Sea militia attacks could trigger US obligations under defense treaty

Sea militia attacks could trigger US obligations under defense treaty Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) – June 16, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Foreign government-sanctioned attacks initiated by militia or armed civilians in the South China Sea may trigger the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) of the United States and the Philippines, US ambassador to Manila Sung Kim said. Kim, in an interview with “The Chiefs” aired on Cignal TV’s One News on Friday night, reiterated the US commitment to honor the provisions of the treaty, which binds the…

How US Allies Can Keep An Electronic Eye On China « Breaking Defense

Chinese weapons ranges (CSBA graphic) As it seeks to contain a rising China, America’s great advantage is its larger network of Asian friends and allies. Not all of these nations have the combat power to deter Chinese aggression, let alone fight alongside the US in the nightmare scenario of war. But even our smaller allies can play a vital role as what President Kennedy called “watchmen on the walls of world freedom” by using radar, drones and long-range networks to monitor Chinese moves. The new Indo-Pacific Strategy released last week…

US defense chief sends message to China with photos showing North Korea sanctions go unenforced

Shanahan confronts China at Shangri-La Acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan didn’t mince words when talking in Singapore about Chinese behavior. WASHINGTON — The meeting between acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and his Chinese counterpart began with all the hallmarks of a routine staged and scripted session between two uneasy rivals. First came the posed photo, as the two men shook hands with broad smiles in front of their nations’ flags, and then they moved quickly into the hotel conference room, surrounded by staff. There, Shanahan presented Chinese Defense Minister Wei…

Lorenzana renews call to review mutual defense treaty with U.S. after latest tension in PH sea

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 8) — The country’s Defense secretary reiterates the need to review the mutual defense treaty with the United States, following a recent apparent near collision between U.S. and Russian warships in the Pacific. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana previously warned that the sustained U.S. operations in the South China Sea could drag the Philippines into a conflict not of its own doing. On Friday, U.S. and Russian warships came somewhere between 50 feet and 165 feet of each other, according to the two opposing reports, with…

US-China defense chiefs at odds over security in Indo-Pacific

The strained relationship between the US and China was on full display last weekend at Asia’s annual defense meeting. The Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore was the setting as the two powers painted very different pictures about who was the real threat to security in the region. Tough words frame cordial talks Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe met on May 31 for about 20 minutes. The US Defense Department hailed the talks as constructive and said they focused on ways to reduce the risk…

Vietnam defense minister calls for cooperation to solve South China Sea disputes

Lich addressed the Asian premier defense dialogue Shangri-La by pointing to high risks of conflicts in the South China Sea, which he calls an area that hosts all kinds of competition from economy to military and foreign affairs. He called for countries to comply with international laws, to act with responsibility and good will to make the waters “one peaceful area of development and cooperation.” Lich had met with China Defense Minister Wei Fenghe a few days earlier in Hanoi and they both agreed that Vietnam and China had differences…

China’s Defense Minister Promises to Defend the South China Sea

BEIJING (AP) — China began two days of military training in the South China Sea Sunday, as its defense minister warned that China’s armed forces would “resolutely take action” to defend Beijing’s claims over the area. The China Maritime Safety Administration announced the drills were being held all day Sunday and for half a day on Tuesday in an area near China’s holdings in the Paracel island group. China claims virtually the entire South China Sea as its own territory and strongly objects to naval activity in the area by…

Defense chief calls out China on tech theft, South China Sea

Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, left, meets with China’s Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe during a meeting on the sidelines of the 18th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-la Dialogue, an annual defense and security forum in Asia, in Singapore, Friday, May 31, 2019. Lolita Baldor AP Photo SINGAPORE U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Saturday denounced China’s efforts to steal technology from other nations and militarize man-made outposts in the South China Sea as a “toolkit of coercion,” saying Beijing’s bad behavior must end.…

Will Shangri-La Dialogue Avoid SCS Issue To Mollify Chinese Defense Minister? – OpEd – Eurasia Review

This year’s Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD), Asia’s premier defense summit, from May 31 to June 2 in Singapore will be more interesting than previous years for at least three reasons. The first one is that a Chinese minister of national defense will be attending the SLD for the first time in eight years. The last time China sent its defense minister Gen. Liang Guanglie (2008-2013) was in 2011. On June 2, Chinese Defense Minister Gen Wei Fenghe is expected to speak about China’s role in the Indo-Pacific region. Wei is also…

China’s actions in disputed South China Sea “excessive”- Acting US Defense Secy

China’s militarization of the disputed South China Sea had been “excessive,” acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Friday. Shanahan, speaking with reporters in Singapore on the sidelines of a defence forum, said China’s actions in the South China Sea, like installing the surface to air missiles, was “excessive” and “overkill.” China and the United States have repeatedly traded barbs in the past over what Washington says is Beijing’s militarization of the South China Sea by building military installations on artificial islands and reefs. (With inputs from agencies.) Source…