Philippines balances security and trade in US-China contest

Political allies have hailed Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s first visit to the US as Philippine president as a “home run”: he secured one of the few bilateral meetings with Joe Biden on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. The US welcome reflected the decisive steps Marcos is taking to revitalise Manila’s alliance with Washington following a pivot towards China under his predecessor, Rodrigo Duterte. But Manila is attempting to carefully balance ties with its security ally and its powerful neighbour amid concern that it would be on…

South-east Asia warily navigates rising US-China tensions over Taiwan

A statement by Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos Jr in response to escalating tensions over Taiwan last month rippled through south-east Asia. “Bongbong”, as he is known, said US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to Taipei “did not raise the intensity” of what was already a fraught political situation and the volatility in the region demonstrated the importance of his country’s ties to Washington. The president’s comments, made after a meeting with US secretary of state Antony Blinken, were taken by some observers as a pivot away from China and…

Us-China Tensions At Their Worst, Could Spiral Into Conflict: Former Australian Pm

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who has written about the US-China relations in his recent book, The Avoidable War, said the tensions have the potential of spiraling into conflict. “As someone who has looked at US-China relationship for the last 40 years, I would say that the state of the relationship now is the worst it has been in half-a-century. China now has become more powerful, China now has a more assertive leader pursuing a more assertive foreign security policy and now the United States since 2017 has been…

Tumultuous US-China relations over the centuries

— Asian Marxist Review   THE United States, with a GDP of $24.5 trillion and per capita income of $76,000 and China, with a GDP of $19.9 trillion and per capita income of $14,000, are currently the world’s largest and second largest economies respectively although China has a larger GDP when measured by purchasing power parity. Historically, relations between the two countries have been indifferent with some periods of open conflict and an element of mistrust and suspicion, most notably during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Presently, the…

9 ‘Black Eagle’ Aircraft Landed In Taiwan Amid US-China Tensions; Taipei Refuses To Share Complete Info — Reports

The Black Eagles aerobatic team of South Korea, possibly all 9, made a quick stopover in southern Taiwan on August 18 after performing an air show in the Philippines.  According to the Liberty Times, the South Korean air force’s Black Eagle aerobatic team, flying the T-50 trainer aircraft, arrived at Kaohsiung International Airport in the city’s Xiaogang District around 11 a.m. on August 18.  The group had finished a performance in the Philippines and had flown to Taiwan for a four-hour layover. The team’s ground staff and equipment were first…

How Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit Has Set a New Status Quo for U.S-China Tensions

This month, tensions in the Taiwan Strait reached levels not seen in nearly thirty years. In response to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei, Beijing launched joint military exercises around the island and suspended or canceled eight official military dialogues and cooperation channels with the United States. Taiwan faced unprecedented provocations, including ballistic missile launches over the island, air and naval operations across the centerline and on the edge of Taiwan’s territorial waters, and a volume of cyber attacks “23 times higher than the previous daily record.” Aerial…

Vetting suppliers becomes ever more crucial as US-China tensions rise

Tensions between the United States and mainland China have been rising for years, starting with China’s de facto annexation of waters in the South China Sea, which dates back more than a decade.  China is engaging in a policy of converting oceanic regions previously considered international waters—and which still are, in the view of the US government—into part of its exclusive economic zone by constructing artificial islands on reefs that can serve as military bases.  These islands are being built in waters close to the Philippines and Vietnam.  Some of…

Commentary: What the Philippines has at stake in US-China tensions over Taiwan

As analysts have noted, the United States has limited munitions, raising the possibility that it would be required to cede the South China Sea in the early stages of a conflict with China. And a successful invasion would increase China’s power projection capabilities and weaken the ability of the United States to support its ally through an air and naval presence in the region. PHILIPPINES HAS HIGHLY DESIRABLE REAL ESTATE FOR US FORCES While the United States could have little hope that other Southeast Asian countries (except perhaps for Singapore)…