China Begins Construction in Spratly Islands

MANILA—China has begun a construction project in the disputed Spratly Islands, drawing a formal protest from the Philippines, which said the move violates a longstanding pledge not to build on any of the South China Sea’s contested islands. The project is the latest example of Beijing’s increasingly assertive behavior in the South China Sea, a week after it boldly deployed a large oil rig, guarded by a flotilla of ships, to disputed waters east of Vietnam. That action sparked anti-Chinese protests and violence against factories in Vietnam, and prompted U.S.…

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The October 2020 report from the National Bureau of Asian Research, conducted Nadège Rolland, warns China’s expansionism, “puts at risk not only the predominant US position in the current system but the fundamental principles underpinning the existing international order”. Ms Rolland, who has written several reports on China and served as an analyst and senior adviser on Asian and Chinese strategic issues to the French Ministry of Defense for a decade, is a senior fellow at the Washington-based research institution. In the report written as part of the NBR’s ‘China’s…

Duterte declares he has never killed anyone -Roque

President Duterte is known for using signature colorful language supposedly to put a spotlight on his war on drugs.   Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) But in his televised address on Monday night, Duterte spoke from the heart when he declared he never killed anyone, Malacañang said Tuesday. According to Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, the President, a lawyer, is fully aware that it is wrong to commit murder “Ang mga pulitiko may mga sasabihin iyan because they know, patok. Pero mayroon din silang mga sinasabi…

Uncertain Prospects: South China Sea Code of Conduct Negotiations

For nearly two decades, diplomats from Southeast Asian countries and China have met to discuss the implementation of a “code of conduct” for the South China Sea. The goal of that code is to manage the tensions that may arise from disputes between the region’s claimants, including Brunei, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, and more recently Indonesia. Back in 2002, they signed the “Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea,” which set the stage for a formal code that was to follow. The declaration’s terms…

Denise Laurel reveals her biggest accomplishments and regrets in life

Denise Laurel reveals her biggest accomplishments and regrets in life Believe it or not, this sexy mom still struggles with confidence and self-esteem issues  Denise Laurel celebrated her birthday on Sept. 30 and held her annual fundraising event. Over the moon with the support she had received, she wanted to give back some more by answering questions sent by her followers over on her Instagram account. Here are some of the questions she answered over on her Instagram stories. Biggest accomplishment so far? Keeping an open, loving, considerate, patient, comforting, healing,…

The Philippines Takes a Tougher Approach to Its South China Sea Claims

Philippine and Chinese coast guard ships sail past each other in the South China Sea on May 14, 2019. (TED ALJIBE/AFP via Getty Images) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s South China Sea policy is becoming less conciliatory toward China, as he tries to balance growing pressure from within his administration to revitalize Manila’s security cooperation with the United States against the need to preserve his country’s economic ties with Beijing. The Duterte administration has recently made a number of statements emphasizing the Philippines’ extensive maritime dispute with China. This suggests a…

Central Vietnam braces for torrential downpours

A tropical zone on the East Sea is likely to strengthen into a tropical depression on Wednesday, with winds of 40-60 kph, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting. As of Tuesday morning, the center of the tropical zone lay around 60 km to the northwest of the Southwest Cay islet in Vietnam’s Spratly Islands, moving west at a speed of 15-20 kph. At 7 a.m. Wednesday, the tropical zone would be around 180 km to the east of the coast off Binh Dinh to Khanh Hoa, home to…

Can India Pursue the ‘Strategic Encirclement’ of China? – The Diplomat

Advertisement As winter approaches in the Himalayas, India faces a dangerous and difficult problem. China has occupied Indian territory along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) amounting to as much as 1,000 square kilometers, according to some intelligence sources. And far from vacating it, Beijing is now digging in. Last month, reports claimed that Chinese troops were laying fiber optic cables in the region, preparing to remain for the long haul, even as talks with India dragged on. Then, China started to advance its boundary claims from 1959, which many…

Ozamis prelate cites Duterte on high approval rating

News / National / Ozamis prelate cites Duterte on high approval rating Ozamis prelate cites Duterte on high approval rating A Catholic prelate in Mindanao expressed hope that the high rating received by President Duterte in the latest Pulse Asia Survey will further inspire him to work even harder to promote the welfare of the Filipino people. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS / MANILA BULLETIN) “I congratulate the President (on the favorable results) of this survey,” Ozamis Archbishop Martin Jumoad said in an interview Tuesday. “Too high (ratings)…