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China to send nuclear-armed submarines into Pacific amid tensions with US


The Chinese military is poised to send submarines armed with nuclear missiles into the Pacific Ocean for the first time, arguing that new US weapons systems have so undermined Beijing’s existing deterrent force that it has been left with no alternative. Chinese military officials are not commenting on the timing of a maiden patrol, but … Continue reading

Indonesia will defend against China in the South China Sea using F-16 fighter jets


Indonesia will deploy U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets to the Natuna islands to ward off “thieves”, the defence minister said less than two weeks after Chinese coast guard vessels clashed with an Indonesian boat in the area. The move is part of a military buildup on islands overlooking the South China Sea that will see a … Continue reading

Indonesia says could take China to court over South China Sea


Indonesia could take China before an international court if Beijing’s claim to the majority of the South China Sea and part of Indonesian territory is not resolved through dialogue, Indonesia’s security chief said on Wednesday. Beijing’s claim to almost the entire South China Sea is shown on Chinese maps with a nine-dash line that stretches … Continue reading

China wants great power without great responsibility


Forty-three years after Richard Nixon made his famous visit to China, that country has seemingly decided to take a page from the former U.S. president’s Treasury Department. As China lowers the value of the yuan, the country’s economic policy makers are mimicking the blasé attitude of Nixon-era Treasury chief John Connally, who dismissed international complaints … Continue reading

Asean chief says ‘can’t accept’ China’s South China Sea claims


The secretary-general of Southeast Asia’s 10-member trade and security bloc Sunday said the group can’t agree to China’s use of its so-called nine-dash line to claim the contested waters of the South China Sea as Beijing continues its land-reclamation efforts in the area. China’s island-building project in the Spratly Islands in particular has raised concerns … Continue reading

Southeast Asia attracts more foreign direct investment than China for second year


Southeast Asia’s major economies drew more foreign direct investment combined than China for the second straight year in 2014, as growth in their giant neighbour cooled. But by country, inflows into the region were uneven, swayed by political change and the varying costs of doing business. Overall FDI into Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand … Continue reading

Will China continue to provoke its neighbours in 2015?


A nudge by air in 2013. A probe by sea in 2014. Will China take a crack on land in 2015? For the sake of world peace, let’s hope not. However, China’s nudge and probe record, especially over the last two years, should worry diplomats and alert headline writers. In 2013, China tested Japanese and … Continue reading

Three major nations absent as China launches World Bank rival in Asia


As Japan and the US will not allow China to increase its stake in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and World Bank, China set has set up a multinational rival bank called the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). 21 countries in the region, all of them except Japan, Australia, Indonesia and South Korea, attended the … Continue reading

China’s neighbours are going on a military shopping spree – in Japan


It’s no secret that China’s rise as an economic power has been miraculous. Over the past few decades, hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty, BMWs have replaced many bicycles on the streets of Beijing, and China’s is now the second-largest economy in the world. This economic explosion has in turn boosted … Continue reading

Indonesia fears China will claim Natuna in South China Sea aggression


While China and ASEAN decided at a conference of economic and trade ministers on August 26 to conduct discussions on upgrading China-ASEAN free trade area, Reuters gave a report on the same day about the fear that China’s rise has roused in ASEAN countries Indonesia and Malaysia. While providing ASEAN countries with much economic gain, … Continue reading

ASEAN members developing lucrative weapons industry in response to China


There was an article on development of the weapons industry in Southeast Asia, ascribing it to the fear of China’s rise among countries there. However, we can blame China for the rising military budgets and purchases of weapon there, but not the development of the weapons industry. It is only natural that when the emerging … Continue reading

Philippines urges unity for South East Asian nations in China sea dispute


The Philippines is pushing for a meeting among four Southeast Asian nations with conflicting claims to waters in the South China Sea so that they can hammer out a common stand in dealings with China, Manila‘s foreign minister said on Friday. Manila is waging a territorial dispute with China over the Spratlys and the Scarborough … Continue reading

China’s aggression could see formation of a powerful anti-China alliance


The China–Vietnam confrontation in the South China Sea continues to roil Asia. Gun battles have yet to erupt in the disputed Paracel Island maritime zone where, in early May, China deployed a very large oil exploration and drilling ship. In lieu of anti-ship missiles and fighter-bombers, the antagonists are using media, political and legal-judicial weapons. … Continue reading

Indonesia and Philippines reach agreement in South China Sea dispute; lessons for other claimants


Indonesia and Philippines have rejected historical records, and accepted UNCLOS (1982) as the current prevailing law to settle maritime boundaries in the South China Sea. This should be a precedent to other claimant nations in the territorial disputes. The recent conclusion of negotiation over maritime boundaries between Indonesia and the Philippines was a significant development … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, May 26


Prelude To Conflict China and the West want China and the West to know that they are in a prelude to war. Here are a few reasons why from recently… Taiwan, Vietnam in discussions over protecting investors …Taiwan-Vietnam relations continue to change and develop, either toward friendship or separation. Either direction will increase the likelihood … Continue reading

Indonesia joins push against China; beefs up air force in South China Sea


Indonesia is beefing up its air presence along the South China Sea, a military officer has announced. According to IHS Jane’s, Lieutenant Colonel Andri Gandy, the commander of Ranai airbase on the Riau Islands, which borders the South China Sea, said Indonesia was upgrading the airbase so that it could accommodate Sukhoi Su-27 and Su-30 … Continue reading

Japanese investment in Southeast Asia surged last year to almost three times amount invested in China


Japanese companies‘ investments in Southeast Asia surged last year to almost three times the amount invested in China, after relations between Beijing and Tokyo soured in 2012 and Chinese labor costs rose, a government agency of Japan said on Friday. Japanese companies invested 2.33 trillion yen ($22.8 billion) in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines … Continue reading

