Taiwan’s China-friendly presidential hopeful faces backlash in divided south

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan: In balmy southern Taiwan, with its rural hamlets, industrial belts and slower-paced cities, a rising tide of residents are pushing back against opposition presidential hopeful Han Kuo-yu, fearing he will sell out core Taiwan interests to China. Han, the mayor of the south’s biggest city of Kaohsiung, had been expected to build his support base over the past year since winning office on a promise to help citizens “make a big fortune” by forging better economic ties with China. Advertisement Advertisement Instead, as he prepares for the election on…

Unhappy New Year!-INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily

Unhappy New Year! Jan 06,2020 Kim Min-seokThe author is an editorial writer and the head of the Military and Security Research Center at the JoongAng Ilbo. It will be a far more tumultuous year for the world in 2020. The Korean Peninsula will surely be no exception. Last year’s U.S.-China trade war was the prelude to a whirlwind. Unrest in the Middle East seemed to be settling when ISIS forces were defeated, but other disputes between religious sects and ethnic groups kept the region on a boil.…

Vietnam verifying information on Chinese vessel approaching its waters

By Viet Anh  &nbspJanuary 9, 2020 | 09:55 pm GMT+7 An F16 C fighter jet by Indonesia lands on the Natuna islands, January 7, 2020. Photo by Reuters. Vietnam is following up on information regarding a Chinese coast guard ship approaching Vietnamese waters following South China Sea tensions involving Indonesia. “Vietnamese authorities constantly monitor all activities on Vietnamese sea regions as determined by the United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at Thursday’s press meet. The statement came in…

Carpio persists in lying about arbitration ruling vs China – The Manila Times

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO TO be honest, I find it a sad commentary on our Supreme Court as an institution that a person like Antonio Carpio, who served as justice there for 17 years and purportedly wrote important court decisions, continues to ignore the facts, and because of his pro-United States stance, chooses to fan the embers of anti-Chinese sentiment in the country. He has been doing this by spreading lies about the decision on an arbitration case that the Philippines brought against China over our disputes in the South China…

Philippines, Japan Discuss Strengthening Indo-Pacific Security

The Philippines and Japan on Thursday discussed enhancing bilateral cooperation on security in the Indo-Pacific region, particularly the contested South China Sea, as Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi paid his first official visit to Manila in that role. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. praised Tokyo for its military and economic aid to his country, after he met with Motegi behind closed doors. Locsin said they discussed “issues that challenge the backbone of our long ties and make our friendship even stronger for the stress and weight we carry…

PH, Japan to enhance partnership for peace

The Philippines and Japan on Thursday vowed to enhance cooperation to maintain peace and security, stability and rule of law in the region despite ongoing maritime disputes with China. “We committed to continue our cooperation—bilaterally and in all possible forums—to maintain peace and security, stability, and the rule of law in our region,” Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said, in his speech during a joint press briefing with visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. Locsin admitted he had “candid exchanges” on various issues, including the…

Scientist plants corals in South China Sea to save ecosystem

Huang Hui observes a coral branch. Photo: Courtesy of Huang Hui For Huang Hui, planting corals in the deep sea is the most beautiful job in the world. “Coral reefs are rainforests under sea, like a garden in the water,” said Huang. “It is significant to recover and protect them,” Huang told the Global Times. Covering less than two-thousandth of the space in the ocean, coral reefs provide shelter for more than a quarter of the world’s sea creatures. However, this ecosystem that has existed for hundreds of millions of…

A New Chapter in Defense Ties? – The Diplomat

Advertisement Despite the stark difference in size and population, on paper India and the Philippines would appear to make natural partners. They are both noisy Indo-Pacific democracies current ruled by controversial but popular leaders. The Philippines is a treaty ally of the United States while India is one of America’s closest strategic partners. Manila and Delhi are both engaged in active territorial disputes with Beijing, and both are (mostly) invested in the rules-based order. In practice, however, strategic interactions between Delhi and Manila have traditionally been quite shallow. That’s true…

Even More Than Fracking, Tapping Oceanic Methane Hydrates Could Soon Upend the Global Energy Landscape

The fracking of shale gas may have substantially shifted the global energy landscape, but another hydrocarbon resource—oceanic methane hydrates—has the possibility to do even more to change the picture. Formed only under the unusual combination of low temperatures and high pressure under the ocean subsurface and in permafrost regions at high latitudes, the potential of these hydrates is truly extraordinary. Depending on economics and technology, they could potentially supply the world with more than 1 million exajoules of energy, equivalent to thousands of years of current global energy demand. And…