Pivot to Asia

East and South China Seas

PerryScope By Perry Diaz The conventional wisdom in geopolitical circles is that a war between the United States and China is not going to happen — not now, not tomorrow – simply because their economies are intricately intertwined with one another like the fabled Gordian Knot. Destroying each other would be like committing a suicide pact. And why would they do that? Are they out Read More …

Permanent Court of Arbitration

PerryScope By Perry Diaz On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), in a unanimous decision, delivered a “triple whammy” to China. In a press release, it said that the Arbitral Tribunal ruled that “there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea falling with the ‘nine-dash line’.” Secondly, the Tribunal reaffirmed that the rocks and 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 …

Salami-slicing

Beijing presents a serious challenge to Obama’s Asian ‘pivot’   By Joseph Cao The Washington Times Beijing seems to have mastered the salami tactics of the old Soviet Union’s leadership. The term was first used by Hungarian communist leader Matyas Rakosi and praised by Josef Stalin. Rakosi claimed the path to victory involved “cutting” off pieces of what one wanted “like slices of salami.” The Chinese Read More …

Kalayaan-Group-of-Islands

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ever since the United States and the Philippines signed the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) last April 28, 2014, a lot of Filipinos have been asking: Will the U.S. defend the Ayungin Reef against Chinese invasion? I wish this could be answered with a simple “yes” or “no,” preferably a “yes.” But given the complex and complicated situation that exists between Read More …

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By Jason Gutierrez Agence France-Presse MANILA – Thousands of American and Philippine troops launched large annual exercises on Monday after US President Barack Obama vowed “ironclad” backing for its Asian ally, locked in a tense maritime row with China. Filipino Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the 10-day drills were necessary to deal with the challenge of “aggressive” neighbors intent on “changing the status quo”. Read More …

Landing support specialists back away after connecting a Humvee to a Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey during external lift training at Subic Bay, Philippines, during exercise Freedom Banner 2013. (Pfc. Kasey Peacock/Marine Corps)

Source: Chicago Tribune  MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines has agreed to allow the United States access to its military bases under a new security deal being negotiated by the two allies, amid mounting concern over China’s increasing assertiveness in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. The offer was made during a sixth round of talks held in Washington last week, Filipino officials said Read More …

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By Trefor Moss The Wall Street Journal U.S. President Barack Obama’s arrival in the Philippines this April should lend fresh impetus to faltering talks over the deployment of U.S. military forces to Subic Bay, a strategic location overlooking the disputed South China Sea. The bilateral discussions began last August, but are understood to have stalled over the status of new “temporary” facilities, which would house Read More …

Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of the United States Pacific Command. screencap

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 …

The USS Ohio, the leading boat of the Ohio-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines. (Photo/US Navy)

Staff ReporterWant China Times In an article written for the Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on Jan. 11, nuclear experts Hans M Kristensen and Robert S Norris stated that more than 60% of US submarine nuclear deterrent patrols take place in the Pacific Ocean. The article says there are currently 14 Ohio-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines patrolling international waters around the world, with eight Read More …