Philippines President Duterte warns China of ‘suicide attacks’

It’s a tactic not seen since the dying days of World War II: desperate soldiers, sailors and pilots flinging themselves at their enemies in suicide attacks. But Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned of the return of the ‘kamikaze’ — or ‘divine wind’ — tactics of the Japanese. Describing his dilemma in dealing with an immensely more powerful China in territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the president said he has few options other than to order troops to “prepare for suicide missions”. He was referring to recent moves…

Philippines President Duterte warns China of ‘suicide attacks’ if it invades island

President Rodrigo Duterte has warned China his troops would launch suicide missions against their immensely more powerful foe. It’s a tactic not seen since the dying days of World War II: desperate soldiers, sailors and pilots flinging themselves at their enemies in suicide attacks. But Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned of the return of the ‘kamikaze’ — or ‘divine wind’ — tactics of the Japanese. Describing his dilemma in dealing with an immensely more powerful China in territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the president said he has…

Bolton Warns China Against Limiting Free Passage in South China Sea

SINGAPORE—National security adviser John Bolton said the U.S. would oppose any agreements between China and other claimants to the South China Sea that limit free passage to international shipping, and that American naval vessels would continue to sail through those waters. Mr. Bolton’s remarks served as a warning to Southeast Asian leaders, who are preparing for a regional summit in Singapore this week, and particularly for the Philippines, which is now in talks with Beijing about jointly exploring natural resources in the… Source link

Forget Russia, Mike Pence Warns China Will be One of NATO’s Greatest Challenges in Coming Decades

The rise of China is one of the greatest challenges that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will face in the coming decades, Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday during an event to mark the 70th anniversary of the military alliance. “Adjust we must. Determining how to meet the challenge of Chinese 5G technology, meet the challenge of the easy money offered by China’s Belt and Road Initiative, is a challenge European allies must contend with every day,” Pence said during a speech at the NATO Engages conference. “Whether we…

U.S. Choosing ‘Wrong Place, Time and Opponent to Flex Its Muscle in Taiwan,’ China State Media Warns

A Chinese state-backed newspaper has issued a stern warning to the U.S. over its stance on Taiwan, cautioning Washington that Beijing will not hesitate to act to protect its core interests. The threat was issued in a Global Times op-ed published Tuesday. On Sunday, two Chinese fighter jets crossed over the “middle line” between China and Taiwan, prompting protests from both Taipei and Washington. But the Global Times op-ed called such criticism “ridiculous,” accusing the U.S. and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen of “continuously breaking the status quo in the Taiwan…

Carpio warns PH-China deal on Kaliwa Dam also offers patrimonial assets as collateral

ILOILO CITY- Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Thursday warned that the loan agreement between Philippines and China for the Kaliwa Dam project also offers patrimonial assets as collateral, which he said could mean Beijing is going after gas in the Reed Bank. The China-funded project in Infanta, Quezon has been on the spotlight of late, identified as the possible long-term solution to the water supply problem in Metro Manila.  Carpio said the deal bears terms similar with the Philippines’ loan deal with China for the Chico River…

US commander warns hazardous Chinese military activity is on the rise in the South China Sea

Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy recruits chant slogan during a parade to mark the end of a semester at a military base of the North Sea Fleet, in Qingdao, Shandong province December 5, 2013.REUTERS/China Daily The head of US Indo-Pacific Command said Thursday that Chinese military activity is on the rise in the disputed South China Sea. “It’s building. It’s not reducing in any sense of the word,” Adm. Philip Davidson said, explaining that Chinese ships, fighters, and bombers are more active in the reigon. He stressed that the US…

WW3 THREAT: Philippines warns US bomber missions near China could spark huge war | World | News

There has been weeks of relative quiet in the South China Sea, which towards the end of last year saw steadily increasing tensions as US naval ships and planes passed near Chinese military assets with increased frequency. Now the US is once again risking another huge clash with Beijing by flying two B-52H Stratofortress long-range strategic bombers in close proximity to the country. The US Pacific Air Forces confirmed the duo took off from Guam to conduct “routine training missions” over disputed airspaces of the South and East China seas.…