Security Concerns in Asia-Pacific Escalate Amid Coronavirus Scramble

As countries around the world work to contain and eradicate the coronavirus, recent developments in the Asia-Pacific have raised concerns among U.S. officials that China is trying to take advantage of the crisis to further its strategic interests. Where has China been most active in recent weeks? Recent incidents in the South China Sea, the Taiwan Strait, and Hong Kong have ratcheted up regional security tensions at a time when the United States and its allies are least able to respond. The surge in military activity has highlighted the potential…

Coast Guard: Illegal Fishing in Oceans a National Security Issue

Boarding officers from the U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Conservation and Protection navigate to board a fishing vessel in the South Pacific in January 2019. Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans WASHINGTON — Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) is a national security issue that threatens global economic order and the sovereignty of nations and that enforcement is over-stretched to counter the threat, U.S. officials said.  IUU includes fishing without a permit, catching over a legal limit, catching the wrong species and catching fish that are too small. To register and then watch this Sea-Air-Space 2020: Virtual Edition webinar…

Chinese Influence In South China Sea: Emerging Security Challenges For Regional Players

Oceans plays decisive role in any country security, economic & political outlook. Very emerging Power in the world tried their best to build formidable Naval Power to materialised it’s vast strategic interest in the world. Alfred Mayer Maham a US navel strategist once quoted “those who dominate the world oceans will dominate the world” .European Colonial Powers pursued the same strategy,Britain Italy, France, Germany, Portugal Spain etc dominated the world through its cumlsy Naval postures . The Royal navy was incredibly strong before WW2 Britain had more aircraft carrier’s then…

France’s Innovative Maritime Security Engagement in the Indo-Pacific – The Diplomat

Advertisement In July, France will take over the chairmanship of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium for 2020-22. The first summit meeting, to be held in La Réunion, was postponed from late June to November. France’s chairmanship is an important symbol of the growing regional integration of French territories in the Indian and Pacific oceans, encouraged by Paris, and of the growing importance of maritime security issues in French strategy in the Indo-Pacific. The main reasons of the latter are threefold. First, with nearly 2 million nationals living in the region…

Because China refuses to abide by international law, PH should not gamble with its security – The Manila Times

Third of four partsWHILE the world’s attention has been diverted to the coronavirus, China has remained focused on its strategy of building artificial islands in order to take control of the South China (West Philippine) Sea. Recently, the Xinhua News Agency announced that China’s Academy of Science has established “two research stations” on Subi (Zamora) Reef and Fiery Cross (Kagitingan) Reef and that “scientists [will] live and conduct field research on ecology, geology and environment. “ China’s action is controversial because Subi Reef falls within Thitu (Pag-asa) Island’s 12-mile territorial…

Watch Asia’s Security Flashpoints Closely Amid the Coronavirus Challenge – The Diplomat

Asia Defense | Diplomacy | Security | East Asia | South Asia | Southeast Asia Managing Asia’s key flashpoints could prove challenging – in some senses even more so – as governments are managing the continued fallout from COVID-19. Advertisement A series of developments in recent weeks across Asia’s key security flashpoints reinforces an important reality: Even as key regional governments are understandably consumed by the global coronavirus pandemic which ought to foster a more collaborative environment, managing key conflicts and tensions is likely to continue to prove challenging and at times even more so in the coming months. While…

Commentary: A cat-and-mouse game between pirates and Southeast Asian maritime security authorities

SINGAPORE:  “A lion never dies; it sleeps”, says an African proverb. The same can be said for Southeast Asian pirates and sea robbers, long neglected after the academic and diplomatic world chose to refocus on illegal fishing in the South China Sea in recent years given rising tensions in those disputed waters. Advertisement Advertisement Like the phoenix, regional pirates and sea robbers may rise from the ashes. The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre, based in Singapore, rang the…

National security matters more than ever in new era of coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus crisis should shake all of our assumptions about national security. The United States has been investing in a military establishment as if the next threat would look like the wars and conflicts that occurred in the 20th century. The administration has raised defense spending while at the same time cutting budgets for public health agencies. It should be no surprise that we are drastically unprepared for the real invader today. The Spanish flu of 1918 arrived in the final stages of World War One. The pandemic and the…

Philippines’ noted scholar on China, security studies dies of COVID-19

Philippines’ noted scholar on China, security studies dies of COVID-19 (Philstar.com) – March 21, 2020 – 10:06am MANILA, Philippines — The latest fatality from the coronavirus disease in the country is political science professor Aileen Baviera, a respected China studies scholar. Baviera succumbed to severe pneumonia caused by COVID-19, according to a post of the University of the Philippines Diliman. She passed away early Saturday morning at San Lazaro Hospital in Manila. A former dean of the UP Asian Center, Baviera was one of the few eminent women in…