4 of Dr. M’s most ‘awkward’ international meetings of 2019 (and one that didn’t happen)

Traditionally, Malaysia is known to be friends with pretty much everyone (except Israel, of course). It’s actually a huge part of our foreign policy to help allies out when needed, and to leave them alone otherwise: “Malaysia’s conduct will continue to be guided by the principles of respect for independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and non-interference in the affairs of other nations, peaceful settlement of disputes, peaceful co-existence and mutual benefit in relations.” – Malaysia’s foreign policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia Q: What did Israel say after Dr. M didn’t invite them…

Malaysia Seeks Non-Militarization of South China Sea

Malaysia called Wednesday for non-militarization of the South China Sea, as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad unveiled his Pakatan Harapan government’s first comprehensive foreign policy document since it took power last year. The 80-page document, described by Mahathir as a “guiding framework,” said the nation would also adopt a non-aligned stance in its relations with major powers. The document did not specifically mention China or the United States, but it formally laid out the Southeast Asian nation’s foreign policy on the South China Sea under the new government. Last year, months…

Donald Trump To Name Robert C. O’Brien As National Security Adviser

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to appoint Ambassador Robert C. O’Brien, the special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, as the next national security adviser. O’Brien is set to replace John Bolton, who last week announced he is leaving the White House. Trump said he fired Bolton. Bolton said he was resigning following disagreements about foreign affairs. The post does not require Senate confirmation. I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at…

The Uncertain and Dangerous Interregnum: World Peace and the Post-Cold War Era

The post-Cold War era is over. We are living in the interregnum between disorders, marked by uncertainties and dangers, as well as opportunities. Some see the confrontations of the moment as a new Cold War. Michael Klare has written that the U.S. and China are engaged in war by another name, while the U.S. government uses the term “strategic competition.” Richard Hass, the former head of Policy Planning at the State Department, and others see analogies to the period leading to World War I:  tensions between rising and declining powers,…

SEAL McRaven: China’s military buildup a “holy s—” moment for US

The legendary former Navy SEAL Adm. Bill McRaven, who was head of Special Operations Command during the 2011 operation on al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound, said at an event on Wednesday that China’s technical and national defense capabilities were quickly approaching — sometimes surpassing — those of the US, representing what he called a “holy s—” moment for the US. “We need to make sure that the American public know that now is the time to do something” about China’s rapid increases in research and development in technology…

Spratly Islands ours—China – Manila Standard Mobile

posted April 13, 2019 at 01:50 am by  PNA China on Thursday repeated its claim over the Spratly Islands after Malacañang slammed the persistent presence of Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea. Lu Kang “The Nansha Islands are China’s territory, which is backed by sufficient historical and jurisprudential evidence,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing. “For thousands of years, Chinese fishermen have been fishing in these waters in the South China Sea. Their rights should not be challenged.” Lu made his statement after Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo…

Asia Times | EU on the horns of a China dilemma

It is hard to judge how German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent visit to Beijing relates to Europe’s broadly cooling relations with China. Merkel, joined on the state visit by the Federation of German Industries, signed 11 cooperation agreements while in Beijing, at a time when Europe is tightening regulations on certain Chinese investments. The German leader raised human rights during the visit, including in a meeting with Chinese premier Li Keqiang where she said that political freedoms in embattled Hong Kong “must be guaranteed.” But some analysts sensed that Merkel…