Build trust to resolve South China Sea row: Ng Eng Hen, Singapore News & Top Stories

Countries should build trust and confidence and support diplomatic efforts to find solutions to the conflicting and overlapping claims in the South China Sea, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said on Friday at a security conference in Munich, Germany. Speaking at the Maritime Security Roundtable, Dr Ng also stressed the importance of upholding the principles of freedom of navigation despite these claims, and proposed resource-sharing mechanisms to reduce the risk of conflict. He said: “I think as leaders, we have to deal with the situation at hand and agree on…

Munich Security Conference: NATO secretary-general defends trans-Atlantic ties | News | DW

The US has defended its leading role after NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg touted US-EU relations in his address at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.  “Any attempt to distance Europe from North America not only weakens the trans-Atlantic bond, but it also risks dividing Europe,” he said. “I don’t believe in Europe alone. I believe in Europe and America together.” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended against criticism that the US had retreated from the world stage. “I’m happy to report that the death of the trans-Atlantic alliance is grossly…

Is the U.S.-Philippines Alliance Dying?

Seldom are Philippine affairs the stuff of clickbait here in North America. Dominating headlines this week were the Wuhan coronavirus, the release of the Pentagon’s fiscal 2021 defense budget proposal, impeachment and acquittal, and on and on. The apparent demise of an obscure treaty between the Philippine Islands and the United States barely registered in the conversation about foreign and defense affairs. Too bad. Terminating the U.S.-Philippine Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) could ripple throughout Southeast Asia to the detriment of not just the Philippines’ defense but U.S. maritime strategy toward…

Nations to build trust and confidence and find solutions to solve South China Sea conflict: Ng Eng Hen, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Countries should build trust and confidence and support diplomatic efforts to find solutions to the conflicting and overlapping claims in the South China Sea, Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen said on Friday (Feb 14) at a security conference in Munich, Germany. Speaking at a Maritime Security Roundtable, Dr Ng also stressed the importance of upholding the principles of freedom of navigation despite these claims, and proposed resource-sharing mechanisms to reduce the risk of conflict. He said: “I think as leaders, we have to deal with the situation…

Map reveals China’s growing military reach threatening Australia

If ever there was any doubt about China’s growing military reach, this map dispels it all. In its argument for extra cash from the US Budget, the Pentagon has released a summary of Chinese and Russian naval activity. It intended to alert politicians to the challenge US forces now faced. It locates patrols by warships and submarines – red for China, blue for Russia. Highlighted in green are the undersea cables vital for international communications. Now, a senior US Admiral warns that Chinese and Russian submarine activity meant even the…

Pompeo rejects claims that US has quit global role

Issued on: 15/02/2020 – 11:08Modified: 15/02/2020 – 11:06 Munich (Germany) (AFP) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday rejected European pessimism about Washington’s retreat from the global stage, saying the death of the transatlantic bond had been “grossly overexaggerated”. “The West is winning and we’re winning together,” Pompeo told the Munich Security Conference. But he was immediately contradicted by French President Emmanuel Macron, who warned of “a weakening of the West”. The annual gathering of world leaders, generals and diplomats to discuss security challenges has been dominated by fears…

US defence secretary warns Huawei 5G will put alliances at risk | US news

The US defence secretary, Mark Esper, warned that US alliances including the future of Nato were in jeopardy if European countries went ahead with using Chinese Huawei technology in their 5G networks. Esper also warned future intelligence cooperation would be at risk, as the US would no longer be certain its communications networks are secure. His remarks at the Munich security conference on Saturday, bolstered by similar warnings from the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, remove any doubt that the US sees finding an alternative to Huawei as central…

Asia Times | Coronavirus solidifies US-China decoupling

In November 2019, Henry Kissinger was in Beijing for the Bloomberg Next Economy Forum, warning that the US and China are in the “foothills of a Cold War”, saying that conflict could be worse than World War I if left to run unconstrained. These comments came in the context of escalating tensions in recent years over trade, increasing rhetoric of military conflict over Taiwan and the South China, Sea, accusations of espionage and influence campaigns, and an all-out competition to define the norms and values underpinning the international order. One…