China begins new work on disputed South China Sea island

A combination of satellite photos shows Chinese-controlled North Island, part of the Paracel group in the South China Sea, on Feb. 15 (top) and on March 6. Reuters

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Reuters Mar 15, 2017

China has started fresh construction work in the disputed South China Sea, new satellite images show, a sign that Beijing is continuing to strengthen its military reach across the vital trade waterway.

Regional military attaches and experts believe the work shows China’s determination to build up its network of reefs and islets, even if it is seeking to avoid a fresh confrontation with the new administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. Tiếp tục đọc “China begins new work on disputed South China Sea island”

Taiwan defence report warns of China invasion risk

China still sees Taiwan as part of its territory to be brought back into its fold, by force if necessary, even though the island has been self-governing since the two sides split after a civil war in 1949.

Beijing is deeply suspicious of president Tsai Ing-wen, whose Democratic Progressive Party is traditionally pro-independence. Tiếp tục đọc “Taiwan defence report warns of China invasion risk”

Philippine VP: Bullets can’t stop illegal drug use

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Leni Robredo urges Filipinos to ‘defy incursions on their rights’ as she denounces president’s bloody anti-drug war.

More than 7,000 people have been killed since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte began his 'war on drugs' [Romeo Ranoco/Reuters]
More than 7,000 people have been killed since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte began his ‘war on drugs’ [Romeo Ranoco/Reuters]

The Philippine vice president has raised an alarm about the country’s bloody crackdown on illegal drug use, saying it can’t be solved “with bullets alone”, adding Filipinos should “defy brazen incursions on their rights”.

Vice President Leni Robredo’s comments, some of her sharpest critiques so far of Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug campaign, are likely to antagonise the brash-talking president. Tiếp tục đọc “Philippine VP: Bullets can’t stop illegal drug use”

Thái bình dưới trướng thiên triều?

DANH ĐỨC 20.05.2012, 17:27

TTCT – Pax Sinica – thái bình dưới trướng Trung Quốc – là một khái niệm từ mấy năm nay được những nhà nghiên cứu về các vấn đề của Đông Á sử dụng để chỉ sự bành trướng của Bắc Kinh hiện nay.

Thực tế đang ngày càng khẳng định những lý giải ấy.

Thái bình dưới trướng thiên triều?
Một ngư dân Philippines ngồi trên chiếc tàu đến từ Masinloc, vùng đất gần nhất cách khu vực bãi cạn Scarborough đang tranh chấp với Trung Quốc 128 hải lý – Ảnh: Reuters

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It’s payback time, America

By Calvin Godfrey   March 13, 2017 | 02:18 pm GMT+7

It's payback time, America

Visitors learn about the Vietnam War at a museum in Ho Chi Minh City in a file photo taken in March 2015. Photo by Minh Le

A diplomatic kerfuffle in Phnom Penh reminds us that the U.S. owes Vietnam $25.7 billion.

Last week, for seemingly no reason whatsoever, an anonymous U.S. State Department official made the strongest argument to date for Donald Trump to make good on wartime reparations promised to Vietnam by his political idol, Richard Nixon.

During Trump’s skinny days, he flew to Houston to attend a birthday party for a bankrupt Texas governor that was attended by the ex-president. Years later, Nixon wrote Trump a letter, urging him to make a play for the White House — a document Trump cherishes even today.

One wonders what Trump might make of another Nixon correspondence, one he penned at the height of his powers, to Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Van Dong promising roughly $4.7 billion in wartime reconstruction aid without political conditions.

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