Duterte wary of US role in South China Sea dispute

President Duterte is not just afraid that a war in the South China Sea would crush the country—he’s also wary that American troops would take advantage and the conflict would spiral out of control. Reiterating that he will not make a reckless move in the dispute, the President admitted his fears that an intervention by the United States might push the conflict in an unforeseen direction. “It would be a reckless move if I send out just like Vietnam small vessels only to get a bloody nose at the end…

Does China or America Have Better Missiles in the South China Sea?

Key point: Beijing stepped up its missile game in 2019. What might it do in 2020? The Chinese military lobbed anti-ship ballistic missiles into the South China Sea in tests in early July 2019. The missile trials underscored Beijing’s increasing militarization of resource-rich waters on which several countries have conflicting claims. “The Chinese carried out the first test over the weekend, firing off at least one missile into the sea,” NBC News reported on July 1, 2019, citing a U.S. official with knowledge of the test. “The window for testing remains…

A Year of Change or Stagnation Under Jokowi? – The Diplomat

Advertisement If 2019 was the Year of Living Excitedly, with the world’s biggest-ever one-day polls returning President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to his post, 2020 will be the Year of Quietly Getting on With It. After securing a broad mandate, the government has virtually a clear path to institute reforms and launch its ambitious plan to move the seat of government to Kalimantan. Still, external pressures will always have to be navigated, as seen at the start of the year near the Natuna Islands. The Business of Work Reforms to the…

South China Sea crisis: Duterte warns Philippines of ‘annihilation’ amid Beijing-US row | World | News

President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, made the chilling statement in an interview with Russian media, criticising Vietnam for its “aggressive” defence of its claimed waters. He said: “The other side [Vietnam] really wants to do a more aggressive stance, and I cannot afford to do it. “I cannot afford a stand where I will be drumming my drums because we cannot afford it. It would annihilate the Philippines. And so that is very dangerous. “Local government of the Philippines is near them. And so it would be reckless move…

Indonesia protests to China over border intrusion near South China Sea:The Asahi Shimbun

JAKARTA–Indonesia said on Monday it had protested to Beijing over the presence of a Chinese coastguard vessel in its territorial waters near the disputed South China Sea, saying it marked a “violation of sovereignty.” The boat trespassed into Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone off the coast of the northern islands of Natuna, Indonesia’s foreign ministry said in a statement. It did not say when the incident occurred. “The foreign affairs ministry has summoned the Chinese ambassador in Jakarta and conveyed a strong protest regarding this incident. A diplomatic note of protest…

Vietnam carrier develops native 5G tech to lock out Huawei

HO CHI MINH CITY — Leading Vietnamese wireless carrier Viettel has developed its own 5G equipment, enabling the company to bypass the fifth-generation communications devices supplied by China’s Huawei Technologies. Viettel becomes the sixth global player to develop 5G equipment, the company said recently, putting it on the same plane with the likes of Sweden’s Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia. The carrier, fully owned by Vietnam’s Defense Ministry, plans to start mass production of hardware and software in mid-2021. Viettel looks to roll out commercial 5G services in June in large cities, initially adopting Nokia equipment for the high-speed…

Decatur incident video shows Chinese sailors preparing for collision

New footage of a 2018 encounter between Chinese and US warships has been released to the South China Morning Post following a freedom of information request. Experts say the footage appears to show the Chinese PLA crew members preparing for a collision with the US destroyer. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. A newly released US Navy video of the tense encounter between a Chinese and US warship in the South China Sea in late 2018 offers an indication of how seriously the Chinese side were prepared for a…

Myanmar in China’s Embrace – Foreign Policy Research Institute

China’s challenge to America and its drive for global primacy will dominate international politics for the foreseeable future. This contest will play out across the full spectrum of international affairs: economics, politics, science and technology, ideology—and geographic/territorial control. With surprising suddenness, Myanmar (Burma) has become a high-priority focus of Chinese strategy. A quick glance at the map will suggest where China’s initial territorial ambitions are focused. China is at the geographic center of East Asia. Southeast Asia sits like a southern portico—a potential bridge between interior/southern China and the tropical…

Burma in China’s embrace – The Ellsworth AmericanThe Ellsworth American

China’s challenge to America and its drive for global primacy will dominate international politics for the foreseeable future. This contest will play out across the full spectrum of international affairs: economics, politics, science and technology, ideology and geographic/territorial control. A quick glance at the map will suggest where China’s initial territorial ambitions are focused. China is at the geographic center of East Asia. Southeast Asia sits like a southern portico — a potential bridge between interior/southern China and the tropical seas along the equator. For China, the attraction of Southeast…

Massive protest in Baghdad calls for America to leave Iraq, as Iran works in the shadows to push for US ouster

‘GET OUT AMERICA’: In response to a call from Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr for “million-man” march against the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq, tens of thousands of Iraqis have packed central Baghdad, as seen on Iraqi television and shared on social media. “Men and women marched waving the red, white and black national colors, and chanted slogans against the United States,” reported Reuters in a dispatch from the Iraqi capital. “Some were wearing symbolic white robes indicating they’re willing to die for their country while others sat looking out…