Category Philippines

America’s Oldest Military Ally In Asia Turns Toward China

America’s oldest military ally in Asia turns toward China Axios · by Camille Elemia When the Philippines needed resources to fight its coronavirus outbreak, it turned not to its American allies, but to China. Why it matters: The Philippines was a U.S. colony for half a century and is America’s oldest military ally in Asia. But the Southeast […]

China Seizes Covid-19 Advantage In South China Sea

China seizes Covid-19 advantage in South China Sea China ramps up military drills and energy exploitation in contested waterway while US military bogged down in virus crisis at home by Richard Javad Heydarian April 1, 2020 MANILA – With the Covid-19 pandemic mostly contained in China and now wreaking havoc on the United States, security analysts are […]

U.S. Ship Sails Through Taiwan Strait As Jibes Bite

Excerpts: The ship’s passage comes at a time of thus heightened political tensions between the US and China – and after Beijing has repeatedly buzzed Taiwan with military jets and ships despite the global COVID-19 pandemic. Anger is rising on the self-ruled democratic island that Taiwan has had to scramble its own fighter jets in […]

China Launches New Facilities In West Philippine Sea Just As World’s Eyes Fixed On COVID-19

The adversary gets a vote………… Excerpts: Maritime security expert Collin Koh said the launching of two new research centers by China at this time is a significant development. “Some may think that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic would have distracted Beijing from these maritime flashpoints,” Koh told “Truth is, this is far from the case. […]

The Lost Battle Of The South China Sea, Refought

The Lost Battle of the South China Sea, Refought By Kyle Mizokami March 2020 Proceedings Vol. 146/2/1,405 The Innovation Cell FacebookTwitterRedditEmail Share Comments One fascinating way to determine the suitability of weapons and tactics is through wargaming. And modern, computer wargames can offer previously unseen levels of fidelity and accuracy over tabletop versions. One game […]

China Threatens EMP Attack In South China Sea

Comment From Dr. Mark Schneider:  “The Global Times is the main Chinese English language IO outlet. It would not publish something like this without high level sanction. EMP is not really my area and I have not researched Chinese EMP for over a decade. When I did, I found a lot of Chinese literature on […]

Book Review: The Dragons And The Snakes, By David Kilcullen

Excerpts: The snakes have learned to adapt their warfare and their systems to put the West on the back foot. Add to this the rapid development of the internet, wi-fi, mobile phones and social media, and you have warfare in which a small mortar team with a smartphone can use GPS to give their location […]

Make No Mistake, China Really Does Want To Dominate The Pacific

Excerpts: Importantly, the erosion of U.S. military and naval supremacy is also being accelerated by China’s successful political warfare strategy and America’s sluggish response. Beijing is waging a whole-of-society “total competition.” The techno-nationalist approach seeks to achieve economic preeminence on the back of emerging information-centric technologies like 5G, artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D manufacturing, and quantum computing. All […]

Ex-Philippine Official Warns Of ‘Tragedy’ If US Pact Ends

Excerpts:   There should be efforts to study how the VFA can be “polished” or improved using other similar status of forces agreements, including one the Philippines forged with Australia, Romualdez said.   “From what I’m told, the door is not totally shut,” he said, without elaborating. “But, again, the bottom line always falls on […]

US, Philippine Ties Headed From Bad To Worse

US, Philippine ties headed from bad to worse · by Richard Javad Heydarian · February 28, 2020 MANILA – US-Philippine bilateral relations, already strained after Manila’s recent abrogation of a key defense pact, are careening towards a full-blown crisis as Washington readies more rights related measures targeting top Filipino officials, including possibly President Rodrigo Duterte. Earlier this month […]