Preventing the Tyranny of the Commons – The Diplomat

Advertisement The South China Sea is often viewed through the lens of territorial disputes and growing state competition. While the United States persists with freedom of navigation operations, China continues to develop artificial islands. Meanwhile, claimant states are becoming increasingly entangled in the heated major power tensions and face repeated incursions along maritime boundaries. Throughout these disputes, the region’s fishery resources have fallen victim to the ongoing tyranny of these shared commons. If the rapidly depleting fishery stocks in the South China Sea continue to remain underaddressed, this fishery crisis…

Statement by Chinese Embassy spokesperson on the article ‘The Chinese Agenda’

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Philippines expresses its grave concern and strong opposition to an article entitled “The Chinese Agenda” on the December 28, 2019, edition of BusinessMirror, using so-called “President Tsai Ing-wen” and the image of the so-called “Taiwan’s national flag” to wrongly implicate Taiwan as a sovereign country. In addition, the article includes such false views as China dealing with South China Sea issue mostly by way of intimidation. The aforesaid report sent out misleading message to the public. Taiwan is an inalienable…

South China Sea: Malaysia risks infuriating Beijing as it presses ahead with UN complaint | World | News

China was enraged when Kuala Lumpur filed a submission with the UN seeking to establish the limits of Malaysia’s continental shelf in the northern part of the sea. Beijing claims most of the energy-rich South China Sea but neighbouring Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims. And the presence of US warships, troops and planes only added to growing tensions in the volatile region. Under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, any country can claim an exclusive economic zone up to 200 nautical miles…

No mention of West Philippine Sea in new military chief’s speech

NEW AFP CHIEF. Lieutenant General Felimon Santos Jr was installed as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on January 4, 2020. Screengrab from RTVM MANILA, Philippines – The new military chief, Lieutenant General Felimon Santos Jr, vowed to defend the government against communist rebels, in his assumption speech that covered the range of the Philippines’ security concerns except China’s incursions in the West Philippine Sea. Besides saying that defense cooperation with international allies and a modernization program would enable the military “to protect the integrity and…

Trump-Trọng Summit Remains In Limbo – Analysis

Strategic partnership between Vietnam and the United States may be a bridge too far, especially for China. By Nguyen Quang Dy* With repeated Chinese intrusions into oil-rich Vanguard Bank and anticipated departure of ExxonMobil from the Blue Whale project, the South China Sea dispute has reached a turning point. A planned meeting between presidents Donald Trump and Nguyễn Phú Trọng could be pivotal for a strategic partnership, but is unlikely to happen any time soon. During the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi in February, Trump invited Trọng to visit Washington with…

Commentary: Is an appeasement policy vis-a-vis expansionist China worth pursuing?

On Aug. 15, 2019, Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced the incursion of several Chinese warships into the country’s territorial waters without prior coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).  He opined that China was taunting the Philippines because the warships’ Automatic Identification System (AIS) was switched off and the Chinese crews ignored the radio communications from the AFP units that were observing their passage in Sibutu Straits in Tawi-Tawi.  He also maintained that the People’s Liberation Army’s Navy (PLAN) reneged on an earlier promise made by the…

One of the World’s Top Naval Experts Told Us All About a U.S.-Iran War

Key point: Iran knows how to make America hurt. That chronic pain gnawing at officialdom’s guts is bipartisan. Presidential administrations, Republican and Democratic alike, keep trying to draw down the U.S. military presence in the Middle East, the Persian Gulf region in particular, to attend to more pressing priorities. Back in 2012 the Obama administration vowed to “pivot” or “rebalance,” from the Middle East to the Pacific theater to counterbalance China. President Donald Trump and his lieutenants proclaim that an age of great-power competition is upon us. Like their Democratic forerunners, they…

Don’t be fooled by the trade deal between America and China

ON JANUARY 15TH, after three years of a bitter trade war, America and China are due to sign a “phase one” deal that trims tariffs and obliges China to buy more from American farmers. Don’t be fooled. This modest accord cannot disguise how the world’s most important relationship is at its most perilous juncture since before Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong re-established links five decades ago. The threat to the West from China’s high-tech authoritarianism has become all too clear. Everything from its pioneering artificial-intelligence firms to its gulags in…