Bayan: US, China, Japan out to strip PH of resources

MANILA, Philippines — A few days before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit, protesters stormed the Chinese Embassy in Makati and the Japanese Embassy in Pasay City on Thursday and asked the APEC member states to “keep their dirty hands off the Philippines.”Carrying banners with the texts “Atin ang Pinas, China Layas” and “China out of PH Waters,” about 100 members of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), League of Filipino Students (LFS), Gabriela and Kilusang Mayo Uno started their series of protest actions at the Chinese embassy along Gil Puyat…

Japan Inc readies for face off with Beijing offshore Vietnam

A pair of oil and gas fields controlled by Japanese companies offshore Vietnam could become a potential flash point in the disputed waters of the South China Sea as Beijing continually seeks to aggressively assert its claims. Japan’s Idemitsu and Inpex, in partnership with Vietnam’s national oil company, PetroVietnam, operate the two fields, Sao Vang and Dai Nguyet. The fields, in Block 05-01, straddle China’s sweeping claim to most of the South China Sea via its U-shaped ‘nine-dash line’, which is not recognised by its neighbors or internationally by The…

Japan, US defense chiefs confirm Senkakus come under security pact

This file photo taken in September 2012 shows the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. (Kyodo) TOKYO (Kyodo) — The defense chiefs of Japan and the United States on Saturday confirmed that the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea fall under the scope of a security treaty between the two countries. Speaking by phone, both Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and U.S. acting defense secretary, Christopher Miller, referred to the application of Article 5 of the treaty to contingencies surrounding the…

Australia Will Join Joint Naval Training Drills With India, Japan, United States – The Organization for World Peace

According to multiple reports from Reuters, This Week in Asia, and US News, Australia has recently announced it will be joining the United States, Japan, and India in India’s annual navy training drills. These training drills, known as “Malabar,” will be held in the Bay of Bengal as a symbolic sign of cooperation between the four major democratic powers in the South-Eastern Asia region. With Australia joining the exercises, it has officially joined the Southeast Asian military defensive alliance known as “The Quad.” This military group, and its expansion, can…

Japan Could Face The Brunt Of Chinese Navy As Beijing Drafts Another Powerful Law Over Contested Waters

China’s National People’s Congress has proposed a new law that would authorize the Coast Guard to use weapons against foreign ships involved in illegal activities in its waters. After Saudi, Trump Endorses ‘Independent Kashmir’; Why Are Key Allies Turning Against India? The coast guard would be authorized to use weapons “in the case of unlawful infringement by a national organization or individual,” as per the document released by the NCP to seek public comments on the draft law. The law will allow the use of handheld weapons against vessels deemed…

Australia Joins India, US and Japan in Indian Ocean War Games | Voice of America

NEW DELHI – The Australian navy joined Indian, Japanese and American warships for annual Malabar exercises that began Tuesday in the Indian Ocean marking the growing strategic convergence of the four countries amid rising concerns about Chinese assertiveness in Asia.       India’s decision to include Australia for the annual drills comes in the wake of a push by Washington for deeper security collaboration in the “Quad,” the informal group that includes the United States, Japan, Australia and India as a counter to China.       Australia returns to the…

A View from Japan on the U.S. Presidential Election

Post-war Constitution of Japan   I have something, as a Japanese, to be grateful to both Mr. Donald J. Trump, a Republican, and Mr. Joseph R. Biden, a Democrat. It is the argument that the two had at the time of the presidential election four years ago.   First, when then-candidate Trump said, “Japan should be nuclear-armed,” Biden, who was serving as Vice President in the Barack Obama administration, mocked Trump’s ignorance, saying, “Don’t you know? The United States has given Japan a constitution that does not have nuclear…

Senkaku Islands: Japan and China both claim these islands as their own. Now the US is showing Tokyo how it can help defend them

Speaking aboard a Japanese warship Monday, Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, commander of US Forces Japan, said the exercises would demonstrate the ability of the US-Japan alliance “to deliver combat troops to defend the Senkakus or respond to other crises or contingencies.” Both Tokyo and Beijing claim the Senkaku Islands, known as the Diaoyus in China, as their own, but Japan has administered them since 1972. Tensions over the uninhabited rocky chain, 1,200 miles (1,900 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo, have simmered for years, and with claims over them dating back centuries,…

Japan and U.S. begin major military exercise as concern about China grows

ON BOARD JS KAGA (Reuters) – Japan and the United States on Monday began air, sea and land exercises around Japan in a show of force in the face of increased Chinese military activity in the region. The Keen Sword exercise is the first big drill since Yoshihide Suga became Japan’s prime minister last month with a vow to continue the military build-up aimed at countering China, which claims Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea. Keen Sword, which is held every two years, involves dozens of warships, hundreds of…