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China’s delusions of regional hegemony – other Asian states want to squash Beijing’s leadership ambitions


The corollary of the decline of the west is not the rise of Asia. It is the erosion of Asia, at least as an idea, as rivalries within geographic Asia overtake the notion of regional cohesion that once bound these countries together. This may seem heresy. China has been leading world growth; western pundits often … Continue reading

Philippines moves fighter jets into South China Sea


An epic battle brewing in the South China Sea just went up a notch. China is creating manmade islands on reefs in the region, which has ticked off neighbouring countries The Philippines now plans to station fighter jets and frigates on a former US naval base facing the growing islands where it is engaged in … Continue reading

Philippines General seeks arms upgrade as China threat expands


Philippine military chief Gregorio Pio Catapang likens his task to a boxing match. Dwarfed by neighbours like China, with whom ties are strained, he’d like his forces to last at least a few rounds in the ring. “Even if we are a bantam-weight fighting against a heavy weight, we are going to defend our sovereignty … Continue reading

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