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Arroyo Doesn’t Have all Facts to Dare Advise the President on South China Sea Dispute

South China Sea





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Former President and now Pampanga Representative. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo refused to give advice to the President on how to handle the maritime dispute over the South China Sea. She has no doubt that he knows what he’s doing.






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[VIDEO]: Arroyo said that he cannot give any recommendations for the West Philippine Sea dispute because she does not have all the facts like the President does.



Won’t Dare Give Recommendations

Arroyo frankly said she would not dare make any recommendation to the president because she does not have access to all information that he has in his hands. “I can only share what happened in my administration. I do not know all the facts that are available to the current administration, so I do not dare to make any recommendations and I keep that attitude because of my own experience as President,” Arroyo elaborated.



Charge it to Experience

During Arroyo’s several people gave her recommendations on how to handle the South China Sea dispute. Since they did not have all the facts, this can create more misunderstandings. “As far as I’m concerned, the President knows what he is doing. I do not have any specific recommendations to make,” she added.



No South China Sea Conflict During her Time

It was under her presidency when Republic Act No. 9522 was enacted. It is the Amended Definitions of the Archipelagic Baseline of the Philippines. The declaration of the Philippine ‘sovereignty and jurisdiction’ over Scarborough Shoal is stated there. The shoal is a traditional fishing grounds for Filipinos near Masinloc, Zambales. The tension arises between the Philippines and the Chinese in 2012 when the Aquino administration brought the case into the Hague.








Crucial Economic Ties

Filipino fishermen are only able to fish there again after the current president resumes the Philippine-Chinese ties when he assumed power. Arroyo, however, thinks that the National Security Council should focus on economic ties with China. Du30 just ordered troops to occupy uninhabited islets and shoals which are Philippine territories in the Spratly Islands. They were driven away by the Chinese coast guard but Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that it was just a matter of protocol. The answer should only be, “we are entering the Philippine territory.”




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US Patrols South China Sea for Freedom of Navigation and Overflight – Not to Challenge China’s Sovereignty

South China Sea





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group engages in routine operations in the South China Sea recently. This is one area that the possible incoming DILG secretary, Bongbong Marcos can look into. He is one of the president’s delegates during his official State visit to China to forged a renewed friendship just like during his father’s regime. It is also a public knowledge that Marcos is dismayed by the betrayal of the Marcoses by siding the Aquinos during the 1986 revolt.





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[VIDEO]: U.S. carrier group patrols in tense South China Sea



Military Exercises

The report notes that the US ships and aircraft recently conduct exercises off Hawaii and Guam to maintain and improve their readiness. They try to develop cohesion as a strike group. This is an indication that the US-China conflict is far from over yet. It is unlikely that the Philippines is spared from their disputes due to the country’s close location to South China Sea, geographically speaking.




Relationship with Allies

The Americans look forward to possible demonstrate those capabilities while building upon existing strong relationships with allies, partners, and friends in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Strike group commander Rear Admiral James Kilby discloses this in a press release. Is the US campaigning for their stand in the South China Sea dispute?




China’s Take

China’s foreign ministry said that ships and aircraft are allowed to operate in the area according to international law. But Beijing is firmly against any country to undermine China’s sovereignty and security using the freedom of navigation and overflight alibi, Geng Shuang said in response to reports that the Vinson heads to the South China Sea for that reason.






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China’s Plea

China urges the US to refrain from challenging China’s sovereignty and security and to respect regional countries’ efforts to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea. The Vinson has deployed to the South China Sea already 16 times in its 35-year history, the US Navy reported. Washington clarifies that it does not take sides in the territorial disputes but has several times sent warships and planes to safeguard freedom of navigation in the Sea. Beijing is not taking this lightly.




http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/873164/us-aircraft-carrier-strike-group-patrolling-south-china-sea

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Deuterium Deposits: Enough Power to Boost the President’s Ego vs US?

Bongbong Marcos





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

A very large deposit of deuterium can be found in the Philippine Deep, located off the waters of Surigao – but a lot more within the West Philippine Sea.  First discovered and isolated in 1932 by an American chemist Harold Urey, deuterium or heavy water is composed of two isotopes of hydrogen and an oxygen atom, with a chemical formula of D20 or H30.  Initially, the Americans do not want the Philippines to deal with China for its exploration.




[VIDEO]: Vast Deuterium deposits from its discovery to its development with possible partners. Can Duterte’s attitude towards the US fueled by the confidence that Filipinos have an ACE card  with nature’s gift?


The Promise for the Future

Even in highly developed first world countries and the possible costs might be staggering, research on this opportunity is still worth investing in, considering the high stakes involved.  This program could propel the Philippines as the biggest hydrogen fuel (Li-Hy) producer in the world, and become the only fuel producer 40 to 50 years from now in an oil-depleted world economy.


America’s Dream

The United States of America once dreamed of sending a man to the moon.  Now it is history. What she did to pursue that dream made her the world’s most technologically advanced and economically prosperous nation. This could happen to the Philippines.


