Sorry America (And Tom, Cruise), China’s Top Gun Is Just Better Than Yours

Key point: The navy in this video appeared high-tech, professional, a real navy rather than a mere coastal defense force I will make an unpatriotic confession. I like the Chinese version of “Top Gun” better. Or more specifically, a short Chinese navy video that resembles the 1986 Hollywood hit, for which a sequel is underway. Well, almost resembles. No smirking Tom Cruise. No fake love story (and no Kelly McGillis) to distract what everyone really came to see, which was the cool F-14 Tomcats zooming and booming through the skies. And…

Florida Vietnamese refugee to meet mariner who rescued him in 1978 – News – Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

Minh Nguyen, a local Vietnamese refugee who named his Sealand restaurant in honor of the cargo ship that plucked him from the South China Sea in 1978, soon will meet the chief ship’s mate who got him and 50 other refugees aboard the vessel and to safety. What’s in a name? For Minh Nguyen, it’s everything. At first glance, Sealand — the name of Nguyen’s restaurant at 47 Miracle Strip Parkway — seems a reasonable moniker for a coastal town restaurant serving fish, steak and other dishes; a kind of…

Carpio blasts China Coast Guard goodwill visit as another ship loiters Ayungin

Then acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio discusses their journey in fighting for our territorial waters in the West Philippine Sea during the Integrated Bar of the Philippines national convention at the SMX Aura in Taguig, July 13, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File MANILA – Retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Friday slammed China after one of its ships was spotted patrolling Ayungin Shoal on the day the Chinese Coast Guard arrived in Manila for a goodwill visit. “We tended a dinner for them. We welcomed them with a brass…

ASEAN ministers vow to cooperate on Rohingya, South China Sea issues

Southeast Asian foreign ministers ended talks in Vietnam on Friday with pledges to continue cooperating on key issues, including facilitating the repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar and reducing South China Sea tensions. A statement issued after the two-day informal meeting by Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said that besides those issues, the ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations also considered plans for a special summit with the U.S. President Donald Trump. “We welcomed the invitation by the U.S. President to convene a Special Summit to commemorate…

How China’s rise is changing diplomacy dynamics in Asia

Recently, I traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Learning that I had come from Hong Kong, the first thing a cab driver there asked me was: is the unrest now under control? Some other ethnic Chinese cab drivers whom I encountered during the trip simply sighed, saying they found it difficult to understand why Hong Kong was inflicting an “Armageddon” on itself. To some extent, their questions and doubts, if seen in the historical context of their countries, reflect the view among people in the region that one has to learn…

South China Sea crisis: Warship deployed as tensions erupt between US and China | World | News

Beijing said its military forces closely followed and monitored the USS Shiloh, a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, as it sailed through the sensitive waterway. The latest spat comes less than a week after Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen won re-election by a landslide on a platform of standing up to China, which claims sovereignty over the island.  Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing urged the US to abide by its “one China” policy and deal with Taiwan-related matters in a way that did not undermine China-US relations or stability in…

Asean foreign ministers continue talks in Vietnam

Asean foreign ministers continue talks in Vietnam Rohingya refugee high on agenda Senior officials of Asean members pose for a group photo during a meeting in Nha Trang, Vietnam, on Thursday. (Photo from @MFAThai Twitter account) NHA TRANG, Vietnam: Foreign ministers from Southeast Asian nations in Vietnam for a two-day meeting continued talks on Friday, with South China Sea tensions and stalled Rohingya refugee repatriation to Myanmar high on the agenda. At a working dinner on Thursday night, the ministers tentatively agreed to a US proposal for a special summit…

As Chinese influence grows, some unsettled but cheques are keeping many shut

By the looks of it, Beijing’s actions over the recent years seem to be pushing many countries away. It has coerced smaller neighbours over the South China Sea maritime dispute, pushed ahead with its ambitious multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative despite concerns of some that it could push some countries into deep debt and its stance of support to Pakistan, seen as a sponsor of terrorism. This week, China seemed isolated standing in Pakistan’s corner after almost all other members of the UN Security Council backed India’s stand that…

Chinese firm in Sangley airport project helped build South China Sea artificial islands

Chinese firm in Sangley airport project helped build South China Sea artificial islands Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – January 17, 2020 – 12:08pm MANILA, Philippines — The Chinese state-owned firm that will handle the development of Sangley airport in Cavite is the same company that helped build Beijing’s artificial islands in the South China Sea. The tandem of Lucio Tan’s MacroAsia Corp. and China Communications Construction Co. (CCCC) was the sole bidder for the Sangley Point International Airport project. The provincial government of Cavite earlier said it would award…