China Should Tread Carefully Regarding The Philippines – Analysis – Eurasia Review

China may be on the verge of making a major mistake that would undermine its great gains in soft power in Southeast Asia.  This comes at a time when China needs friends in the region more than ever as its economy slows, trade tensions with the U.S. rise, and security and financial concerns with its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) are resulting in reappraisals of its projects. ‘Soft power’ is the capability to use economic or cultural influence to shape the preferences of others.  China has been arduously building its…

China to show off new nuclear subs, destroyers for first time at fleet review marking navy’s 70th anniversary

China will show off some of its new warships — including nuclear submarines and destroyers — for the first time during a massive maritime parade marking the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Navy on Tuesday. A total of 32 Chinese vessels and 39 aircraft will take part in the parade near the eastern port city of Qingdao, the state-run Global Times quoted Vice Adm. Qiu Yanpeng, deputy commander of the People’s Liberation Army Navy, as saying at a news conference Saturday. “The PLA Navy ship and aircraft to be revealed…

Parsing The Present Philippines-China Contretemps – Analysis – Eurasia Review

Currently there is a political and legal tiff between the Philippines and China regarding the continuous presence of a swarm of fishing boats near China-claimed Zhōngyè Dǎo but Philippines-occupied Pag-asa—also known as Thitu. Some think this is in response to Philippine efforts to upgrade its facilities there. This tiff is significant because the process and the outcome may set a legal and political precedent for their relationship regarding their many other disputes in the South China Sea and others’ disputes as well. The Philippines and China have territorial, jurisdictional and…

Navy ship sets sail for Chinese fleet review

Navy personnel board the BRP Tarlac (LD-601) before setting sail for Qingdao, China, to participate in the fleet review for the 70th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army Navy from April 22 to 25. PHILIPPINE NAVY PHOTO MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Navy has sent off one of its ships to attend China’s multinational fleet review. Strategic sealift vessel BRP Tarlac (LD-601) left Pier 13 on Monday for a 7-day journey to Qingdao, China, to join the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s 70th anniversary from April 22 to 25. This will…

Vietnamese frigates sail to China for naval review

By Vu Anh  &nbspApril 15, 2019 | 03:00 pm GMT+7 Colonel Nguyen Dinh Hung (R), Commander of the Naval Region 4, leads a delegation of Vietnam’s Navy to join a naval parade in China on April 14, 2019. Photo by Bao Hai Quan (Navy’s newspaper) Two Vietnamese frigates are on their way to China to attend an international naval parade on April 23. The 011 Dinh Tien Hoang and 015 Tran Hung Dao vessels left Cam Ranh Bay in the central province of Khanh Hoa Sunday for a voyage of…

Maritime Race At Crossroads Of 21st Century – OpEd – Eurasia Review

History revolves around two things – actions and ideas. If we take into account ideas, then the name of Alfred Thayer Mahan is worth mentioning. Mahan, a 19th-century naval strategist and author of the book Influence of Sea Power upon History, argued that “national prosperity and power depended on control of the world’s sea-lanes. Whoever rules the waves rules the world.” Putting the above into action, one can conclude that it was imperative for the United States to become a naval power in order to be successful. And, to achieve…

Amidst US-China Rivalry, US Reassurance Raise Philippine Concerns – Analysis – Eurasia Review

In the past, concern about getting entangled in a conflict over competing territorial and maritime claims in the South China Sea restrained U.S. support for its oldest treaty ally in Asia. Now, a long overdue reassurance raises Philippine worries about getting involved in a brewing great power competition. Fresh from his trip to Hanoi for the second US-North Korea Summit, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew to Manila (February 28-March 1) to meet President Rodrigo Duterte and his counterpart, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. The proposed review of the…

Philippine Navy chief, landing dock ship to attend China fleet review

BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602)./ PHOTO FROM BRP DAVAO DEL SUR FACEBOOK PAGE MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Navy will send its strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) to take part in China’s multinational fleet review later this month. Navy Flag-Officer-in-Command Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad said the Philippine Navy’s participation was “part of goodwill.” The review is being held to mark the 70th founding anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army Navy. Empedrad said he will also be attending the event. “Asean Navy chiefs will be coming. I heard…