Andrew Hastie compares China’s global ambition to Nazi Germany

The Liberal MP who heads parliament’s powerful intelligence committee has compared China’s growing global ambition to the rise of Nazi Germany. Andrew Hastie made the extraordinary remarks in a newspaper opinion piece published today, declaring that “choices will be made for us” if China’s activities aren’t managed. “The West once believed that economic liberalisation would naturally lead to democratisation in China,” Mr Hastie wrote for Channel 9 newspapers. “It would keep us safe, just as the French believed their series of steel and concrete forts would guard them against the…

US Aircraft Carrier Visits Philippines amid Maritime Tensions between Manila, Beijing

The commander of one of the biggest American aircraft carriers vowed to protect freedom of navigation, as the ship arrived in Manila on Wednesday soon after the U.S. defense chief accused Beijing of destabilizing the region through expansionism in the South China Sea. The USS Ronald Reagan anchored off the capital of the Philippines, an American defense ally of nearly 70 years that contended for the past three years with increased incursions by Chinese ships into territory claimed by Manila in the disputed waterway. The carrier sailed in with other…

Pimentel supports Duterte’s plan to invoke Hague ruling in next China visit

MANILA—Sen. Koko Pimentel said Wednesday he supports President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to raise Manila’s arbitral victory against Beijing in the South China Sea when he visits China later this month. “Since they are friends and they treat each other as real friends, the president even said they enter into verbal agreement,” he told reporters at a PDP-Laban event in Makati City. “It means he should feel free to bring up anything before President Xi Jinping. If he wants to bring up the arbitral ruling, okay lang po ‘yun,” he added.…

Limahong and the South China Sea

Limahong and the South China Sea JOSE B. JIMENEZ 3RD PRINT, broadcast and social media have been headlining and trending issues on the South China Sea. We read about fishing vessels being rammed, scuttled and sunk, watch about islands being occupied, and react to photos of fishermen stranded at sea and left to drown. But this part of the world is not new to these kinds of conflicts, clashes and combats. All these can be traced back to more than 500 years ago. Let us bring to mind one of…

U.S. aircraft carrier visits Manila amid heightened rhetoric vs China

The US Navy’s presence in the West Philippine Sea affirms a treaty alliance that provides a layer of deterrence against an increasingly aggressive China Published 12:18 AM, August 08, 2019 Updated 2:12 AM, August 08, 2019 MILITARY MIGHT. The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier is seen anchored in Manila Bay on August 7, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler MANILA, Philippines – Its unmistakable silhouette stood out from among the ships dotting the Manila Bay horizon, a dark grey hulk against the rainy monsoon sky. It was the USS Ronald Reagan‘s…

Navy sails an aircraft carrier through disputed South China Sea

The U.S. Navy sailed an aircraft carrier through the South China Sea in a show of force against China in the midst of disputes over the strategically crucial trade zone. A group of Filipino generals, officials, and journalists joined the crew of the USS Ronald Reagan to watch F/A-18 fighter jets take off and land on the massive nuclear-powered carrier as it made its way to Manila for a port call. Armed cruisers kept watch a few miles away, the Associated Press reported. “The motto of this carrier is ‘Peace…

Chinese ship heads away from Vietnam in South China Sea standoff

HANOI (Reuters) – A Chinese survey ship which has been embroiled in a tense month-long standoff with Vietnamese vessels has headed away from Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), a Washington-based think tank said on Wednesday. Since early July, Vietnamese ships have closely tracked Chinese vessels operating within the Southeast Asian country’s EEZ, in the latest confrontation in waters that are a potential global flashpoint as the United States challenges China’s sweeping maritime claims. “Ship tracking data show that China’s survey ship has exited the Vietnamese EEZ for now, but at…

Philippine EEZ almost as big as China’s

Philippine EEZ almost as big as China’s YEN MAKABENTA First wordIF you want to understand why the South China Sea issue matters so much to our country and our people, I suggest to my readers to take time to read the article of Wikipedia on the subject, “Exclusive Economic Zones.” It explains the entire concept of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) and the rights it confers on coastal states like the Philippines. The article also contain maps and…

US carrier sails into disputed waters amid new flare-ups | World

ABOARD THE USS RONALD REAGAN, South China Sea (AP) — A U.S. aircraft carrier sailed through the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday in the latest show of America’s military might amid new territorial flare-ups involving China and three rival claimant states. The U.S. Navy flew a small group of Philippine generals, officials and journalists to the USS Ronald Reagan, where they watched fighter jets landing and taking off by catapult with thunderous blasts. The nuclear-powered carrier, carrying about 70 supersonic F/A-18 jets, spy planes and helicopters, was en route…

China’s military drills near Paracel Islands illegal, Vietnam asserts

“As repeatedly emphasized, Vietnam has full legal basis and historical evidence to assert its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa [Paracel] and Truong Sa [Spratly] islands in accordance with international law. “China carrying out military drills near Vietnam’s Paracel Islands has seriously violated Vietnam’s sovereignty over these islands,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said in a statement Wednesday. “On August 7, representatives of Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry had exchanges and delivered a diplomatic note opposing China’s violations,” Hang added. China held illegal military training exercises near the Paracel Islands in the…