Malaysia to stay friendly with China despite territorial dispute

NEW YORK, Sept 26 — Malaysia will continue to foster good relations with China despite the superpower’s claim to the South China Sea, the prime minister said. “They claim the whole of South China Sea belongs to them. So long as they allow ships to pass through, that’s okay. “We (Malaysia) can also claim that Australia belongs to us but Australia won’t care simply because it’s not going to happen. “The fact remains that the South China Sea and the Straits of Melaka are necessary for East-West trade. “If you…

Chinese Infrastructure Investments Could Inject Much-Needed Growth

The country needs infrastructure—and China has the cash to fund it. Getty This story is part of Forbes’ coverage of Philippines’ Richest 2019. See the full list here.  The Philippines’ short-term economic outlook has dimmed. According to government data, real GDP growth weakened in the second quarter to 5.5%, the slowest pace in four years, while growth in domestic demand dropped to a sluggish 2.4%. The country’s fiscal deficit, meanwhile, reached 3.2% of GDP in 2018, up from 2.3% in 2016. This downbeat outlook, however, masks a deep and potentially powerful…

Vietnam Confronts China, Alone – The Diplomat

Advertising Vietnam and China are engaged in a slow boiling stand-off in the South China Sea that has not received sufficient attention. China has reportedly sent one survey vessel and at least four Chinese maritime vessels; Vietnam has responded by deploying its Coast Guard vessels. According to Vietnamese news reports citing its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the stand-off is taking place in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf in the south of the East Sea (as Vietnam calls it) since July this year. The exclusive economic zones have been…

States can be cruel but UN can’t do anything, says Dr M

Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaking to students at Columbia University in New York. (Bernama pic) PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad appeared to criticise the United Nations during the world leadership forum at Columbia University in New York, implying that it is proving to be powerless in the face of human rights crises occurring in states such as Myanmar. “Clear weakness in the UN is when it sees a government being absolutely cruel towards its people but it cannot do anything. “We can preach, pray, ask them not to do…

Built in six months and new threat to Tiawan – China launches 35,000 ton carrier | World | News

The warship allows marines to capture beaches and land supplies on enemy territory and will operate alongside an increasingly powerful fleet of aircraft carriers, air defence destroyers and underwater drones. Its launch sends a clear message from Beijing to Taiwan over any hopes for future independence from its powerful mainland neighbour. A potential Chinese assault on Taiwan has for years been mocked as the “million-man swim” because the navy did not have anything approaching the amphibious capability needed to land enough troops on the island. But the jokes are now…

Report to Congress on China Naval Modernization

The following is the Sept. 24, 2019 Congressional Research Service, China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress. From the report In an international security environment characterized as one of renewed great power competition, China’s military modernization effort, including its naval modernization effort, has become the top focus of U.S. defense planning and budgeting. China’s navy, which China has been steadily modernizing for roughly 25 years, since the early to mid-1990s, has become a formidable military force within China’s near-seas region, and it is conducting a…

US INdia: Mega naval war game among India, US and Japan begins on Thursday off coast of Japan

NEW DELHI: The Malabar naval exercise involving Indian, American and Japanese navies will begin on Thursday off the coast of Japan, amid growing Chinese military muscle flexing in the disputed South China Sea. During the nine-day exercise, the three navies will conduct complex maritime operations in the surface, sub-surface and air domains with a particular focus on anti-submarine warfare, officials said. A significant number of aircraft, naval ships and submarines of the three navies will be part of the annual exercise, considered a major war game in the region. The…