Philippines Morning News For May 16, 2019

Deficit-to-GDP ratio eases to 2.1% in Q1The national government’s fiscal deficit as a share of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) narrowed in the first quarter as expenditure effort declined due to the delay in the 2019 budget, according to the Department of Finance (DOF).— The Philippine Star Duterte blames lawmakers’ pursuit of pork for Q1 slump (video)President Rodrigo Duterte blamed the nation’s lawmakers over the weekend for the country’s sluggish gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the first three months of this year.— AEC News Today (video) Tax effort…

Chinese base allegation is a war-mongering prophecy

The reheating allegations on possible Chinese naval base in Koh Kong province, Cambodia, is nothing but a warmongering prophecy. It shows no sign of receding and one can foresee such media attack against Cambodia to loom large in the run-up to the upcoming ASEAN-related meetings. Recently, on 9 May 2019, US-based media War on the Rocks published article entitled “Hiding in Plain Sight: Chinese Expansion in Southeast Asia.” They wrote, “It appears long enough to support military aircraft and matches the length of the runways built on the Spratly Islands…

U.S. says China’s focus on its South China Sea operations unwarranted | News

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 2:20 a.m. CDT By John Geddie and Fathin Ungku SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The head of operations of the United States Navy said on Wednesday that its freedom of navigation movements in the disputed South China Sea get more attention than they deserve. The U.S. military said two of its warships sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Monday last week, a move that angered Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world’s two biggest economies. “(The operations) get more…

How Beijing became bigger threat than Russia by exploiting US liberals

The Chinese Communist government does not have so much a strategy to translate its economic ascendance into global hegemony as several strategies. All of them are brilliantly insidious. On matters of trade, China is always flexible in responding to critics of its asymmetrical, 30-year mercantilism. In the initial stages of westernization, China was exempted from criticism over serial copyright and patent infringement, dumping and espionage. Western elites assumed that these improprieties were just speed bumps on the eventual Chinese freeway to liberalism. Supposedly the richer China got, the more progressive…

Defence Ministry denies Chinese naval base rumour

The Defence Ministry has once again denied allegations made in a report saying that Cambodia is allowing China’s Union Development Group to construct a military base in Koh Kong province. On May 9, US-based media War on the Rocks published “Hiding in Plain Sight: Chinese Expansion in Southeast Asia”, on its website. In the article, it said that China is building a naval base in the Kingdom, an allegation government officials have always denied by saying that according to the constitution, no foreign armed forces will ever be stationed in…

China military expanding reach into Arctic region, Pentagon says

By Tony CapaccioBloomberg News China is accelerating activities in the Arctic as part of its “Polar Silk Road” and trying to promote itself as a “near-Arctic state,” the U.S. Defense Department said. A growing fleet of icebreakers and civilian research stations in Iceland and Norway could support a strengthened People’s Liberation Army presence in the polar region, the Pentagon said Thursday in its annual report on China’s military. The department cited the potential deployment of nuclear-armed China submarines to the region as one area of U.S. concern. The report described…