China’s ‘sea parade’: Honing military skills and striking fear

by Frank Ching/ April 17, 2018 / Manila Times

IN his epic speech at the Communist Party congress last October, XiJinping, party leader and state president, announced the initiation of “a new stage in strengthening and revitalizing the armed forces.” By 2035, he promised, “the modernization of our national defense and our forces is basically completed” and “by the mid-21st century our people’s armed forces have been fully transformed into world-class forces.” Continue reading “China’s ‘sea parade’: Honing military skills and striking fear”

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Xi Jinping’s defence of globalisation and open markets: key takeaways from Chinese leader’s speech to Boao Forum

by Sarah Zheng / April 10, 2018 / SCMP

Chinese President Xi Jinping committed to further opening up China’s markets as he sought to portray the country as a leading defender of globalisation. Continue reading “Xi Jinping’s defence of globalisation and open markets: key takeaways from Chinese leader’s speech to Boao Forum”

Does ASEAN support US military presence in South China Sea?

by Mark J. Valencia / April 2, 2018 / The Jakarta Post

On March 23, the US Navy destroyer Mustin made a non-innocent passage within 12 nautical miles of China’s artificially built up and occupied Mischief Reef. China saw this as yet another “serious political and military provocation”. This latest Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) came amidst a downturn in US –China relations—particularly regarding the South China Sea (SCS). Continue reading “Does ASEAN support US military presence in South China Sea?”

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Xi Jinping: How China’s president got ahead, in hats

As China’s most significant political gathering in decades draws to a close, Liao Ailian and Pan Guixian are preparing to head home.

They’re among the almost 3,000 delegates from across China who have spent the past two weeks sitting in the Great Hall of the People, voting on the decisions mostly already taken by the Communist Party leadership behind closed doors. Continue reading “Xi Jinping: How China’s president got ahead, in hats”

New Players, Ideas, and Arrangements: The Quest to Counter-balance China

by Philip Vincent Alegre/ March 16, 2018/ Originally Posted at APPFI

In November of last year, the world witnessed the US put forward new rhetoric in its foreign policy toward Asia. US President Donald Trump, towards the end of his 12-day five nation Asia tour, departed from usual US language and started referring to an “Indo-Pacific” region instead of “Asia Pacific”, a move which did not go unnoticed by analysts and observers in the region. Continue reading “New Players, Ideas, and Arrangements: The Quest to Counter-balance China”

Australia’s iron(ic) curtain hurting China ties

Gregory McCarthy, PKU/ EAF/ 20 February 2018

2017 was earmarked to celebrate 45 years of Australian–Chinese diplomatic relations. Instead, Australia alleged that China interfered in its national affairs and the China Daily reported that an on-line poll had voted Australia as the ‘least friendly nation to China in 2017’. Likewise, a Global Times editorial accused Australia of McCarthyism and said that Australia had gone insane regarding the issue of China. Continue reading “Australia’s iron(ic) curtain hurting China ties”

Taiwan’s President: Fighting for Reform

by Michael J. Fonte / 

President Tsai Ing-wen is a sophisticated, professional woman with a strong resume: lawyer, World Trade Organization negotiator, Mainland Affairs Council chair, legislator, vice premier, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chair. Organization negotiators will tell you that her attention to detail was stunning and she carries that characteristic today as president. Continue reading “Taiwan’s President: Fighting for Reform”