Philippines’ Duterte needs six more months for war on drugs

(From agencies) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday he needed six more months for his war on drugs, saying he realized how bad the country’s narcotics problem was only after taking office over two months ago, Reuters reports. He… Read More › sci tech news Continue reading Philippines’ Duterte needs six more months for war on drugs

Duterte hopes to wipe out Abu Sayyaf Group without US military support

ZAMBOANGA CITY–The moment he assumed the highest government post in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military to eliminate the 400-odd heavily armed militants of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) which had been terrorizing the country for over 25 years. Around… Read More › sci tech news Continue reading Duterte hopes to wipe out Abu Sayyaf Group without US military support

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

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

Philippine ‘hit-man’ says overheard Duterte order killings

MANILA (Reuters) – A former militiaman testified to a Philippine senate hearing on Thursday that President Rodrigo Duterte had personally given assassination orders while he was the mayor of a southern city in which activists say hundreds of summary executions… Read More › sci tech news Continue reading Philippine ‘hit-man’ says overheard Duterte order killings

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 Continue reading China-Philippines relations at a ‘turning point’

Duterte’s ‘shock and awe’ diplomacy

“I will be charting a [new] course [for the Philippines] on its own and will not be dependent on the United States,” declared Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines’ firebrand president after winning a landslide victory earlier this year. Under the leadership… Read More › sci tech news Continue reading Duterte’s ‘shock and awe’ diplomacy

China says should maintain South China Sea peace with Vietnam

BEIJING (Reuters) – China and Vietnam should work together to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea and manage and control disputes, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. China claims almost all of… Read More › sci tech news Continue reading China says should maintain South China Sea peace with Vietnam

Duterte wants US special forces to leave southern Philippines for own safety

By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called for the withdrawal of U.S. military from a restive southern island, fearing an American troop presence could complicate offensives against Islamist militants notorious for beheading Westerners. Duterte,… Read More › sci tech news Continue reading Duterte wants US special forces to leave southern Philippines for own safety

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 Continue reading Why India, Vietnam upgraded their ties