South China Sea

Beware the Illusion of South China Sea Calm

A year after the supposedly game-changing arbitral tribunal ruling on the Philippines’ South China Sea case against China, the region appears to have …

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Japan, Taiwan scramble fighters in response to Chinese bombers

July 21 (UPI) -- Japan and Taiwan scrambled fighter jets on Thursday after China flew a squadron of strategic bombers over the western Pacific, …

China

China sends warships to the Baltic for military exercises with Russia – VICE News

China is flexing its naval prowess on the global stage again, this time sending one of its most advanced warships into European waters to take part in war games with Russia for the first time.<p>The Chinese military has sent three ships to Kaliningrad, a highly militarized Russian region, where they …

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'Provocative' act: Chinese spy ship rattles US-Australian war games

A high-tech Chinese spy ship is spotted off the Queensland coast monitoring joint military exercises between Australia and the United States, in what …

China

China in Baltic navy drill with Russia

<b>Three Chinese warships are in the Baltic to start China's first naval exercises with Russia in the region.</b><p>The Chinese destroyer, frigate and supply ship will spend a week training with the Russian navy off Kaliningrad, a highly militarised Russian exclave.<p>The destroyer called Hefei is a new Type …

Russia

China would consider sending troops for Djibouti-Eritrea

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — China would consider sending peacekeeping troops to a disputed Djibouti-Eritrea border region after Qatar pulled out its troops last month, China's top diplomat to the African Union said Friday, as the Asian giant's military role overseas grows.<p>China also would consider …

War

Philippines' Duterte says government plans new mining law

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday the government will draft a new law for the country's mining industry, which he said pays too little in tax and not enough in compensation for any environmental damage.<p>The fate of more than half of 41 mines in the Philippines, …

World News

US calls for China’s help over concerns North Korea may launch missile from submarine

The timing of the United States’ appeal for China to provide more support in monitoring North Korea’s military activities is likely related to …

North Korea

Johnson tells Japan: We're with you on N Korea

The Foreign Secretary, speaking in Tokyo, also called on China to help bring the country back to the negotiating table.<p>North Korea claimed to have …

North Korea

What Are China's Military Ambitions?

Keep an eye on the Horn of Africa.<p>Russia, we noted last month, is boxed in by the tyranny of hydrography. They really have no way to get out onto the surface of the deep blue sea that is not constrained by land, ice, or NATO. China, on the other hand, does have a long oceanic and ice-free …

China

Beneath the Surface: Fisheries Diplomacy and the South China Sea

China’s island-building in the South China Sea may be the focus of the world’s attention in the region, but what’s happening beneath the waves deserves as much scrutiny and international action. It’s action where Australia could play a significant role.<p>Recently on Policy Forum, Marina Tsirbas put …

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Sushma Swaraj says there should be freedom of navigation in South China Sea

<b>New Delhi:</b> India said on Thursday that there should be freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.<p>Representational image. AP<p>"Our stand is there …

China

Malabar naval exercise: Powerplay in the Indo-Pacific region

The “Malabar” naval exercises in the Bay of Bengal came to an end earlier this week with a close formation drill involving Indian aircraft carrier <i>INS</i> …

China

US 'closely tracking' as Chinese navy in the Baltics for war games with Russia

Chinese warships will join Vladimir Putin’s navy in the Baltic Sea on Friday ahead of war games which are being watched closely by Western powers.<p>The drills, which are a sign of both the growing reach of the Chinese military and closer strategic ties between Moscow and Beijing, kick off a busy …

China

Singapore's value to the United States lies in its location: US ambassador nominee KT McFarland

SINGAPORE: The value of Singapore to the United States is more than just a bilateral relationship, but about "location, location, location", said KT …

China

PH withdraws hosting of 2019 SEA games

MANILA- The Philippines has withdrawn its hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.<p>Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William Ramirez said …

Philippines

Philippines shortlists six countries for $2 bln LNG hub, to pick one partner

MANILA, July 20 (Reuters) - The Philippines has shortlisted six countries and will choose one from them as a partner for its planned $2-billion receiving and distribution facility for imported LNG, an official from the state-run energy firm PNOC said on Thursday.<p>The countries that have been …

China

Sikkim standoff: Sushma Swaraj's statements make it clear that China's mind games won't affect India

Sushma Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday that once China violated the 2012 agreement and unilaterally changed the status quo at tri-junction, …

India

Doklam, Gipmochi, Gyemochen: It’s Hard Making Cartographic Sense of a Geopolitical Quagmire

While India has been assertive in protecting interests it considers vital to its security posture in the region, New Delhi remain cagey when it comes …

Maps

Chinese | Hexagonal teapot or winepot (pair with 1975.1.1706) | Chinese | The Met

This hexagonal vessels forms a pair with another in the Robert Lehman Collection (1975.1.1706). They have eared handles and short curving spouts; the …

Met

5 Top Asia Pacific ETFs -- The Motley Fool

Profiting from this high-growth region of the world is easy with exchange-traded funds.<p>The Asia-Pacific region is a hotbed of business activity, …

Investing

Indonesia is protecting its South China Sea turf against 'foreign' threats

Southeast Asia's largest economy is defending its maritime rights within the disputed South China Sea in a perceived act against Chinese encroachment.<p>…

China

China holds live fire drills, as border dispute with India enters fifth week

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Chinese government has issued a warning to neighboring India to withdraw its troops from the disputed Doklam border area to "avoid further escalation of the situation."<p>The comments, made by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang during a regular press briefing Tuesday, come amid what has …

China

One year on, Beijing steps up military drive in South China Sea

MANILA/BEIJING -- A year after China brushed off an international arbitration court's ruling that rejected its claim of sovereignty over a huge swath …

China

China And India Stand Ready To Fire At Each Other -- But Won't

Hundreds of troops from China and India, Asia’s two largest countries and hardly best friends, are locked in a standoff on the Doklam plateau, a region of the Himalayan mountain kingdom Bhutan where China was apparently building a highway. China fancies that plateau its own. As a protector of …

China

Singapore offers cargo plane, drones to help Philippines fight militancy

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore has offered a military transport airplane, drone surveillance aircraft and use of combat training facilities to support the Philippines' fight against the rising threat of Islamist militancy, the defence ministry said on Wednesday.<p>The offer stemmed from talks in …

China

Albright avoids remarks that will provoke Duterte

This file photo taken on March 30, 2017, shows former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on …

China

Sikkim standoff: Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar says China ‘unusually aggressive’ on Doklam dispute

S Jaishankar told a parliamentary panel that India was using diplomatic channels to settle the border dispute in Sikkim.<p>Foreign Secretary S …

India

Asia Reassurance Initiative Act: A Republican Vision for Engaging Southeast Asia

Can the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act find strategic ballast?

China

Singapore will not ‘roll over’ for China

Singapore’s diplomats aren’t shrinking from any challenge to defend the Lion City’s national interest against major powers such as China, even at the …

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