Mat Sabu stands firm on regional security

The US-China frictions have made it difficult to maintain stability in Asia-Pacific, says the defence minister By ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN / Pic By TMR File Mohamad Sabu recently attended the International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue 2019 in Singapore, a prestigious gathering of defence leaders from all over the world. As the defence minister, he gave a glimpse of Malaysia’s position on regional security. It was also the first time the minister spoke about the country’s defence strategies to a global audience since Pakatan Harapan came into power more than…

US-China defense chiefs at odds over security in Indo-Pacific

The strained relationship between the US and China was on full display last weekend at Asia’s annual defense meeting. The Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore was the setting as the two powers painted very different pictures about who was the real threat to security in the region. Tough words frame cordial talks Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe met on May 31 for about 20 minutes. The US Defense Department hailed the talks as constructive and said they focused on ways to reduce the risk…

Japan ready to help boost PH security amid sea row–Laurel

TOKYO, Japan — Japan is prepared to provide for the Philippines’ security needs but won’t go to war over the Southeast Asian nation’s territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea, the top Filipino diplomat in Tokyo said on Tuesday. In a talk with Filipino reporters accompanying President Rodrigo Duterte on his visit to Japan, Ambassador Jose Laurel V said it was in the interest of Japan, a trading nation, to help keep the South China Sea open to navigation by other countries. “It survives by selling [its] manufactured…

Japan backs PH security needs in South China Sea

Japan has assured the Philippines that it will support its security needs in the South China Sea, Ambassador to Japan Jose Laurel V said Tuesday. As a major trading power, Japan needs to keep its shipping lanes open, Laurel said. “So, it’s very simple. Japan will support the Philippines in its needs, particularly in security.” On Friday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said President Rodrigo Duterte will raise issues concerning the disputed South China Sea with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his visit to Japan this week. Foreign Affairs…

Japan ready to support Philippines in its security needs 

Philippine Ambassador to Japan Jose Laurel V says Tokyo is ready to support the Philippines in its security needs as Manila continues to face threats of terrorism and confronted with Beijing’s aggression in the disputed South China Sea. INQUIRER.net photo / NESTOR CORRALES TOKYO — Japan is ready to support the Philippines in its security needs as Manila continues to face threats of terrorism and confronted with China’s aggression in the disputed South China Sea, the Philippines top envoy here said Tuesday. Philippine Ambassador to Japan Jose Laurel said Tokyo…

2019 Shangri-La Dialogue: US-China Competition Looms Over Asia Security Summit

Given the state of U.S.-China relations, it is a safe bet that the issue will dominate the headlines even as conversations focus on a wider range of security issues. This weekend, the 2019 iteration of the Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD), Asia’s premier security summit, kicks off in Singapore. While the SLD’s proceedings this year will again feature perspectives from officials and scholars alike on a wide range of security issues, one can expect the subject of heightening U.S.-China competition to dominate the headlines surrounding it given the regional and international attention…

Duterte, Abe to tackle economic, security ties

Duterte, Abe to tackle economic, security ties Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) – May 25, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Enhancing security and economic cooperation as well as Asia’s role in regional development are expected to highlight President Duterte’s bilateral meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the Philippine leader’s visit to Japan next week. At a briefing in Malacañang, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Meynardo Montealegre said the bilateral meeting would be an opportunity for both leaders to take stock of the progress of strengthened strategic partnership…