Duterte calls for US to attack China over South China Sea dispute

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte called on the U.S.’s Seventh Fleet to engage Chinese forces in the South China Sea on Monday, arguing that America should support the Philippines with military force if China does not respect international shipping lanes. CNN reported that Duterte made the comments to reporters Monday night, telling journalists that the U.S. should “bomb everything” controlled by China in the region unless China’s government cedes control of the Spratly Islands and other land masses in the area over which the country claims control. “I want the whole seventh…

On the South China Sea incident

On the South China Sea incident (The Freeman) – July 9, 2019 – 12:00am The incident in the South China Sea in which a Chinese ship rammed a Filipino fishing boat had caused so much controversy. Some sectors are so enraged by the incident and blamed the crew of the Chinese ship for intentionally doing it. Maybe and maybe not. President Duterte is right when he said that we must not rush to conclusion, only after a thorough and full-blown investigation we can arrive at a clear knowledge and…

China to boost Pacific military presence

Scott Morrison has made a hallmark of his prime ministership the “Pacific step up“, with Australia seeking to enhance its diplomatic and defence ties with the region. China denied last year it was seeking to establish a military presence in Vanuatu, while Australia and the US have pledged to develop a joint naval base on Manus Island in response to concerns that Papua New Guinea was slipping into China’s orbit. Chinese President Xi Jinping has made the BRI a signature issue to promote trade and infrastructure but it has been…

ASPI’s Paul Dibb calls for missile, submarine boost in defence review

news, federal-politics, Paul Dibb, Australian Defence Force, mobilisation strategy review, Australian Strategic Policy Institute Another of Australia’s leading defence strategists has warned the nation must boosts its stocks of missiles and submarines, in light of the growing threat from China. Former Defence Department deputy secretary and Australian National University emeritus professor Paul Dibb said with the expansion of China’s military capabilities, Australia was facing an increased prospect of threat from a major power for the first time since the Second World War. Professor Dibb said China’s military presence in the…

Duterte Blasts U.S. Using Philippines as ‘Bait’ for China

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte condemned the United States for allegedly “egging” his government into a war with China, daring Washington to attack Beijing and promising only a supporting role for his country, Philippine outlets reported on Sunday. Duterte is facing significant national backlash from opposition politicians over his refusal to challenge China after the violent sinking of a Philippine fishing ship by a Chinese vessel in sovereign Philippine waters in the South China Sea. Duterte called the hit-and-run sinking a “little maritime accident” and refused to demand that China leave the country’s water. He also suggested sharing Philippine fishing…

A Triennial Victory | BusinessWorld

The undulation of Philippine sovereignty in the historically labeled South China Sea is becoming more turbulent. And as the Duterte presidency reaches its three-year mark, the arbitral ruling on the contested waters is also approaching its triennial. On July 12, 2016, the Hague ruling accorded to the Philippine government the legal victory over the disputed territory. Legally (and as common sense dictates), China does not have a sole claim on the disputed waters, especially without considering the interests of other parties such as Vietnam, Malaysia, Borneo, Brunei, and Indonesia. As…

Duterte Warns US: ‘We Can Never Win a War With China’

World 15:58 08.07.2019Get short URL Beijing currently controls the vast majority of islands in the South China Sea, which are also claimed by a number of other nations in the region, including Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. The US regularly conducts “freedom of navigation” missions in the area. Speaking at the opening of Chen Yi Agventures Rice Processing Centre in Alangalang, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Washington about possible consequences should a conflict with Beijing break out over the South China Sea. “There is always America…