Browsing All posts tagged under »Malaysia«

China’s Xi Sets Tone on Regional Relations

April 7, 2013


BOAO, China—Chinese President Xi Jinping acknowledged Asian “frictions” and “hot spots” in an address on Sunday to regional business and political leaders amid mounting alarm over North Korea’s nuclear threat and territorial disputes between China and its neighbors. Mr. Xi didn’t single out any country in his address at the three-day Boao Forum for Asia, […]

Japan PM Abe’s Pacific trade pact gambit pays off

March 18, 2013


Reuters – Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s first politically risky step of declaring the country’s intent to join talks on a U.S.-led Pacific Rim free trade pact appears to be paying off as his record high ratings edge even higher. Public opinion surveys showed on Monday that Abe’s support ratings had risen since last month […]

South China Sea Relationship Status? It’s Complicated

March 13, 2013


The territorial claims in the South China Sea area remain like a bowl of noodles — crisscrossed, overlapping, and so intertwined that it is challenging to pinpoint a beginning and an end. Unraveling this web presents one of the most challenging international relations dilemmas of our present time and only a comprehensive approach is likely […]

China will defend its rights in territorial disputes

March 9, 2013


BEIJING, MAR 9:  Likening the situation in its troubled neighbourhood to a “military chess game”, China today said it will firmly defend its territorial sovereignty and rights but at the same time try to resolve differences through talks upholding regional peace and stability. Addressing his annual press conference here today coinciding with the new leadership […]

Who’s Bluffing Whom in the South China Sea?

March 8, 2013


The latitude for action on the part of all the parties is limited The territorial and maritime disputes in the South China Sea continue to plague and jeopardize the peace and security of the region. These disputes are many, including the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, the Paracels, the Scarborough Shoal, and the Spratly Islands; and although these […]

Malaysia says 31 Filipinos fatally shot in Borneo

March 7, 2013


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian security forces gunned down 31 Filipino intruders in Borneo on Thursday, the highest number of casualties in a single day since nearly 200 members of a Philippine Muslim clan took over an entire village last month, police said. The armed clansmen have wreaked political havoc for both Malaysia and […]

Beijing restaurant draws flak for banning Japanese, Pinoys, Vietnamese, dogs

February 28, 2013


HANOI – A sign at a Beijing restaurant barring citizens of nations involved in maritime disputes with China—along with dogs—has triggered a wave of online outrage among Vietnamese and Filipinos. The Beijing Snacks restaurant near the Forbidden City, a popular tourist spot, has posted a sign on its door reading “This shop does not receive […]

Shinzo Abe accuses China’s rulers of using island disputes to retain power

February 28, 2013


Japanese PM says Beijing’s educational system fuels hostility over rival territorial claims China has a “deeply ingrained” need to spar with Japan and other Asian neighbours over territory, because the ruling Communist party uses the disputes to maintain strong domestic support, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said in an interview. Clashes with neighbours, notably Japan, […]

Vietnamese Angry Over Beijing Restaurant Racism

February 26, 2013


A Beijing restaurant’s refusal to serve customers from countries locked in maritime territorial disputes with China has drawn the ire of netizens from at least one of the nations—Vietnam. The restaurant has put up on its window racially charged signs in Chinese and English that said, “This shop does not welcome Japanese, Filipinos, and Vietnamese, […]

China Threatened Japan’s Forces

February 6, 2013


Abe Condemns China’s ‘Dangerous’ Use of Weapons-Targeting Radar Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says it is “extremely regrettable” that a Chinese warship locked its pre-firing radar on a Japanese navy boat near disputed islands last week. Speaking to a parliamentary session Wednesday, Abe called the move “dangerous.” He said it could lead to an accidental […]

China to Invest $1.6 Billion on Disputed Islands

December 26, 2012


China plans to spend more than $1 billion building an airport, piers and other infrastructure on islands at the center of a territorial dispute with Vietnam and the Philippines, the 21st Century Business Herald reported. The central government approved plans to invest 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) in infrastructure for areas administered by the city […]

China’s Oil Play Just Starting

December 16, 2012


The Canadian government’s recent approval of Chinese oil giant CNOOC’s $15 billion bid to take over Nexen gives CNOOC oil assets in the North Sea, West Africa, the Gulf of Mexico, and Western Canada, as well as oil sands and shale gas. The deal will help the Chinese outfit obtain a more balanced, international portfolio […]

Philippines backs rearmed Japan to ‘balance’ China

December 13, 2012


Japan should become a fully fledged military force and act as a balance against China, says Philippines Manila: The Philippines would support Japan dropping its pacifist constitution to become a fully fledged military force and act as a balance against a rising China, a government spokesman said Monday. In an interview with the Financial Times, foreign […]

“New Chinese Passports ‘Counterproductive’”

November 30, 2012


Indonesia’s foreign minister said in an interview published on Thursday that new Chinese passports featuring a map laying claim to disputed islands were “counterproductive.” Although it is not a claimant itself, Indonesia has mediated in the dispute between China and several members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), using its position as the […]

Strategy for an Unthinkable Conflict

November 28, 2012


The Obama administration’s “rebalancing to Asia” has generated a great deal of discussion about how it impacts the defense acquisition budget but little about the military strategy necessary to support the shift. Although conflict in the Asia-Pacific is unlikely and extremely undesirable, the United States still needs a strategy.  The primary strategic goal is to […]

Kowtowing to China, the ‘Business Week’ Way

November 26, 2012


Bloomberg Businessweek just published a piece that will undoubtedly be the toast of the Central Party School in Beijing. Entitled “Japan’s Politicians Anger China Afresh,” by Asia regional editor Bruce Einhorn, it is a classic exercise in how to subordinate one’s national interest for fear of offending Peking. In Einhorn’s view, apparently, conservatives everywhere are […]

China’s Military Advances With Aircraft Carrier Fighter Landings

November 26, 2012


China achieved a military milestone when a homegrown fighter jet landed on its new aircraft carrier, the latest step in a modernization bid that’s recorded advances in submarines, cyber warfare and in outer space. The J-15 fighter jet successfully landed on the Liaoning aircraft carrier, the official Xinhua news agency reported Nov. 24, citing unnamed […]

ASEAN Human Rights Declaration: A Pragmatic Compromise

November 26, 2012


The ASEAN Human Rights Declaration is a historic document that sets out a common framework for protection of human rights in the region. While some clauses are controversial, the declaration represents the consensus of members with pragmatic concerns for their security. THE ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) signed by the heads of government of member […]

China’s role in Southeast Asia questioned

November 25, 2012


BEIJING (AP) — China is finding the once friendly ground of Southeast Asia bumpy going, with anger against Chinese claims to disputed islands, once reliable ally Myanmar flirting with democracy and renewed American attention to the region. >> China publishes map of Sansha, South China Sea islands The changing terrain for Beijing was on view […]

ASEAN: A Diplomatic Dead End?

November 24, 2012


The President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino, has a reputation for being a lackadaisical leader in his home country, where Filipinos have embraced the term “noynoy-ing” – coined from Aquino’s nickname, Noynoy – as an irreverent phrase for “doing nothing.” Perhaps it was Aquino’s sleepy reputation that this week emboldened the Cambodian leadership to push an exclusive […]


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