Beijing Is Upping The Game, As Manila Keeps On Paying For Duterte’s Flip-Flops

© 2019 Bloomberg Finance LP China has upped the game in the South China Sea lately by allegedly testing missile launches from disputed territories. That’s according to a Reuters report, quoting Pentagon sources, saying “a recent Chinese missile launch in the disputed South China Sea was ‘disturbing’ and contrary to Chinese pledges that it would not militarize the disputed waterway.” A Global Times editorial China has denied the Pentagon’s claim. Sort of. “The Global Times learned that the PLA had already announced that it would conduct military exercises in the South…

Heads of U.S. And Chinese Navies Discuss Decreasing South China Sea Risks

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson meets with People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Commander Vice Adm. Shen Jinlong and other senior Chinese defense officials at the PLAN headquarters in Beijing on Jan. 14, 2019. US Navy Photo As officials in Washington and Beijing charged each other with ratcheting-up the militarization of the South China Sea recently, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson discussed ways to decrease risk in the region during a video teleconference with his counterpart from China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy, Vice Adm. Shen Jinlong. The…

The Limits of the Alliance Between China and Russia

China’s President Xi Jinping recently visited Russia to attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), a Russian economic forum that hosts various important global economic players, to discuss “the key economic issues facing Russia, emerging markets and the world as a whole.” He was also there to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the two countries’ bilateral ties by holding talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Although it was Xi’s first trip to Russia in 2019, the visit to Russia came at a time of tensions between China and the…

Unprecedented | Philstar.com

The latest SWS survey shows President Rodrigo Duterte garnering an 80% satisfaction rating at the midpoint of his term. That is unprecedented.  Those who wish the President’s political base would somehow evaporate with constant drumming about surrendering sovereignty or waging a bloody war on drugs are spitting against the wind. They are wishing against the evidence. There are large trends that could not be reversed. Poverty incidence is down dramatically. Unemployment is climbing down as well. Social services, such as free tertiary education and universal health care, are forthcoming.  Despite…

Shipwrecks of WWII submarines mysteriously vanish

Two submarines wrecked off the coast of Malaysia during World War II have mysteriously disappeared. The pair of Dutch vessels have lain largely undisturbed for nearly 80 years – but vanished late last week. All that now remains of the submarines are broken scraps and their outlines in the sand. The ships were part of the Dutch war effort, and were sunk during operations in the South China Sea. Both the K XVII and the O 16 submarines sailed right into a Japanese line of mines, killing almost all crew…

China’s maritime aggression should strengthen US-Philippine alliance

Manila and Washington will officially commence the annual review of their mutual defense treaty in late July, in what is likely be the most important review of its kind in a generation. The allies are seeking to recalibrate their century-old alliance to new security challenges, headed by the threat from China. And there is a growing sense of strategic urgency. The June 9 incident in Reed Bank, where a suspected Chinese militia vessel sunk a Filipino vessel in the South China Sea, has strengthened calls for a stronger Philippine-U.S. alliance.…

White couple evicted tenant over black visitors

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal lawsuit accuses a white Georgia couple of evicting a white tenant because she invited a black family to the home she was renting. The lawsuit filed Wednesday says Patricia and Allen McCoy used racial slurs when telling Victoria Sutton to leave the home in Adairsville, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) northwest of Atlanta. Reached by phone, Patricia McCoy said she hadn’t seen the lawsuit. She said they evicted Sutton because she was nasty, destructive and had a cat when she’d been told no pets were…

Scientists say rising seas will break flooding records

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Federal scientists predict 40 places in the U.S. will experience higher than normal rates of so-called sunny day flooding this year due to rising sea levels and an abnormal El Nino weather system. A report released Wednesday by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that sunny day flooding, also known as tidal flooding, will continue to increase. “Annual flood records are expected to be broken again next year and for years and decades to come from (sea-level) rise,” the report read. “Flooding that decades…

China threat: Treating China as ‘enemy’ risks ‘disaster’, diplomat tells US | World | News

Li Yucheng, foreign vice-minister, stressed the dangers during the World Peace Forum at Tsinghua University in Beijing, which was attended by academics and diplomats. Mr Yucheng said: “Polarisation between the rich and the poor, the ageing of infrastructure – all of those have their own causes – but China is not the scapegoat. “Treating China as an enemy is not rational – it is very stupid and could lead to disastrous consequences.” During his speech, he referred to concerns passed on to him by academics and diplomats who he said…