Hong Kong signs up for Australian undergraduate study and internship plan


Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has signed up the fourth and final destination, Hong Kong, for next year’s trial of the government’s New Colombo Plan, which will send Australian undergraduates into the region for study, internships and long-term diplomacy. “Australian students will benefit from the opportunity to study at Hong Kong’s world-class institutions and the … Continue reading

China benefits from Obama’s missed trip, U.S. credibility suffers


President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that China had probably taken advantage of his absence from a summit in Asia this week and he warned that the government shutdown and fiscal debate were hurting U.S. credibility abroad. Obama last week cancelled a trip to Indonesia and Brunei, opting to stay home and manage the U.S. … Continue reading

China’s role in the French Pivot


During his recent visit to Jakarta for a bilateral with Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, France’s top diplomat, Minister Laurent Fabius, dropped by the Asean Secretariat and there announced to a regional audience that his country had made a “pivot” to Asia. Smart move. The French foreign minister: explained “France wants to be present where tomorrow’s … Continue reading

China causing imbalance in “Asian Century”


The eminent academician Dr. Anis H. Bajrektarevic says that “there [can be] no Asian century, without the Pan-Asian multilateral setting.” The Americas, he says, have the Organisation of American States (OAS), Africa has the African Union, and Europe has the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). There is no counterpart in the sprawling … Continue reading

Australia’s new submarines to patrol Melanesia, Indonesia and South China Sea


The navy’s 12 planned new submarines will need the range to patrol the massive archipelago that stretches out from Australia’s Top End through Melanesia, Indonesia and the South China Sea. In peace time they will gather intelligence, but in any future war their main role will be to destroy enemy submarines and surface warships to … Continue reading

Indonesia protested to China over passports map


Indonesia has revealed for the first time that it complained to China over its issuance of passports that feature a controversial map laying claim to almost the entire South China Sea. The “nine-dash line” map featured in new Chinese passports was protested by Vietnam and the Philippines when they were released last year. Immigration officials … Continue reading

An Asian century is highly unlikely


The 19th century was the European century, the 20th century was the American century and the 21st century is believed to be an Asian century. While this century has 86 more years to go, Asia is unlikely to be the sole dominant political and cultural power.  Out of the big Asian players, none has arisen, nor … Continue reading

The number of millionaires in China


“Employing forecasts from the International Monetary Fund, Credit Suisse expects total household wealth to rise by almost 50% in the next five years from US$223 trillion in 2012 to US$330 trillion in 2017, assuming moderate and stable economic growth. The number of millionaires worldwide is expected to increase by about 18 million, reaching 46 million in 2017. China is expected to add … Continue reading

China and Malaysia: Sugar and frozen durian


Knowledge is empowering. Reading is knowledge. Recently, the Malaysian government offended Robert Kuok As a result, the Malaysian economy suffered a great blow! After the official Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao‘s visit to Malaysia, the Najib government now really understands Robert Kuok’s influence in China! In order to benefit their cronies, they arm twisted to swallow … Continue reading

Hong Kong: 65 percent of parents believe foreign English teachers offer better education


A survey of 300 households in Hong Kong showed that 65 percent of parents believe a foreign teacher of English can offer better education than a local teacher. In response, early childhood education experts have issued statements reminding parents and institutions to check the qualifications of foreign educators during the hiring process. Experts also warn … Continue reading

More US firms may shift some business from China to ASEAN


A growing number of U.S. companies plan to shift some operations from China to Southeast Asia in the next two years as confidence in countries such as the Philippines improves, a survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore showed. AmCham Singapore said on Thursday its survey of 356 senior executives working for U.S. … Continue reading

China’s “small stick” approach to South China Sea


In a month-long standoff between China and the Philippines over a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, Beijing has so far refrained from sending warships from its increasingly powerful and modern navy to enforce its territorial claims. Instead, China has deployed patrol vessels from its expanding fleet of paramilitary ships to Scarborough Shoal, known … Continue reading

Where will low-value manufacturing go after China?


Labour-intensive and low-margin goods must be made elsewhere as China moves up the economic value chain. In theory, any country with a lower GDP per capita than China could step into its shoes. In practice, however, few seem ready to do so. Shaun Rein, managing director of market research firm CMR China, said his corporate … Continue reading

China power giant inks $2.4 billion India project


Power Construction Corporation of China said on Friday it had signed a $2.4 billion contract to build the second phase of a massive coal-fired power complex in southern India that will help meet soaring local demand for electricity. The second phase of the project for India’s Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) will include … Continue reading

Bandung Indonesia Tangkuban Perahu


September 2nd 1977: Tangkuban Perahu is a volcano 30 km north of the city of Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java, Indonesia. It is a popular tourist attraction where tourists can hike or ride to the edge of the crater to view the hot water springs and boiling mud up close, and buy eggs cooked … Continue reading

Jakarta Indonesia "Seven-Up Man" Monument


August 31st 1977: The monuments in Jakarta, many of which are built on roundabouts,  are usually called by local names, and are most often referred to as a way of giving directions. Many of the locals don’t actually know what the monument is supposed to depict. The Statue of Dirgantara (Father of the Heavens Monument) … Continue reading

September 2 1977: Bandung Indonesia Photo Gallery


Photographs From Bandung Indonesia, September 1977 For a complete list of articles and photo galleries about my favourite memories during my travels, click here Click here to read article Click here to read article Click here to read article Tourism Articles On This Site “My Journey” Articles and Photo Galleries

August 31 1977: Jakarta Indonesia Photo Gallery


Photographs From Jakarta Indonesia, August 1977 For a complete list of articles and photo galleries about my favourite memories during my travels, click here Click here to read article Tourism Articles On This Site “My Journey” Articles and Photo Galleries

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