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Philippines rules out talks with China over international tribunal ruling


Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte assured US lawmakers Wednesday that he has no plans to negotiate with China over their territorial dispute in the South China Sea even as former President Fidel Ramos said he will meet with the President over the weekend to discuss his role as presidential troubleshooter for talks with Beijing. Connecticut Senator … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, July 18, 2016


The Hague ruling has stirred the waters and the ripples are bouncing. According to the tribunal, China has no basis for its claims concerning the nine-dash line. However, this also affects sovereign waters Taiwan has enjoyed, and it has implications for an islet Japan uses as a basis for a wide reaching aquatic claim. Taiwan, … Continue reading

China must be stopped from blocking supply in the South China Sea


Australia and other countries are currently pushing for freedom of navigation patrols in the South China Sea, in response to China’s aggression and illegal claims in the region. For the immediate future, these countries should have a permanent presence in this area to ensure freedom of navigation for international trade vessels and local fishermen. The … Continue reading

China may establish air defence zone over South China Sea after losing court ruling


China said Wednesday it has the right to set up an air defence zone in the hotly disputed South China Sea, a day after a landmark court ruling against Beijing’s claims in the contested waters. Liu Zhenmin, China’s vice foreign minister, told a press conference in Beijing that China’s sovereignty over the bulk of the … Continue reading

International tribunal rejects China’s claims in South China Sea


An international tribunal in The Hague, The Permanent Court of Arbitration, has delivered a sweeping rebuke on Tuesday of China’s behaviour in the South China Sea, from the construction of artificial islands to interference with fishing, and ruled that its expansive claim to sovereignty over the waters had no legal basis. The tribunal also said … Continue reading

The Hague ruling against China is a moral victory for international law, but the struggle continues…


I am writing on the eve of the expected judgement to be handed by the Hague Court which various international experts, pundits and scholars had already considered to be historic. This case concerns the bold and unprecedented act of the Philippine government of suing China before an international court. Manila asked the said “tribunal of … Continue reading

Cadence Column: July 11, 2016


Abe’s landslide re-election in Japan, a US shield deployment in South Korea, and $2B USD pumping into Taiwan’s navy won’t exactly be sweet music to countries on the other side of the line. China isn’t in a position to make demands. Though, Beijing has denounced Hague’s coming trial often and loudly. Beijing doesn’t know what … Continue reading

Cadence Column: July 4, 2016


We see the psychology of Chinese cultural leadership on full display. China stopped communicating with Taiwan. An accidental firing of a live missile, killing one and injuring two, on a parked Taiwanese naval corvette was judged to indicate a “loose screw” in Taiwan’s military leadership. The KMT-Nationalists from Mainland China have been managing Taiwan’s military … Continue reading

China plans massive sea lab 10,000 feet underwater in South China Sea


China is speeding up efforts to design and build a manned deep-sea platform to help it hunt for minerals in the South China Sea, one that may also serve a military purpose in the disputed waters. Such an oceanic “space station” would be located as much as 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) below the surface, according … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, June 6, 2016


This week we see a new classroom game called “China Says”. China wants everyone to say that the South Sea is theirs. Manila wants Japan to say that Pacific nations should say otherwise. China says that no one else should say otherwise. The US says that China should be careful about what it says and … Continue reading

China threatens to impose air defence identification zone in South China Sea


China is preparing an air defence identification zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea, two years after it announced a similar one in the East China Sea, according to sources close to the People’s Liberation Army and a defence report. But one source said the timing of any declaration would ­depend on security conditions in … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, May 30, 2016


China has reportedly announced that it has been outdone by US technology. This implication came from the statement that it can only respond to the US “freedom of navigation” exercises by sending nuclear subs to the South China Sea. While some claim that the reports from Beijing are “exaggerated”, either scenario shows Beijing revealing its … Continue reading

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

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, May 23, 2016


Taiwan has a new president. Security is a hot topic. New leaders bring change. Change can be unstable. As a general rule, web and program developers don’t like software “updates” because they can cause other dependent software to crash. In general, admirals and generals don’t like map updates either, and for good reason. Constantly changing … Continue reading

China is setting the stage for war in the South China Sea


All any nation needs to go to war is a good provocation, and China is no exception. With its sweeping territorial claims, island-building, militarisation, patriotic fervour, and prickly rhetoric, Beijing is setting itself up to be repeatedly provoked in the South China Sea. It might even be counting on it. Consider the nation’s man-made, militarised … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, May 16, 2016


China and the US rattled sabers over Taiwan. Arguably, they smacked sheathed sabers. A US Navy ship, USS William P. Lawrence, sailed past one of China’s military-stocked man-made islands with two Chinese jet escorts chasing it away. Chinese and Washington generals want to increase freedom of navigation and communication. Washington wants Taiwan to spend more … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, May 9, 2016


