Asia Pacific Regional Developments

Title:

 China says has been invited again to U.S.-hosted naval drills

Author:

Reuters Staff

Source:

Reuters

Date:

January 25, 2018 

Description:

China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday that China has again been invited to attend a major U.S.-hosted naval drill this year, even as tensions simmer between the two countries over the disputed South China Sea. Ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a monthly news briefing that it had received an invite to the exercise and had sent a team to discuss initial arrangements with the United States. He did not elaborate.

Tags: South China Sea, US-China Relations, Naval Cooperation

Title:

Eyeing China, US moves to strengthen Indonesian defence ties

Author:

Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Phil Berlowitz 

Source:

Channel News Asia/Reuters

Date:

January 23, 2018 

Description:

JAKARTA: U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday he would explore deepening defence ties during a visit to Indonesia, a country that appears increasingly ready to assert its sovereignty in the contested South China Sea. Mattis, ahead of talks in Jakarta, raised the possibility of greater maritime cooperation. An aide noted that Indonesia was also considering purchasing Lockheed Martin Corp's F-16 fighter jets, in a deal that could be worth billions.

Tags: South China Sea, US-ASEAN relations, Arms Deal, US Defense Sec Jim Mattis, US-Indonesia Relations

Title:

 North Korea says weapons are only aimed at the US, not China or Russia

Author:

Reuters

Source:

CNBC

Date:

 January 9, 2018

Description:

The discussion of North Korea's nuclear program and its weapons arsenal, which is solely aimed at the United States, would negatively impact inter-Korean ties, a North Korean official said on Tuesday while finishing up talks with the South. "North Korea's weapons are only aimed at the United States, not our brethren, China or Russia," said Ri Son Gwon, head of North Korea's delegation at the first inter-Korean talks in more than two years.

Tags: US-China Relations, Nuclear Power, North Korea

Title:

 China and Russia slam new US national security strategy

Author:

Aljazeera News

Source:

Aljazeera News

Date:

 December 20, 2017

Description:

China and Russia have criticised the United States for its new national security strategy that labels both countries as "competitors" challenging American interests. China said on Tuesday the new strategy outlined by US President Donald Trump demonstrated a "Cold War mentality".

Tags: US-China Relations, China-Russia relations, Trump foreign policy, National Security Strategy, Cold War Mentality

Title:

 Five Takeaways From Trump’s National Security Strategy

Author:

Peter Feaver

Source:

Foreign Policy

Date:

December 18, 2017 

Description:

President Donald Trump unveils his National Security Strategy (NSS) today in a big set-piece speech at the Reagan Center. There is a lively debate about the utility of these documents among experts and I am squarely on the side of those who argue that they provide an important window into the thinking of an administration. As I explain below, such windows may be especially important for this administration and so this is a document worth studying. Such deeper reflection may change my assessment, but I have a more-positive-than-expected reaction, however, as reflected in five quick takeaways...

Tags: Donald Trump, Trump foreign policy, National Security Strategy

Title:

 US hits China on new SCS structures

Author:

Pia Lee-Brago

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

 December 18, 2017

Description:

Even as the Philippines has belied new Chinese activity in the oil-rich South China Sea, the United States last week called China’s continuing development of islands in the disputed waters “unacceptable.” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US now has an active mechanism through which Washington and China can put complex issues on the table including the South China Sea row. “And we have differences, such as the South China Sea and China’s building of structures, militarization of these structures, and how that affects our allies in the region as well in terms of free and open trade,” Tillerson said at the 2017 Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum in Washington.

Tags: Infrastructure, South China Sea, US-China Relations, Rex Tillerson, US South China Sea Policy, Trump South China Sea Policy

Title:

 In Asia, Trump again finds success overseas easier than at home

Author:

James Griffiths

Source:

CNN

Date:

 November 15, 2017

Description:

US President Donald Trump flies home Tuesday after an Asia trip that went off without major incident and generally met critics' low expectations. If the primary purpose of Trump's visits to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines was to shore up relations with those countries and their leaders, the trip can be judged a success, even though actual policy wins were in scant supply.

