Category Philippines

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 […]

The U.S. Can’t Afford To Lose The Philippines

Excerpts: Assuming this breakdown in relations goes forward, what will be the effect on American strategy in the region? In blunt terms, how important are the Philippines to the U.S.? The short answer is that the Philippines, an archipelago of over 7,000 islands, is critically important to American security and geopolitical influence. First and most […]

Philippines Tells U.S. It Will End Military Cooperation Deal

How much suppport does Duarte have among the key influential Philippine military community (rertired/active duty) for this policy? Is this a truning point that was coming regardless of Duarte? Or is he a one-off, and this policy will be rescinded as soon as he is no longer President? If this decision was telegraphed and in […]

Duterte’s Order: Send U.S. Notice To Terminate Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA)

Duterte’s order: Send US the notice to terminate VFA · by CNN Philippines Staff Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7) — President Rodrigo Duterte will order that the government’s notice to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) be sent to the United States government already, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Friday. “[President Rodrigo Duterte] is instructing [Executive […]

U.S. Plans To Counter Chinese Influence In Asia With New Pacific Missile, Cyber Task Force

US plans to counter Chinese influence in Asia with new Pacific missile, cyber task force By REUTERS 2 min View Original Under McCarthy’s vision, the move would allow the Army to create a new paradigm in the Pacific where ground forces would ‘punch a hole’ in enemy defences for air and naval forces. Photo: […]

China Is Blowing Its Chance In The Asia-Pacific;s%20Picks%20OC <> ARGUMENT<> China Is Blowing Its Chance in the Asia-Pacific Beijing needs a better strategy to ease the United States out. BY ANDREI LUNGU<> | DECEMBER 12, 2019, 10:50 AM [Chinese soldiers sit atop tanks as they drive in a parade to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of […]

South China Sea: Beijing Accuses U.S. Of Militarisation

South China Sea: Beijing accuses US of militarisation Why is the South China Sea contentious? 12 July 2016 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei all have competing claims over territory in the South China Sea Rival countries have wrangled over territory in the South China Sea for centuries, […]