South China Sea crisis: How Boris Johnson’s row with Donald Trump could hand China control | World | News

The South China Sea has been the setting of intense political battles between the US and China, with President Trump forced to up Washington’s military presence in the area. This is because Beijing’s forces have militarised the Spratly Island chain, surrounded by natural resources and claimed by other Asian nations. Described by many as “island fortresses”, China has engulfed the Spratly chain with man-made island bases. The moving of its aircraft carriers, airstrips and weapons into the region has earned the cluster of bases the nickname: “The Great Wall of…

Donald Trump India visit: F-16 and F-35 fighter jet maker Lockheed Martin’s new offer to IAF for Tejas

The American aerospace giant has also shared its willingness to cooperate with India to develop Indian-built Tejas into a much more effective fighter plane. Ahead of the US President Donald Trump’s much-anticipated visit to India, Lockheed Martin has offered a helping hand to India in developing next-generation advanced aircraft equipped for multi-role combat, according to a PTI report. Lockheed Martin manufactures powerful fighter jets such as F-16s and F-35s. The American aerospace giant has also shared its willingness to cooperate with India to develop Indian-built Tejas into a much more…

Duterte’s VFA Termination Pleases Trump but Leaves Others Angry

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte decided on Tuesday to end a long-standing defense agreement with the United States, signaling a major break in a U.S.-Philippines military alliance that the United States has long seen as essential to countering the rise of China. The Philippine president officially filed to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), which gives U.S. troops a legal basis to be present for bilateral exercises in the country, after he had threatened for weeks to end the 21-year-old agreement. Duterte’s threats began after Ronald dela Rosa, a senator and…

ANALYSIS – China To Benefit Most From Dutertes Attempt To Outplay Trump By Scraping Military Pact

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 13th February, 2020) OSCOW, February 13 (Sputnik), Valentina Shvartsman – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, by scrapping a security pact with the United States, is trying to outrun US President Donald Trump in getting better deals, but the fallout between the two nations will only play into the hands of China, which is currently boosting its regional influence, experts told Sputnik. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said on Tuesday that his country had notified the United States of its intent to terminate the 1999…

Trump ‘fine’ with end of Philippines military pact

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump dismissed concerns Wednesday about the Philippines canceling a major military accord, saying the decision would save Americans money. The 1998 Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) created a legal framework for the presence of U.S. troops in the Philippines and for organizing joint military exercises. Manila announced its decision Tuesday — a move the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines called a “serious step” — touching off a six-month countdown to the end of the deal. “If they would like to do that, that’s fine, we’ll save…

Donald Trump Proposes $1.5 Billion Fund to Ensure Indo-Pacific is Free of ‘Malign Chinese Influence’

File photo: US President Donald Trump The US has long accused China of bullying Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei who have contesting claims over the South China Sea. PTI Last Updated: February 11, 2020, 5:49 PM IST Washington: The Trump administration has proposed USD 1.5 billion in budgetary allocation for 2021 fiscal for the strategic Indo-Pacific, which it said was part of its efforts to ensure that the region remains free, open, and independent of “malign Chinese influence”. China has been trying to spread its…

Duterte to Scrap U.S. Military Agreement in Rebuke of Trump

(Bloomberg) — The Philippines has notified the U.S. that it’s terminating a 22-year-old military agreement, which can be ended with 180-days notice, just hours after President Rodrigo Duterte said President Donald Trump was trying to save the deal. The notice to terminate the 1998 Visiting Forces Agreement — which sets the terms for joint exercises and engagement of American soldiers in the Philippines — has been transmitted to the U.S., presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said on Tuesday. Scrapping the agreement would be the first concrete step by the Philippines to…

Trump Is Destroying the Alliance System That Makes America Powerful

In his three years in office, U.S. President Donald Trump has aimed his trademark vitriol at a wide range of targets, both foreign and domestic. Perhaps the most consequential of these is the United States’ 70-year-old alliance system. The 45th president has balked at upholding the country’s NATO commitments, demanded massive increases in defense spending from such long-standing allies as Japan and South Korea, and suggested that underpaying allies should be left to fight their own wars with shared adversaries. Trump’s ire has been so relentless and damaging that U.S.…

Trump to visit India on Feb 24, 25: White House

President Donald Trump will travel to India later this month on a two-day visit, the White House announced on Tuesday, in what would be his first trip to the country as the president of the United States.  The president and First Lady Melania Trump will travel to New Delhi and Ahmedabad during the visit from February 24-25, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said. His predecessor, Barack Obama, had travelled to India twice, in 2010 and 2015. During a phone call over the weekend, Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi…