India is Holding Back the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and BRICS

Yesterday, Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed the 13th meeting of Security Council Secretaries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Beijing. During the meeting, President Xi stressed the importance of enhanced cooperation between SCO members in the fight against the “three evil forces” of extremism, separatism and terrorism. As one of the international security bodies …

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Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews a military display of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy in the South China Sea, April 12, 2018. Picture: Li Gang/Xinhua via Reuters

Short of War, China Now Controls South China Sea

Tensions in the South China Sea are on the boil again amid new reports that China has deployed advanced missiles to land features in the disputed maritime area. According to new reports, China has installed several Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs) and Anti-Cruise Ballistic Missiles (ACBMs) systems across the Paracel and Spratly island chains, parts of which …

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Take Your Pick: Chinese or American Missiles in the South China Sea?

China’s reported deployment of anti-ship and cruise missiles to its reclaimed islands in the South China Sea was the inevitable action of a country that chose to act first in order to thwart its American adversary from doing the same thing at a more disadvantageous time in the future. All of Asia seems to be …

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Philippine “Fact-Checkers”: Who’s Watching the Watchmen?

The Philippine government is concerned that Facebook’s “fact-checking” partnership with two anti-government media outlets will lead to more suppression, smearing, and censorship of President Duterte’s policies on social media. Philippine President Duterte has complained that Facebook’s “fact-checking” partnership with Rappler IQ and VERA Files – two anti-government media outlets – is unfair, and his spokesman …

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Chinese Capital is Taking Over ASEAN

Malaysia is one of the most developed members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Its relationship with China was, until recently, fairly tense. Malaysia’s geographic location allowed it to control the Malacca Strait, one of the world’s most important seaways, connecting Europe and the Middle East with East Asia. Its lack of a …

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FILE PHOTO: Heavy checkpoints and security on all routes going inside Marawi City as new threats of ISIS regrouping is surfacing. Marawi City, Philippines © Sherbien Dacalanio / Global Look Press

Here’s Why the Philippines May Become ISIS’ Next Caliphate

There are many indications that ISIS, or ISIS-inspired entities, are looking to renew their armed insurgency in the Philippines. As is typically the case, wherever ISIS goes, the US military is not too far behind. Not many people will be aware that aside from the fact that peace-prize-laureate Barack Obama was bombing at least seven …

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US President Donald Trump holds a trilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017. Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Revived ‘Quad’ Alliance Eggs on China’s Response

China’s territorial assertiveness has rapidly revived the long-dormant Quadrilateral (Quad) alliance among major maritime powers India, Japan, Australia and the United States. A renewed sense of urgency among China’s strategic rivals is being driven partly by growing frustration with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) grouping’s inability to tame Beijing’s geopolitical ambitions through dialogue …

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When It Comes to Davos, It’s Inequality, Stupid

For billions of people, the Groucho Marx rule applies when talking about Davos. This is the exclusive club, which meets in the luxury Swiss resort each year to discuss the global business environment. Groucho, of course, has been immortalized along with the rest of the Marx Brothers in the zany Hollywood movies of the 1930s, …

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What Would Happen if Duterte Implemented a “Revolutionary Government”?

Philippine President Duterte threatened to implement a “revolutionary government” in response to rising Hybrid War unrest against his government, remarking that “Once your destabilization is already creating chaos, I will not hesitate to declare a revolutionary government until the end of my term…This revolutionary government would reform the federal system, ratify a new constitution, slash corruption, improve and …

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