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Chinese media mounts all out propaganda offensive against the Philippines

Two Chinese surveillance ships near the Scarborough Shoal, a small group of rocky formations whose sovereignty is contested by the Philippines and China, in the South China Sea.  /Reuters/Philippines Army

Special to By Willy Lam, Judging by the rhetoric of the official Chinese media and military commentators, the Chinese Communist Party authorities seem to be readying a small-scale naval skirmish to “teach the Philippines a lesson.” Yet at the same time, Beijing is brandishing non-military solutions, such as joint development of oil and [...]

May 16th, 2012 | Posted in China,Exclusives,Intel Brief,NE Asia,Philippines,Top Stories,World Links | Read More »

Tensions in Asia-Pacific give rise to multiple war games

Members of the U.S. Marines Echo Company of the 2nd Marine Division based in Fort Lejeune in North Carolina participate in an Amphibious Assault Exercise in Dingalan Bay, Aurora Province.  /AFP/Arlan Naeg

Special to By Willy Lam, A series of naval exercises involving troops from China, Russia, South Korea, the U.S. and the Philippines are likely to significantly raise tensions in the Asia-Pacific. The largest China-Russian naval war game since 2005 is scheduled to start next week in waters very close to South Korea and [...]

April 25th, 2012 | Posted in China,Exclusives,Intel Brief,Japan,NE Asia,Philippines,South Korea | Read More »

Philippines bends to China on Spratlys; open to joint development


Special to Compiled by Miles Yu, Manila appears to be easing its hardline stance towards Beijing and may be willing to jointly develop oil and natural gas resources in the hotly disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. “We are amenable to the [Chinese offer of joint development] for as long as [...]

April 3rd, 2012 | Posted in China,Exclusives,Intel Brief,NE Asia,Philippines,Top Stories | Read More »

Emerging U.S. strategy builds a ‘geopolitical economy’ along China’s periphery

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose with Chinese President Hu Jintao and his wife Liu Yongqing in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Nov. 12 during a welcoming ceremony for the APEC Leaders' dinner during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.  /Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Special to By Brian M. Downing, One can scarcely read anything on world affairs these days without seeing discussion of the decline of the U.S. and the rise of China. In recent weeks, however, President Obama spoke plainly, bluntly, and even disparagingly to China. At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, Obama chided China, [...]

December 28th, 2011 | Posted in Brunei,China,Daily Brief,Exclusives,Japan,NE Asia,North Korea,Philippines,South Korea,U.S. Economy,U.S. Intelligence,U.S. Military,Vietnam | Read More »