Asia-Pacific

Who's bluffing? (Credit: The Economist)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With the conclusion of a much-ballyhooed summit meeting between the leaders of the two largest economic superpowers in the 21st century, one would expect that peace would reign in the vast Asia-Pacific region. But this is farthest from the truth because the summit didn’t really accomplish anything but allow U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to pretend Read More …

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Photo: TORU YAMANAKA, AFP/Getty Images)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz “I’ve worked to rebalance American foreign policy to ensure that we’re playing a larger and lasting role in the Asia Pacific.” With those words, U.S. President Barack Obama — in a Joint Press Conference with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — said in no uncertain terms that America would remain a Pacific power in the 21st century. And as the Read More …

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By Ducky Paredes Malaya CHINESE President Xi Jinping talks about a new Asian security concept; somehow, however, while his loyal Chinese media extols the new Chinese pretension as being the defender of its weaker Asian neighbors, to me in the Philippines, potential country-victim of Chinese gunboat diplomacy, the United States is still my country’s big brother who can lick that neighborhood bully. PROC’s state-sponsored Global Read More …

A Chinese vessel patrols near the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea. (Photo/Xinhua)

Staff Reporter Want China Times China is waging three-front political warfare against the United States as part of a “Three Warfares” strategy to drive the US out of the Asia-Pacific region, according to US defense analyst Bill Gertz in an article for the Washington Times on Mar. 26. Citing a defense contractor report published for Pentagon thinktank the Office of Net Assessment, Gertz said Beijing’s 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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By Camille Diola The Philippine Star  MANILA, Philippines – As part of the Obama administration’s rebalancing strategy, the United States will position its top armed forces capabilities in the Asia Pacific, a ranking military official said. US Pacific Command chief Admiral Samuel Locklear said that American forces are working to have a “huge impact” in the region’s security. “We’re also gonna ensure that the forces Read More …

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 SOURCE: RT.COM The Pentagon has revealed plans to deploy elements of its global antiballistic missile defense system in Asia and Middle East. A similar project in Europe is one of key points of conflict between America and Russia. ­The plan to have AMD shields in Asia and the Middle East was revealed on Monday by Madelyn Creedon, the US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Read More …

Patriot Missile Batteries (File Photo)

By WENDELL MINNICK Defense News TAIPEI — A new RAND report suggests the US military consider turning China’s anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) strategy on its head by incorporating a “far blockade” strategy using land-based anti-ship missiles (ASM) at chokepoints in the Asia-Pacific region. The new report, “Employing Land-Based Anti-Ship Missiles in the Western Pacific,” looks at how the US military, in a joint or coalition effort using Read More …

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By J. Berkshire Miller The Diplomat The three countries have stepped up their rhetoric. Now they need to match that with action. Effective trilateral cooperation is never a simple endeavor. Indeed, achieving a worthwhile set of common strategic objectives is difficult enough between two states, let alone throwing a third in – even if it is a likeminded ally. Washington’s three most important allies in Read More …

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Sydney’s week-long military extravaganza foreshadows new wars By James Cogan Global Research In November 2011, the former Labor Party Prime Minister Julia Gillard stood beside US President Barack Obama to align Australia with Washington’s military and diplomatic “pivot” to Asia. American and Australian strategic documents have been explicit about the purpose of this “pivot”—to position air and naval forces that will be used to wage Read More …