South Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump interacts with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago resort.
REUTERS/Carlos Barria

PerryScope By Perry Diaz When President Donald Trump met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at his luxurious resort Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida last April 6, he was hoping that Xi would accept his invitation to stay at the posh resort. Well, Xi politely declined and instead stayed at a nearby hotel. But other than that, their summit was deemed a “success.” Trump got something Read More …

U.S. President Donald J. Trump.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz When Donald J. Trump was campaigning for the presidency, he projected a “tough guy” image by lambasting everyone that stood on his way or anyone who disagreed with him. His forays into foreign policy were gutsy and digressed from previous administrations’ diplomatic restraint in handling sensitive geopolitical issues. He shocked America’s NATO allies after he suggested that he might not honor Read More …

One of the now disputed areas is a submerged rock on which a South Korean maritime research base is perched

Source: BBC News Asia South Korea has announced it is expanding its air defence zone, which will now partially overlap with a similar zone announced by China. The two zones will now both include a rock claimed by both countries and controlled by South Korea. The defence ministry said it would co-ordinate with “related countries”. China announced a new Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) last Read More …

Socotra-Rock

By Lily Kuo Defense One There is a submerged rock in the Yellow Sea that seafaring Korean families once believed to be the home of the spirits of dead fishermen. The rock’s name in English is Socotra Rock; in Korea, it’s referred to as Ieodo, and in China the Suyan Rock. Whatever the language, it’s at the center of a new global hot zone that Read More …

FA-50-fighter-jets

By Delon Porcalla The Philippine Star  SEOUL – The Philippine and South Korean governments have agreed to fast-track Manila’s procurement of 12 lead-in fighter jets aimed at upgrading the defense capabilities of the Philippine Air Force (PAF). President Aquino yesterday said the acquisition of the FA-50s for P18.9 billion had the approval of President Park Geun-hye. “Both sides have agreed to expedite the purchase and Read More …

Missiles

China’s aggressive posture in Asia is triggering an alliance against itself as well as an Asian arms race. By James Luko Nolan Chart China is picking a fight with South Korea, Japan and the Philippines. This is a mistake and is “crossing a line in several ways.” First, China’s aggressive posture has become serious enough to “accelerate” America’s “pivot” to Asia, i.e. U.S. Now rapidly Read More …

KAI TA-50 jet trainer. Photo: KAI

Source: ABS-CBNnews.com  MANILA – The Department of National Defense (DND) is in the last stages of procuring 12 fighter jets from South Korea worth P18 billion. Some of the hitches that authorities saw in the transaction can be ironed out by May. DND spokesman Peter Paul Galvez said the terms of reference could be finished by next month. The terms of reference contains provisions on Read More …

A U.S. Army soldier gestures to a fellow solider as they participate in annual military drills in Yeoncheon, South Korea, near the border with North Korea, April 11, 2013.

By William Ide Voice of America BEIJING — China has released a report on its military strength that says U.S. efforts to rebalance its presence to Asia are adding to tensions in the region. The defense white paper says China faces multiple, complicated security threats and challenges but repeated the country’s pledge to never engage in military expansion. In Beijing’s latest white paper on defense, Read More …

Intermediate-range-missiles

By Erick San Juan The world is in the wait and see mode (again) as the new ‘bully’ in the Asia-Pacific region has announced its string of threats against Washington through its allies in the region. Assessments and analysis of the possible next move of North Korean young leader Kim Jong-un in striking its twin nation-state also varies according to Korean watchers. According to pundits, Read More …

Kim Jong-un and his generals

PerryScope By Perry Diaz North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un’s saber rattling – threatening to send nuclear ballistic missiles to the United States and Guam — has left a lot of people wondering what is he up to?  Does he think that he could bring the world’s only superpower to her knees?  The answer is no  — Kim wouldn’t dare do that! However, if he did, Read More …