China is angry. It’s always easy to tell when someone makes lightly veiled threats in the forms of “advice” or “caution”. These comments came from a Chinese diplomat, that pressure in the South China Sea could “rebound” like a “coiled spring”, depending on where it is “aimed” by the US. In his analogy, he didn’t … Continue reading

China denies US aircraft carrier entry to Hong Kong, no reason given


Beijing denied a US aircraft carrier permission to make a port call in Hong Kong, a US consulate official says, a rejection that comes amid escalating tensions in the South China Sea. The Chinese Foreign Ministry told the US on Thursday night the visit by the USS John C. Stennis would not be allowed, said … 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

Manila-Beijing relations to determine ASEAN growth


As the two possible ‘Joint Development Areas’ — “off Triton Island in the Paracels” and “Reed Bank off Philippine Palawan” [Note 1] — have almost been out of the minds of both the analysts and general public of the Philippines, a failure to revive the Manila–Beijing relation after the May 9 presidential election would jeopardize … Continue reading

US, Philippines launch joint South China Sea patrols


The US said Thursday it has launched joint South China Sea naval patrols with the Philippines, escalating its presence as it accused Beijing of “militarising” a region which is locked in territorial disputes. In a show of strength, US defence secretary Ashton Carter also announced that 275 troops and five A-10 ground attack aircraft currently … 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

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, March 7, 2016


China’s political Two Sessions just finished. It is good to see concern for responsibility, enforcement, growth, and grace within China’s governance. Clean air was on the agenda. 300,000 soldiers have been cut from active duty, mostly non-infantry. The military did not get the 2.5% budget increase it wanted, only 1.5%. A number of generals are … Continue reading

The U.S. just sent a carrier strike group to confront China in the South China Sea


The U.S. Navy has dispatched a small armada to the South China Sea. The carrier John C. Stennis, two destroyers, two cruisers and the 7th Fleet flagship have sailed into the disputed waters in recent days, according to military officials. The carrier strike group is the latest show of force in the tense region, with the U.S. asserting that China is … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, February 29, 2016


A Chinese official, Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi (王毅), has become the first to recognize Taiwan’s Constitution. He says that the president elect, Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), should “abide by it”. Tsai has promised to declassify documents about the 228 Massacre, which the Taiwanese observed in memory this past weekend. The three day weekend of … Continue reading

US says China will be bound by maritime arbitration ruling in South China Sea


A senior U.S. official says that an upcoming ruling on a case brought by the Philippines to arbitrate territorial claims in the South China Sea will also be binding on China despite its boycott of the proceedings. China contends it won’t be bound by the ruling that the Hague-based tribunal will deliver this year. Chinese … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, February 22, 2016


China is deploying weapons. The US is responding with pressure—mostly economic, some political, always involving alliances. Money and trade are atop the list. China’s unusual manipulation of its money is documented and under more scrutiny than ever. According to Chinese State-run media, China has weapons on disputed islands by right. According to the government, US … Continue reading

Is China still the global manufacturing hub?


Activity in China’s manufacturing industry has been shrinking at a quick pace in the last four years, missing also the market expectations in the last news reported on January. The official purchasing managers’ index (PMI) registered a weak level of 49.4 in January, compared with the previous month’s 49.7 and below the 50-point mark that … Continue reading

U.S. says it is open to patrols with Philippines in waters disputed with China


The United States is open to the possibility of joint naval patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea, a U.S. diplomat said Wednesday, stressing it would continue to exercise “freedom of navigation” in the disputed waters. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of world trade … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, February 1, 2016


Age of provocation. China warned everyone, this week. Soros had better not declare war on Chinese currency—or else. Taiwan had better not do a lot of things. The US had better not do a lot of things. Basically, the world “had better not”. The Pacific conflict is reaching the point where China expects a World … Continue reading

South China Sea: China creates facts, builds ground to serve them.


