After South China Sea collision, Philippine protesters set Chinese flags aflame – Shanghaiist

Protesters in the Philippines have been burning Chinese flags recently in response to a collision in the contentious South China Sea. According to Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, on the night of June 9th, a Chinese fishing vessel crashed into a Filipino one near the Recto Bank, located about 150 kilometers from the Philippine island of Palawan. The crash caused the Philippine boat to sink and the Chinese vessel is accused of leaving 22 crewmen in the water to drown. Fortunately, they were rescued by a nearby Vietnamese boat. Philippine…

US quietly lowers threshold for conflict in the South China Sea

The US has been steadily ratcheting up the pressure on China’s sea forces in a way that could lower the threshold for conflict in the South China Sea, already a hotbed of tension and dispute. The US is signaling a tougher stance toward the Chinese maritime militia, a paramilitary sea force disguised as a fishing fleet and known to harass foreign rivals to enforce China’s vast sovereignty claims in the contested waterway. The Chinese maritime militia “thrives within the shadows of plausible deniability,” according to Andrew Erickson, a leading expert…

New US Indo-Pacific strategy isn’t going to scare China

The Trump administration has taken the next step toward fleshing out its approach to China, by releasing the Pentagon’s Indo-Pacific Strategy Report. The 64-page paper deals with a number of regional security issues, but it focuses primarily on how to preserve a congenial climate as an ambitious, autocratic China asserts its growing influence. Those who are looking for a fresh, definitive answer to this question are going to be disappointed. The main thrusts of the document are familiar; they date back to the Barack Obama years and even before. Where…

Vietnam has a new partner in its old rivalry with China – the US

When Dang Duc Toai completed the Aviation Leadership Programme at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi last month, he became a trailblazer among pilots from his native Vietnam. Dang, a captain in the Vietnam People’s Air Force, was the first of his countrymen to graduate from the programme, through which the United States Air Force provides 52 weeks of flight training to pilots from US partner and developing countries. Lieutenant General Steve Kwast, commander of air education and training command in Columbus, hailed Dang’s graduation on May 31 as the…

South China Sea: Furious Philippine protestors burn Chinese flags after fishing boat sunk | World | News

The number of flags represents the number of crew left abandoned by the other ship before being rescued by a Vietnamese vessel. Claimants encourage fishermen to fish in the disputed sea and the Chinese vessel is believed to be another fishing boat. As reported by the South China Morning Post, Mr Duterte dismissed the incident as “just a collision”. Manila has disputes with Beijing over parts of the region but has avoided pressing forward as to not jeopardise economic and diplomatic ties. Protestors in Rizal Park held placards reading “End…

Death toll rises to 12 in southwest China earthquake – UNTV News

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of China occupied Subi Reef at Spratly Islands in disputed South China Sea April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Francis Malasig/Pool MANILA, Philippines – The United States Defense Department in a report revealed that China has long been establishing its power and expanding its domain even as early as 2002. According to the US Defense Department’s 2018 Annual Report to Congress, the 21st century’s initial two decades are described as China’s “period of strategic opportunity”. “They assess that international conditions during this time will facilitate domestic development and…

Bolton Wants to Fight Iran, But the Pentagon Has Its Sights on China

The recent White House decision to speed the deployment of an aircraft carrier battle group and other military assets to the Persian Gulf has led many in Washington and elsewhere to assume that the U.S. is gearing up for war with Iran. As in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, U.S. officials have cited suspect intelligence data to justify elaborate war preparations. On May 13th, acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan even presented top White House officials with plans to send as many as 120,000 troops to the…