China’s three warfares strategy for the South China Sea: Inquirer columnist, East Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – In 2003, China adopted the Three Warfares strategy to seize the South China Sea for economic and military purposes without triggering a war. The Chinese Communist Party, the Central Committee, and the Central Military Commission approved the strategy. China’s actions in the South China Sea must be viewed in light of its Three Warfares strategy. The First Warfare is a propaganda campaign, declaring to the world that the South China Sea belonged to China since antiquity. In the Position Paper it submitted to…

US is disrupting security in South China Sea: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, East Asia News & Top Stories

BEIJING – China’s top diplomat has accused the United States and other Western nations of disrupting regional stability in the South China Sea, even as he urged South-east Asian countries to “press ahead” with the negotiations on a code to manage maritime and territorial disputes in the contested waters. In a wide-ranging annual press conference that lasted more than 90 minutes, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi repeatedly warned the US of interfering in its domestic affairs, although he also held out an olive branch to the new Biden administration, calling…

Philippines to beef up naval presence in disputed South China Sea, SE Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA (REUTERS) – The Philippines will beef up its naval presence in the South China Sea to protect its fishermen, its new military chief said, as concerns grow about the operations of China’s coastguard in disputed waters. The move comes after the Philippines protested a new law in China that allows its coastguard to board or open fire on foreign vessels in waters it regards as its territory, which officials said could heighten risks of a miscalculation. “We will increase our visibility through the deployment of more naval assets, but…

2 top AFP officials swap posts to address ‘big maritime concerns’

MANILA — Two three-star military generals have swapped positions, barely two months before the May 9 national and local elections. The Armed Forces of the Philippines vice chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Romeo Tanalgo, exchanged posts with his classmate, the Northern Luzon Command chief, Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda. Both officials are members of the Philippine Military Academy “Matikas” Class of 1983 and assumed their new posts on Thursday. The AFP public affairs chief, Col. Noel Detoyato, said the orders for the reassignment of the two officials were signed by President…

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…

GCash Reigns as the Top Finance App in PH – App Annie Data

Since the start of the year, both Android and iOS users have chosen GCash as their finance app of choice, according to data from App Annie, the leading mobile data and analytics company, which found GCash as the top downloaded finance app with the most number of active users.  For nine consecutive months since January, GCash has been consistent in staying at the top spot for the two categories, reflecting the Filipino’s choice for their digital banking and finance needs and helping more people participate in the financial landscape.  This…

Negros Occ., Cavite, Benguet top list of areas with highest COVID-19 new cases

News / National / Negros Occ., Cavite, Benguet top list of areas with highest COVID-19 new cases Negros Occ., Cavite, Benguet top list of areas with highest COVID-19 new cases The Philippines coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases hit past 373,000 after 1,524 new infections were confirmed on Tuesday, October 27, the Department of Health (DOH) said.  (JANSEN ROMERO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) The total number of cases in the country is now at 373,144. Of these, 37,489 are active cases,  wherein 82.8 percent are mild, 11 percent are asymptomatic,…

Submerged optimism in the South China Sea: Inquirer columnist, Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – On the morning it was announced that the President had lifted the moratorium on oil exploration in the West Philippine Sea, the shares of PXP Energy went up nearly 50 per cent. Forum Energy, a PXP subsidiary, has a pending project in Recto Bank. The suspension of oil exploration was imposed in 2014 and formalised in March 2015, because, as Forum Energy stated at the time, “the Philippine Department of Energy has granted a force majeure on Service Contract 72 (SC 72) because…

Top US diplomat calls China elephant in the room at India-US Forum

A top US envoy speaking in New Delhi has called China “an elephant in the room” and said Washington is keen to advance India’s interests across the Indo-Pacific region. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said the US was exploring ways to empower India without altering what he called New Delhi’s “strong and proud tradition of strategic autonomy”. Mr Biegun spoke yesterday in New Delhi at the opening session of the India-US Forum as his three-day visit to India kicked off. US diplomat Stephen Beigun said the US was exploring…

From chumps to champs: Lakers’ long road back to the top

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after winning the 2020 NBA Championship over the Miami Heat in Game Six of the 2020 NBA Finals. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP Four years after hitting rock bottom, the Los Angeles Lakers are back on top of the basketball world. With a 106-93 victory over the Miami Heat in game six of the NBA Finals on Sunday, the Lakers took a 4-2 series victory and clinched a record-equalling 17th NBA championship. The triumph marked the final stop on what has been a…