China’s New Pressure on Taiwan in the South China Sea

In October 2020, Hong Kong’s air traffic control denied a Taiwanese flight access to Pratas Island, a Taiwan-occupied feature in the South China Sea. It was the first time that had ever occurred. The refusal, likely prompted by Beijing, might seem to be just another way for China to put pressure on Taiwan, which it has long regarded as a renegade province. But more broadly, the incident reflects a marked change in not only how China sees Taiwan’s remote outposts, but also how confident China is in its ability to…

Chinese Long-Range Ballistic Missiles Struck Moving Ship In South China Sea: Report

At least some of the ballistic missiles that China’s People’s Liberation Army fired into the South China Sea during an exercise earlier this year, which you can read about more in the War Zone‘s initial story on those drills, reportedly hit a moving target ship. If true, this would be the country’s first known demonstration of an actual long-range anti-ship ballistic missile capability, which could significantly change the operational calculus for any potential opponent, including the United States, in the disputed maritime region and elsewhere in the Pacific. The South…

PVL at PSA Forum – Manila Bulletin

THE newly-turned pro Premier Volleyball League (PVL) will take centerstage in Tuesday’s webcast session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum. Ricky Palou of Sports Vision and PVL star Alyssa Valdez talks about the course of the league moving forward following its decision to finally turn professional. The 10:30 a.m. session is powered by Smart and presented by San Miguel Corp., Go For Gold, MILO, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corppration (PAGCOR), with Upstream Media as the official webcast partner. The weekly Forum is…

Military co-operation and the South China Sea to dominate Aust-Japan talks

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will travel this morning to Japan to meet his new counterpart and strike a defense deal amid escalating tensions with China. Scott Morrison will be the first world leader to meet in person with Prime Minister Suga who replaced Shinzo Abe after he resigned due to ill health. The two leaders will discuss greater military co-operation in response to China’s activities in the South China Sea including joint operations and use of each other’s military bases. Scott Morrison will quarantine for a fortnight upon his return,…

Meet Chármá, the new designer activewear brand that celebrities love

The label fuses comfort, fashion, and function for all your active lifestyle needs Over the years, sportswear has evolved into something acceptable and even fashionable outside the gym, and while athleisure gave comfort and style, people still need efficiency of utility design. Among the sportswear brands available in the market today, we found a boutique designer label that marries stylish street style and activewear. Meet Chármá, a collection of sportswear pieces that encourages active lifestyle while bridging the gap between function and style. As a celebrity stylist, Chármá founder, Charmaine…

12th South China Sea International Conference opens

Jointly held by the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV), the Foundation for East Sea/ South China Sea Studies (FESS), and the Vietnam Lawyers’ Association, the two-day conference has attracted over 700 delegates, including nearly 60 prestigious experts from 30 nations, 12 ambassadors and representatives from over 20 foreign representative offices in Vietnam, and nearly 100 domestic and foreign journalists. In his welcome remarks, member of the Party Central Committee and Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son said COVID-19 has created a lot of turbulence and revealed smouldering conflicts in societies,…

Boosting recovery and the digital economy

#MINDANAO John Tria In the midst of the disruptions we are experiencing, important news about the smaller GDP contraction in the third quarter and other economic developments show a strengthening economy, which is vital as we continue to engage the new normal, and the coming new year. Moving forward, an important part of the road to recovery and resilience in the growing digital economy. In the MB article on the report released by Google, Temasek and Bain & Company released on the E-Conomy SEA 2020 last week, this economy is now worth $7.5 billion,…

Japan’s foreign minister says Tokyo looks to deepen US ties

TOKYO — Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Monday that Japan hopes to deepen its alliance with the United States under President-elect Joe Biden and do more to get its ally continuously committed to regional security and other key international issues. Motegi, discussing Japanese diplomacy at the Japan National Press Club, said his country hopes to pursue cooperation with the Biden administration to achieve the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific,” or FOIP, vision of economic and security cooperation in the face of China’s growing assertiveness. With the U.S. increasingly focusing on…

Duterte to participate in virtual APEC Summit on Nov. 20

After skipping a few sessions at the recently concluded regional summit to attend to the country’s calamity situation, President Duterte is expected to participate in the virtual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on November 20, Malacañang said Monday. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO) The President is expected to attend two sessions of the APEC Economic Leaders’ meeting this Friday, according to his spokesman Harry Roque. Leaders from 21 Asia Pacific member economies will convene virtually this week in the forum hosted by Malaysia.  This will be the fist time APEC…

Why China and a Bloc of Nations Led by Vietnam Just Met but Ignored Asia’s Biggest Maritime Dispute | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – China and leaders from 10 Southeast Asian countries who held annual summits this month sidestepped a sticky maritime sovereignty question to focus on trade and COVID-19, signaling a tough year ahead for the rival nations, experts believe.   Apart from polite acknowledgements of the dispute, which engulfs about 90% of the South China Sea including prime fisheries and energy-exploration tracts, Beijing and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) barely touched on the issue at the 37th ASEAN Summit November 12-15.  More robust discussions focused on China’s international COVID-19 response…