Tags: Philippines-US Relations, Donald Trump, Trump-Duterte Relations, Trump Asia Tour 2017

Title:

 National Security Strategy of the United States of America

 

Source:

The White House

Date:

 December 2017

Description:

"An America First National Security Strategy is based on American principles, a clear-eyed assessment of U.S. interests, and a determination to tackle the challenges that we face. It is a strategy of principled realism that is guided by outcomes, not ideology. It is based upon the view that peace, securi , and prosperity depend on strong, sovereign nations that respect their citizens at home and cooperate to advance peace abroad. And it is grounded in the realization that American principles are a lasting force for good in the world..."

Tags: Donald Trump, National Security Strategy

Title:

 China angered as U.S. considers navy visits to Taiwan

Author:

Michael Martina, Jess Macy Yu

Source:

Reuters

Date:

 December 14, 2017

Description:

BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) - China accused the United States on Thursday of interfering in its internal affairs and said it had lodged a complaint after U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law an act laying the groundwork for possible U.S. navy visits to self-ruled Taiwan.

Tags: China-US Relations, Cross-strait relations, US Navy, Trump foreign policy

Title:

 China Slams Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper

Author:

Charlotte Gao

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

 December 2, 2017

Description:

In its newly published Foreign Policy White Paper, Australia took a strong stance on the South China Sea issue, urging both China and the Philippines to follow the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s July 2016 ruling. In response, both the Chinese defense ministry and Chinese foreign ministry criticized Australia for its “ irresponsible remarks.”

Tags: South China Sea, West Philippine Sea, Australia, Arbitration Award, China-Australia Relations

Title:

 ASEAN-Japan Coast Guard Cooperation in the Spotlight With Philippines Exercise

Author:

Prashanth Parameswaran

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

November 25, 2017

Description:

Earlier this month, Japan held an expanded version of a maritime exercise with the Philippines that also included other Southeast Asian states and the United States. Though Tokyo’s role in capacity-building in the maritime security realm in Southeast Asia is far from new, the development was nonetheless significant as part of a broader trend of Japan’s deepening focus on this area bilaterally and multilaterally amid a range of challenges.

Tags: joint drills, Japan-Philippines Relations, Philippine Coast Guard, joint exercise

Title:

 US, JAPAN, INDIA, AUSTRALIA ... IS QUAD THE FIRST STEP TO AN ASIAN NATO?

Author:

CARY HUANG

Source:

South China Morning Post

Date:

November 25, 2017

Description:

IT is no longer the “Asia-Pacific”, but the “Indo-Pacific”, at least, according to the United States and some of its allies. Such a change may not seem much on first glance, but these four letters are far more than a matter of semantics: they have the potential to create a seismic shift in the geopolitical landscape of the region.

Tags: Commentary, ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting 2017, Quadrilateral Security Dialogue

Title:

 China-US military exercise to enhance disaster relief, humanitarian assistance

Author:

Straits Times

Source:

Straits Times

Date:

November 20, 2017 

Description:

BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - It was a rare moment to hear US soldiers shout commands in Chinese, and vice versa. But at a military camp in Oregon, US and Chinese soldiers not only exchanged rescue methods but also commands during a joint exercise on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Two teams of eight soldiers, four from each side, were tasked to set up two rope bridges to transfer "patients" across a river in a flood-based simulation.

Tags: US-China Relations, US-China Military Interactions, US-China Competition, US-China Cooperation

Title:

 31st ASEAN Chairman's statement references international law in South China Sea

Author:

Regine Cabato, CNN Philippines

Source:

CNN Philippines

Date:

November 16, 2017

Description:

The Philippines, as chair of the 31st ASEAN Summit brought back a provision into the final Chairman's Statement that implied a reference to a landmark ruling recognizing the Philippines' claims over the South China Sea.

Tags: News, Arbitration Award, ASEAN Summit 2017, South China Sea Territorial Dispute, ASEAN Summit 2017 Chairman's Statement

Title:

 With Trump Focused on North Korea, Beijing Sails Ahead in South China Sea

Author:

DAN DE LUCE

Source:

Foreign Policy

Date:

November 16, 2017

Description:

In his 12-day trip to Asia, U.S. President Donald Trump largely focused on North Korea and trade, all but avoiding the simmering disputes in the South China Sea and steering clear of sharp criticism of Beijing’s increasingly aggressive activities there.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, Big Powers, Trump South China Sea Policy, Trump foreign policy, Trump Asia Tour 2017