Singapore

China's devil tongue

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With the increasingly aggressive behavior of China in claiming 80% of South China Sea and part of East China Sea, China’s neighbors are arming themselves and banding together to deter Chinese expansionism. China began grabbing islands in 1974 when she attacked Vietnamese naval forces in the Paracel Islands (called Xisha Islands by China) on January 19, 1974. On that fateful day, Read More …

USS Freedom

By Agence France-Presse Plans to expand the American naval presence in the Pacific with new ships and hi-tech weaponry will go ahead despite steep budget cuts, the US Navy chief said before a trip to the region. Admiral Jonathan Greenert told AFP in an interview he will seek to “reassure” partners during a nine-day trip to Japan, Singapore and South Korea that mounting pressure on Read More …

The first Littoral Combat Ship, the USS Freedom, arrives in Singapore harbor on April 18th.

By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. AOL Defense CAPITOL HILL: Navy Secretary Ray Mabus talked up the controversial Littoral Combat Ship days before departing for Asia to visit the first LCS, USS Freedom, which recently arrived in Singapore (sporting a sniffy camo paint job). Freedom has been bedeviled by cost overruns, delays, and manufacturing defects, with a new problem, seawater contamination in lubricant fluid, arising on Read More …

F15SG Strike Eagle jet fighters (File Photo)

Singapore is no bigger than Clark Base in the Philippines but its air force and navy are much bigger than the Philippine air force and navy. — PERRY DIAZ The Singapore Sling Strategy Page  April 27, 2013: Singapore has ordered another 20 AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder and 100 AIM-120C7 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles for its 98 American F-15 and F-16 fighters. The AIM-9X-2 is the latest Read More …

US-China-flags

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 …

USS Freedom

Source: The Times of India (AP) SINGAPORE: A US warship designed to fight in coastal areas arrived on Thursday in Singapore for its southeast Asian deployment, underlining President Barack Obama’s new strategic focus on Asia. The deployment of the USS Freedom comes at a time of heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula and as China publicly flexes its naval muscle in the South China Sea, Read More …

VFA

By Alexis Romero The Philippine Star Manila, Philippines – A proposed visiting forces agreement between the Philippines and Singapore is now being reviewed by the Department of National Defense (DND). DND spokesman Peter Galvez said they are now gathering inputs on the agreement, which aims to enhance the interoperability of Philippine and Singaporean militaries. “It (proposed visiting forces deal with Singapore) is under review and Read More …

By Jovan Cerda Pinoy Worlwide Philstar.com   Raymund (foreground, right) and his fellow resident assistants in a recently held Christmas party at the National University of Singapore. A friend once told Raymund Vitorio that Christmas in Singapore, where he currently stays as a student, is “just a commercial activity.” The Southeast Asian country, being a multicultural society, is a mix of people practicing various religions Read More …

iTEACH By Jose Claro The Philippine Star When my mom was transferred to Singapore, I did not look forward to the day when I had to visit her. I grew up, after all, during the time of Flor Contemplacion’s execution, and since then, I’ve always thought of Singapore as a country of heartless people. As usual, familial duty superseded everything, and I had no choice Read More …

FROM A DISTANCE By Carmen N. Pedrosa The Philippine Star My daughter, in one of her visits to Manila, told me that I should get ready to write a Lee Kuan obituary. That was when his wife had just died. It was a very close partnership and a close marriage. Just a few days ago Lee Kuan Yew ran unopposed for a seat in parliament. Read More …