Malaysia points to top concerns in first-ever defense whitepaper

MELBOURNE, Australia — Malaysia has unveiled its first-ever defense whitepaper, identifying its maritime claims in the South China Sea as a top concern, amid a stagnant budget that continues to dog attempts at modernizing its military. Tabling the document in Malaysia’s Parliament, Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu said the whitepaper is an opportunity to discuss the Southeast Asian nation’s strategic outlook. Unsurprisingly, ongoing tension between the U.S. and China received attention in the minister’s speech, where he noted that competition between both powers over technological, maritime and other issues were likely…

Malaysia unveils first defence White Paper amid rising threats, SE Asia News & Top Stories

Malaysia tabled its first defence White Paper in Parliament yesterday, but critics said the 10-year policy plan that was meant to address terror threats and military tension in the South China Sea was short on detailed strategy. Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu explained that although Malaysia is not involved in armed conflict with other countries, it faces territorial disputes and non-traditional threats across its borders, thus requiring the country to take pre-emptive measures. “The main role of the Malaysian Armed Forces is to maintain the peace we have and always be…

Expect more rain, 22 deg C temperature in the first 2 weeks of December, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – More wet weather can be expected in the first two weeks of December with  temperatures falling to as low as 22 deg C, the weatherman said on Friday (Nov 29). This comes as the north-east monsoon conditions over the island since early this month are expected to continue till March next year, said the National Environment Agency’s Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS). In the first week of December, Singapore can expect a monsoon surge lasting from two to four days, bringing cloudy and occasionally windy conditions with periods of moderate to…

Vietnam, China agree to keep talking in South China Sea dispute, SE Asia News & Top Stories

HANOI (DPA) – Vietnam and China agreed on Friday (Nov 29) to keep talking and take steps towards peacefully resolving the conflict over the South China Sea, which has seen tensions rising in the region in recent months. The announcement came after a three-day diplomatic visit to China by Vietnam’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr Le Hoai Trung, who held talks with Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Le Yucheng in Beijing. While the ministers stopped short of saying they expected tensions to cease, they agreed to “resolve conflicts in an appropriate and peaceful…

China is top beneficiary of 2016 arbitral ruling – Carpio

In this filed photo released by China’s Xinhua news agency, a Chinese fishery administration ship (background) guards a Chinese fishing vessel near Yongshu Reef in the Spratly Islands, in the West Philippine Sea, on Sunday, July 15, 2012. (Photo from Xinhua via AP) MANILA, Philippines — In terms of fishing rights and mineral resources, China is actually the “number one beneficiary” of the 2016 ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration that invalidated its sweeping claims in the South China Sea, retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio pointed out Tuesday.…

Top Indo-Pacific commander says goals of Hong Kong protesters dovetail with U.S. vision – Pacific

Top Indo-Pacific commander says goals of Hong Kong protesters dovetail with U.S. vision The demands of protesters in Hong Kong echo the values of America’s vision of a “free-and-open Indo-Pacific,” the U.S. military’s top commander in the Pacific said Saturday. “I think some of the challenges you’re seeing in Hong Kong today are reflective of the attributes and values that are represented in that free and open vision — that nations in the region want free societies, freely elected officials and the freedom to protect their own sovereignty…

China makes representation to US over ships in South China Sea, East Asia News & Top Stories

BEIJING (REUTERS) – China lodged stern representations with the United States after US navy ships sailed in the South China Sea near islands claimed by Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily briefing on Friday (Nov 22). In a statement, the Chinese military’s southern theatre command said its forces tracked the US warships sailing near the disputed islands. Source link

Chinese magazine ‘accidentally’ reveals new top secret weapon

A state-run publication of the Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Liberation Army Navy has revealed a weapon that China likely did not want the world to see. The H-6N bomber featured in a centerfold portion of Modern Ships revealed a “carrier killer” missile often used by the hilariously acronym’d People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force, or PLARF. While China immediately claimed the missile is merely fantasy and computer-generated, Australian Strategic Policy Institute analyst Malcolm Davis and other defense analysts were quick to point out the threat such a missile poses to US…