Hong Kong fears losing its rule of law; the rest of the world should worry too

What’s happening in Hong Kong right now has direct bearings on Australia. It goes to an issue crucial to our position in a world economic order that is likely to be shaped less by the United States, still our most important ally, and more by China, our ever more valuable trading partner. At the heart of the Hong Kong protests is the same issue that causes concern about China’s ambitions from the South China Sea to the South Pacific. It’s about the Chinese government’s commitment to an idiosyncratic idea of…

Manila asks China to explain warships in PI waters

BEIJING — This is your weekly look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. PHILIPPINES ASKS CHINA TO EXPLAIN PRESENCE OF RESEARCH VESSELS, WARSHIPS Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has asked Beijing to explain the activities of Chinese research vessels and warships in what the Philippines claims as its waters. Lorenzana said Friday…

Two U.S. Warships, Marines Denied Port Visits to Hong Kong Amidst Protests

USS Green Bay (LPD-20) and USS Lake Erie (CG-70) THE PENTAGON – Chinese officials are denying two U.S. warships port visits to Hong Kong amidst ongoing protests against the government in Beijing. USS Green Bay (LPD-20) and USS Lake Erie (CG-70) were denied requests to visit Hong Kong, U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Nate Christensen told USNI News on Tuesday. “The U.S. Navy has a long track record of successful port visits to Hong Kong, and we expect them to continue,” he said. “We refer you to the Chinese government…

Why China will not wage war against us

President Duterte’s oft-repeated assertion that we risk war if we push back China’s aggressive encroachments on our waters is a phantom fear. Given China’s deep-seated sense of self-identity as Zhong Guo — the center of the world — and its current thrusting on the world’s stage as a superpower, it is not likely that it will wage war on a country whose leadership has shown itself malleable, like putty in its hands. Constructivist studies have resurfaced the importance of beliefs and values that shape a people’s interstate relations. In contrast…

China rejects US Navy request for Hong Kong port visits amid protests

“The Chinese Government denied requests for port visits to Hong Kong by the USS Green Bay and USS Lake Erie, which were scheduled to arrive in the next few weeks,” Cmdr. Nate Christensen, the deputy spokesman for the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet, told CNN in a statement on Tuesday. The amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay was scheduled to visit Hong Kong on August 17 and the guided missile-cruiser USS Lake Erie was scheduled to visit next month. Not the first time “The US Navy has a long track…

Vietnam demands ‘immediate withdrawal’ of China ship in disputed sea » Manila Bulletin News

Published July 26, 2019, 7:47 AM By Agence France-Presse Vietnam on Thursday called for the “immediate withdrawal” of a Chinese ship in the South China Sea, as the standoff over the disputed waters intensified. Mischief reef sits among the Spratly islands, in the disputed South China Sea (AFP Photo/TED ALJIBE/MANILA BULLETIN) Beijing last week issued a new call for Hanoi to respect its claims to the resource-rich region — which have historically been contested by Vietnam as well as Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. Hanoi responded by saying it…

Chinese Survey Ship, Escorts Return to Vietnam Waters: Reports

A Chinese survey ship has returned to Vietnam’s territorial waters in the South China Sea, according to media reports, days after leaving the disputed Spratly Islands, where it had been involved in a nearly month-long standoff with Vietnamese ships that prompted rare protests in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The Haiyang Dizhi 8, a ship operated by the China Geological Survey, had in July conducted a 12-day survey of waters near the Spratlys, with Chinese Coast Guard ships following in support. At one point, China’s survey intruded into an…

China lost invasion of Malay Empire

China lost invasion of Malay Empire Revisionists claim that China is not war-like, that it never invades neighbors, like the Malays. History belies that. In 1293 Kublai Khan of the Yuan Dynasty tried to subjugate Java, seat of the emergent Majapahit Empire, now part of Indonesia. In the past 2,000 years China has coveted surrounding riches. Kublai Khan dispatched 30,000 foot and horsemen in 1,000 junks to take Java. It was a punitive expedition against King Kertanegara, who had refused to pay tribute and maimed one of Beijing’s ministers.…

Marianas Variety – China’s defensive posture could turn offensive, Philippine official says

MANILA (The Philippine Star) — Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has warned that China’s claim of defensive posture in the South China Sea could easily turn to offensive operations. Lorenzana stressed that it must be known to everybody that any defensive capabilities in the military can readily transform into offensive capabilities. “You have to understand, in the military term, a defensive capability can be turned into offensive capability in an instant,” Lorenzana said in a live interview over ABS-CBN News Channel on Friday. Beijing has repeatedly denied accusations that it is…