NST Leader: Guerilla geopolitics | New Straits Times

WE used to know when a war starts. We no longer do. That is because wars come dressed as geopolitics. National interest, it appears, is no longer border-bound. Mercenaries and proxies see to it that it is the case. But one thing hasn’t changed. The end game of this new war is the same as before: divvying up territories among victors. The first Great Game of the 18th century between Britain and Russia did just that. Current and future great games will do the same, but with proxies as in…

Mat Sabu tells Western superpowers to maintain peace in South China Sea | New Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has called on Western superpowers to play their role in maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea and not bring Middle East-like proxy wars to Asia. Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu called on the European nations to engage in discussions to maintain the peace in the South China Sea. He said despite Russia’s weakened economy, the country had weapons, including a new generation of missiles. In view of this, he said European nations were modernising weapons to compete with Russia. He added that with the exception…

‘South China Sea should not become proxy warzone for superpowers’ | New Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has called on Western superpowers to play their role in maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea and not bring Middle East-like proxy wars to Asia. Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu called on the United States and European nations to engage in discussions to maintain peace in the Southeast Asian region. He said despite Russia’s weak economy, the superpower nevertheless possesses various weapons, including a new generation of missiles. In view of this, he said European nations are also speeding up and modernising weapons to compete…

Asia Times | Coronavirus solidifies US-China decoupling

In November 2019, Henry Kissinger was in Beijing for the Bloomberg Next Economy Forum, warning that the US and China are in the “foothills of a Cold War”, saying that conflict could be worse than World War I if left to run unconstrained. These comments came in the context of escalating tensions in recent years over trade, increasing rhetoric of military conflict over Taiwan and the South China, Sea, accusations of espionage and influence campaigns, and an all-out competition to define the norms and values underpinning the international order. One…

Vietnam turns away two cruise ships over Covid-19 fears | New Straits Times

HANOI: Vietnam has denied two cruise ships permission to dock due to fears of Covid-19 coronavirus infections on board, Vietnamese state media and a cruise operator reported on Friday. One of the ships is now heading towards Thailand, where it will be allowed to dock, a Thai official said. Authorities in Vietnam’s Quang Ninh province – home to the Unesco world heritage site Ha Long Bay – barred passengers on the German-owned AIDAvita cruise ship to disembark on Thursday, the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) said. “The vessel has docked in…

Jazira-Nusantara concept can strengthen Malaysia’s foreign policy | New Straits Times

MALAYSIA’S foreign policy behaviour is guided by the ‘jazira’ factor of the Malay Peninsula situated in the country’s western region, and the ‘nusantara’ factor of the Malay Archipelago situated in the country’s eastern region. Jazira is the Arabic equivalent of ‘semenanjung’ in Malay or peninsula in English; whereas ‘nusantara’ is an old Javanese term describing the maritime region of Southeast Asia. Malaysia’s ‘jazira’ factor exists in its western region which occupies the whole of the Malay Peninsula’s land mass at the southern tip of the Euroasian continent, which is being…

Luxembourg Times – Luxembourg – Kleos sends satellites to India which will monitor shipping regions

Space Satellites will monitor key trade routes like the Strait of Hormuz and South China Sea A Luxembourg-based space technology company said Wednesday it has shipped four satellites that will keep an eye on some of the world’s most critical shipping lanes to be launched into orbit. The satellites made by Luxembourg-based Kleos Space will deliver information over heavily travelled trading routes including the Strait of Hormuz, the South China Sea and Africa’s east and west coasts. Source link

Sea code high on Asean summit agenda – The Manila Times

HANOI, Vietnam: Member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and China expect the completion of the second reading of the code of conduct (COC) covering the disputed South China Sea this year, Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. TERRITORIAL CONFLICT Map shows disputed claims in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) including major outposts and facilities on the Spratly Islands. AFP / ADRIAN LEUNG AND GAL ROMA Vietnam Foreign Affairs spokesman Le Thi Thu hang said the South China Sea would be high on the agenda of…

Asia Times | Virus cover-up concern goes viral in Indonesia

A prominent Jakarta businessmen asked a rhetorical question over dinner one recent evening that increasingly preoccupies the minds of skeptical Indonesians as the coronavirus spreads across the region: “Do you really believe there are no cases here?” The biggest country in Southeast Asia, a sprawling archipelago of 264 million people, remains remarkably free of the virus, causing many on social media to speculate on whether it’s simply blind good luck or, more ominously, the result of a government cover-up. Health officials say 49 patients suspected of suffering from the virus…