Shangri-La Dialogue

South Vietnamese general shoots suspected Viet Cong official in the head. (Ed Adams/AP).

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Once enemies, the U.S. and Vietnam have become friends over the course of four decades. While it did not happen overnight, what transpired was a slow process of rapprochement between the two countries. It took two generations of Vietnamese and Americans to set aside the bitterness they both have on each other. Why not? More than 58,000 American and 282,000 South 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 …

Lt. Gen. Qi Jianguo

Source: The Japan Times  SINGAPORE – A top Chinese military official said Sunday that Beijing will not compromise on its claims to contested isles in the East and South China seas, despite its willingness to engage in discussions. “We should put aside disputes . . . and seek solutions through dialogue and coordination,” Lt. Gen. Qi Jianguo, deputy chief of the General Staff of the Read More …

US-Vietnamese-flags

By C. Raja Mohan  The Indian Express As India struggles to make sense of the recent military tensions on the border with China, Vietnam, at the receiving end of Beijing’s muscular approach to maritime territorial disputes in the South China Sea, is embracing the United States. Although Vietnam and China share an ideology—they are the last of the communist governments in Asia—Hanoi wants to preserve Read More …

Defence ministers of the U.S., Japan and Australia react as they pose at IISS Asia Security Summit in Singapore

By John O’Callaghan Reuters SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Japan is strengthening its economy and military to play a responsible international role, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Saturday, seeking to defuse suspicion of neighbors scarred by its attacks and occupations last century. Japan, a U.S. ally that is in dispute with China over maritime territory and within range of North Korean missiles, “caused tremendous damage and Read More …

Lt. Gen. Qi Jianguo

After several week of testing the waters, China disavowed any interest in opening another territorial dispute on Japan’s ownership of the Ryukyu Islands, which include Okinawa where 50,000 American military personnel are stationed.  Had China proceeded with claiming the Ryukyu Islands, it would put her directly in conflict with the U.S. — PERRY DIAZ China distances self from claim it owns islands of Okinawa Source: Read More …

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Source: GlobalPost Kyodo News International The United States warned Saturday it will not tolerate attempts by any country to change the status quo in the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea and islands claimed by some Southeast Asian countries and Taiwan in the South China Sea. “The United States stands firmly against any coercive attempts to alter the status quo,” Defense Secretary Chuck Read More …

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By ZHANG YUNBI and ZHAO YANRONG CHINA DAILY  Beijing condemned the Philippines on Thursday over a Filipino warship grounded on a Chinese reef in the South China Sea. It described the illegal grounding of the vessel on the Ren’ai Reef as a “serious encroachment of territorial sovereignty”, and warned Manila not to stir up the situation in the South China Sea any further. Observers said Read More …

Ayungin-Reef

By Manuel Mogato Reuters MANILA (Reuters) – A wrecked navy transport ship perched on a remote coral reef could be the next flashpoint in the South China Sea, where China and five other claimants bitterly dispute territory. The Philippines is accusing China of encroachment after three Chinese ships, including a naval frigate, converged just 5 nautical miles (9 km) from an old transport ship that Read More …

The Philippines' first line of defense in the Spratlys. (Photo by Abigail Kwok)
    The Philippines' first line of defense in the Spratlys. (Photo by Abigail Kwok)

By Khanh Vu Duc Asia Sentinel  To resolve the South China Sea disputes, claimant states must look beyond international law On May 31, delegates primarily from the Asia-Pacific states will gather again in Singapore for the Shangri-La Dialogue. The three-day security forum, held annually by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) since 2002, addresses a wide array of regional and non-regional security issues. It Read More …