‘China version on WPS exploration superior’

‘China version on WPS exploration superior’ MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said he has accepted China’s version of the Terms of Reference (TOR) on joint oil and gas exploration in the West Philippine Sea, calling it “superior to our own.” On Twitter last Tuesday, Locsin said “everything going well” in negotiations for joint exploration and that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which he wrote – and was signed by Manila and Beijing – would serve as “architecture” for future talks on oil exploration. “There is…

Duterte dares US to declare war against China

As he faces increasing pressure from critics to protect the Philippines’ territories from China’s aggression, President Rodrigo Duterte dared the United States on Friday to declare war against the Asian superpower and said that he would follow their lead if they do so. Duterte said this in a public speech delivered during the opening of a rice processing plant in Alangalang, Leyte. The president started his diatribe against the U.S. by accusing its government of allegedly encouraging the Philippines to declare war against China. “There’s always America pushing us, egging us,…

India must work with the Quad and pull in more members

Two Indian navy ships joined ships from the navies of Japan, the Philippines and the US to sail through the South China Sea on May 2-8, 2019, while conducting joint training exercises. A few days later, ships from the navies of India and Singapore conducted a similar drill. China claims most of the South China Sea as its own territory and has been flexing its military muscle in the area, much to the consternation of the littoral states. In November 2017, President Donald Trump had repeatedly used the term ‘Indo-Pacific’…

How US and Australia can learn from World War II battle

In early July 1944, on a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean, the United States clinched a devastating defeat over Japan in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. Some 29,000 Japanese troops, almost the entire force Tokyo put on Saipan, in the Northern Marianas, were killed. US losses totalled almost 3,000 dead and more than 10,000 wounded. It was a pivotal moment in the war. Soon after the Battle of Saipan, the US took the nearby islands of Tinian and Guam. On all three islands, the US…

The China Syndrome | INQUIRER.net USA

Damaged fishing boat Gem-Ver 1 after ramming by Chinese vessel. INQUIRER NEW YORK—On the night of June 9, a fishing boat—the Gem-Ver I, owned and operated by Filipinos—was operating in the waters off Spratly Islands, well within the coastal waters claimed by the Republic of the Philippines, and a three-day sail from Mindoro. Inexplicably, even though the waters were hardly crowded, the Gem-Ver I was rammed by a steel-hulled Chinese trawler, knocking out its radio and causing it to sink. The Chinese then took off, not bothering to rescue the…

Persistent Problems with the Gray Zone and an Old Way Forward

None of the views expressed below reflect the position or policy of CNA or any of its sponsors. One could be forgiven for thinking that the gray zone debate ended because of all that it achieved. When the debate was in full swing several years ago, enthusiasts and skeptics of the gray zone concept generally agreed that the term was ill-defined and “stretched to the breaking point.” Most analysts have since acknowledged the gray zone’s conceptual challenges, and a few have sought to directly address them. It is in no…

How could it happen? — RT Op-ed

Mikhail Khodarenok, military commentator for RT.com. He is a retired colonel. He served as an officer at the main operational directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces. The Arctic’s ice cover is melting, which presents new economic opportunities for the Arctic states, while also making the competition between them stiffer. Can these opposing interests lead to a large-scale war in the region? The fight for the resource-rich region now involves not just the Arctic Ocean countries –the US, Russia, Canada, Norway, and Denmark– but powers from other…

Naval Deployments, Exercises, and the Geometry of Strategic Partnerships in the Indo-Pacific

By David Scott From March to June 2019 naval diplomacy and an underlying strategic geometry was on show as India, Australia, France, and Japan deployed across and around the Indo-Pacific. All of them were involved in operating with each other, with the U.S., and with other actors in the region like Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) in particular was a recurring theme throughout the exercises. Indian Deployments India carried out significant deployments in the Indian Ocean, in the shape of the AUSINDEX exercises with Australia in April…