Understanding ASEAN’ s silence behind AUKUS agreement

(MENAFN– The Conversation) A trilateral agreement between the US, UK and Australia on building nuclear-powered submarines, known as AUKUS , has raised criticism from various countries. Many experts believe the agreement is part of a US strategy to suppress China’s domination in the Asia Pacific by equipping Australia, its ally in the region, with nuclear-powered submarines. In response to the pact, China may drop its promise not to be the first to use nuclear weapons in a war, a former senior Chinese diplomat states . Rejection also came from US…

Beijing’s creative compliance and non-compliance in the South China Sea

Author: Sourabh Gupta, ICAS The landmark Philippines v China ruling marked its fifth anniversary on 12 July 2021. In its decision, the arbitral tribunal constituted under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) made four key observations. First, it judged that no land feature in the Spratly Islands or Scarborough Shoal were an ‘island’ within the meaning of Article 121 of UNCLOS. The tribunal interpreted the definition of a ‘rock’ — a feature that ‘cannot sustain human habitation or economic life of [its]…

Tropical Cyclone ‘Maring’ Tracker – Manila Bulletin

11 a.m., Oct. 11 Tropical cyclone “Maring” (international name “Kompasu”) has intensified into a severe tropical storm hours before its expected close approach or landfall over the extreme portion of northern Luzon. As of 10 a.m., the center of the severe tropical storm was located 240 kilometers (km) east of Aparri, Cagayan, or 265 km east-southeast of Calayan, Cagayan. Maring is now packing maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 115 kph while moving westward at 15 kph. The PAGASA…