Trump’s relationship with Philippines faces HUGE tensions after military pact ripped up | World | News

Mr Duterte’s administration told the US it would be terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement between the two countries, which has been active since 1998. The primary effect of the agreement is that it allows the US government to retain jurisdiction over US military personnel accused of committing crimes in the Philippines. This is the case as long as the crimes are not “of particular importance to the Philippines”. The agreement also enabled US military personnel to pass in and out of the Philippines without visas or passports. It appears Mr…

WW3: George Soros’ chilling ‘global disorder’ prediction revealed over US-China tensions | World | News

He made the chilling statement in his 2015 column for The New York Review of Books, as he urged the US and China to form a partnership to avoid escalating hostility. Mr Soros said: “In all areas, national, sectarian, business, and other special interests take precedence over the common interest. “This trend has now reached a point where instead of a global order we have to speak of global disorder. “In the political sphere local conflicts fester and multiply. Taken individually these conflicts could possibly be solved but they tend…

South China Sea warning: How China’s dominance ‘cannot be reversed’ as tensions soar | World | News

China’s forces have engulfed the region with military bases, weapons installations and asserted its controversial Nine-Dash Line territory claim despite anger from other Asian nations. And now, it appears even the military efforts of the US have failed to stop Beijing’s forces from becoming the superior presence in the region. According to the Council of Foreign Relations, China’s dominance “cannot be reversed” because of the relentless aggression from Beijing accompanied by huge resources. The nonprofit think tank said: “The United States cannot reverse China’s militarisation of the South China Sea;…

South China Sea crisis: Warship deployed as tensions erupt between US and China | World | News

Beijing said its military forces closely followed and monitored the USS Shiloh, a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, as it sailed through the sensitive waterway. The latest spat comes less than a week after Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen won re-election by a landslide on a platform of standing up to China, which claims sovereignty over the island.  Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing urged the US to abide by its “one China” policy and deal with Taiwan-related matters in a way that did not undermine China-US relations or stability in…

RCEP expected to help ease South China Sea tensions | Daily Express Online

RCEP expected to help ease South China Sea tensions Published on: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 By: Bernama KUALA LUMPUR: The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) that is aimed to be signed this year could be the tool to ease tensions in the South China Sea, a senior researcher told a seminar.  Senior Researcher, Centre for Maritime Economics & Industries, Maritime Institute of Malaysia, Cdr ® Ang Chin Hup said as Asean and China continues to work on the South China Sea Code of Conduct (COC), RCEP could shift the…

RCEP may ease tensions in South China Sea — researcher

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 14): The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) that is aimed to be signed this year could be the tool to ease tensions in the South China Sea, a senior researcher told a seminar. Senior Researcher, Centre for Maritime Economics & Industries, Maritime Institute of Malaysia, Cdr (R) Ang Chin Hup said as ASEAN and China continues to work on the South China Sea Code of Conduct (COC), RCEP could shift the region’s attention to economic growth. RCEP, led by ASEAN, also include other countries namely China, South…

Chinese coastguard ships sail as tensions with Indonesia build

Two Chinese coastguard ships left Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed South China Sea and sailed in the direction of the Indonesia-controlled Natuna Regency islands on Monday, amid renewed tensions between Beijing and Jakarta. One of the two ships, CCG 35111, put in at Fiery Cross – where China has refuel and resupply facilities – on Saturday, according to Marine Traffic, a ship tracking and maritime intelligence provider. The stopover on the artificial islands, part of the Spratly group, showed that China had created outposts for so-called grey zone operations…

Indonesia Deploys Fighter Jets to Natunas Amid Tensions with China

Indonesia sent four F-16 fighter jets to patrol its Natuna Islands, officials said Tuesday, as President Joko Widodo prepared to visit the area after asserting that Jakarta’s sovereignty in waters off the chain in the South China Sea was “non-negotiable.” Tensions between Jakarta and Beijing have risen since last week after reports that dozens of Chinese fishing boats, backed by Chinese coast guard ships, had entered waters in Indonesia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), prompting Indonesia to double its naval presence in the region. “The four F-16s departed today,” Air Commodore…

What Do the Latest China-Indonesia Natuna Tensions Tell Us? – The Diplomat

Advertisement The recent round of tensions between China and Indonesia in the Natunas, which comes as Beijing and Jakarta commemorate the 70th anniversary of their ties in 2020, has once again put the spotlight on the flashpoint, and that is expected to continue with a range of ongoing Indonesian reactions. But more broadly, it is also just the latest in a series of reminders over the past few years that Indonesia’s current approach to the South China Sea has not proven successful in deterring Beijing’s incursion into Jakarta’s waters. Understanding…