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Cadence Column: Asia, June 5, 2017


At this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, China sent a lower-ranking delegation than in years past. Previously, China’s representative was a deputy chief from Joint Staff; this year Beijing sent a lieutenant general. India did not attend. US Defense Secretary Mattis commented that China’s man-made islands undermine stability and that China has contempt for other … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, September 5, 2016


The cycle of history is becoming more of a cyclone. Not much changed at this year’s G20: Posturing, “sovereignty” subjectively defined to excuse nearly everything and everyone’s self, money used as the looming threat to scare each other into cooperation. There wasn’t much mention of the larger pending threat: Islam. Whether any brand of “militant” … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, April 25, 2016


North Korea launched a missile that travelled 1/10 the distance it needs to. Pyongyang considered it a “success”. China has come to a consensus about it’s activity in the South China Sea. The consensus did not include all ASEAN nations. And, the US continues to disagree with the consensus. The City Council Speaker of a … Continue reading

Chinese navy silently obtains access to important ports around the world


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: Chinese news site mil.news.sina.com.cn reports that the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) navy has been making great efforts to obtain access to ports abroad so that it may become a true blue water navy. Its most important recent achievement is the … Continue reading

Malaysia joins the stand against China in South China Sea dispute


Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister said the country must defend encroachment of its sovereignty in a veiled swipe at China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, as tensions flared ahead of a regional meeting that Beijing will attend. Without directly referring to China, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi questioned why land was being reclaimed on coral areas … Continue reading

Rising India is vital to allied hopes to contain China


With Australia firmly in the geopolitical mix, no one is publicly talking about China and containment, but all strategies are going in that direction. A recent cover of India Today magazine has Prime Minister Narendra Modi dressed up as Superman, fist outstretched, flying around the planet and restoring his country to its rightful position as … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, October 12, 2015


China didn’t make any friends this week. Beijing spies on every street corner with a service literally named “Skynet”. The Pentagon wants a strong Taiwan. The US Navy plans to challenge China’s man-made military airport-seaport islands. Most people don’t know exactly where the islands are since they aren’t listed on many maps. But if you … Continue reading

China deployed artillery on disputed island in South China Sea


The United States has spotted a pair of mobile artillery vehicles on an artificial island that China is building in the South China Sea, a resource-rich stretch of ocean crossed by vital shipping lanes, American officials said. China’s construction program on previously uninhabited atolls and reefs in the Spratly Islands has already raised alarm and … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, May 18, 2015


It all happened in a week. Man-made land isn’t sovereign land says UN. 12 nautical miles is “sovereign”. US Navy to park inside 12 miles of China’s man-made islets in the making; a volatile military standoff is inevitable. A US invitation to Beijing for annual Navy practice must also invite Taiwan! Beijing rebukes. Taiwan’s controlling, … Continue reading

U.S. proposes military challenge to China over South China Sea claims


The U.S. military is considering using aircraft and Navy ships to directly contest Chinese territorial claims to a chain of rapidly expanding artificial islands, U.S. officials said, in a move that would raise the stakes in a regional showdown over who controls disputed waters in the South China Sea. Defence Secretary Ash Carter has asked … 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

China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip


Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defence publication said. The construction has stoked concern that China may be converting disputed territory in the mineral-rich archipelago into military … Continue reading

Why the US may go to war in the South China Sea


It is no secret that the South China Sea is an area of conflict and controversy, but understanding the interests and role of the United States in that region is not intuitive. The situation centers on competing territorial claims by China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei, the Philippines and Malaysia over several sets of islands. Attempts by … 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

China seeks to become “capital” of South East Asia, by extending high-speed rail


A favourite export from China to its neighbours these days are high-speed rail lines designed to make trade routes in the vast stretches of Asia more accessible and fortify Chinese dreams of turning its southern reaches into the capital of mainland Southeast Asia. But not everyone wants to be bound so close. A rail project … Continue reading

China’s response to the MH17 tragedy? Condemn the West


On July 18, shortly after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed over eastern Ukraine, extinguishing 298 lives, China’s Xinhua state news agency cautioned against making snap judgments. The U.S. and other Western nations had begun to finger pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine for shooting down the Boeing 777 passenger plane, but Xinhua dismissed such accusations as “rash” … 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 urges peaceful development of seas by all countries, while not following its own advice


China, involved in a growing dispute with its neighbours over the energy-rich South China Sea, wants to promote peaceful development of the oceans, Premier Li Keqiang said, warning conflicts in the past had only brought “disaster for humanity”. China claims almost the entire ocean, rejecting rival claims to parts of it from Vietnam, the Philippines, … 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

