China’s next territorial claim: Hawaii and almost the entire Pacific Ocean?

The never-ending ups and downs of what is quickly becoming the hottest geostrategic flashpoint on the planet, none other than the South China Sea, was the subject of a conference at Yale University this last May. Panels were filled with world-class… Read More › sci tech news

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Why Russia and China’s combat drills in South China Sea matter

(From The National Interest) There’s a growing intimacy between two of Asia’s big naval powers and it’s causing disquiet among regional watchers and maritime policymakers. Russia and China are growing closer in the nautical realm, much to the chagrin of… Read More › sci tech news

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Beijing may be waiting for the perfect timing to strike in South China Sea

Reports suggest China may seize Scarborough Shoal during the final weeks of the US presidential election as America’s gaze turns inward. President Obama has already warned China about the consequences and he should remind its leaders that such an attempt would constitute a challenge… Read More › sci tech news

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Philippines Officials Try to Reassure US as Duterte Ends Joint Patrols

Philippines Officials Try to Reassure US as Duterte Ends Joint Patrols:

High-profile Philippines officials are trying to reassure the US that long-standing military ties between the two countries are to remain intact irrespective of comments by President Rodrigo Duterte. Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla insisted Duterte’s demands that the US withdraw from the southern Philippines were an expression of “concern to the US servicemen in Mindanao.”…

[Duterte] announced he is ending joint naval patrols with the US in the South China Sea, and also suggested historical reliance on the US for military gear was waning, saying the Philippines would soon send officials to China and Russia in efforts to shop around for military equipment.

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China-Philippines relations at a ‘turning point’

(From Reuters) Relations between China and the Philippines are at a turning point, a top Chinese diplomat has told a visiting Philippine delegation, adding that China hopes the Philippines can handle disputes “appropriately” and get relations back on track. The… Read More › sci tech news

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Why India, Vietnam upgraded their ties

Though it was short – and came relatively late – Narendra Modi’s recent one-day stopover in Hanoi, the first official trip to Vietnam by an Indian prime minister since Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 2001 visit, was momentous as it marked a… Read More › sci tech news

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After insult, US and Clinton call for Duterte to show respect

By Arshad Mohammed and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON/TAMPA (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday stressed the need for ties with the Philippines to be based on mutual respect, after Manila’s new leader raised… Read More › sci tech news

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Is China’s new cruise missile all hype?

(From The National Interest) China is waging a relentless propaganda campaign against its opponents in the South China Sea. Following the Hague arbitral tribunal’s verdict rejecting Beijing’s historical rights within the nine-dash line, China’s publicity managers have raised their game… Read More › sci tech news

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ASEAN to avoid mention of South China Sea ruling

(From Reuters) Southeast Asian leaders are set to avoid references to a recent arbitration ruling that undermined China’s claims to the South China Sea, after omitting it from a joint statement at a summit this week over which Beijing’s influence… Read More › sci tech news

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Why Vietnam highly values its relations with Singapore

In September 2011, Truong Tan Sang made Singapore and Malaysia the destinations of his maiden overseas trip as Vietnam’s Head of State. Five years later, incumbent president Tran Dai Quang followed suit by choosing to visit two fellow ASEAN members, Brunei… Read More › sci tech news

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