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China Accuses U.S. and Philippines of “Stirring Up Trouble” Following Joint Air Patrols Over South China Sea

Three Philippine Air Force (PAF) fighter jets conducted joint exercises with a U.S. B-52 bomber over the South China Sea on Monday in the latest demonstration of the defense allies' bid to confront Chinese territorial claims in the region. The ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

China Issues New Warning to the Philippines That It Will “Pay a High Price for Its Brinksmanship in the South China Sea”

Chinese Communist Party and state-run media outlets reacted angrily on Tuesday to joint U.S.-Philippines air patrols that took place the previous day over disputed territories in the South China Sea. The official China Daily newspaper, which often serves as a mouthpiece for ...

China Removed Barrier Blocking Entrance to Contested Shoal in South China Sea, Says Philippine Coast Guard

The China Coast Guard removed a controversial barrier that blocked the entrance to the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. The barrier was reportedly placed there sometime in late December, and according to Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) satellite images, the ...

U.S., Philippines Increase Naval Presence in Western Pacific to “Safeguard Maritime Interests”

There will be be a lot more naval hardware soon in the Western Pacific as both the Philippines and the United States ramp up their deployments as part of a larger effort to confront China's growing presence in the region.

Even With a De-Escalation Deal, Philippines Says It Will Continue Media Pressure in South China Sea

The Philippines government is not going to change its strategy of inviting journalists and social media influencers to record confrontations with Chinese maritime forces in the South China Sea even as the two countries try to implement a de-escalation deal agreed to last month. ...

If Trump Wins, What Happens to the Philippines?

Ever since Donald Trump Donald Trump told a campaign rally over the weekend that if re-elected, he would encourage Russia to "do whatever the hell they want" to European countries that failed to meet NATO's spending targets, I started to wonder what he would say about the ...

Chinese, Philippine Coast Guards Trade Barbs Over Who Is to Blame for Latest South China Sea Confrontation

Chinese and Philippines officials are furiously trying to shape the narrative over a confrontation between their Coast Guards that took place last week near the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. This latest incident occurred on Friday when a Philippine ...

Manila-Based Chinese Journalist Explains What’s Propelling the Feud With the Philippines

China's English-language media framing of the South China Sea confrontation with the Philippines is often very reductive and relies on old tropes that Manila is only confronting China as part of some kind of U.S. conspiracy. The Philippines, in the view ...

China Rejects Philippine Cyber-Attack Accusations

The Chinese Foreign Ministry pushed back against claims by the Philippines government that hackers in China attempted to break into Manila's most sensitive computer networks. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin condemned the accusation on Wednesday and echoed earlier remarks by the ...

Southeast Asia: Best Place To Celebrate Chinese New Year Outside China

Chinese migration is one of the oldest and largest movements of people in the world. The latest tide lasted for over 300 years, which intensified in the sixteenth century and again in the nineteenth century due to the Opium Wars. As a result, there are about ...

Chinese and Philippine Coast Guard Trade Barbs Over Encounter on Remote South China Sea Shoal

Tensions between the Chinese and Philippines Coast Guard moved from the South China Sea to social media where the two sides on Wednesday battled it out over shaping the narrative about an encounter that occurred two weeks ago. On January 12, 
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