A year in review and preview

ANI | Updated: Jan 01, 2020 16:27 IST Hong Kong, Jan 1 (ANI): Overall, 2019 was a year of setbacks for China, as it tussled with President Donald Trump in a brewing trade war, received stiffening criticism about its incarceration of at least a million Muslim Uighurs, and faced growing criticism of its foreign interference in others’ affairs. However, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was immune from most of this, and there is little indication yet that its burgeoning budget will be threatened by a budget squeeze.Indeed, the PLA continues…

Defining moments: A decade in review

Ten years is not an easy thing to summarize, but there were many events that made the entire world pause and take note. From record-breaking weather events to unforgettable man-made disasters, the last decade has certainly been one for the history books. HURRICANES 2017 was the year America’s hurricane fortunes changed. For much of the decade that began in 2010, hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or more flirted with Florida and other parts the United States, but never made landfall. In fact, not one major hurricane hit the U.S.…

Wake-Up Call for Gen Z – The Oberlin Review

 Scientists around the world are finally coming to the realization that the Jonas Brothers were right in 2006 when they sang, “I’ve been to the year 3000. Not much has changed but they lived underwater.”  The consensus among several reputable international institutions — the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, and the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — is that sea-levels are rising at an alarming rate, and may eventually result in the partial submersion of continents as we know them today. Several coastal and island cities —…

China’s Navy Looms Larger | Harvard Political Review

  Earlier this month, on September 13, the U.S. Navy sailed a guided-missile destroyer, the USS Wayne E. Meyer, into the South China Sea near the Paracel Islands. The mission’s objective was to challenge Chinese territorial claims in the region. As Commander Reann Mommsen, spokesperson for the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet explained, the destroyer “challenged the restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam, and also contested China’s claim to straight baselines enclosing the Paracel Islands.” Why would the United States spend time contesting claims in the Pacific?…

Does A Foreign ‘Expert’ Have The ‘Solution’ To The Philippines Quandary With China In South China Sea? – Analysis – Eurasia Review

Most observers of South China Sea issues could not help but notice the recent public exchange between Bill Hayton, an “expert and scholar on the region”, and the Foreign Minister of the Philippines, Teodoro Locsin Jr. https://news.abs-cbn.com/spotlight/09/22/19/the-face-of-defeat-s-china-sea-scholar-urges-ph-to-raise-arbitral-win-before-un  The exchange focused on what the Philippines should do regarding China’s policies and actions in the South China Sea.  Hayton, a relative newcomer to these issues, is sure he has the answer.  ‘The Philippines should stand up to China.’ But his ‘solution’ is both arrogant and—according to Locsin—”ignorant”. Hayton argued that “Manila has…

The Hullabaloo Over China’s Drone Advances In The South China Sea – Analysis – Eurasia Review

Analysts and the international media have been blaring warnings regarding the threat of China’s drone advances to the US Navy in the South China Sea.  The proximate cause of this fuss is China’s Ministry of Natural Resources announcement that it has deployed a network of unmanned drones to monitor activities relating to China’s claimed natural resources. According to Liu Zhen writing in the South China Morning Post. “The drone network is China’s latest assertion of its authority over the region _ _ _”.https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3026577/beijing-deploys-drones-south-china-sea-surveillance; https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/china-to-deploy-surveillance-drones-in-south-china-sea; https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/chinas-enormous-spy-drone-has-its-eyes-set-us-navy-78546  Peter Dutton of the US Naval War College…

Joint Exploration Vs Rearmament – Analysis – Eurasia Review

President Duterte’s joint exploration framework with China is a historical breakthrough. But since it has potential to de-escalate tensions over time, it is opposed by those interests that prefer rearmament, even if that would lead to a split of Southeast Asia and new nuclearization. In early 2018, the Philippines and China agreed to set up a special panel to work out how the two could jointly explore oil and gas in parts of the South China Sea that both sides claim without having to address the issue of sovereignty. That…

Philippine Energy Security And The South China Sea – Analysis – Eurasia Review

By Felix K. Chang* (FPRI) — About 80 km off the northwest coast of Palawan Island in the South China Sea is the Malampaya natural gas field, the Philippines’ main domestic source of energy. Once piped ashore, its natural gas fuels five power plants, which provide half of the electricity supply for the Philippines’ most populous island of Luzon and the national capital of Manila. But by the mid-to-late 2020s, Malampaya is expected to run dry. If the Philippines is to keep Luzon’s lights on and its national economy growing,…