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Southeast Asia overtook US as China’s 2nd major trade partner, and why it matters


“The U.S. is losing importance as a trading partner of China as their tariff war drags on, dropping a notch to third place in the first half of 2019 to trail the European Union and Southeast Asia…” reported by Nikkei Asian Review on July 13. “… Trade with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations grew … Continue reading

Vietnam is moving rocket launchers into the disputed South China Sea


Vietnam has discreetly fortified several of its islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of striking China’s runways and military installations across the vital trade route, according to Western officials. Diplomats and military officers told Reuters that intelligence shows Hanoi has shipped the launchers from the Vietnamese mainland into … 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

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

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

Seven reasons China will start a war by 2017


China will start its war for a number of reasons: 1. Regime Legitimacy Very few people in China believe in communism anymore, including almost all of the 80 million members of the Chinese Communist Party.  The party itself is now a club for mutual enrichment.  The legitimacy of the party ruling China is derived from … 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

US, Australia and Philippines start war games in South China Sea amid China tensions


More than 11,000 soldiers from the Philippines, U.S. and Australia began joint drills in the South China Sea, as the Philippines’ military chief called China’s building work on disputed reefs “worrisome” and a source of friction with its neighbours. The reclamation “will cause tensions among claimant countries not only because it could deter freedom of … Continue reading

Asia’s dominance in manufacturing will endure – that will make development harder for others


By making things and selling them to foreigners, China has transformed itself—and the world economy with it. In 1990 it produced less than 3% of global manufacturing output by value; its share now is nearly a quarter. China produces about 80% of the world’s air-conditioners, 70% of its mobile phones and 60% of its shoes. … Continue reading

Can China break the vicious circle of economic slowdown and foreign capital exodus?


Is China’s economic slowdown causing the foreign capital exodus or vice versa? It is like the old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? Let’s look at both scenarios. Economic slowdown has caused capital exodus. Taiwan media Want China Times says in its report “Foreign manufacturer exodus from China”, “With the Chinese economy … Continue reading

China prepares for war


The following are the views of the original author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail: Apart from their frantic dredging and island-building in the South China Sea, China is now also building an air and naval base in the Nanji Islands (27° 27’ N, 121° 04’ E) which is the closest part of … Continue reading

Massive spending won’t make China’s Asia dream come true; money can’t buy respect


After two years of waxing poetic at home about a “China Dream,” Xi Jinping wants to enchant the entire Asia region—and is dangling $1.25 trillion to make sure he does. “China’s development will bring huge opportunities and benefits to the Asia-Pacific and the world, President Xi told business leaders in Beijing on Sunday. “We are … Continue reading

The Great Chinese Exodus; 64% of China’s rich plan to leave


Many Chinese are leaving for cleaner air, better schools and more opportunity. But Beijing is keeping its eye on them. Even when the emperors did their utmost to keep them at home, the Chinese ventured overseas in search of knowledge, fortune and adventure. Manchu Qing rulers thought those who left must be criminals or conspirators … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, August 11


“Introspection”- The escalation went underground this week as nations look inside themselves. It all began August 1. A gas line explosion in Taiwan could change politics forever. Earthquake, a factory explosion, protests, and anti-Muslim laws in China. Manila finally jails the 12 Chinese fisherman who entered Filipino seas and ran aground the 400-year-old reef. Ebola … 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

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

Manila’s apology to Hong Kong is a presage of a deal, not a fight


The following are the views of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail. Is it just a coincidence that the Philippine Government made a four-year late official apology to the families of eight Hong Kong tourists before Obama’s visit to East Asia in April, and after the historic pact sealed in March … 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

Obama seeks to avoid “clash of civilisations” between China and the West


The following are the views of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail. On the next day after President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union (SotU) 2014, which did not mention anything about the tension in East Asia, not even the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Tokyo-based The Diplomat published an article … Continue reading

US tells China to adjust its territorial claims in the South China Sea in accordance with international law, or prove the claims


The U.S. voiced concern Wednesday that China is gradually asserting control in the disputed South China Sea on the basis of vague territorial claims unsupported by international law. Sharpening U.S. criticism of the rising Asian power, Daniel Russel, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia, described in congressional testimony a litany of actions by China … 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

Philippines seeks U.N. help to resolve maritime row with China


The Philippines has asked an international tribunal to intervene in its long-standing South China Sea territorial dispute with China and declare that Beijing’s claims are invalid, the government said on Tuesday. Manila asked the tribunal of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to order a halt to China’s activities that the … Continue reading

Leaders of China, Japan will attend ASEAN, East Asia Summits in Cambodia


The leaders of two of Cambodia’s biggest donor countries, China and Japan, will attend the upcoming ASEAN and East Asia Summits in Phnom Penh. The leaders of the 10 ASEAN countries and other Asian leaders will be joined by Russia, the US and India in these major regional summits in Phnom Penh on November 18 … Continue reading

Wealthy Philippine Chinese community makes Aquino speak about peace


Radio Television Hong Kong reports, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III says that both the Philippines and China are striving to resolve the South China Sea disputes peacefully through diplomacy. Aquino was speaking when he attended Sino-Philippine friendship activities, sponsored by Philippine Chinese organisations. He said in a speech at the activities that the relations between … Continue reading

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