Arms race

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz President-elect Donald J. Trump won the U.S. presidency by virtue of the electoral vote. This is what the U.S. Constitution prescribes upon whom the presidency is given to. However, he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by 2.9 million votes. More than half of the American voters believe that Trump’s come-from-behind victory happened because the Russians hacked the electoral votes Read More …

Chinese fortifications on Panganiban (Mischief) Reef.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz For the past two years, China has embarked on an aggressive encroachment of the East China and South China Seas and the islands and reefs in those waters. And her neighbors aren’t happy about China’s bullying and salami-slicing techniques. But the most disadvantaged among China’s neighbors is the Philippines, which is the weakest militarily among the Asian countries. The country is Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz In his speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to him in December 2009, President Barack Obama said: “I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility. It is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations — that for all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can Read More …

Take a tour of HMAS Canberra

The Navy's new amphibious assault ship is designed to land a fully equipped force of more than 2000 troops using helicopters and water craft. Courtesy: Royal Australian Navy

SOURCE: NEWS.COM.AU A new arms race is exploding into Asia, with an expensive and extensive shopping list of new weapons. Who’s buying what — and where does Australia stand?  AIRCRAFT carriers. Submarines. Fighter jets. An international arms race is underway among the rapidly developing nations to our north. In this Asian deep-pocket contest, is Australia even a contender? In the aftermath of the Cold War, Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz In her boldest and daring move to date, China imposed fishing restrictions within a large part of South China Sea. In essence, it’s a declaration that China has now exclusive control over the South China Sea and any foreign fishing boat that enters these waters must get the approval of Chinese authorities in Hainan province. The area claimed by Hainan is Read More …

Missiles

China’s aggressive posture in Asia is triggering an alliance against itself as well as an Asian arms race. By James Luko Nolan Chart China is picking a fight with South Korea, Japan and the Philippines. This is a mistake and is “crossing a line in several ways.” First, China’s aggressive posture has become serious enough to “accelerate” America’s “pivot” to Asia, i.e. U.S. Now rapidly Read More …

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By Andrew Yeo The Diplomat On Jeju Island, a small paradise off the southwest coast of South Korea, protests have occurred on a near daily basis for almost three years. Although somewhat unusual for an island known for its popularity as a tourist destination for honeymooners, a segment of local residents, joined by domestic and transnational activists, remain staunchly opposed to the construction of a Read More …

China's devil tongue

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With the increasingly aggressive behavior of China in claiming 80% of South China Sea and part of East China Sea, China’s neighbors are arming themselves and banding together to deter Chinese expansionism. China began grabbing islands in 1974 when she attacked Vietnamese naval forces in the Paracel Islands (called Xisha Islands by China) on January 19, 1974. On that fateful day, Read More …

Sailors stand to attention on the deck of China's aircraft carrier Liaoning, as China formally enters its first aircraft carrier into service. Picture: AP Source: AP

By Rick Wallace, Tokyo correspondent The Australian  THE decks of the Liaoning were filled with saluting sailors rather than fighter aircraft and in the smog it was impossible to see Hu Jintao and other dignitaries at the commissioning ceremony for China’s first aircraft carrier. The carrier itself is a retrofitted Ukrainian model and was once earmarked to be a floating casino in Macau. Compared with Read More …

By Erick San Juan Over half of the world’s annual merchant traffic in tonnage passes through the Malacca, Sunda and Lombok Straits with some 10 million barrels of crude oil transiting the region everyday. As well as being a vital transit route, the South China Sea is also a resource in itself with an estimated seven billion barrels of oil and 900 trillion cubic feet Read More …