In Global Tech Battle, a Balky U.S. Ally Chooses China

MANILA—The U.S.-China technology war is raging around the world, but the Philippines is no longer torn. It is binding its telecommunications future to China’s. The country got its first taste of next-generation 5G services in late June with gear supplied by Huawei Technologies Co. This month, a new carrier backed by state-owned China Telecommunications Corp. will begin rolling out a network largely designed in China, to be executed by Chinese engineers in the Philippines. The moves are a blow to the U.S., which has in recent months pushed allies to…

Most Pinoys want Chinese fishermen destroying West Philippine Sea resources arrested — SWS

Most Pinoys want Chinese fishermen destroying West Philippine Sea resources arrested — SWS Ian Nicolas Cigaral (Philstar.com) – July 12, 2019 – 5:54pm MANILA, Philippines — Majority of Filipinos want the government to “arrest and prosecute” Chinese fishermen destroying the marine wealth in the West Philippine Sea, a new Social Weather Stations survey released Friday found. Results of a June 22-26 poll of 1,200 adults nationwide showed 63% strongly agreeing and 24% “somewhat” agreeing that the Philippine government should apprehend Chinese poachers causing destruction in the resource-rich waters. Meanwhile,…

There’s a crisis unfolding in Asia. The U.S. is the only actor that can fix it.

Evan S. Medeiros is a professor in Asian Studies at Georgetown University and previously served on the National Security Council staff during the Obama administration. There is a crisis unfolding in Asia, and few are paying attention. Not least the U.S. government, which is probably the only actor that can fix it. Two of the United States’ core allies — Japan and South Korea — have become deeply estranged. Earlier this month, the bickering broke out into a nasty trade war. The conflict threatens not only the U.S. alliance network…

China to Slap Sanctions on US Firms Selling Arms to Taiwan

“To safeguard our national interests, China will impose sanctions on the US enterprises involved in the above-mentioned arms sales to Taiwan.” China has threatened to impose sanctions on American companies that sell weapons to Taiwan, saying that such sales violate international laws. Last Monday, Washington announced it had approved arms sales to Taipei worth $2.2 billion, including Raytheon-manufactured 250 Stinger missiles and 108 General Dynamics Corp M1A2T Abrams tanks. , The Guardian reported. “To safeguard our national interests, China will impose sanctions on the U.S. enterprises involved in the above-mentioned…

China responds with renewed A2/AD missile tests

An artists impression of a DF-21 anti-ship ballistic missile attack on a US Carrier Strike Group (Source Xinhua) While the US, Australian and Japanese militaries conduct high intensity combat operations in and around north Queensland, rising power China has responded with a series of anti-ship, anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) tests in the western Pacific – raising the stakes for the allied nations. Since the end of the Second World War, Western power has been dominated heavily by maritime power projection assets like the aircraft carrier and their supporting strike groups – recognising this, particularly…

From salami-style to silent war » Manila Bulletin News

Published July 16, 2019, 12:11 AM MERRY-GO-ROUND By FLORO L. MERCENE Floro L. Mercene Many people call the act many names; salami style, silent intrusion, creeping invasion, slicing cabbage, and now; Silent War. Whatever name one calls it, the result is always the same: China’s slow, surreptitious but effective occupation of the contested areas in the South China Sea. Various means are employed to attain such moves: harassment, intimidation, ramming, or confiscation of catch. Their most effective was reclamation. Using the most sophisticated, and largest dredger on the planet, China,…

Most Filipinos think it’s important for PH to regain control of territories invaded by China

An overwhelming majority of Filipinos believe that it’s important for the Philippine government to take back its territories China has occupied, a survey released by Social Weather Stations revealed on Wednesday. Conducted from June 22 to 26, the SWS survey found that 93 percent of respondents said that it’s important for the Philippines to regain those territories. Seventy-four percent said that it was “very important” while 19 percent said it was “somewhat important.” Photo: Social Weather Stations’ website This latest survey shows that more people now believe it’s important to…

Major Chinese Military Drills Near Taiwan May Be ‘Tailored’ to Scare ‘Secessionists’ Following U.S. Weapons Deal, State Media Says

Major Chinese military drills held along the country’s southeast coast may have been designed as a threat to pro-independence forces in Taiwan, as tensions between the two nations mount amid a new weapons deal with the U.S. The state-backed Global Times newspaper—in which the ruling Communist Party often airs its more hawkish sentiments—said Monday that the military exercises could be connected to the proposed $2.2 billion U.S.-Taiwan arms deal approved by the State Department last week. Global Times cited China’s defense ministry which said the drills may have involved all…

3 years on, China barely observing arbitration ruling

West Philippine Sea (2015). / SOURCED PHOTO MANILA, Philippines — Three years since the Philippines won its maritime case against China over the South China Sea, the Asian behemoth has been in compliance with just two of the 11 parts of the ruling. Friday marked the third year since the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, ruling on a case brought by the Philippines, declared invalid China’s claim to nearly the entire South China Sea. In time for the anniversary, Washington-based think tank Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative released an…