The ‘Xi Doctrine’: Proclaiming and Rationalizing China’s Aggression

Using the occasion of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore this month, Chinese Minister of National Defense and State Councilor Gen. Wei Fenghe, delivered a sharp message to the United States, which may be termed the “Xi Doctrine” on China’s use of force, after Chinese premier Xi Jinping. Wei declaring both China’s resolve to aggress to advance its interests and a rationalization for the use of force. Wei’s de facto threat of war should not be lost in his nuances, deliberate ambiguity, or in translation. His remarks were so bellicose that…

Marianas Variety – Duterte says he questioned Xi over Chinese vessels

MANILA (The Philippine Star) — President Rodrigo Duterte says he questioned the swarming of Chinese ships around the Philippines’ Pag-asa Island in the South China Sea during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Duterte said Chinese ships had surrounded Pag-asa despite his declaration that he would not allow Americans on the island, which is part of Kalayaan town in Palawan and inhabited by about 200 Filipinos. “I was not angry but I said, ‘Did I not tell you Mr. President that I will never allow the Americans to set…

Duterte questioned Xi over Chinese vessels around Pagasa

Duterte questioned Xi over Chinese vessels around Pagasa Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) – June 10, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte says he questioned the swarming of Chinese ships around the Philippines’ Pag-asa Island in the South China Sea during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Duterte said Chinese ships had surrounded Pag-asa despite his declaration that he would not allow Americans on the island, which is part of Kalayaan town in Palawan and inhabited by about 200 Filipinos. “I was not angry but I…

Duterte recalls talks with Xi: No US presence on Pag-asa island, so why the ships?

Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte shake hands after the Chinese leader signed the guest book at the Malacañang palace in Manila, Philippines, November 20, 2018. Mark Cristino, pool via Reuters/File MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte said early Saturday he assured Chinese President Xi Jinping that American troops would never set foot on Pag-asa Island in the disputed South China Sea as he asked why China’s ships were surrounding the area. Recalling “the last time” he met with the Chinese leader, Duterte said he was aware of repercussions…

South China Sea: Xi RAGES as Trump pursues new ARMS deal with Taiwan | World | News

The US, which is the main weapons dealer to Taiwan, would send over 100 tanks and almost 2,000 missiles to the island. There was outrage in China, who said they were seriously concerned after Taiwan’s defence ministry confirmed the sale. The move is believed to further heighten tensions between Beijing and Washington. It comes days after Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe said: “If anyone dares to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese military has no choice but to fight at all costs.” Though officially self-ruled since 1949, China has historically…

Duterte presses Xi to fast-track South China Sea rules

TOKYO — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday called on Chinese President Xi Jinping to hammer out a code of conduct for the South China Sea, warning the disputed waterway is increasingly becoming a potential “flashpoint” for conflict. Duterte went off script in a speech at Nikkei’s Future of Asia conference to vent frustration over tensions in the sea. Beijing claims large portions of waters that the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam insist are rightfully theirs. “I love China,” Duterte said. “It has helped us, but it behooves upon us to ask: Is…

Duterte presses Xi to fast-track South China Sea code of conduct

TOKYO — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday called on Chinese President Xi Jinping to hammer out a code of conduct for the South China Sea, warning the disputed waterway is increasingly becoming a potential “flashpoint” for conflict. Duterte went off script in a speech at Nikkei’s Future of Asia conference to vent frustration over tensions in the sea. Beijing claims large portions of waters that the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam insist are rightfully theirs. “I love China,” Duterte said. “It has helped us, but it behooves upon us to ask: Is…

Xi Jinping broke South China Sea vow: US general

The US military’s top general on Wednesday said that Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) reneged on promises not to militarize the South China Sea and called for “collective action” to hold Beijing responsible. Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he was not calling for military action, but that there was a need to enforce international laws. “The fall of 2016, President Xi Jinping promised [then-US] president [Barack] Obama that they would not militarize the islands. So what we see today are 10,000-foot [3,048m]…

Did Xi Jinping break his promise not to militarize the South China Sea?

Subi Reef in the South China Sea, seen from a Philippine air force plane on April 21, 2017. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images) On Wednesday, General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, remarked that despite assurances that there would be no moves to militarize the South China Sea, China had built “10,000-foot runways, ammunition storage facilities” — and routinely deployed aviation and missile defense capabilities. U.S. naval vessels operating in East Asia report being shadowed and harassed by China’s maritime forces. The Royal Australian Navy flagship…