BREAKING: If USA, Britain keep Diego Garcia China Gets South China Sea, Duterte gets zip.

The Philippines is a victimized innocent in one of Trump’s wars. But not just the delightfully innocent Filipinos, all Asians are in grave danger as war looms ominously in the heads of some hawkish old men in the White House. Extreme nastiness today against China is led by Donald Trump, the US Navy and US Coast Guard, far from their home, plying China’s claimed territorial waters of the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait. Beijing got angry and ordered that an innocent American ally be punished. A Philippines vessel…

US aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan Japan Izumo exercise South China Sea

SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 11, 2019) — The Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) participated in a cooperative deployment with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships JS Izumo (DH-183), JS Murasame (DD-101) and JS Akebono (DD-108) June 10-12. Reagan, Akebono, Izumo and Murasame conducted communication checks, tactical maneuvering drills and liaison officer exchanges designed to address common maritime security priorities and enhance interoperability at sea. “Having a Japanese liaison officer aboard to coordinate our underway operations has been beneficial and efficient,” said Lt. Mike Malakowsky, a tactical…

South China Sea Showdown: One of China’s Neighbors Is Getting New Patrol Planes

In a move that won’t please China, the Philippines is planning to acquire U.S. P-3 long-range maritime patrol planes. “It will be good if we acquire even one P-3 Orion,” said Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. “Provided it has all its original equipment. Otherwise it will just be another transport plane. We will find out if we can get one or two.” Lorenzana said the patrol aircraft would enhance the Philippines to monitor the region. The Orions would be “very important as our domain awareness will be greatly…

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…

Locsin calls West Philippine Sea a ‘juvenile’ name

‘That is how we lose territory, by dropping technical colonial names…and renaming them,’ says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr Published 6:27 PM, June 15, 2019 Updated 6:27 PM, June 15, 2019 TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr delivers a speech during the inauguration of the Chinese consulate general in Davao City on October 28, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler MANILA, Philippines – Foreign Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr on Saturday, June 15, criticized as “juvenile” the use of the name “West Philippine Sea” to refer to part of the…

South China sea: China and Philippines edge closer to conflict after latest event | World | News

The two countries have seen relations sour over the last few years as China has initiated its nine-dash line policy which has infringed on several foreign territories. Specifically, in the contested Scarborough Shoal area, a group of local Philippino fisherman have claimed that Chinese boats are damaging the local marine life. Moreover, In a damning indictment of the local relations with Beijing, Nards Cuaresman added that the Chinese Coast Guards are “always blocking and harassing” the local fisherman as reported in the South China Post. He also said: “If the…

Tensions flare over ‘hit and run’ in South China Sea

Tensions have flared in the South China Sea after a Chinese fishing vessel collided with a Filipino boat and left 22 men on board to drown. The 22 Filipino men were left floating at sea before they were rescued by a Vietnamese boat, sparking fury from President Rodrigo Duterte. Mr Duterte, who has sought closer ties to with Beijing since his rise to power, was “outraged” over the “hit-and-run” incident, according to the South China Morning Post. “We will not allow ourselves to be assaulted, to be bullied, to be…