Carpio rebuts Duterte, offers ways to enforce Hague ruling

Published 10:37 PM, July 14, 2019 Updated 6:37 AM, July 15, 2019 DEFENDERS. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Ambassador Albert del Rosario attend the Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute’s forum on the third anniversary of the Hague ruling on the South China Sea on July 12, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio urged the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to stop its “defeatist attitude” toward asserting the country’s rights against China in the West Philippine Sea. Carpio said…

The conflicted course of Canberra’s China consensus

The comfortable Canberra consensus on how to handle China has boiled over. A set of simmering debates have become extremely hot. Australia was long able to keep its economic relationship with China in the prosperity pot, separate from strategic and alliance interests in the pot marked power. Now there’s much heat in the kitchen. One of our sharpest strategic thinkers, Rod Lyon, remarks on the ‘surprising degree of unanimity’ that marked the consensus in the 1990s and 2000s: ‘China’s rise offered a grand set of economic benefits to Australia at…

Defence chief sounds climate warning

This is despite Pacific leaders talking repeatedly of its importance amid rising sea levels and increasingly frequent natural disasters. At the same time, China has sought to extend its influence into the Pacific through state-backed loans, greater spending on infrastructure and a larger naval presence. While not naming China, General Campbell said the potential for territorial expansion could be opened up if smaller islands were abandoned as a result of rising sea levels. “If other states see the opportunity to occupy uninhabited spaces then it could introduce new tension into…

Japan increases military-related support to Fiji

July 14 (UPI) — Japan is expanding defense cooperation and exchange with Fiji in the South Pacific, after donating $2.3 million in aid to help Fijians recover from natural disasters. Sankei Shimbun reported Sunday Japan’s self-defense forces are to engage in “capacity-building assistance” to the Oceanian country, a program that includes long-term education and training recipient countries. According to Japan’s defense ministry, the objective of CBA is to utilize the capabilities of Tokyo’s self-defense forces in order to “stabilize and improve the international security environment in order to secure Japan’s…

PLA’s Alleged S. China Sea Missile Tests Sent US Message That ‘It’s Too Late to Catch Up’ – Report

In early July, the Pentagon accused China of conducting multiple anti-ship ballistic missile tests in the South China Sea in late June. The Chinese military confirmed that it had issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) warning in several areas, but insisted that it was conducting live fire drills, not testing missiles. If they took place, China’s alleged missile tests in an area of the South China Sea closed off by a NOTAM warning from June 29 and July 3 were designed to send several messages to the United States, defence…