Hope for the Philippines

Once Deuterium exploration and extraction succeed, public works, private construction, economic and financial booms are expected to happen in the Philippines in the same manner as those which happened in the Middle East and financial centers of the world from 1974 to 1984, with everybody earning their respective comfortable livelihood, while pricing basic prime necessities at reasonable and affordable levels.


US’s Rivalry with China

Since the US and China are now competing with almost everything in the international scene, it is but natural for the Americans to feel bad if Philippines chooses to deal with China for the deuterium exploration. The US has been very confident that Filipinos will remain loyal to them. They have not realized that their part in former President Ferdinand Marcos’s downfall can go back to them at this time.


Duterte as Marcos Loyalist

In one of the interviews of Bongbong Marcos, the son of the late strongman, he mentioned the betrayal of the US to his father who thought that they were in friendly relations. Now, it looks like a Marcos loyalist in the person of President Duterte is here to avenge that.


Better Deuterium Deal

Is Duterte just bluffing the US to get a better deal when Deuterium exploration is predicted – or he is really serious in pushing through with China’s partnership?

http://money.cnn.com/technology/elonmusk/energy.html

http://deuteriumproject.blogspot.com/

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South China Sea News: China, Russia hold naval maneuvers war games as practice

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
China attempts to counteract the near total isolation it has incurred from regional states. This is the result of its maritime claims. They use show of force together with the Russian military. Perhaps to intimidate neighbors. Read this interesting South China Sea news:

South China Sea

Chinese and Russian naval forces

Large-scale war games in the South China Sea by Chinese and Russian naval forces included practice for taking over islands in the disputed waters and appear part of efforts by both states to counter the U.S. pivot to Asia.

The exercises began Sept. 13 and concluded Monday. Dubbed Joint Sea-2016, the Chinese and Russian naval maneuvers involved the use of both warships, aircraft and marines in practice combat operations – a clear sign Beijing continues gearing up for a future military conflict with the United States over China’s expansive maritime territorial claims.

Largest Naval War Games

It was the largest joint exercises since the two navies began holding the war games and the first in the contested South China Sea. Chinese military officials described the war games as “a strategic measure” aimed at increasing military and especially naval cooperation.

State-run Chinese and Russian news reports provided a glimpse into some of the operations that took place in three phases, the largest of which involved naval live- fire drills, and anti-submarine warfare and air defense maneuvers. Details of the island-seizure practice were omitted in state-controlled media reports from both countries.

Overwhelming Warfares

A total of 13 warships took part, including guided-missile destroyers, frigates, landing ships, supply ships and significantly – two submarines. The two Chinese submarines were not identified by type but were used in anti-submarine exercises.

Aircraft included 11 Chinese fixed-wing warplanes and eight helicopters. A total of 160 Chinese marines also participated.

Russia dispatched three warships, two supply vessels, two helicopters and 96 marines, along with armored amphibious tanks.

The war games took place not far from the disputed Paracels claimed by China, Vietnam and others.




South China Sea Patrol

The operations were carried out near the city of Zhanjiang, located in southern Guangzhou province and north of the South China Sea’s Hainan Island, where China’s main regional military base is located.

A Pentagon official said U.S. reconnaissance assets, both sea-based and aerial, closely monitored the maneuvers.

In Washington, Japan’s Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said last week that Japan supports the Pentagon’s limited freedom-of-navigation operations in the sea to counter what she called attempted coercion by China. And Inada announced Japanese naval forces would soon join American naval forces in joint patrols in the South China Sea.

Japan to increase Engagement

“Japan, on its part, will increase its engagement in the South China Sea,” she said during think tank speech. “So for example, maritime defense forces joint training cruises with the U.S. Navy, bilateral maritime exercises with regional navies as well as providing capacity-building assistance to coastal nations.”

The announcement drew a harsh response from China denouncing any international patrols as “gunboat diplomacy” that would be met with unspecified countermeasures.

Careful not to upset China

Sticking to its policy of seeking to avoid upsetting China, the Obama administration remained relatively silent on the joint South China Sea exercise.

Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, made no mention of the war games during a speech Sept. 15 in Los Angeles.

China’s “Great Wall of Sand”

Harris, who only months ago had been very outspoken in denouncing what he termed China’s “Great Wall of Sand” in the sea, appears to have been muzzled. In his Los Angeles remarks, Harris said only that Moscow and Beijing need to follow an international rules-based order.

The only public American comment came from State Department spokesman John Kirby who played down the large-scale exercises as “not unusual.”

“The only thing that, you know, we’re mindful of is that as exercises like this take place, they take place in accordance with international law and don’t do anything to raise tensions,” he said.

Exercises Raise Tensions

The exercises have raised tensions and followed years of Chinese provocations in the sea. Those have included the large-scale building of islands, deployment of warplanes and missiles on them, and heightening tensions with Vietnam by moving an oil platform to the Paracels. In the Spratlys, China has built several long runways that could be used for military transports and it is eyeing the strategically-located Scarborough Shoal for militarization in the future. The shoal is close to the Philippines where U.S. aircraft and naval vessels will be based as part of an enhanced defense agreement.

