Strategy consultancy Intueri assesses the South China Sea dispute

The South China Sea dispute made little progress in 2019, with a number of stand-offs hardening stances heading into the new year. Bringing an outside perspective from a non-claimant nation, Indian strategy consultancy Intueri has analysed the current state of affairs.    Ambarish Dasgupta, a local Big Four advisory leadership veteran and the founder of Indian multi-disciplinary strategy consultancy Intueri, last year spoke of the firm’s eye toward the international stage, with a specific emphasis given to the booming markets of Southeast Asia. The firm has since outlined some of…

Yellow trio helping China’s case in South China Sea disputes – The Manila Times

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO BY the “Yellow Trio,” I mean the three who have been clamorously claiming that China is out to devour our territories in the South China Sea. These three are: 1. President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s foreign secretary Albert del Rosario who pushed for the filing of an arbitration case against China over our disputes with that country in the South China Sea in his attempt to cover up for his loss of Scarborough Shoal because of his bungling in 2012; 2. Former Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio…

Thousands flee as volcano erupts in the Philippines, Manilla airport closed

TAGAYTAY, Philippines — A small volcano south of the Philippine capital that draws many tourists for its picturesque setting in a lake erupted with a massive plume of ash and steam Sunday, prompting thousands of people to flee and officials to shut Manila’s international airport. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said Taal Volcano in Batangas province south of Manila blasted steam, ash and pebbles up to 6 to 9 miles into the sky in a dramatic escalation of its growing restiveness, which began last year. The volcanology institute…

Indonesia asks Japan to invest in South China Sea islands

(MENAFN – Gulf Times) Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo yesterday asked Japan to step up investment in fisheries and energy in some of its South China Sea islands following a stand-off with China in waters that China claims in the area. Widodo made the request for Japan to consider economic opportunities in the Natuna islands during a visit to Jakarta by Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, the president’s office said in a statement. ‘I want to invite Japan to invest in Natuna, he told Motegi, adding that Japan was one of…

Wenceslao: The global scene – SUNSTAR

WE are in interesting times globally and for many of us who are too focused on domestic concerns, it pays to also look beyond our shores. More so because we are in an age where weapons of mass destruction have proliferated. Another world war could also mean the destruction of human civilization. We start with something that could be partially positive even if it could also ramp up regional tensions. China’s attempt to control the South China Sea has caught the ire of a leader who could not be…

Here’s why Taiwan is such a complex entity – Mothership.SG – News from Singapore, Asia and around the world

Taiwan is a self-ruled island. Operates like its own country It has its own constitution, its own democratically-elected government, its own currency, and about 300,000 active troops in its military. Its approximately 23 million citizens travel on its own passport as well. Essentially, it operates like an independent country. However, it is treated like a pariah and excluded from most international memberships, such as the World Health Organisation — a situation that experts say could be catastrophic to public health in the region. Taiwan has to be recognised by other…

Top Conflicts to Watch in 2020: An Armed Confrontation in the South China Sea

In this year’s Preventive Priorities Survey, foreign policy experts ranked an armed confrontation over disputed maritime areas in the South China Sea between China and one or more claimants as a top conflict to watch in 2020. As one of the world’s most strategically significant waterways, the South China Sea is home to three different types of enduring international disputes: disputes over claimed territory, disputes over claimed waters, and disputes over the types of maritime activities that are permissible in these waters under international law. For decades, Brunei, China, Malaysia,…

Timely reporting on South China Sea situation urged – The Manila Times

After missing out in his speech and amid Indonesia’s taking of a strong approach against China’s intrusions, the new Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff has found a way to cement his commitment to safeguard and maintain the defense of Philippine territories in the South China (West Philippine) Sea. chief Lt. Gen. Felimon Santos Jr.. Photo by Armed Forces of the Philippines According to the military’s unusual release, its chief Lt. Gen. Felimon Santos Jr. has ordered the “continued protection, defense and security of the country against…