It was 1829 and a young nation seeking to protect key sea lanes dispatched a commodore to remote islets and reefs, “over which the sea broke.” He found safe anchorage and went on to report if a hostile power should occupy them, national interests would be in “deadly peril”; and that “nothing but absolute naval … Continue reading

China says airports in South China Sea are not capable of defending against attack by US aircraft carrier groups


The following is based on a translation of an article on a Chinese news site: Chinese military commentator Du Songtao says that China’s airport on Fiery Cross Reef, with an area of 23,000 square meters and a runway 3,125 meters long, can accommodate the simultaneous operation of 8-10 Boeing 737 airliners for civil purposes, including … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, January 6, 2016


No one is happier today than Beijing. More hoops for law-abiding gun owners to hop through means an easier cakewalk if China invaded it’s number one enemy. Without the logistic ability to invade the US, all of China’s antics in the Pacific, including landing the first plane on their man-made military islands, are dead in … Continue reading

Cool War: United States and China in the future of the global competition


Are we on the edge of a new Cold War era? Or, alternatively, every power struggle mindset has to be considered a lost legacy of the XX century and we’re headed to a new era of global cooperation? These are the big questions opening Cool War by Noah Feldman, a must read essay on the … Continue reading

Japan’s master plan to destroy the Chinese navy in battle


It seems that Japan is developing plans to craft its own Anti-Access/Area-Denial (A2/AD) strategy—or what one former Japanese official describes as “maritime supremacy and air superiority”—against the Chinese Navy. The plan itself, detailed by Reuters, makes a tremendous amount of good sense: “Tokyo is responding by stringing a line of anti-ship, anti-aircraft missile batteries along … Continue reading

China may be building a tunnel under the South China Sea


The following is based on a translation of an article on a Chinese news site: An article on war.163.com says that China is digging a tunnel and storage cave deep undersea. According to media report, due to the depth and the thick mud layer, Asia’s largest hydraulic dredge is used to dig out 160,000 cubic … Continue reading

Japan signs off biggest ever defence budget as tensions rise with China over Senkaku Islands


Tokyo approves 5.05tn yen on defence spending to counter growing Chinese influence in the region. Japan has approved its biggest ever defence budget, as it attempts to counter an increasingly assertive China and push through an unpopular move to relocate a US military base on Okinawa. The cabinet on Thursday approved plans to spend 5.05tn … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, December 21, 2015


Tensions intensify in the China seas. Beijing knows it. Washington knows it. Everyone knows it. Japan delayed a US cooperation step-up due to popularity issues. The Japanese public is tired of the US war machine in their back yard, however increasingly necessary Chinese patterns make such cooperation essential. Perhaps Japan suffers from US-imposed affluenza. Japan’s … Continue reading

China building 3 more large deep sea oil rigs to explore for oil in South China Sea


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: Global Times says in its report yesterday that it took 6 years and 6 billion yuan (USD940 million) for China to build its first homegrown deep sea drilling platform HD-981. The “9” in 981 means drilling ship, “8” means deep water while … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, December 14, 2015


As elections push forward in Taiwan and Malaysia, China faces it’s own political issue: Military reform. The report from Reuters demonstrates two things. Firstly, we see that China’s military does, in fact, need reform. This is evidenced by the 300k military jobs cut since September. With an obviously larger shakeup coming, it is clear that … Continue reading

China buys Russian Su-35 fighter jets to patrol South China Sea


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report in mil.huanqiu.com says that China had a long and hard discussion with Russia for 7 years for the purchase of Russian Su-35 fighter jets, until it entered into a contract of purchase of 24 Su-35s for US$2 billion. The … Continue reading

Chinese submarine in first-degree combat readiness in South China Sea


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report in people.com.cn says that a real war may break out between China and the U.S. in the South China Sea, as Chinese submarine no. 372 has recently received a first-degree combat readiness order on its way back from … 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

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, November 24, 2015


In the recently reported war games, the Pentagon probably did not consider the largest army in the world: America’s hunters. Most states have an army of hunters larger than most countries. And, if we combine that with all the bullets owned by the Weather Channel (pork-barrel spending?) and all the location data provided by the … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, November 16, 2015


The week buzzed about China’s currency while the US spotlight made an unusual stop on Taiwan. Marco Rubio mentioned Taiwan, something significant for an experienced Senator and presidential candidate on the campaign trail. Quartz gave a shout over Taiwanese presidential hopeful, Tsai, in her response to the negative Facebook comments from China (where Facebook happens … 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

China keen to promote its idea for Asia-Pacific trade pact at Apec in Manila


Beijing will report back on a study for Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific just days after the release of details of a US-led agreement China will seek to push its own vision of an Asia-Pacific trade pact at a regional summit next week, senior officials said yesterday, just weeks after the release of 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 deployed J-11BH aircraft to deal with US patrol near artificial islands in South China Sea


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese from pro-China Hong Kong media: Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily said in its report early today that the Chinese military have published a set of photos showing that it has deployed J-11BH heavy fighters at an airport on Yongxing Island in the South China … Continue reading

Vietnam says it will not take sides between China and U.S.


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report on Chinese news site mil.huanqiu.com cites Taiwan’s Central News Agency as saying that Vietnamese Defence Minister Phùng Quang Thanh said that Vietnam attached great importance to its cooperation relations with the U.S. and China, and will not take … Continue reading

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