From island reclamations to illegal fishing to missile testing — what’s next?

The report about the missile testing of China in the West Philippine Sea is quite disturbing. This action is beyond international norms and must be stopped soonest. The Chinese do not own that area. The international community should not be silent on this development that was done on Philippine waters. This is not disputed anymore, because there’s a ruling by The Hague that the Philippines owns that territory. From the ramming incident of the Filipino fishing boat in Recto Bank, to illegal fishing operations, and now this missile test. A…

Australia watching Chinese ship spying on Talisman Saber war games

The Australian military is monitoring a Chinese surveillance vessel believed to have been sent to spy on the Talisman Saber war games being held along the coast of Queensland. The People’s Liberation Army Navy Type 815G Dongdiao-class Auxiliary General Intelligence (AGI) ship is now sailing toward Australia, presumably to observe the joint military exercises involving American, Australian, and Japanese forces, Australia’s ABC News reported, revealing that up to 25,000 troops will be participating in the “ high-end” warfighting exercises. “We’re tracking it,” Lt. Gen. Greg Bilton, Chief of Defense Joint…

The South China Sea of the Moon – American Greatness

If you want to control maritime traffic among the most populous nations on earth, you have to control the South China Sea. Over one-third of all global shipping passes through the South China Sea, transporting raw materials, fuel, and manufactured goods to and from the great economies of Asia: China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan. The South China Sea is also resource rich, with abundant fisheries and vast reserves of oil and gas waiting to be tapped beneath its shallow waters. On the surface of the new world of the 21st…

Chinese Thirst For Crude Oil Growing; Nearly Equals The Total Production Of Saudi Arabia

On July 2, 2019, Reuters news agency reported that the government agencies in China (PRC) provided additional import quotas of another 56.85 million tons of crude oil by the end of this year to their largest refiners including 33 private and 10 state or provincial refiners.  Vietnam-Russia Enter Into Joint Agreement To Explore Crude Oil in South China Sea The total amount of permitted import quotas for 2019 in the PRC will amount to 151 million tons, which is equivalent to 3.02 million barrels per day. Over the past four…

US: ‘We will never divorce’

US: ‘We will never divorce’ In one of my regular engagements with key people from the US Defense and State Departments, one of the officials from the Department of Defense half-jokingly told me: “We will never give you a divorce.” To which I replied: “That’s alright – we don’t have divorce in the Philippines anyway.” Obviously, this conversation uniquely underscores the fact that the United States will always look at the Philippines as an important part of their national defense and security strategy. The US needs us just as…