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How Trump Can Make The Pivot To Asia Great Again

Conclusion: Clearly the Trump administration will be pushed in many directions on foreign policy issues. The goal for this new team should be to prioritize a few key objectives and stick to a set vision for what they wish to achieve — and never to allow a crisis-management mentality to set in. If Trump were […]

Duterte To Consider Staying With U.S. Weapons, Despite Offers

Excerpts: “China is open. Anything you want. They even sent me a brochure, telling me to choose and they will provide,” Duterte said. “I’m just holding off because I’m looking at the military,” he said. “If you want to stick with America, fine, but assess it well and find a balance because we are being […]

More Signs Of Waining U.S. Influence In The Pacific Region: China And Malaysia Sign Wide Ranging Naval Co-Operation Deal

  Doubtful that this is what was envisioned with the ‘U.S. Pivot To Asia’  RCP https://www.ft.com/content/76e53d98-a031-11e6-891e-abe238dee8e2 FINANCIAL TIMES China And Malaysia Sign Wide Ranging Naval Co-Operation Deal Beijing denies it is trying to buy better relations with neighbours Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak, left, and China’s Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the […]

Behind Duterte’s Break With the U.S., A Lifetime Of Resentment

Maybe the next POTUS should explore expanding relations with Vietnam if Duterte continues down this path.  Washington should send signals that we have other options/alternatives than the Philippines.  We do not want to be seen as in a position of weakness and too myopic in our approach in Asia.  We have had enough of that […]

Russian Warships To Head To South China Sea In Early September

August 30, 2016 11:12 Russian Warships To Head To South China Sea In Early September Military & Defense August 30, 8:28 UTC+3 The Joint Sea 2016 Russian-Chinese military drills are to take place September 11 through to September 19 The Admiral Vinogradov (archive) © Vladimir Sayapin/TASS VLADIVOSTOK, August 30. /TASS/. A detachment of ships of Russia’s […]

China Makes Show Of Force On Two Disputed Sea Fronts

http://m.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2001035/china-makes-show-force-two-disputed-sea-fronts?utm_source=edm&utm_medium=edm&utm_content=20160809&utm_campaign=scmp_today China Makes Show Of Force On Two Disputed Sea Fronts Beijing sends official vessels and military aircraft to East and South China seas to signal that it can ‘throw a punch’ at any time, analysts say ZHEN LIU ZHEN.LIU@SCMP.COM PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 August, 2016, 11:54pm UPDATED : Monday, 08 August, 2016, 11:54pm In this […]

Beijing Sends Bombers, Fighter Jets On Combat Patrols Over Contested S. China Sea

Beijing Sends Bombers, Fighter Jets On Combat Patrols Over Contested S. China Sea Published time: 6 Aug, 2016 13:23 Get short URL A Chinese military plane H-6 bomber © Reuters AddThis Sharing Buttons Share to Facebook3.7KShare to TwitterShare to RedditShare to StumbleUponShare to Google+Share to Tumblr China has said it carried out a combat air […]

A Pacific Admiral Takes China’s Measure

A Pacific Admiral Takes China’s Measure The U.S. can show support for the U.N.’s ruling on the South China Sea by ‘flying, sailing and operating everywhere international law allows.’ http://www.wsj.com/articles/a- pacific-admiral-takes-chinas- measure-1470436129 By DAVID FEITH Aug. 5, 2016 6:28 p.m. ET Tokyo Beijing has a consistent explanation for the rising tensions in the South China […]

Interview: Zachary Abuza On ISIS In Asia: A Closer Look At The Threat Islamic State Poses To The Asia-Pacific.

Excerpts: But governments in the Asia-Pacific have plenty of reasons for concern. First, while harder for law enforcement and intelligence services to break up, “lone wolf” or self-radicalized groups, tend to be more amateurish. For example, while the July 2016 grenade attack on a pub in Kuala Lumpur was the first terrorist attack in the […]

Chinese Navy Holds Live-Fire Drills In East China Sea

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/08/02/asia-pacific/chinese-navy-holds-live-fire-drills-in-east-china-sea/#.V6C_NqJtFs0 2 August 2016 A missile is launched from a Chinese Navy ship during a live-ammunition drill in the East China Sea in this photo released Monday. | AP ASIA PACIFIC Chinese Navy Holds Live-Fire Drills In East China Sea by Jesse Johnson ·         Aug 2, 2016 The Chinese Navy held live-fire drills in the […]