Q&A on SCS dispute | Inquirer Opinion

During the past six Sundays, I devoted this space to our disputes and dilemmas (and their possible solutions) in the South China Sea (SCS), especially in our exclusive economic zone (EEZ). I will now answer within my limited space some questions raised by readers. Q1. By writing on Aug. 18 and 25 that we could extract the natural resources in our EEZ beyond the arbitral award, were you suggesting that we waive and forget said award? A. No, I never suggested that. I said on Aug. 18 that “even without…

Carriers, Missiles, Submarines and Stealth: China’s Military Has Arrived

China is believed to possess as many as 1,200 short-range missiles and up to 300 intermediate range missiles, according to the report. Aircraft carriers, stealth fighters, anti-satellite weapons, drones, cyber attack technology and a growing arsenal of ballistic missiles are all among a series of Chinese weapons said to present serious concerns for Pentagon leaders and weapons developers, according to DoD’s annual China report. The Pentagon 2018 report, called “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China,” details a broad spectrum of risks to include global economic expansion,…

Invasions by other powers vs China

Invasions by other powers vs China Is China historically an invader? Most world historians and modern politicians clearly state that China has been the most peaceable superpower. In Part 1 “China Invasions? Wrong Readings of History,” we show how some readers of histories written by the West may have misinterpreted the Mongol or Manchu invasions as Chinese, and distorted defensive wars as offensive ones — that if we follow their logic, the Philippines can be considered an invader of Southeast Asia in World War 2 or the Vietnam War just…

On the South China Sea conflict, save the children but not the beasts

On the South China Sea conflict, save the children but not the beasts MAURO GIA SAMONTE If there is such a thing as obscenity in the simmering South China Sea conflict, it is what shocked me while viewing a Facebook post of a video footage of a segment of the long-running television program“Eat Bulaga.” The segment, called “That’s My Boy,” has the host Pia Guanio interviewing a contestant, aged 6 years, who when asked what he wanted to become, answered, “Maging sundalo (To be a soldier).” The host asked why…

Asia Times | Why China is winning East Asia

The shadow of China is lengthening over East Asia – and a range of dynamics are making this possible. With the rules-based international order bending toward breakage at a time when Sino-US rivalry scaling new heights, nations in East Asia are increasingly finding it difficult to maintain their strategic autonomy –  but also find themselves unable to create effective conflict-management mechanisms or alliances. Because economic colossus China represents a more multi-pronged threat to the West than the binary ideological/military power that was the USSR, continued US dominance is no longer…

Experts warn PH vs. siding with China on UNCLOS revision

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 6) — Maritime experts warned of “dangers” in the Philippines’ pronouncement it is now on China’s side in seeking a revision of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). While Manila and Beijing may agree on the need for foreign vessels to seek permission to pass through another country’s waters, a Washington-based think tank said this is just part of the “vast” provisions China wants changed. “[T]heir differences on the treaty are much larger and represent a clear threat to Philippine…

Are Japan and China really getting along?

Author: Tsuyoshi Minami, Shanghai Normal University Following the 2019 Osaka G20 summit, Japan–China relations appear to have entered a new period. While improved Japan–China ties are in the national interests of both countries, the ongoing US trade war with China is beginning to have significant effects on the relationship. Can Japan and China continue to improve relations? What benefits does this rapprochement offer the two countries? Both Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Premier Li Keqiang argue that the Japan–China relationship has returned to a normal track. The G20 summit last…