Trump’s India visit | Business Recorder

A deeper look into what US President Donald Trump said and did during his two-day visit to India may suggest that he did not mean what he said in public. For instance, he reiterated his offer to mediate on Kashmir. According to him, prime ministers Imran Khan and Narendra Modi “are my close friends”. But in a 5000-word joint statement issued at the conclusion of his visit, there is no mention of Kashmir or his offer of mediation. “They [the United States and India] denounced use of terrorist proxies ……

South China Sea crisis: Philippines threatens to withdraw US support ‘chilling effect’ | World | News

Last month, in the latest escalation regarding the South China Sea, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to give notice to the United States to end the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), which allows American forces to train in the country, if the reported cancellation of the visa Senator Ronald dela Rosa, was not reversed within a month. The outspoken leader said in a speech on January 23: “I’m warning you. If you won’t do the correction on this, I will terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement. I’ll end that son of a…

Top US Navy official expresses concerns about growing threat from China

The US Navy would have no problem defeating its Chinese counterpart in a naval conflict today, but Beijing’s outsized ambition and “off the charts” shipbuilding capabilities are rapidly turning it into a formidable adversary, the nation’s top naval official said on Friday. Thomas B. Modly, the acting US Navy secretary, said that in order to better counter China and Russia, the navy needs more technologically advanced amphibious, support and unmanned vessels and more focus on internal efficiency. “The Chinese navy is growing by leaps and bounds,” and are on target…

Ending Philippine-US pact a ‘tragedy’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to end a key US security pact would undermine the ability of US forces to help the country deal with major disasters and deter aggression in the disputed South China Sea, former Philippine secretary of foreign affairs Albert del Rosario said on Friday. Del Rosario cited the deployment of more than 13,000 US military personnel, dozens of aircraft and US Navy ships under the Visiting Forces Agreement when Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the central Philippines in 2013. “Other countries wanted to immediately respond, but were constrained…

Duterte’s decision to end the alliance with the US is reckless | Rodrigo Duterte

“In this venue, your honours, I announce my separation from the United States,” thundered Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during his historic visit to China in 2016. At the time, few, including members of his inner circle, took the remarks seriously, never mind literally. In mid-February, however, Duterte effectively ended the country’s century-old alliance with the US by unilaterally abrogating the 1998 Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), a linchpin of security cooperation in recent decades. As one top Filipino official put it, without the VFA the Philippines’s alliance with the world’s superpower is “practically useless”. Duterte’s latest move,…

Making the Most of US-ASEAN Ties, Even Without the Vegas Summit – The Diplomat

Advertisement In an unfortunate turn of events linked to growing fears of a pandemic, the Trump administration has wisely decided to postpone a special summit with all 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which was scheduled to take place on March 14 in Las Vegas, Nevada. “As the international community works together to defeat the novel coronavirus, the United States, in consultation with ASEAN partners, has made the difficult decision to postpone the ASEAN leaders meeting previously scheduled for mid-March. The United States values our…

FPSOs: The New Business Model

As New Year 2020 unfolds, there are 21 floating production, storage and offloading units (FPSO) on order, and unlike a year ago, these — and not floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) — are the unheralded story. Driven by a decent price for oil, this buoyant market is kept strong by new players, new business models and the now solid realization that FPSOs can cost less than new, jacketed oilfield development. Most of all, nations are again asking industry to concentrate capital and rein in remote-area wealth. The national oil companies…

Westerdam cruise ship stuck in South China Sea because of Philippines coronavirus ban

Updated February 04, 2020 00:48:53 An Adelaide couple is among up to 2,000 people stuck on a cruise ship in the South China Sea after it was refused entry to the Philippines because of fears about the coronavirus. Key points: The Westerdam cruise ship left Hong Kong for the Philippines on Saturday The Philippines banned incoming passengers from China because of coronavirus fears The ship is in the South China Sea awaiting a decision on its next port of call It comes as the South Australian Government announced 56 people…

South China Sea: How Britain could play key role in US-China feud as conflict fears rise | World | News

This is because as China’s rapid militarisation of the South China Sea gathers pace, the UK could lease one of its new super carriers to the US as President Donald Trump looks to expand his naval forces. According to recent reports, the British Army is said to be pushing for one of the Royal Navy’s brand new super carriers to be leased out to the US in a bid to garner extra cash for military funding. A Sunday Times report revealed that decision makers in the UK’s military could look…

US Postpones Southeast Asian Leaders’ Meeting Due to Virus

WASHINGTON — The United States has postponed a meeting of leaders of southeast Asian nations that was set for Las Vegas in mid-March due to the spread of the coronavirus, a senior Trump administration official and the Philippine ambassador said. President Donald Trump had invited the leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations to meet in the U.S. this year after he skipped their annual meeting last year, which was held in Thailand. Trump sent national security adviser Robert O’Brien to the meeting in his place. A senior…