Ahead of the second Trump-Kim summit, North Korea leader Kim Jong-un made a visit to Beijing between January 8-9, 2019. The North Koreans may be using this visit to pursue what Kim calls an “alternative path” in his New Year speech.
The MOU between the Philippines and China is an important step for bilateral efforts towards the direction of expanding cooperation to marine resources development. It will also impact dispute management and peace and security in the South China Sea.
The US is incrementally increasing its frequency and type of FONOP in the South China Sea, so as to reassure its allies of its resolve and to put the onus on China to take the risk of conflict. Employing this tactic has negative implications for its standing in the region.
Washington DC based analysts sharply criticized the policy and actions of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration regarding China’s actions in the South China Sea, reflecting the US government concern that under Duterte it is “losing” the Philippines.
The outcomes of the ASEAN Summit can be divided into two main categories: the “cautious optimism” view, and the “missed opportunity” interpretation, against the backdrop of a G2 titans’ clash between the US and China.
US mid-term election results reveal that the electorate is divided in its support of President Donald J. Trump and his policies. As the 116th Congress convenes in January 2019, do not expect House Democrats to seek immediate and drastic changes in US foreign policy.
The Omani media reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu had visited the sultanate of Oman in the last week of October 2018, and met with its Sultan Qaboos Said al Said, something that Netanyahu’s office also confirmed.
The US and China are increasingly confronting each other militarily in the South China Sea. The US is deploying new undersea drones in multiple sizes and diverse payloads. China’s use of drones in the East China Sea has already raised political hackles.
It is more than 21 years since Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of China. Much has happened that is positive since 1997. At the same time there have been recurring political incidents and stand-offs. Could the HKSAR see a positive future within China?