The Philippines on Monday warned China that what it described as the frequent presence of Chinese ships in a disputed area of the South China Sea could potentially spark renewed tensions between the neighbors.
Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said that Chinese vessels are regularly seen in an area [...]
“The chance that he can solve Russia’s economic challenges while stirring the pot in the Ukraine have to be slim to vanishing.”
“… eventually Putin is going to have to find a way of restoring the Russian economy to health or face a backlash at home.”
The sanctions imposed by Europe, the UK and America [...]
What was not apparent in Wang’s remarks is that the dispute between the U.S. and China is not about commercial ships, but military ones. According to Beijing’s interpretation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), military activities within a country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) – which extends 200 nautical miles seaward [...]
For the first time since China’s rapid ascent as a regional military power, officers in Beijing believe the Chinese army could invade Taiwan or attack a disputed island while also deterring intervention by U.S. Pacific Command.
In other words, top Chinese military planners are now convinced they could defeat the United [...]
Many of these Southeast Asian nations need arms and some are involved in conflicts with China, said Hu Wenlong with China Military Culture Research Association, an organization in association with the People’s Liberation Army. If Japan offered long-term loans and preferential condition to sell large amounts of military hardware to countries which have territorial disputes [...]
Russia has always been generally unpopular, but it’s getting much worse
Global popular opinion toward Russia as of July 2013 (data via Pew)
Russia’s global unpopularity is not new, but that unpopularity has been on the rise since the Ukraine crisis began late in 2013, and it has been rising very rapidly. To [...]
As tensions spike between China and other countries in Asia’s disputed waters, serving and retired Chinese military officers as well as state media are questioning whether China’s armed forces are too corrupt to fight and win a war.
A slew of articles in official media in recent months have drawn parallels with the rampant graft [...]
In the meantime, the New York Times reported yesterday that Ukrainian troops “moved into the heart of the separatist hub of Luhansk for the first time, officials said, chipping at one of the cornerstones of the pro-Russia rebels’ disintegrating virtual state.” The Ukrainian advance is “raising pressure” on Vladimir [...]
No doubt it’s an oversimplification to say that the confrontation in Ukraine is all about shoring up an authoritarian regime that is stumbling on other fronts. But there’s surely some truth to that story — and that raises some scary prospects for the future.
Most immediately, we have to worry about escalation in Ukraine. All-out [...]
Philip Breedlove, Nato’s top military commander, has said that if Russia does what it did in Crimea to a Nato state, it would be considered an act of war against the alliance.
Referring to Russia’s actions in Crimea in March, he told Germany’s Die Welt newspaper on Sunday (17 August): “The most important thing is [...]