When Chinese heart bleeds for Filipinos – The Manila Times

MAURO GIA SAMONTE The bleeding is sincere, pure and profuse. I felt that at the height of the widespread outcry against the reported ramming of a Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver in the region of Recto Reed in South China Sea. The Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII) promptly called a press conference at the Kamuning Bakery Cafe, where it announced its offering of assistance to the distressed fishermen. Brandishing the official statement issued by the Federation President Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong during the occasion, I addressed the…

India gears up to play the Great Indo-Pacific Game

Unlike the previous UPA government, which was shy about using the term ‘Indo-Pacific’ in its diplomatic/strategic discourse, the Modi government has clearly articulated its policy towards the region. A series of recent events in New Delhi suggest that India is finally set to play the game, writes Sanjana Mohan The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), led by the suave and sophisticated S. Jaishankar, organised two significant discussions on the Indo-Pacific region — the 6th Indian Ocean Dialogue and Delhi Dialogue XI — in New Delhi on December 13-14. The theme…

In 2010, The Navy Surfaced 3 Nuclear Submarines To Scare China

Key point: America’s intent in the aftermath of the Chinese tests was to signal U.S. strength with just the right amount and kind of potential force. Nuclear powers rarely go to war with each other, but that doesn’t mean they don’t threaten to do so. Indeed, military posturing is an integral part of what Forrest Morgan, an analyst for the RAND Corporation, called “crisis stability.” In other words, “building and posturing forces in ways that allow a state, if confronted, to avoid war without backing down.” Long-range heavy bombers are some of the…

China’s South China Sea Bases May Be More Trouble Than They Are Worth

Key point: The islands of the SCS have some military relevance, but are more important as a political claim to waterways and undersea resources. China has built some islands in the South China Sea. Can it protect them? During World War II Japan found that control of islands offered some strategic advantages, but not enough to force the United States to reduce each island individually. Moreover, over time the islands became a strategic liability, as Japan struggled to keep them supplied with food, fuel and equipment. The islands of the…

We need to see the forest, not just the trees

We need to see the forest, not just the trees There’s an old phrase that goes, “missing the forest for the trees” meaning that one may fail to understand the bigger picture if one only sees a part of it. Everyone needs to realize it’s an altogether different world now, what with so many changes that are rapidly occurring. Which is why one has to prepare for the coming year 2020 with (pardon the pun) a 20/20 vision in order to see the big picture. It is unfortunate that…

2019, the year Trump made a hash of U.S. foreign policy

End of year proves a good platform for looking back to sum up administration achievements or missteps over the year, as well as how certain we are about the directions in which our nation is moving. Americans looking at foreign policy and our relationships overseas will find this year deepened U.S. isolationism, widened support for authoritarian governments, made American primacy in trade the weather vane for our thinking, as opposed to, say, human rights,  and continued Donald Trump’s role as a worldwide disrupter. The year will start and end with Trump’s…

5 Places World War III Could Start in 2020

As the United States enters an election year, prospects for global stability remain uncertain.  President Trump’s foreign policy stood at odds with those of his predecessor, and will likely a central point of contestation in the election.  At this point, several crises might emerge that would not only turn the election, but potentially bring about a wider global conflict. Here are the five most likely flashpoints for world war in 2020 (See my World War III lists from back in 2017,  2018 and 2019). None are particularly likely, but only…

How to Defend Campus Free Speech Against China

Photos: Massive protests in Hong Kong I played a small role in the Hong Kong event, at which I moderated a panel that featured three Hong Kong citizens discussing the ongoing protest movement. Our China talks usually get about 30 attendees, most of whom are retirees who live nearby. The Hong Kong panel last month was the biggest China-related event I have attended on our campus. Our room was at maximum capacity, as was the overflow room we created for the simulcast. It was clear that mainland-Chinese students and Hong…

The Chinese ploy – Opinion – The Hawk Eye Newspaper

Russia and China play the big game. Russia undermines confidence in Democracy by pitting sides against each other, creating distrust. The Ukraine versus Russia source of the undermining is a classic KGB deferral trick they use — tag blame to a democratic state when the villain is the Red state, where manipulation, death squads, and truth suppression are the norm. China was whooped by Britain once when the Brits utilized opium to get their citizens addicted and lethargic. That opium came across the common Afghanistan/China border, and once their soldiers…