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For sure President Duterte is aware of the comments: he’s ready to declare war over garbage sales contracted by private parties, but his silence is deafening when Chinese believed to be maritime militias hit and sink a Filipino fishing boat and then abandon the fishermen to the elements. The sinking in Recto or Reed Bank is particularly sensitive because it is one of just three spots in the South China Sea over which the Philippines was specifically awarded sovereign rights by the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration or PCA in…

BREAKING: If USA, Britain keep Diego Garcia China Gets South China Sea, Duterte gets zip.

The Philippines is a victimized innocent in one of Trump’s wars. But not just the delightfully innocent Filipinos, all Asians are in grave danger as war looms ominously in the heads of some hawkish old men in the White House. Extreme nastiness today against China is led by Donald Trump, the US Navy and US Coast Guard, far from their home, plying China’s claimed territorial waters of the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait. Beijing got angry and ordered that an innocent American ally be punished. A Philippines vessel…

US aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan Japan Izumo exercise South China Sea

SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 11, 2019) — The Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) participated in a cooperative deployment with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships JS Izumo (DH-183), JS Murasame (DD-101) and JS Akebono (DD-108) June 10-12. Reagan, Akebono, Izumo and Murasame conducted communication checks, tactical maneuvering drills and liaison officer exchanges designed to address common maritime security priorities and enhance interoperability at sea. “Having a Japanese liaison officer aboard to coordinate our underway operations has been beneficial and efficient,” said Lt. Mike Malakowsky, a tactical…

PH urges US to help uphold states’ sovereign rights in SCS

MANILA — For the freedom of navigation to mean anything in the South China Sea (SCS), the United States must also use its power to uphold the sovereign rights of states surrounding the strategic waters, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Saturday. “Freedom of navigation in the South China Sea by itself is merely the freedom to walk in a zoo past cages of animals. Freedom of navigation to mean anything includes willingness to use US power to uphold the sovereign rights of the littoral states of Southeast Asia…

The U.S. needs backup when it comes to China

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are shown at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters) THE UNITED STATES and China are at a hinge point in the most important bilateral relationship of the 21st century. What started last year as a trade dispute, one that just last month seemed close to settlement, threatens to escalate into a new Cold War with potentially devastating consequences for both countries — and the world. Now substantially integrated, the two largest economies could unwind from…

China admits hitting boat but calls it accident

Rescued Filipino fishermen sit inside Philippine Navy ship BRP Ramon Alcuaz as they head back to shore at Occidental Mindoro province, Philippines on Friday June 14, 2019. The Philippines’ top diplomat said he has filed a diplomatic protest after an anchored fishing boat was hit by a suspected Chinese vessel which then abandoned the 22 Filipino fishermen as the boat sank in the disputed South China Sea. (AP Photo) MANILA, Philippines — China has acknowledged its fishing vessel hit a Filipino boat in the disputed South China Sea in an…

How a Chinese ship sank a Vietnamese boat in 2014

Justice Antonio Carpio says China – as it does with Vietnam – might start a new ‘gray zone’ offensive against Filipino vessels in the West Philippine Sea Published 2:50 PM, June 16, 2019 Updated 2:50 PM, June 16, 2019 VIETNAMESE BOAT. This picture taken on June 2, 2014, shows the Vietnamese fishing boat DNA 90152, which was reportedly sunk by a Chinese ship, at a shipyard in the central coastal city of Danang. File photo by AFP MANILA, Philippines – The sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese…