Beijing Shouldn’t Treat Vietnam Like The Philippines

Beijing shouldn’t treat Vietnam the same way it treats the Philippines. When it comes to the South China Sea disputes, that is. It won’t work, and it won’t help the economic integration of the region either. Vietnam doesn’t see a “friend” in China, the same way President Rodrigo Duterte does. That’s the message Hanoi sent to Beijing this week by deploying its forces to confront Chinese vessels, which entered disputed territories. Vietnam, Philippines, and China Shares Koyfin   Beijing has scored a big diplomatic victory in recent years. It has…

Why I Got Crushed In a Simulated South China Sea Battle

Kyle Mizokami Security, Asia It was bad. China Wins the War: Why I Got Crushed In a Simulated South China Sea Battle The worst part — the Chinese didn’t even have to use missiles to defeat the Americans. The year is 2016, and two of the U.S. Navy’s latest ships are backing a key ally in the tinderbox of the South China Sea. They’re facing down the Chinese navy halfway across the world with the latest weapons and systems the United States can get its hands on. But is it…

China shuns war in South China Sea- foreign ministry spokesman

By Kris Crismundo, PNA BEIJING — Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said on Tuesday China does not want any escalation of tensions that may lead to war in the South China Sea. In a discussion with journalists participating in this year’s China International Press Communication Center’s program, Lu said China promotes engaging in coordination and communication with countries claiming the South China Sea such as the Philippines, Malaysia, and Vietnam to de-escalate tensions and avoid war. But he also noted that any government cannot compromise on sovereignty and territory issues.…

What are the best sailing adventure books? Classic reads about life on the high seas | Outdoor & Extreme

If you want inspiration to head out to sea in search of adventure, it isn’t hard to find books full of tales of dramatic marine experiences. Here is just a small list of the many books you might dive into, to help inspire your next expedition into the blue expanse. The Last Grain Race A young Eric Newby, eager for adventure, signed up for the 1938 grain run, in which ships sailed to Australia from the UK to pick up the harvest and then raced back to sell it. It…

‘Verbal agreement could be binding if declared at SONA’

MANILA, Philippines — The supposed verbal fishing agreement made by President Duterte with China will become binding if he mentions it in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 22, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio warned yesterday. “The moment he makes that statement in the SONA, it is a final confirmation that that verbal agreement is now a legal agreement binding on the Philippines and China,” Carpio said at a forum hosted by Stratbase ADR. Discussed at the forum was the ruling issued exactly three years…

Senior U.S. diplomat says Japan alliance will “change constantly”

The top U.S. diplomat for East Asia said Saturday that the form of Washington’s alliance with Japan will “change constantly” amid altering regional security situations. “Alliance relationships are not static,” David Stilwell, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, told a press conference at the U.S. military’s Misawa Air Base in the northeastern Japan prefecture of Aomori, when asked about his views on recent remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump that the U.S.-Japan alliance is unequal. Stilwell said the relationship “will need to adapt” to…

2020 Coffers, Cash-Strapped NRA, Epstein’s Digs: Weekend Reads

(Bloomberg) — Want to receive this post in your inbox every day? Sign up for the Balance of Power newsletter, and follow Bloomberg Politics on Twitter and Facebook for more. A gap is emerging between the top tier of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates and those likely to be viewed as also-rans, and the powerful U.S. gun lobby is using some creative accounting to report a spike in income. Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein has traded his luxurious mansions for a jail cell in New York. And workers across the world are finding new ways to adapt to the pressures…