Is the Threat Of China’s ‘Maritime Militia’ Being Hyped? – Analysis – Eurasia Review

A well-known Washington DC based think tank has widely disseminated its latest ‘revelation’ regarding the ‘nefarious’ activities and intentions of China’s fishing fleet in the disputed Spratlys. https://amti.csis.org/illuminating-south-china-seas-dark-fishing-fleets/.  The author, Gregory Poling, the Director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies used the output of a combination of remote sensing technology to detect the presence, type and movement of vessels in the area.   He concluded in particular that there was a massive presence of Chinese fishing vessels in and around Subi and Mischief…

Talks on the cards to review US-Philippine defence pact, SE Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Philippine and United States officials on Thursday (Feb 7) confirmed that talks were being planned to review and possibly revise the 1951 Mutual Defence Treaty (MDT) between the two countries. But the timetable and provisions being considered for revision have yet to be agreed on, according to Foreign Under-secretary Enrique Manalo, Defence Under-secretary Cardozo Luna and US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim. In his remarks at a think tank conference on US-Philippine relations, Mr Luna called for a review of the treaty…

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…

Why the Philippines wants to review the mutual defence treaty with the United States

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte with US President Donald Trump Philippines’ Defence Secretary, Delfin Lorenzana at a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo in late December last year spoke of the need for a review of the 1951 Mutual Defence Treaty (MDT) with the United States given the growing security concerns in the South China Sea. The Defence Secretary had mentioned, given the ambivalent stand of the United States with respect to the Philippines’ claim in the West Philippine Sea (as referred to by the Philippines), “the government had three options after…

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…

Implications Of Indonesia’s New Military Base In The South China Sea – Analysis – Eurasia Review

Though Indonesia is not a claimant in the South China Sea, Jakarta and Beijing have entered into skirmishes in the Natuna area. By Premesha Saha A new military base was inaugurated by the Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander, Air Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto on 18 December 2018 in Natuna Besar, a disputed territory between Indonesia and China in the South China Sea. The two countries have conflicting interests and rights on this island, which is the largest in the southern peripheral of the South China Sea. Though Indonesia is not a claimant…

A Reflection Of China’s Peaceful Development? – Analysis – Eurasia Review

During the auspicious state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Philippines last November 2018, the two countries elevated their relations to a Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation (CSC). Given the political context defined by the U.S.-China geopolitical rivalry, the status of the Philippines as a U.S. ally, and the dispute in the West Philippine Sea which resulted to the legally successful Philippine arbitration case against China, the relevance of the CSC trascends China-Philippines relations. Truly, it is of regional significance as it supports China’s peaceful development narrative and reveals how…

China’s Strategy And Potential US Options – Analysis – Eurasia Review

By Kapil Bhatia* China’s graduated use of coercive instruments of national power in the South China Sea (SCS) constitutes an informed strategy.1 Such coercive gradualism is supported by gray zone tactics, which are measures that are aggressive yet designed to remain below the threshold of conventional military conflict.2 This combined approach minimizes international involvement, localizes issues, and ensures contentious outcomes in China’s favor. For smaller players in the region, this implies significant security, sovereignty, and economic challenges, especially due to their limited capacity to counter the sophisticated and integrated Chinese…