Tsinoy biz group gives P1.4M to crew, owner of ill-fated boat

‘FILIPINOS HELPING FILIPINOS’ The Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc., led by its president Henry Lim Bon Liong (fourth from left, seated), shows two checks for P1.45 million the business and civic group donated to the 22 fishermen and the owner of the FB Gem-Ver 1, which sank on June 9 near Recto Bank in the South China Sea after it was rammed by a Chinese trawler. —NIÑO JESUS ORBETA In a gesture of support for President Duterte’s handling of the maritime incident at Recto Bank…

Southeast Asian Leaders Report Progress on South China Sea Proposal

Southeast Asian leaders reported new progress in talks aimed at creating an agreement to prevent conflict in the South China Sea. Leaders from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN met last weekend in Bangkok, Thailand. The talks centered on security, trade and territorial issues related to the disputed South China Sea. ASEAN and China began talks in 2002 to negotiate a nonaggression agreement called the “code of conduct.” It is to reduce tensions and prevent armed clashes in the South China Sea. Four ASEAN nations have territorial…

De Lima Supports US Bill Sanctioning China For Illegal Activities In WPS – PAGEONE

Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has expressed support for a measure in the US Senate seeking to impose sanctions on China for illegal and dangerous activities in the South China Sea (SCS), locally referred to as the West Philippine Sea (WPS). De Lima said she hopes for the swift deliberation of the US legislation, especially during these times when China continues to encroach on territory considered by international law as Philippine waters or as part of the Philippines Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). “Amid China’s continued military activities on the…

The Reality of Moving Away from Non-Alignment to Multi-Alignment

When India gave up being a non-aligned country and claimed that it now believes in being multi-aligned, it appeared as something refreshingly new. Now that more than two decades have passed, it becomes clear that the movement from non-alignment to multi-alignment has not been as smooth or untroubled as it was made out to be. India’s economic reforms in 1991 were accompanied by a move away from non-alignment. It was then held that this would unleash the ‘animal spirit’ of capitalism and make India prosperous and powerful. We were not…

Explainer: U.S.-China trade war – the levers each country can pull

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will seek to revive talks to end a trade war when they meet on Saturday on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit in Japan. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping meet business leaders at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo The session will be the first time they have met since the last G20 summit in late November in Buenos Aires. Negotiations between…

China’s Liberal Hawk: Yan Xuetong’s Vision for Chinese Benevolent Dominance

Reviewing the noted Chinese foreign policy thinker’s latest book. By Pär Nyrén for The Diplomat June 28, 2019 China is approaching the end of an era. During the last decade, and particularly since General Secretary Xi Jinping took on leadership of China’s party-state apparatus in 2012, liberal hopes about China’s political and economic trajectory have been replaced with gloomy projections. After decades of “reform and opening,” China’s economic liberalizations have stalled, civil liberties are being rolled back, and Xi’s removal of presidential term limits marked the end of power-sharing at…

US-China tensions — unmanned military craft raise risk of war

The immediate danger from militarized artificial intelligence isn’t hordes of killer robots, nor the exponential pace of a new arms race. As recent events in the Strait of Hormuz indicate, the bigger risk is the fact that autonomous military craft make for temping targets — and increase the potential for miscalculation on and above the high seas. While less provocative than planes, vehicles, or ships with human crew or troops aboard, unmanned systems are also perceived as relatively expendable. Danger arises when they lower the threshold for military action. It…

Duterte pushes SC Sea code; Poverty drops by 12% — SWS » Manila Bulletin News

Updated June 28, 2019, 5:16 PM PUNCHLINE By FRED M. LOBO Fred M. Lobo President Duterte has pushed for the speedy completion of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. Let us maintain peace and stability in the region, he urged. *** The President stressed that the proposed code of conduct would help avoid incidents like the recent Recto Bank collision involving a Chinese vessel and Filipino fishing boat which is now the subject of an inquiry. No more irritants, please, he said. *** Southeast Asian leaders have…

Rethinking Taiwan’s Claims in the South China Sea

When Chinese core leader Xi Jinping first announced his “China dream of national rejuvenation” in November 2012, he hoped to vanquish memories of “the century of humiliation” at the hands of Western powers and Japan. Beginning with the First Opium War in 1839 and closing with the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949, that century saw the waters around China fill with foreign battleships vying for control of Chinese territory. Following the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, Beijing has built formidable defense forces…