China’s plans to control South China Sea; Philippines and Vietnam are just the beginning


The following is a translation from Chinese media: China believes that it’s reclamation of land on Johnson South Reef can monitor and control three countries – Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia. China also believes that the construction of an artificial island will give it control of the sea lanes in the South China Sea. Chigua Reef, … 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

China continues advance into South China Sea; military base to be built on artificial island


The No. 9 Design & Research Institute of China State Shipbuilding Corporation recently displayed on its official website its proposed design of an artificial island to be built on a reef in the South China Sea. It aims at providing a reserve of designs for an artificial island China may build there. On the website, … Continue reading

Malaysia hardens stance against China; new naval base in South China Sea


The following is a repost of an article that appeared in China Daily Mail on March 1, 2014: The submerged reef would be easy to miss, under turquoise seas about 80 km (50 miles) off Malaysia’s Borneo island state of Sarawak. But two Chinese naval exercises in less than a year around the James Shoal … Continue reading

U.S. lawmakers call Chinese actions in South China Sea ‘troubling’


Six U.S. senators urged their colleagues on Friday to support legislation reaffirming U.S. support for freedom of navigation, saying they consider China’s recent actions in the South China Sea troubling. China this week accused Vietnam of intentionally colliding with its ships in the South China Sea after Vietnam asserted that Chinese vessels used water cannon … Continue reading

Malaysia Airlines staff assaulted, held hostage for 10 hrs by angry relatives in China


Tensions between grieving Chinese families in Beijing and Malaysian Airlines staff boiled over this week when airline staff were held inside a hotel for 10 hours by angry family members and a security officer was allegedly assaulted. Malaysian Airlines released a statement about the two incidents which occurred late on Thursday and early yesterday as … 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

China’s actions in hunt for plane are hurting more than helping


When a Chinese government vessel took the world by surprise this month with its announcement that it had detected underwater signals that might have come from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, China suddenly looked like the hero of the multinational search effort. Within days, however, the Chinese claims were discounted, and attention shifted to another … Continue reading

China’s media abandons search for Japanese link to missing plane


After spending weeks combing through official reports, attending press conferences and interviewing aviation insiders, China’s official news agency Xinhua has officially called off the search for a Japanese link to the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. On Friday morning, Beijing bureau chief Qian Congmin convened the agency’s top news editors for a special meeting, … Continue reading

China has no official role in plane investigation


As the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 enters its second month, an all-too-rare glimmer of good news has been found: On Sunday, an Australian navy vessel reported signals “consistent” with those emitted by an airplane’s black box in the South Indian Ocean. These aren’t the only signals, or “pings,” that have been heard. At … Continue reading

China’s criticism of Malaysia: unjust, unfair and below the belt


The following are the opinions of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail: I refer to “MH370: ‘Under siege’ Malaysians hit back at China,” Free Malaysia Today, March 28 with regard to China’s stinging and strident criticism of the Malaysian authorities’ handling of the MH370 incident. To quote from the said report: … Continue reading

A Chinese netizen’s speculation about what might have happened to Flight MH370


The following is speculation on the part of a Chinese netizen, and reflects the growing concern about this issue by Chinese Internet users. The post was made on March 15 2014. The opinions expressed do not reflect those of China Daily Mail. I watched the live speech of the prime minister of Malaysia. The ambiguous … Continue reading

China refused permission to search for missing plane in Indian waters


India has declined China’s proposal to allow four of its warships to join the hunt for the MH370 jetliner near the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, even as it is now dispatching two aircraft to Malaysia to join the international search force that is now scanning southern Indian Ocean off Australia for the missing 777-200ER aircraft. … Continue reading

Malaysia’s handling of lost plane irritates China; reveals limits of Beijing’s influence in Asia


The search for a missing jetliner with Chinese travellers aboard has revealed the limits of Beijing’s influence in its own backyard and left communist leaders facing outrage from their public. Beijing has demanded Malaysia do more to find the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner. But despite sending nine ships to help in the search, China appears … Continue reading

China tries to become “Asia’s policeman” in missing plane saga; sends team uninvited to Malaysia to “advise” on search and rescue mission


In the aftermath of the March 8 disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane with 239 people on board, 153 of them Chinese nationals, Beijing is flexing its muscles. The Chinese government has dispatched two warships, 10 satellites, over 50 marines to the South China Sea, and – although the Malaysian government didn’t formally invite them – a … Continue reading

