Vietnam Shows Malaysia And The Philippines How To Fight The South China Sea Wars

A photographer takes picture of a map showing the position of the Chinese oil rig in the disputed … [+] waters at the South China Sea during a press conference in Hanoi on June 5, 2014 held by Vietnamese Foreign Ministry accusing Chinese ships of attacking Vietnamese vessels near to the site of the oil rig off Vietnam’s central coast. China fired water cannon at a Vietnamese vessel and damaged another of Hanoi’s ships, Chinese state media said on June 3, in the latest confrontation over disputed waters in the…

The US’ feeble Indo-Pacific strategy

With the global geopolitical center of gravity shifting toward Asia, a pluralistic, rules-based Indo-Pacific order is more important than ever, including for the US’ own global standing. So it was good news when, two years ago, US President Donald Trump began touting a vision of a “free and open” Indo-Pacific, characterized by unimpeded trade flows, freedom of navigation, and respect for the rule of law, national sovereignty and existing frontiers. Yet, far from realizing this vision, the US has allowed Chinese expansionism in Asia to continue virtually unimpeded. This failure…

South China Sea crisis: How Vietnam’s challenge to China may result in more aggression | World | News

As tensions continue to rise, Hanoi has flirted with the idea of following the international law route to try and legally restrict China’s ability to send vessels into Vietnam’s economic exclusion zone. Vietnam’s Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung recently said their disputes, including over the oil and minerals hotspot in the Vanguard Bank, should be resolved according to the United Nations Convention. This comes after China recently brought to and end a months-long standoff between themselves and Vietnam in the Vanguard Bank region, where a Chinese oil vessel had…

South China Sea: Washington to confront Beijing on tensions at Asian defence talks | World | News

The Asean Defence Ministers Meeting Plus in Bangkok will feature the defence chiefs from the 10-nation bloc and eight global partners, including US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper and his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe. Beijing insists the entire South China Sea up to the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan belongs to China – a claim rejected by an international court of arbitration in 2016. This has led to a prolongued display of sabre-rattling between the US and China who remain at loggerheads over the disputed waters and Beijing’s…

The Marines’ Are Preparing To Fight Near Russia And China’s Borders

For almost two decades the United States Marine Corps has focused on a counterinsurgency fight through almost exclusively ground-based combat. While the Marine Corps has always met the demands of the nation, recent history has presented a challenge to its character as a naval service that requires a reinvigorated relationship with the U.S. Navy. The Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) and the Chief of Naval Operations have signaled to the Naval Service that force design will be conducted along complementary, parallel, and coordinated paths toward transforming into future naval…

US Faces ‘Complex Challenge’ From Chinese Communist Party, Pompeo Says

The United States is confronting a “complex challenge” from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), a regime that has failed to fulfill its promises around the world, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Nov. 15. Pompeo said, in a speech at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, that the authoritarian Chinese regime has been engaging in activities that are “deeply inconsistent” with “what America thinks is best for the world.” He called on the regime to live up to its commitments, such as in the case…