Allies needed to help secure West Philippine Sea claims –Hontiveros

The Philippines should reach out to other countries to protect its legal claims in the West Philippine Sea instead of cowering before China, opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros said. Hontiveros was responding to the comments made by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana downplaying China’s passage of a coast guard law that allows its patrols to use force against foreign vessels in the South China Sea which China claims in its entirety. Moreover, Hontiveros took offense over Lorenzana’s position that the Philippines cannot afford to antagonize China. “Dapat makipagtulungan na tayo sa mga…

China’s Border Claims

The United States Congress has passed a Tibet Policy and Support Act that says the choice of the next Dalai Lama is the prerogative only of Tibetans. In addition, any attempt by the Chinese to interfere in the Dalai Lama’s succession would result in sanctions against that country. Lobsang Sangay, the Prime Minister of the Tibetan-government-inexile has already made his first visit to Washington D.C. It is almost certain that China will not sit quiet on the American action. But then controversy is the spice of politics. It is likely…

Bhutan denies claims of China setting up village inside its territory, satellite experts call bluff

Later the tweet was removed. However, it is to be noted that satellite imagery and map locations have showb what appears to be the Chinese settlement near the contested Doklam platueu area. An NDTV report also cites official maps stamped by the Bhutanese government, which show that the Chinese settlement lies “well within Bhutan’s present claim lines”. The report also quotes international observers and satellite imagery experts as challenging Bhutan’s denial of what is being called a “clear breach of Bhutan’s sovereignty”. The Pangda village lies 2 kilometres within Bhutanese…

ASEAN Must First Settle its Own Competing South China Sea Claims

Southeast Asian nations need to settle their competing claims in the South China Sea before deciding how to handle Beijing’s or Washington’s policies on the disputed waterway, Malaysia’s foreign minister said Tuesday after a virtual meeting with his regional counterparts. Still, slow deliberation on the issue by governments of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has prevented wars from breaking out in the volatile waters, Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters in Putrajaya ahead of the 37th ASEAN Summit, which is set to begin Thursday. “The most important [thing]…

Nabbed ex-Pogo worker claims his supplier of drugs, guns is another Chinese national

News / Metro / Nabbed ex-Pogo worker claims his supplier of drugs, guns is another Chinese national Nabbed ex-Pogo worker claims his supplier of drugs, guns is another Chinese national The source of shabu and drugs of an apprehended Chinese man who was allegedly involved in drug peddling and gun-running is also a Chinese national, Makati Police said on Tuesday night (October 27). (photo via Jel Santos) Major Judge Rowe Donato, Makati Police substation 6 chief, said suspect Su Jia Shun, a former Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) employee, told…

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…

China is doubling down on its territorial claims: here’s what you need to know

From the South China Sea to the Himalayan Sino-Indian border, and even in one of its own cities, China has doubled down on its claims of territory, and taken a harder line in response to perceived challenges. And as those disputes escalated this year with renewed and rising tensions, Xi has bulked up the military and increased its budget, with the instruction to “resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests.” Here’s what you need to know about China’s key flashpoints in the Asia-Pacific region. Dotted with small islands, reefs…

China is doubling down on its territorial claims and that’s causing conflict across Asia

Since taking power in 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping has helped cement China’s position as a global superpower — and pushed forward an aggressive foreign policy, making bolder moves in several key flashpoints across Asia. From the South China Sea to the Himalayan Sino-Indian border, and even in one of its own cities, China has doubled down on its claims of territory, and taken a harder line in response to perceived challenges. And as those disputes escalated this year with renewed and rising tensions, Xi has bulked up the military…

Southeast Asian countries challenge China over maritime claims

Indonesian President Joko Widodo inspects troops on an Indonesian Navy vessel January 8. He visited the Natuna Islands after Beijing claimed the waters as its traditional fishing area. (© Agus Soeparto/Indonesian Presidential Office/AP Images) Indonesian President Joko Widodo inspects troops on an Indonesian Navy vessel on January 8. He visited the Natuna Islands after Beijing claimed the waters as its traditional fishing area. (© Agus Soeparto/Indonesian Presidential Office/AP Images) Southeast Asian countries are pushing back against the Chinese government’s aggression in the South China Sea. A recent example of this aggression…