North Korea

North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In the wake of the Tomahawk cruise missile strikes on a Syrian airbase and after dropping a 2,100-pound “Mother of all Bombs” – MOAB – in Afghanistan, North Korea had threatened to test another nuclear weapon, her sixth test. In reaction, senior U.S. intelligence officials told the media that the U.S. is prepared to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons Read More …

Members of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Guard of Honor perform drills during a media tour in Beijing, China. (Photographer: Sim Chi Yin/Bloomberg)

By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan Bloomberg News   China’s “spectacularly active” naval posture and “massive” military buildup in Asia are part of a pattern of belligerent behavior toward Japan and other neighbors over maritime disputes, according to Japan’s ambassador to the U.S. Speaking at a Bloomberg Government breakfast in Washington yesterday, Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Kenichiro Sasae described China’s increasingly frequent forays to lodge territorial Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz When U.S. President Barack Obama met Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Sunnylands estate in the desert city of Rancho Mirage in California last June 7 and 8, it was one of the most heralded summits in recent history. It measured in importance to the Cold War –era Washington Summit between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and the Soviet Union’s Communist Party Read More …

President Xi Jinping of China and President Obama took a walk Saturday on the grounds of the Sunnylands estate in California. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

By JACKIE CALMES and STEVEN LEE MYERS The New York Times RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Even as they pledged to build “a new model” of relations, President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China ended two days of informal meetings here on Saturday moving closer on pressuring a nuclear North Korea and addressing climate change, but remaining sharply divided over cyberespionage and other issues that Read More …

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with China's Vice President Xi Jinping in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, February 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files

By Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick Reuters WASHINGTON  (Reuters) – A shirt-sleeves summit between the world’s two top economic powers is shaping up as anything but relaxing, with an assertive new Chinese leadership seeking a bigger place at the global table and the United States pushing back, especially in the battle over cyberspace. U.S. President Barack Obama and newly installed Chinese President Xi Jinping will Read More …

Dr. Erick San Juan, strategic and security columnist and former publisher of Opinyon newspaper pose with China's Peoples Liberation Army's Major General Yao Yunzhu, the director of Center on China-America Defense Relations Academy of Military Science based in Beijing. They both attended the recently concluded Shangrila Dialogue in Singapore hosted by the Institute of International Security Studies of London. San Juan was a former director of the National Security Council of the Philippine government.

By Erick San Juan This year’s IISS Asia Security Summit: Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) in Singapore which I attended could be summed up in one word – ……… Plenty of it especially by the G2 – China and the US. Actually, Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) is an inter-governmental security forum held annually by an independent think tank, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) which is attended Read More …

The U.S. Navy's long awaited MQ-4C Triton surveillance drone took its first flight yesterday in Palmdale, California.

By Robert Johnson San Francisco Chronicle A Navy press release, delivered yesterday, points out that with 360-degree scanning capability and an Automatic Identification System — meaning it can classify different types of ships by itself — the MQ-4C will be the main Naval spying drone at sea from 2015 onwards. There will be five operating bases, one of which will keep watch over the South Read More …

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By Agence France-Presse   39   North Korea has criticised the arrival of the US aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the South for a joint drill as an “extremely reckless” provocation and a rehearsal for war against the communist state. A US naval strike group led by the nuclear-powered Nimitz arrived off the South’s southern port of Busan Saturday for the drill to be staged 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 …

Leaders of the Association of South-East Asian Nations join their hands as they pose for a group photo section during the 22nd ASEAN Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, Thursday, April 25, 2013. They are, from left, Philippines President Benigno Aquino III, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Myanmar's President Thein Sein, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Laotian Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong and Malaysia's Senate President Abu Zahar Ujang. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

By Aurea Calica The Philippine Star BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN — In sharp contrast to what transpired at last year’s summit, Southeast Asian leaders agreed yesterday to initiate talks with China over sea disputes as well as push for a code of conduct to govern maritime issues. The Philippines has been urging the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for years to engage China in discussions Read More …