Philipines’ foreign secretary cries foul after Chinese ship rams Filipino fishing boat, leaving it to sink in South China Sea

Photo: You Tube screen grab of Phil Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. from RTV Malacanang Philippines’ Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. condemned the Chinese for ramming into an anchored Filipino fishing boat near Recto Bank Saturday. The Chinese ship allegedly left the Filipino vessel to sink leaving its 22 crew members vulnerable to the elements. Fortunately, the sailors were rescued by the crew of a passing Vietnamese ship. Locsin, angry over the “contemptible and condemnable” action committed by the Chinese ships’ uncaring crew, spurted very colorful language and called for an…

China’s maritime militia challenges foreign forces at sea

Singapore — China’s so-called maritime militia is believed to be behind a series of laser attacks against an Australian naval helicopter over the South China Sea, soon after a U.S. admiral warned that the paramilitary force could be treated as combatants. A report in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on May 29, quoting Australian Defence Department sources, said that the crew of a Royal Australian Navy helicopter was targeted by lasers from nearby fishing vessels during a night flight. The helicopter landed safely on its ship following the attack, where crew…

The Birth of Chinese Nationalism – Foreign Policy

In China, May 4 is Youth Day, a holiday established by the Communist Party in 1949 and celebrated on and off ever since. On this day in 1989, more than 100,000 students demonstrated in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, a key milestone on road to the tragic events of June 4, when Chinese troops opened fire on the civilians amassed there. This year, China’s president and Communist Party leader, Xi Jinping, has called on students to commemorate a very special Youth Day. But it’s not the 30th anniversary of 1989’s pro-democracy protests…

Biden has been on wrong side of foreign policy issues for decades: former Bush assistant secretary of state

A former assistant secretary of state for President George W. Bush slammed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for dismissing the threat of China, saying the former vice president has been on the wrong side of foreign policy issues for the last four decades. “On a personal level is he a friendly guy, but he has empirically had poor judgment particularly on foreign policy … the examples are numerous,” Robert Charles said Friday on “Fox and Friends.” “Interestingly, Robert Gates in his book who criticizes almost nobody … noted that ‘Joe Biden…

Does a Trump doctrine on foreign policy exist? Ask John Bolton.

National security adviser John Bolton speaks to reporters and members of the media at the White House on May 1 in Washington. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) Understanding President Trump’s foreign policy is a challenge, since he has written and spoken little on the subject for most of his life. So how to make sense of his worldview? Is there a Trump Doctrine? Michael Anton, a former Trump national security official, believes there is, and he explains it in a recent essay in Foreign Policy. The Trump Doctrine, Anton argues, is…

China stealing foreign military technology in race to become world power: Report

China continues building up its military to transform from regional power to “world-class,” investing heavily in modernization and expanding its global influence, according to a new Pentagon report that was released on Thursday. Interested in Technology? Add Technology as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Technology news, video, and analysis from ABC News. The report highlights how China is rushing towards that goal by using covert techniques to steal foreign military technologies and “leapfrogging” the development phases of complex weapons systems. China uses various means to…

Tighter rules for foreign workers ready, Immigration says

Tighter rules for foreign workers ready, Immigration says (Philstar.com) – May 1, 2019 – 2:13pm MANILA, Philippines — The government will tighten rules on issuing work permits for foreigners, the Bureau of Immigration announced Wednesday, saying this is “to ensure that jobs that can be done by Filipinos will not be given to foreigners.” Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said in a BI press release that the bureau, the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Justice have signed joint guidelines on the…

Foreign Affairs chief twits ‘idiotesses’: Leave Scarborough clams alone

MANILA — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Sunday appealed anew for the issue of China’s clam harvesting in disputed waters to be left alone. Filipino fishermen recently told ABS-CBN News that the Chinese Coast Guard have driven them away from the resource-rich Scarborough Shoal on the South China Sea, while wooden trawlers bearing the Chinese flag extract giant clams there. “If this clam issue ends up with China GRANTING us PERMISSION and even help to save the clams—thereby eroding our victory in the Hague—I will tear out your…

China Gets a British Bedfellow – Foreign Policy

The United Kingdom is starting to get on board China’s signature, trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative, a departure from the more confrontational line toward Beijing that’s taken hold in Washington and Brussels. One reason for London’s outreach may be Britain’s sense of vulnerability in the wake of the stalled plans for Brexit, which have left the British reassessing their trade relations globally. Philip Hammond, the British chancellor of the exchequer, said on Friday at the Belt and Road forum in Beijing that the U.K. is committed to helping China realize…