The Hong Kong protests are putting China on a collision course with the west | Simon Tisdall | Opinion

As pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong escalate, so does China’s fury. The unrest is now in its ninth week. It has evolved from limited, student-led opposition to a proposed extradition law into a broad-based, fully fledged challenge to Beijing’s rule. It is threatening to undermine China’s control of the former British colony and President Xi Jinping’s control of China. His quasi-dictatorial authority is on the line. A critical tipping point is in sight. How long before China’s tough-guy leader, accustomed to getting his way and not averse to using force,…

Now that Putin is Xi’s ‘best and bosom friend’, where does that leave the west? | World news

It sounds unpleasant, even painful. But as they ponder the linked challenges posed by China and Russia, Pentagon strategists are earnestly discussing whether Vladimir Putin, Russia’s famously athletic leader, will perform a “reverse Nixon”. This is neither a daring swivel on the parallel bars nor an unusual sexual position. At issue is whether Putin will emulate the 37th US president, Richard Nixon, whose groundbreaking 1972 cold war outreach to China tilted the strategic balance in America’s favour. “If Putin performed a “reverse Nixon” and played his own version of the…

China ‘not in possession’ of West PH Sea

MANILA, Philippines — Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Monday refuted President Rodrigo Duterte’s claim that China is in possession of the West Philippine Sea. He said China occupies only the seven artificial islands in the Kalayaan Island Group (Spratly Islands), Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, and Sandy Cay, which covers less than 10 percent of the entire South China Sea based on his estimates. “China is not in possession of the West Philippine Sea. China is in possession of seven features in the Spratlys plus Scarborough Shoal,” he said…

Duterte Cites Missiles On Disputed Islands, Says China Controls West Philippine Sea

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his State of the Nation Address on Monday and said that while the Philippines “owns” a disputed area of the South China Sea, the Chinese controls the waters. Duterte’s seemingly soft stance toward China may stem from the fact that China has guided missiles positioned on artificial islands that can reach Manila in less than 10 minutes. Duterte is of the opinion that the Chinese would not hesitate to use arms in a conflict and added in the speech that “If you want marines to drive…

Carpio: China not occupying West Philippine Sea

MANILA, Philippines — Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Monday refuted President Rodrigo Duterte’s claim that China is in possession of the West Philippine Sea. He said China occupies only the seven artificial islands in the Kalayaan Island Group (Spratly Islands), Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, and Sandy Cay. “China is not in possession of the West Philippine Sea. China is in possession of seven features in the Spratlys plus Scarborough Shoal,” he said in a statement hours after the President’s fourth State of the Nation Address. The senior magistrate…

An alternative to ‘defeatist attitude’ on the West Philippine Sea » Manila Bulletin News

Updated July 20, 2019, 11:47 AM PAGBABAGO By DR. FLORANGEL ROSARIO BRAID Dr. Florangel Rosario Braid A worrisome concern expressed by Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio is the possibility that the President may bring up the issue of allowing Chinese fishermen to fish in Recto Bank during the forthcoming State of the Nation (SONA) address. This was agreed upon earlier with Chinese President Jinping as long as our Filipino fishermen are allowed to fish in Panatag Shoal. While we can get out of a verbal agreement, it would,…

Russia’s Turn to the East – Seen From the West — Valdai Club

In an interview for valdaiclub.com as part of its Eastern Perspective project, Hans-Joachim Spanger, Head of Research Department at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, shares his vision of Russia’s “Turn to the East.” For Russia, turning – or rather opening up – to Asia in general and to China specifically is the most natural thing to do – as this is currently the powerhouse of the world economy. Everybody is eying China in an effort to find new market outlays. In this respect, Russia still has much room…

Praying for the West Philippine Sea

MULTIMEDIA Aaron Favila, AP Posted at Jul 16 2019 04:52 PM Filipino Catholics and activists sing after a mass outside the Philippine Senate in Manila on Tuesday. The group offered a mass for the country due to their concerns about China and the disputed West Philippine Sea, the country’s exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea. /news/07/16/19/walangpasok-hulyo-17-miyerkoles /news/07/16/19/duterte-to-educate-critics-in-short-4th-sona-palace /news/07/16/19/coa-says-disallowance-of-p33-m-philhealth-bonuses-final-and-executory /entertainment/07/16/19/netflix-deletes-suicide-scene-from-popular-youth-show-13-reasons-why /video/news/07/16/19/lagman-new-house-speaker-must-respect-emergence-of-genuine-minority-leader Source link