Philippine VFA exit raises stakes in Pacific competition with China

Philippine plans to exit the Visiting Forces Agreement signed with the US in the 1990s won’t go into effect until August, but the move is already raising concerns about relations to the US. The potential end of that deal, and a diminished US military presence, comes at a time when the US and its partners in the region are seeking to counter China’s efforts to expand its influence. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent decision to withdraw from the Visiting Forces Agreement comes after…

South China Sea news: Vietnam ’spy boats’ infiltrating Beijing waters in illegal move | World | News

According to the South China Morning Post, around 34 Vietnamese boats sailed close to Hainan between January 19 and 31. Most of these vessels went close to the territorial limit, according to South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative. The South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative is a Peking University think tank. The move, it says, is seen as Vietnam bolstering its presence, while increasing tension with China. A report says: “As it is known to all, there are a number of Chinese naval and airbases. “It would make…

Best pics of the week: Feb. 23, 2020

Rumors of an Afghan peace deal, Marine Raiders move and a flying machine gun | The Briefing 02.21.20 U.S. and Taliban officials announce a ‘reduction in violence’ agreement that could be a precursor to a full peace deal, the Marine Raiders centralize their home on the east coast, a legendary Iwo Jima vet remembers the invasion on the 75th anniversary of the battle, and DARPA dreams up a flying machine gun on The Briefing for 2.21.20 Source link

Malaysia Morning News For February 24, 2020

Health Ministry: All Malaysian Covid-19 patients in country have recovered, four foreign nationals still hospitalisedAnother Malaysian patient previously diagnosed with the Covid-19 infection has recovered, the Health Ministry said today.— Malay Mail M’sia to be test bed for Next Generation Vehicles: AnalystOne of the new elements of the newly-launched National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2020 – the Next Generation Vehicle (NxGV) – will not only consist of Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEVs), but also autonomous vehicles, and Malaysia will be preparing itself to be the test bed for this, said an automotive…

What Donald Trump gets out of his trip to India

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Indian Americans are a growing political force in the US. Could this be part of the reason for the trip? India is gearing up to impress the visiting US President Donald Trump on his first official trip to the world’s most populous democracy. Tens of thousands are expected to line the streets to greet him in Ahmedabad city, in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat. Mr Trump will inaugurate the world’s largest cricket stadium there in the presence of over 100,000 people, a spectacle…

Asean morning news for February 24, 2020

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu   Parliament approves ASEAN’s protocol for dispute settlement mechanismThai Parliament has approved ASEAN’s protocol for dispute settlement mechanisms and called on the government to make necessary preparations.— Pattaya Mail ASEAN in position to make strategic gains from BrexitBritain reigned supreme in the world’s ocean from the 17th to 20th centuries, and its formal withdrawal from the European Union at the end of January means it has started redefining its political and diplomatic priorities in line with its old identity as a leading…

Why The Battleship Could Make a Comeback (Thanks to China)

Key point: With advanced armor, a modern battleship would be a ship that could be put in harm’s way in the reasonable expectation of coming home in one piece. In World War II, the Japanese super-battleships Yamato and Musahi each mounted nine 18.1-inch guns, the largest naval guns ever deployed, but they never sank a single American ship. In a conflict decided by naval aviation, Yamato and Musahi were used mainly as flagships and troop transports. Despite their huge armaments, they were steel dinosaurs from an earlier strategic age. But how do you sink a steel dinosaur? The answer…

bne IntelliNews – Torpedoed. Georgia’s government knocks out consortium contracted to build Anaklia deep sea port but flagship infrastructure should still be built

Though Georgia’s government has torpedoed the consortium it asked to build a $2.5bn flagship deep-sea port on the Black Sea coast, there are few politicians in the small country that would openly declare that the long prized infrastructure ambition should be dropped—especially with the Georgian general election coming up later this year. The prospect of building the port not only helps spread the feelgood factor among Georgians wanting affirmation that their country at the crossroads of Europe and Asia has solid economic growth prospects. It also helps to symbolise the desire…