While the West dawdles, China continues its global BRI projects – The Reporter

The People’s Republic of China is the new imperialist nation in the world, and has been for a long time. Perhaps this isn’t news to a considerable number of Americans and others across the planet, but I was still grateful to hear Secretary of Defense Mark Esper recently remind the nation that, despite other distracting news, particularly the Senate trial of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. intelligence and defense officials have kept their collective eye on China. In the last 10 years, I have visited Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, China, India…

No mention of West Philippine Sea in new military chief’s speech

NEW AFP CHIEF. Lieutenant General Felimon Santos Jr was installed as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on January 4, 2020. Screengrab from RTVM MANILA, Philippines – The new military chief, Lieutenant General Felimon Santos Jr, vowed to defend the government against communist rebels, in his assumption speech that covered the range of the Philippines’ security concerns except China’s incursions in the West Philippine Sea. Besides saying that defense cooperation with international allies and a modernization program would enable the military “to protect the integrity and…

World War 3 – China’s new wonder weapon that could destroy the west | World | News

The weapon is the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) most powerful multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) ever, capable of firing eight 370mm rockets 350km or two 750mm ballistic missiles 500km. A leading American military magazine, ‘Modern Ships’, has made the claim after examining footage of the parade where the weapon passed by largely anonymously. A commentator for state broadcaster Chinese CCTV described it only as a “self-propelled rocket launcher with precision strike capability”. But ‘Modern Weapons’ challenged that statement stressing the systems impressively destructive capabilities. Whilst it remains unknown how many…

Is China an Imperial Power in the Image of the West?

Shutterstock This article is the first part in a series on China as a global power. Owing to geography and geopolitics, my country the Philippines finds itself in the middle of an escalating conflict between the United States and China. Like the trench lines that stretched from the North Sea through France to Switzerland during the First World War, the front lines of this conflict stretch across both land and sea for over 4,200 kilometers — from Korea and Japan to Taiwan and the East China Sea, and on to…

United States wants code of conduct in West Philippine Sea

WASHINGTON D.C.— The United States wants a code of conduct in the West Philippine Sea, commonly known as South China Sea, that does not take away its right and the right of other countries to exercise freedom of navigation and overflight.  Speaking to a group of Filipino journalists, Mark Clark, director of the US State Department’s Office of Maritime Southeast Asia of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said that while the US is not a party to negotiations nor a claimant state, it has a “vested interest”…

DFA verifying Chinese ship harassment of Filipino-crewed ship in West PH Sea

Ship captain Manolo Ebora speaks to the crew of a “Chinese warship” on the radio as his crew of fellow Filipinos steer the international oil tanker Green Aura past Scarborough Shoal on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Saturday, November 2, that it was looking into a report that a Chinese vessel harassed a Filipino-crewed commercial ship near Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea last September 30. “We will verify the facts of…

China ‘winning war against the West’ in quest for AI military dominance

China is “waging a war against the West – and winning”, a former UK defence minister has warned. Tobias Ellwood, who served in Theresa May’s government between 2017 and 2019, warned American dominance was “under threat”. Writing in the Mail on Sunday, the MP highlighted the rise in homegrown Chinese tech giants, the country’s rapid economic growth and the threat of its increasing military capabilities. “China makes no secret of its ambition to secure global dominance in automation, artificial intelligence and digital technology,” he wrote. Ellwood served in Theresa May’s…

Retired SC Justice Jardeleza says willing to help in West PH Sea issue

MANILA – Now that he has retired from the Supreme Court, former Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza on Saturday said he is willing to help the Duterte government on the West Philippine Sea issue. Jardeleza led the Philippine legal team that won the arbitral ruling against China during his time as solicitor general in 2014. Beijing, however, refuses to recognize the July 2016 ruling that invalidated its economic claim to around 90 percent of the resource-rich South China Sea. “If somebody asks (for my help), I will be around. As a…