Second Island Chain

"Strategic Diamond"

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With the signing of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) between the U.S. and India, U.S. President Barack Obama achieved a key part of his “Pivot to Asia” strategy. Indeed, it is a major accomplishment considering that the U.S. had been negotiating such an agreement for the past 12 years. And the beauty of it is while it strengthens the 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 …

China-vs-US

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In less than two years, China had reclaimed 2,000 acres in seven tiny reefs in the Spratly archipelago and soon she would start constructing buildings and fortifications. One of these reclaimed reefs is Fiery Cross Reef where satellite images show what appear to be a runway and a harbor. Once completed and put to use, it would be China’s first overseas 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 …

Philippine-and-US-flags.3

PerryScope By Perry Diaz No sooner had the Philippines gained her independence from the United States on July 4, 1946 than the Philippine Statehood Movement started. Although it never reached the numbers to force a referendum, the movement was kept alive by statehood advocates who firmly believe that the future of the archipelago can best be guaranteed by maintaining political, economic, defense, and financial ties Read More …

Pax-Americana.2

PerryScope By Perry Diaz After the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1991, there was only one superpower left in a unipolar world order: The United States of America. For the next two decades, America was the world’s hegemon. It kept peace in an ever-increasing turbulent world. Thus began the era of Pax Americana (American Peace). Today, America is being challenged Read More …

Air-defense-identifcation-zone

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In an apparent move against Japan – and the United States — China established an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over a large portion of East China Sea, which includes the disputed Senkaku Islands. The “No-Fly Zone” took effect last November 23. In her announcement, China said that her military would take “defensive emergency measures” if aircraft entered the area without Read More …

Xi Jinping (Credit: The Economist)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz What started as a word war between Japan and China could lead to another world war, and perhaps the last world war – of the “Dr. Strangelove” variety — on planet Earth. And just the thought of a catastrophic nuclear war would deter China and Japan from starting a war. So, why then wouldn’t the two protagonists stop jabbing at each Read More …

A US B-52 strategic bomber lands at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. (Photo/USAF)

Staff Reporter Want China Times The island of Saipan — an unincorporated territory of the United States in the western Pacific Ocean — will be reconstructed as a military base to prepare for a potential missile attack by the People’s Liberation Army over the Second Island Chain, according to John Reed, a US military analyst, in an article written for the website of Foreign Policy Read More …

Senkaku islands

 Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun The following is the second installment of a series focusing on the confrontation between Japan and China over the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture. Chinese military assertiveness has been growing increasingly conspicuous. On July 25, a P-3C patrol plane of the Maritime Self-Defense Force spotted five Chinese military vessels, including a destroyer, sailing in waters near the Nansei Islands, about 100 Read More …