Small China Islets in South China Sea Show Signs of New Construction

Although they receive less attention than China’s biggest artificial islands, construction continues apace on its smaller outposts built atop tiny islets in the South China Sea, satellite imagery shows. The work pales in comparison to the binge in Chinese land reclamation and construction between 2014 and 2017, when Beijing established its major bases on disputed features in the Paracel and Spratly archipelagoes. But the imagery reviewed by RFA of several small land features over the past six months shows signs of new housing, power supplies, cultivation and potentially a helipad.…

Metrobank sees manageable NPL ratio of 3%

The Ty-controlled Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co. (Metrobank) is looking at a manageable non-performing loan (NPL) ratio of three percent by end-2020 from 2.25 percent in end-September. Metrobank senior vice president Jette Gamboa said the bank’s NPL ratio is within the industry’s outlook of a three to four percent NPL ratio for 2020 while most banks also expect bad loans’ ratio to increase to five to six percent in 2021. The estimated NPL ratio is similar with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ prediction of a 4.6 percent ratio by end-2020…

Vietnam wary of China’s possible weapons use

Vietnam’s foreign ministry has expressed concern about legislation drafted by China that would allow Beijing’s coast guard to use weapons in waters it considers to be under its jurisdiction. A deputy spokesperson for Vietnam’s foreign ministry spoke at a news conference on Thursday. The official mentioned the names of the islands in the South China Sea that are claimed by the two countries. The spokesperson said Vietnam’s claims to the areas are based on historical grounds. The official added Vietnam supports the position that all disputes must be peacefully resolved…

Lest they forget – The changing legacy of the second world war in China | Books & arts

Nov 7th 2020 China’s Good War. By Rana Mitter. Belknap Press; 336 pages; $27.95 and £22.95 THE WAY the second world war is remembered—and used—is always changing. In Britain, the Blitz is invoked in every new crisis. In America, the attack on Pearl Harbour resonated anew after 9/11. Yet, as Rana Mitter of Oxford University shows in “China’s Good War”, nowhere have successive generations thought more differently about the conflict than in China, where it is seen through the prism of the Japanese invasion that began in 1931. In his…

Clash of bubble heavyweights: Ginebra vs TNT for PH Cup lead

Jeff Chan of Barangay Ginebra attacks the basket over Christian Standhardinger of NorthPort. (PBA Images) Getting closer to the twice-to-beat advantage holds more importance than gaining the solo lead as Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and TNT clash Friday in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center. Ginebra and TNT face off at 6:45 p.m. with the winner climbing into the top of the standings while also boosting its chances of securing the important bonus once the quarterfinals begin late next week. San Miguel (5-3)…

Asian Insider, Nov 5: China bars travellers from coronavirus-hit nations; Indonesia asks US to invest in South China Sea, Asia News & Top Stories

Hi all,  In today’s bulletin: Tense wait continues for US election results; China blocks travellers from coronavirus-hit countries; Pakistan’s army in the spotlight; Indonesia asks US & Japan to invest in South China Sea; Living alone in China, and more. Reading this on the web or know someone who might enjoy receiving Asian Insider? Our sign-up page is here. Tense wait for US election results though Biden has the edge Several hours after the voting closed, it is still not clear who would be the next President of the United States…

PH-US relations will remain strong whoever wins -Marcos

News / National / PH-US relations will remain strong whoever wins –Marcos PH-US relations will remain strong whoever wins –Marcos Senator Imee R. Marcos said Thursday US-Philippine ties could only strengthen regardless of who wins in the US presidential elections.       Senator Imee R. Marcos (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN) Marcos, daughter of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos, said President Duterte and US President Donald Trump  have always had a personal affinity while Vice President Joe Biden and the Democrats have always been very generous to the Philippines.       ‘’We…

Why the Arctic is Not the ‘Next’ South China Sea

The South China Sea and the Arctic are increasingly grouped as strategic theaters rife with renewed great-power competition. This sentiment permeates current affairs analysis, which features geopolitical links between the two maritime theaters. And these assessments are not resigned to “hot takes” — the linkage features at senior policy levels, too. Consider, for example, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s rhetorical question, “Do we want the Arctic Ocean to transform into a new South China Sea, fraught with militarization and competing territorial claims?”     To what extent are China’s…

Wary China hopes for smooth ending to US Presidential poll amid grim forecast of ties

BEIJING : A wary China on Thursday hoped the presidential poll process in the US would end smoothly and successfully and said that there is a room for cooperation between the two nations despite “some differences,” as observers forecast heightening of the rivalry between the top two economies no matter whoever emerges victorious. The US presidential election remained undecided Thursday evening, turning the nation’s attention to a handful of battleground states that continue to tabulate the crush of mail-in ballots that will decide whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden will…