March 19, 2012

U.S. Must Defuse South China Sea Time Bomb

Joe Hung, China Post

AP Photo

The Philippines claims Reed Bank — an islet of the Spratlys, which submerges in full tide, 80 kilometers from Palawan Island which it administers — and after a survey ship sent to explore oil reserves was chased away by Chinese vessels in March last year, Manila has hardened its stance on sovereignty rights, quickened its efforts to modernize its military capability by spending billions, and sought help from the United States. Uncle Sam is ready to stage a joint sea maneuver near Reed Bank later this month or early April, which the People's Republic of China is bound to view as provocative.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: United States, China, South China Sea, Philippines

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

March 8, 2012
The South China Sea Clash
Michael Richardson, Japan Times
For much of 2010 and 2011, tensions over conflicting claims to disputed islands, maritime territory and energy resources rippled through the South China Sea, embroiling several Southeast Asian states and China in disputes that... more ››
March 9, 2012
U.S. Confronts an Anti-Access World
James Holmes, The Diplomat
The U.S. military is no longer as overwhelmingly superior in numerical and qualitative terms as it was not so long ago. That has big implications for its plans in Asia. more ››
March 7, 2012
Emerging World Must Shape the World Bank
Kevin Rafferty, Japan Times
The World Bank, and the world of 7 billion people whom it serves, deserve better than the antics of U.S. President Barack Obama's Treasury department clearly preparing for yet another American to take over. more ››
March 12, 2012
Australia Must Keep Both U.S. & China Close
Richard Woolcott, SMH
THE idea that Australia does not have to choose between our history and our geography is simplistic and has been a politically expedient cliche. Our history is our past, some of it shameful and some noble. Our future lies in our... more ››
March 7, 2012
China Rushes to Fill America's Military Vacuum
Investor's Business Daily
Beijing announces another double-digit jump in military spending as the U.S. disarms and sacrifices its defense budget on the altar of entitlement spending. We have many duties; the Chinese have but one target. more ››