China and Malaysia hint at Uighur Muslim terrorist attack on missing plane


The opinions expressed in this article are those of “The Star Online” (published by Malaysian Chinese Association), and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail. There is speculation that militants from China’s Uighur Muslim minority could be involved in the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 airplane, as it occurred just one week after knife-wielding assailants killed … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, March 2


EDITORIAL—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… Philippines protests over South China Sea water cannon attack Another indication of Chinese aggression Ex-Ming Pao editor Kevin Lau attacked in Hong Kong; recently replaced by pro-China editor Indications of … Continue reading

Malaysia joins forces with Philippines and Vietnam against China in sea dispute


The submerged reef would be easy to miss, under turquoise seas about 80 km (50 miles) off Malaysia’s Borneo island state of Sarawak. But two Chinese naval exercises in less than a year around the James Shoal have shocked Malaysia and led to a significant shift in its approach to China‘s claims to the disputed … Continue reading

China leads mission to explore South China Sea for oil – 1800 kms from China


China will lead an expedition into the South China Sea, 80 kilometres off the coast of Malaysia and 1,800 kilometres from the Chinese mainland – territory China claims as it’s own. The first scientific ocean drilling expedition led and sponsored by China sails from Hong Kong tomorrow into the South China Sea – the subject … Continue reading

Philippines expects early U.N. ruling on sea dispute with China


The Philippines expects an early ruling from the United Nations’ tribunal on its arbitration case questioning China’s claim on the South China Sea, Manila‘s foreign minister said on Thursday, in the first public announcement of hopes for a swift outcome. Friction over the key shipping route has surged as China uses its growing naval might … 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 bans Philippines president unless Manila withdraws from territorial dispute


China has demanded the Philippines drop its arbitration case with the United Nations on territorial disputes as a condition for allowing President Benigno Aquino to visit a Chinese trade fair, diplomatic sources say. The demand prompted Aquino to cancel the trip to Nanning for the opening of the annual China-ASEAN Exposition on Tuesday. “There were … Continue reading

China consolidates sea claims as Asian diplomacy struggles


For decades, fishermen along the northwestern Philippine coast treated the teeming fishing grounds of the Scarborough Shoal as their backyard, less than a day’s boat ride away. Now, they see it as a foreign country. “I lost my livelihood when we lost the Scarborough Shoal to the Chinese,” said Mario Forones, a 53-year-old who owns … Continue reading

Chinese Malaysians have also died for one Malaysia


When I read ‘Sabah Incursion: Hang the Traitors’ by A Kadir Jasin, a pro-UMNO blogger (a former group editor-in-chief of New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd and at times also a Berita Harian columnist), I was disappointed by his tone in the opening paragraphs of his blog post, which stated: “As has always been the … Continue reading

China’s navy near Malaysia ‘to defend South China Sea’


A Chinese amphibious task force sparked jitters around the region by reaching the southernmost waters of its claimed domain A fully equipped PLA amphibious task force has reached China’s southernmost claimed possession in the South China Sea in an unprecedented show of force that is raising eyebrows across the region. The four-ship flotilla headed by … Continue reading

China invests heavily in Malaysia


Chinese and Malaysian companies agreed to invest 10.5 billion Ringgit ($3.4 billion) on an industrial park in the Southeast Asian nation, which will include steel and aluminum plants as well as a palm oil refinery. This comes just a few days after the Chinese Xiamen University announced to open its first overseas campus in the Malaysian … Continue reading

China’s Xiamen University expands into Malaysia


Xiamen University in Fujian Province announced that it would open its first overseas campus in the Malaysian state of Selangor in September 2015. It will become the first Chinese university to open an overseas branch. The final agreement for the Xiamen campus will be signed in early February during the launch of the Kuantan Industrial Park … Continue reading

Taiwan to expand Taiping wharf in South China Sea


The Taiwanese government plans to expand its wharf at Taiping Island in the South China Sea to accommodate larger vessels as part of its ongoing military enhancement project in the disputed region. The Taiwanese Coast Guard Administration (CGA), which is responsible for defending the outlying islet, is expected to spend NT$19 million to upgrade Taiping’s … Continue reading

Is English or Mandarin the language of the future?


The assumption that Mandarin will grow with China’s economic rise may be flawed. Consider Japan which, after spectacular post-war economic growth, became the world’s second-biggest economy. The Japanese language saw no comparable rise in power and prestige. The same may prove true of Mandarin. The character-based writing system requires years of hard work for even … Continue reading

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