Defense chief says China ‘aggressive’ but no longer ‘a bully’ » Manila Bulletin News

Published August 10, 2019, 7:11 PM By Martin Sadongdong China’s reclamation works and militarization of some artificial islands in the South China Sea (SCS), the swarming of fishing boats near the islands claimed by the Philippines, and the uncoordinated passage and activities of their warships and survey ships within our exclusive economic zone (EEZ) are signs of “aggressiveness” which do not necessarily make the Asian military powerhouse “bullies.” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (Office of the Secretary of National Defense / MANILA BULLETIN) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has viewed the recent…

Defense chief on Chinese ships: Why the secrecy?

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has stepped up criticism on Chinese ships sailing unannounced into Philippine waters, in what may be taken as a signal of souring relations between the Philippines and China despite assurances to the contrary by Malacañang and by Beijing. Lorenzana, along with other defense officials, has been reporting such vessels disregarding communications by Philippine authorities. The defense chief particularly noted that Chinese warships had passed through Sibutu Strait near Tawi-Tawi four times since February. This week, two Chinese survey ships were reported seen within the country’s exclusive…

China’s Credibility Problem – Defense One

Beijing’s string of violated agreements is starting to weigh heavily on U.S.-China relations. U.S.-China relations are in a state of freefall not seen since before President Nixon went to Beijing in 1972. To arrest the deterioration, the two sides will need to establish a new modus vivendi. One underappreciated stumbling block stands in the way, however: China has a credibility problem. Since the late 1990s, Washington and its allies have taken steps to designed to accommodate China’s rise and give Beijing a say in shaping the post-Cold War global order. American…

A Fishing Boat Attack Highlights the Rocky Status of U.S.-Philippine Defense Ties

contributor perspectives Aug 5, 2019 | 09:30 GMT 6 mins read (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images) Contributor Perspectives offer insight, analysis and commentary from Stratfor’s Board of Contributors and guest contributors who are distinguished leaders in their fields of expertise. Highlights Washington is hesitant to react to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s informal call for the U.S. Navy to act against China in line with the country’s Mutual Defense Treaty. But in the wake of Chinese aggression against Philippine interests in the South China Sea, Manila is likely to continue questioning the utility…

Philippine defense chief hits China for South China Sea acts:The Asahi Shimbun

MANILA–The Philippine defense chief criticized China on Tuesday for what he called “bullying” actions in the South China Sea and said Beijing’s peaceful assurances contrast with its behavior in the contested waters. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana criticized China’s increasingly assertive actions when asked to comment on the Chinese ambassador’s assurances in Manila that Beijing won’t seek hegemony in the disputed region and “will not take the first shot.” “They say we do not bully people around, they follow international law, but I said you are not, what you are telling…

Philippine defense chief hits China for S. China Sea actions

Posted: Jul. 30, 2019 7:00 am Updated: Jul. 30, 2019 7:20 am MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine defense chief criticized China on Tuesday for what he called “bullying” actions in the South China Sea and said Beijing’s peaceful assurances contrast with its behavior in the contested waters. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana criticized China’s increasingly assertive actions when asked to comment on the Chinese ambassador’s assurances in Manila that Beijing won’t seek hegemony in the disputed region and “will not take the first shot.” “They say we do not bully…

Pacific News Minute: Chinese Defense Makes Strong Claims To Taiwan And To East and South China Seas

The United States continues to conduct naval patrols in waters claimed by China. Last week, the guided missile cruiser USS Antietam sailed through the Taiwan Strait: the sixth such transit this year. The operation came as China issued an important policy document. China releases a strategic military review every four years, and the 2019 white paper is being given particular significance ahead of celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic on October 1st. “China’s National Defense in the New Era” paints the People’s Liberation Army as a…

ASEAN Defense Ministers Call for Peace, Stability in South China Sea

Updated at 5:45 p.m. ET on 2019-07-11 ASEAN defense ministers on Thursday committed to creating a “sea of peace” in the South China Sea, a region marked by tension over competing territorial claims by member nations, Taipei and Beijing, which has built up its military presence there. Meeting in Bangkok, the defense chiefs representing the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations signed a declaration, which includes a guideline to reach a code of conduct in the South China Sea while improving information-sharing among members. “We affirm the…

Philippine defense chief hits China for South China Sea acts

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine defense chief criticized China on Tuesday for what he called “bullying” actions in the South China Sea and said Beijing’s peaceful assurances contrast with its behavior in the contested waters. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana criticized China’s increasingly assertive actions when asked to comment on the Chinese ambassador’s assurances in Manila that Beijing won’t seek hegemony in the disputed region and “will not take the first shot.” “They say we do not bully people around, they follow international law, but I said you are not,…

China’s Defense White Paper Means Only One Thing: Trouble Ahead

Lately, Beijing has been making forceful statements and backing them with impactful actions. Speaking at the Aspen Security Dialogue on 18 July 2019, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Admiral Phil Davidson described People’s Republic of China (PRC) Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe’s 2 June speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue as “quite chilling.” “Not only did [Wei] make it clear that he didn’t think Asia and the Western Pacific was any place for America, he said Asia wasn’t even for Asians—it was for the Chinese.” Then, “within 24 hours of…