Philippines Could Put Hotels on South China Sea Island

Philippine officials say they may put hotels on an island that the country claims in the disputed South China Sea. Experts say the move could be an effort to boost the Philippines’ territorial claim over Thitu island and to counter Chinese expansion in the sea. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana recently spoke about planned improvements for Thitu. He said the main goal is to repair a runway on the island by the end of the year. But Lorenzana said there were also plans to build military structures on Thitu for…

Niall Ferguson: Trump’s China stance ‘woke America up’ to potential ‘Cold War II’

President Trump’s tough stance against China and the Sino-American trade imbalance has alerted the American public to the fledgling stages of a second Cold War, according to historian Niall Ferguson. In the half-century since former National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger opened relations with China through a visit with then-Premier Zhou Enlai, Beijing has stepped up its competition with the U.S., Ferguson claimed in an interview airing Sunday on “Life, Liberty & Levin.” “If you think back to the first Cold War, we went quite quickly from being the allies of the Soviet…

Sink 2 U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers: How China Conquers the South China Sea?

Admiral Lou, who holds an academic military rank — not a service role — said China should “use its strength to attack the enemy’s shortcomings. Attack wherever the enemy is afraid of being hit. Wherever the enemy is weak …” Rear Admiral Lou Yuan, deputy head of the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences, has told an audience in Shenzhen that the ongoing disputes over the ownership of the East and South China Seas could be resolved by sinking two U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. Admiral Lou gave a wide-ranging speech on…

A Quick-Reference Guide on UNCLOS for Gen. Hyten: The Drift, Vol. XLIII

Navigation Brief ALEXANDRIA – Good Evening, Drifters Well looks like we are going to need to do some heavy lifting here at The Drift in terms of educating our landlubber overlords on things maritime. Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, who has been raising eyebrows for much more serious things than his knowledge of international maritime treaties, nonetheless caused a minor stir among the nautically minded for an answer during his confirmation hearing for Vice Chairman to Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), who asked him about whether he supported the U.S.…

US missiles in north Aust not ruled out

news, latest-news Foreign Minister Marise Payne has danced around discussing the deployment of US ground-based missiles in the north of Australia, saying only that the country “consistently welcomed (US) force and presence.” This weekend’s Australia-US ministerial consultations in Sydney come soon after the termination of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, an arms control agreement between the US and Russia that has stood since 1988. Both countries have blamed each other for violating the treaty, which restricted the development of ground-based arms with a range from 500km to 5500km. US Defense…

Pompeo Steps Up China Criticism: ‘We Were Asleep at the Switch’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo escalated his criticism of China during a visit to Australia on Sunday, drawing a direct link between what he called one-sided trade deals and China’s ability to strengthen its military. Mr. Pompeo, speaking in the commercial capital Sydney, said, “We were asleep at the switch” as China began to steal data, launch military exercises in the disputed South China Sea and saddle other countries with debt to increase its influence. “Those are the kind of things that I think everyone needs to have their eyes wide open with respect to,” Mr. Pompeo…