Mattis says China’s crackdown on Hong Kong shows dangerous ambitions

Retired Gen. Jim Mattis, whose resignation sent shockwaves through the US military and its allies last year, opted to answer questions about political leaders like President Trump obliquely at a Tuesday think tank event. But he wasn’t so tightlipped on another topic: China. Mattis called out Beijing’s treatment of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters as a signal of what China is capable of. “Watching what’s going on in Hong Kong right now, their authoritarian mode against their own people…it would take a real stretch of imagination to say they would treat…

US and ASEAN kick off first ever joint maritime exercise in South China Sea

ANI | Updated: Sep 02, 2019 20:58 IST New Delhi [India], Sept 2 (ANI): The US and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are going to conduct their joint maritime exercises in the disputed China Sea”>South China Sea.According to NHK World, the military exercise will last for five days beginning at Thailand Sattahip Naval base and will conclude in Singapore.More than 1,000 personnel are taking part in the US-proposed five-day exercise. Part of the drill is based on a scenario that ships are suspected of engaging in illegal activities.US…

‘We need someone to fight for us, Mr. President’

Dear Mr. President, In the third presidential debate on April 24, 2016, one of your campaign promises was that you would ride a jet ski to the Spratly Islands while waving the Philippine flag. You told us it had been a longtime dream of yours to be a hero — to fight for what is ours and reclaim the land that had been unjustly taken away from us. That was three years ago. Now, the statement might have been said in jest, but this is an issue that should be…

GPM analyzes tropical depression Kajiki’s rainfall over Vietnam and Laos

IMAGE: The GPM core satellite passed over Tropical Depression Kajiki in the South China Sea on Sept. 4 at 4:51 a.m. EDT (0851 UTC). GPM found the heaviest rainfall (yellow) in… view more  Credit: NASA/JAXA/NRL The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite provided a look at rainfall rates in Tropical Depression Kajiki after it made a quick landfall in Vietnam. On Sept. 2, Kajiki formed as Tropical Depression 16W in the South China Sea close to the Vietnam coast. It briefly strengthened to a tropical storm and was renamed…

The United States And Asean Carry Out Joint Naval Maneuvers Amid Tensions With.

Sponsored by www.criaderodecaracoles.com/category/caviar-de-caracoles   The maneuvers will last five days, mainly “in the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea,” the US embassy said. in Bangkok in a statement. The United States and the ten countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), for its acronym in English, began Monday joint naval maneuvers amid commercial tensions between Beijing and Washington. A total of eight warships, four fighter jets and more than a thousand soldiers participate in these joint exercises that began at a naval base in southern Thailand.…

Inaugural AUMX Exercise Seeks to Deepen U.S.-ASEAN Maritime Cooperation

Sailors and maritime forces of ASEAN member states salute while standing in formation together during the opening ceremony for the ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise (AUMX) at Sattahip Naval Base, Thailand. US Navy Photo KUALA LUMPUR — The U.S. has kicked off a new exercise in the Western Pacific with participation of the maritime assets of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The ASEAN Maritime Exercise (AUMX) began on Sunday at the Sattahip Naval Base, Thailand. This is a first for the U.S. to work with ASEAN as a whole, said…

Morning Bits: Trump-created havoc never abates

Anti-Brexit demonstrators in Manchester, England, on Monday. (Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images) Jennifer Rubin Opinion writer covering politics and policy, foreign and domestic Rivaling President Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson amps up the havoc. “UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has indicated he will seek an early election in an effort to thwart rebels within his own party who want to stop him taking Britain out of the European Union without a deal. In a statement delivered outside Downing Street, Johnson said he would not ask Brussels for an extension to the…

‘PH can’t have its Kalayaan Island Group’ – arbitral tribunal

‘PH can’t have its Kalayaan Island Group’ – arbitral tribunal RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO Second part of a series IN the second case* where we shot ourselves in the foot in the arbitration case against China brought by President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his Foreign secretary Albert del Rosario, the tribunal in effect ruled that we can’t have our Kalayaan Island Group (KIG), since this would violate provisions of the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (Unclos). The episode would be really hilarious if not for its very…

India, Japan Review Situation in Indo-Pacific during Rajnath Singh’s 2-day Visit to Tokyo

New Delhi: India and Japan carried out a comprehensive review of the security situation in the Indo-Pacific region, including the latest developments in the South China Sea, during Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s two-day visit to Tokyo. Singh held wide-ranging talks with Japanese counterpart Takeshi Iwaya on Monday during which both sides explored the possibility of cooperation in third countries in the Indo-Pacific region through various initiatives, officials said. A joint statement issued on Tuesday said the two ministers affirmed their intention to hold the first foreign and defence ministerial dialogue…

Peace Top Priority In South China Sea Conundrum – OpEd – Eurasia Review

The recent developments in the South China Sea (SCS), one of the busiest waterways in the world, are not only alarming but also have great potential to turn into a real war. If this happens, peace and stability will be shattered in Southeast Asia. Since the beginning of July, a major country’s survey ship, escorted by armed maritime vessels, has illegally encroached on Vietnam’s legal exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The Philippines and Malaysia have also faced intimidation from the same power in the most disputed waters of the SCS. Who…