Taiwan

Nawaz Sharif and Donald Trump

PerryScope By Perry Diaz For President-elect Donald J. Trump, there is nothing wrong in calling Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to introduce himself or establish personal contacts, after all Trump would soon be the next leader of the Free World. A few words exchanged between the two leaders would probably have been within the bounds of diplomatic civility. But Trump, whose unorthodox ways and style Read More …

Naval officers pose for a group photograph with Taiwan's first stealth missile corvette in Yilan, yesterday. The 500-ton Tuo River was christened yesterday and is the first of possibly 12 ships to be built locally under the Hsun Hai program. The twin-hull corvette, described as a “carrier-killer” by local media, has a maximum speed of 38 knots and a range of 2,000 nautical miles. (CNA)

 Source: The China Post TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s first stealthy missile corvette was christened Friday, a development that is expected to give the country’s navy a capability to counter larger enemy warships. The 500-ton Tuo River is the first of possibly 12 ships to be built locally under the Hsun Hai (Swift Sea) program. The twin hull corvette, described as a “carrier-killer” by local media, Read More …

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Source: American Interest Taiwan will spend $106 million over the next three years to construct a naval outpost on Taiping Island in the heart of the disputed Spratly archipelago, according to a member of the country’s foreign affairs committee. Taiping (also known as Itu Aba) is the largest of the Spratly Islands and currently features an airstrip and a small wharf, both of which will Read More …

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By J. Michael Cole The Diplomat In yet another sign that Taiwan is taking the threat of a Chinese sea attack seriously, the Taiwan Navy this week introduced a land-based version of the indigenous Hsiung Feng “Brave Wind” 3 (HF-3) supersonic anti-ship cruise missile at the Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE). Designed by the Armaments’ Bureau’s Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology Read More …

China's new 10-dash line

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Consistent with her “salami-slicing” strategy, China published a new “10-dash line” map, which is one dash longer than the “nine-dash line” map published less than a year ago. That extra “dash” is placed near Taiwan’s eastern shoreline. With the tongue-shaped 10-dash line, all the countries surrounding the South China Sea (SCS) would only extend 12 miles out to the demarcation line Read More …

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 …

President Xi Jinping of China and President Obama took a walk Saturday on the grounds of the Sunnylands estate in California. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

By JACKIE CALMES and STEVEN LEE MYERS The New York Times RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Even as they pledged to build “a new model” of relations, President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China ended two days of informal meetings here on Saturday moving closer on pressuring a nuclear North Korea and addressing climate change, but remaining sharply divided over cyberespionage and other issues that Read More …

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By Alvin Elchico ABS-CBN News  It’s off-limits to Chinese, Taiwanese fishermen MANILA – As China asserts its presence in the West Philippine Sea, Filipino fishermen are actively avoiding Scarborough Shoal in the waters just off Zambales province. Amid the tension in the western sea board, the Philippines has announced the opening of a new fishing ground in the east — the Benham Rise. Benham Rise, Read More …

Mischief/Panganiban Reef

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas  AMID the escalating tensions in the South China Sea, the United States remains non-committal, emboldening China to intensify its aggressive behavior in the disputed waters and to continue its bullying tactics over its neighboring countries. The silence of the American government followed the intrusion early this month by a fleet of Chinese fishing vessels, two large civilian ships Read More …

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By Erick San Juan US Pacific Command’s Brig. Gen. Michael A Keltz says Chinese officials told him the Pacific should simply be divided in two, with America dominating one half and China the other. (Taken from US, China Deepen Military Ties by Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent, Reuters) It seems that the world’s perception of the growing rift between Washington and Beijing has proven wrong Read More …