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PerryScope By Perry Diaz President Rodrigo Duterte’s top legislative agenda is the federalism of the Philippines. Actually, federalism was not the idea of Duterte, two of our national heroes, Emilio Aguinaldo and Apolinario Mabini, were the first to suggest dividing the Philippine Islands into three federal states: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. More than a half century later, former president of the University of the Philippines Read More …

A civilian Australian Medical Assistance Team boards a C-130 Hercules at RAAF Base Darwin enroute to to the Philippines to conduct emergency relief operations following Typhoon Haiyan. (Photo: Glenn Campbell)

By Dan Harrison The Sydney Morning Herald Australia has pledged a further $20 million in aid to the Philippines, bringing the nation’s total contribution to recovery efforts in the typhoon-ravaged country to $30 million. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Australia would also deploy additional Australian Defence Force aircraft to provide logistical support. “As a good friend and neighbour, Australia stands beside the Philippines as it 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 …

FILE - Vessels from the China Maritime Surveillance and the Japan Coast Guard are seen near disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea.

Source: Voice of America Reuters China said on Monday that the U.S., Australia and Japan should not use their alliance as an excuse to intervene in territorial disputes in the East China Sea or the South China Sea, and urged them to refrain from inflaming regional tensions. On Friday, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. Secretary of State John Read More …

Pine Gap satellite tracking station

By NICK PERRY and PAISLEY DODDS Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Britain needed U.S. intelligence to help thwart a major terror attack. New Zealand relied on it to send troops to Afghanistan. And Australia used it to help convict a would-be bomber. All feats were the result of a spying alliance known as Five Eyes that groups together five English-speaking democracies, and they Read More …

Strike Group Plus Aircraft  (Credit: U.S. Navy)

By Reuters The United States’ top military officer on Monday defended the re-orientation of U.S. foreign policy towards Asia in front of his Chinese counterpart, a week after Beijing criticised Washington for ramping up its military presence in the region. China is uneasy with what the United States has called the “rebalancing” of forces as Washington winds down the war in Afghanistan and renews its Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz If China attacked the United States, she had better knock her out in the first strike.  Otherwise, the U.S. would unleash 1,654 nuclear warheads on 792 deployed Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), Submarine-launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs), B-52 bombers, and B-2 stealth bombers.  China has approximately 240 warheads and an undetermined number of ICBMs.  But who would fire the first ICBM? China had Read More …

A U.S. Army soldier gestures to a fellow solider as they participate in annual military drills in Yeoncheon, South Korea, near the border with North Korea, April 11, 2013.

By William Ide Voice of America BEIJING — China has released a report on its military strength that says U.S. efforts to rebalance its presence to Asia are adding to tensions in the region. The defense white paper says China faces multiple, complicated security threats and challenges but repeated the country’s pledge to never engage in military expansion. In Beijing’s latest white paper on defense, Read More …

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By David Wroe  Defence correspondent The Sydney Morning Herald A US military strategy being mapped out to deal with the growing power of China in the western Pacific – a plan that would inevitably ensnare Australia – could escalate into a nuclear war, experts warn. In a new paper the Australian Strategic Policy Institute says the fashionable ”AirSea Battle” concept – which Washington strategists are Read More …

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As US policy shift toward Asia means a greater role for the Navy. Even pre-‘pivot to Asia,’ it already stationed half its ships in the region, and it is developing a new ‘afloat forward staging base’ in the Pacific. By Anna Mulrine, Staff writer Christian Science Monitor The Pentagon’s No. 2 official, Ashton Carter, picked a telling time to discuss the US military’s plans for Read More …