific. China’s leader, Xi Jinping, says his “Chinese dream” includes a “dream of a strong armed forces”. That, he says, involves “modernising” the PLA by 2035 and making it “world-class”—in other words, America-beating—by mid-century. He…

Securing the Indian Ocean sea-lanes

Recently published figures on global exports of countries are interesting. China, whose exports were less than India’s in 1948, is today the world’s largest exporter, with annual exports of $1.99 trillion. Even the US lags behind China, with annual exports of $1.46 trillion. India, with annual exports of $268.6 billion, ranks twentieth — behind Singapore and Taiwan. Those who believe that India can match China’s regional influence, on its own, should remember these facts. India will have to be measured and realistic in seeking to balance Chinese power across the…

De Lima backs US senators move to sanction China for militarization of South China Sea

Last updated Jun 22, 2019 POLITIKO – The bible of Philippine Politics Senator Leila M. de Lima is backing efforts by United States Senators to impose sanctions on China for illegal and dangerous activities in the West Philippine Sea (WPS). “Amid China’s continued military activities on the South China Sea that threatens the security of the Philippines and the entire ASEAN region, I hope that this US Senate bill sanctioning China for any illegal activities in the contested waters can be passed into law soon and finally stop China from…

Malaysia to keep pushing for sustainable South China Sea – Nation

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will continue to advocate and strengthen maritime and oceanographic research for a sustainable South China Sea as many nations sharing the sea depend on its living and non-living natural resources for food, trade, transport, tourism and security. The Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry’s deputy secretary-general (Science, Technology and Innova­tion) Dr Mohd Nor Azman Hassan said this in his speech at the opening of the 3rd South China Sea Conference 2019 (SCS2019) here yesterday. The text of the speech was read out by Industry Division…

Chinese vessels spotted near Pagasa anew

Chinese vessels spotted near Pagasa anew Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) – June 27, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Dozens of Chinese fishing boats are once again being monitored near the Philippine-occupied Pag-asa Island, a senior security official disclosed yesterday. It could not be ascertained if the Chinese fishing vessels were part of the same flotilla of more than 250 that converged near Pag-asa in May, apparently to monitor and intimidate Filipino contractors building a beaching ramp and safe harbor in the island town. Foreign and local defense…

China’s aircraft carrier passes near Guam | Guam News

China deployed its aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, to an area in the Philippine Sea close to Guam last week, according to various reports in both Taiwan and Chinese media. Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post reports that “the Liaoning strike group’s latest voyage began earlier this month, when the ships sailed through Japan’s Miyako Strait, then passed the U.S. territory of Guam and the Philippines before entering the disputed South China Sea.” The Taiwan News newspaper reports the Liaoning passed through the Taiwan Strait Tuesday on its way back to…