Hammond visit to China called off amid reports of Beijing anger with UK defense actions — MercoPress

Hammond visit to China called off amid reports of Beijing anger with UK defense actions Tuesday, February 19th 2019 – 09:21 UTC There were plans for trade talks between Mr Hammond and senior Chinese government figures during the brief visit this week A visit to China by Chancellor Phillip Hammond has been called off amid reports a speech by the UK’s defense secretary angered Beijing. There were plans for trade talks between Mr Hammond and senior Chinese government figures during the brief visit this week. But last week, Gavin…

Singapore defense minister: Cost of conflict in South China Sea ′too high′ | Asia| An in-depth look at news from across the continent | DW

China and several Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, have competing claims over territorial waters in the South China Sea (SCS). In recent years, Beijing has been building airstrips and hangars, as well as stationing anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems in the Spratly Islands — a collection of reefs and rocks located off the coast of the Philippines.  China claims sovereignty over a large part of the South China Sea, although these claims were rejected by an international tribunal in 2016. The head of the US Pacific Command at…

America desperately needs a confirmed Defense secretary

The United States confronts the most dangerous and dynamic array of threats that we have seen in our lifetimes, yet our armed forces lack a confirmed secretary of the Defense Department. The American people, including our men and women in uniform, deserve better. The coming months will bring a host of major national security events, including the management of nuclear treaty violations by Russia, the withdrawal of our troops from Syria, potential adjustments in Afghanistan, ongoing talks with North Korea over its nuclear program, the management of tensions in the South…

Risk of South China Sea Strife if Beijing Attempts Defense Zone

TAIPEI, TAIWAN —  An air defense zone declared by Beijing, or any effort to stop civilian ship traffic, would raise the risk of conflict in the disputed South China Sea after years of calm, because either move would inconvenience day-to-day operations, scholars who follow the region say. Five other militarily weaker maritime claimants have watched without major protest as China tests bombers, holds naval drills and considers nuclear power stations in the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea. Last week Chinese news media reported tests of the country’s first domestically made seaplane, for…

US envoy welcomes Mutual Defense Treaty review

US envoy welcomes Mutual Defense Treaty review Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) – February 7, 2019 – 12:12pm MANILA, Philippines — Washington’s top envoy in Manila has welcomed the proposition of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to review the provisions of the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the two countries. US Ambassador to Manila Sung Kim agreed with the position of the Department of Defense that any agreement of such importance “should be looked at very closely.” “The circumstances surrounding the agreement on our alliance evolves so we would welcome taking…

PH, US to meet this year to review the Mutual Defense Treaty » Manila Bulletin News

Published February 5, 2019, 5:21 PM By Francis Wakefield  Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana said a delegation from the United States is expected to arrive in the country within the year for exploratory talks on the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT). Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (photo courtesy of the Office of the Secretary of National Defense) Lorenzana made the revelation as he underscored the imminent Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) review with the United States within the year. “Maybe within the year, within the year because the Americans are also interested, they…

Review of US-PH defense treaty long overdue – Villarin

By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN Akbayan Party-list Rep. Tom Villarin has welcomed a proposal to amend the more than six decade-old Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the Philippines and the United States. According to Villarin, the planned review of the MDT was long overdue and a chance to cut the umbilical cord of subservience. Villarin said it was a historic opportunity to define what mutual interests serve both countries in an era where global power shifts to the Asia Pacific. “Our sovereignty and independence trumps other interests, nothing less,” he…

The Philippines Considers Scrapping Defense Treaty With U.S.

‘The steadfast denials of a military alliance dynamic here are not based on the evidence.’ The torrent of news about expanding cooperation between Russia and China continues to increase. And though many experts are concerned about the quickly deepening intimacy between these two revisionist nations, the general consensus remains that a real Russia-China alliance does not exist. But a new analysis says that consensus is wrong. “It is long since time that analysts and policymakers acknowledge the reality that is evolving right before their eyes,” wrote Stephen Blank, a senior…

China Developing New Stealth Jets to ‘Strike Regional and Global Targets,’ Defense Intelligence Agency Warns

China is developing medium- and long-range stealth bombers that would be capable of striking regional as well as global threats, according to a new report. Besides the United States, China is the only other nation known to have successfully developed a stealth fighter. The Asian superpower in 2017 launched J-20 fighters into active service, and now the country is working to expand its arsenal. “Stealth technology continues to play a key role in the development of these new bombers, which probably will reach initial operational capability no sooner than 2025,” read…