So far, the U.S. pivot to Asia has been limited to bolstering ties with India, Australia, Japan, Philippines, and Vietnam. Most military activities have been limited to periodic deployments of warships and increased surveillance activities.

Provocative Warplane Flights

Russia also is seeking to counteract the U.S. pivot by stepping up joint military activities with China and by conducting provocative warplane flights. Last year, two Russian bombers made a low pass near the aircraft carrier USS Reagan. Nuclear-capable Russian bombers also have flown around Guam several times. The island is the center of the military element of the Asia pivot.




Misleading South China Sea war game

Russian state-controlled news reports noted that the “massive” South China Sea war games followed recent U.S. naval operations in the area.

During the recent war games, Chinese propagandists used English-language media to mislead western publics about the exercises. For example, Zhang Junshe, a researcher at the Chinese Navy’s Military and Academic Institute, told the official Xinhua news agency the joint exercise was “essentially defensive and totally different from the island landing and retaking drills that a few countries engage in year after year in the west pacific region against an imaginary enemy,” an apparent reference to U.S. military exercises in the nearby East China Sea.

Other Chinese language reports on the war games provided a different description. The two militaries would be involved in “seizing reefs,” “amphibious landing” of troops and weapons on islands, and “other island defense and offense joint training.”




China, Russia stage joint island-seizing drills

And the Communist Party-affiliated newspaper Global Times newspaper headlined its Sept. 19 report on the exercises with this: “China, Russia stage joint island-seizing drills.”

Xinhua added that the war games were not targeted against “third parties.” But the exercises clearly were designed to send a targeted strategic message to the United States that China is increasing its military presence in the sea.

Another Chinese report said the joint operations included practice for “basic beachhead attack tactics.”

Chen Xi, captain of the guided-missile destroyer Zhengzhou that was part of the exercise, described the military operations as drills for sudden, surprise attacks using asymmetric weapons – arms that provide a weaker opponent with capabilities to defeat stronger foes.

“As the commanding post of the blue team, we can use early warning helicopters to search and engage JH-7A aircraft and submarines in combat,” Chen said. “The blue team enjoys the priority of initiating the combat which means we have the priority over when to engage, giving the other team a secret and sudden attack.”

Military intelligence sharing

Xinhua also disclosed what had long been suspected: China and Russia are engaged in military intelligence sharing, including data on the use of both radar and sonar – key electronic warfare capabilities.

During the drills, Chinese warships escorted a ship that played the role of a merchant vessel. Those ships were then joined by a Russian destroyer that provided air defense and anti-submarine warfare protection for the merchant ship.




Anti-submarine warfare helicopters dropped sonar buoys that transmitted data to the Russian anti-submarine destroyer Admiral Tributs, a vessel the Chinese say has more technical capabilities than those of Chinese, according to Xinhua.

Permanent Court of Arbitration

The high profile war games followed a setback for Chinese efforts to legitimize control over 90% of South China Sea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in July ruled against China and in favor of the Philippines in a legal dispute over who owns the disputed Spratlys islands. The United Nations court ruled there was “no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas falling within the ‘nine-dash line’” – a ill-defined border covering most of the strategic waterway.

China has insisted that its militarization of the South China Sea through deploying military forces on some of the 3,200 acres of newly reclaimed islands is not destabilizing. Beijing also has claimed that the joint drills with Russia are not destabilizing.

The recent military exercise shows that China is attempting to counteract the near total isolation it has incurred from regional states as a result of its maritime claims by using a regional show of force together with the Russian military. So much for that part of the South China Sea news.




Sources: Freebeacon.

Reference: http://atimes.com/2016/09/counter-pivot-china-russia-hold-large-scale-s-china-sea-war-games/

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/12/asia/china-russia-south-china-sea-exercises/

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China, Russia joint military drills in South China Sea

South China Sea


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

This news about China and Russia alliance on South China Sea conflicts can raise more tension. They basically intimidate the opponents. What’s the Philippines’ position on this? Read through:

The News

BEIJING – China and Russia were to start war games in the South China Sea on Monday, Beijing’s defence ministry said, in a show of force after an international tribunal invalidated the Asian giant’s extensive claims in the area.
The eight-day joint drills will include exercises on “seizing and controlling” islands and shoals, Chinese navy spokesman Liang Yang said in a statement.
They will involve surface ships, submarines, fixed-wing aircraft, ship-borne helicopters, marine corps and amphibious armoured equipment from both navies, he said.
“Compared with previous joint drills, these exercises are deeper and more extensive in terms of organisation, tasks and the command” he said in the statement, released Sunday.
China claims almost all of the South China Sea and has sought to bolster its case by building a series of artificial islands capable of supporting military facilities.
But a UN-backed tribunal ruled in July — in a case brought by the Philippines — that any extensive claims to the sea had no legal basis and that China’s construction of artificial islands in disputed waters was illegal.

Beijing reacted furiously, with foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang threatening a “decisive response” if anyone took “any provocative action against China’s security interests based on the award”.
Beijing’s land reclamations have prompted criticism from other claimant countries and the US, and Washington has regularly sent warships into the strategically vital area to assert the right to freedom of navigation.
This week’s drills will be carried out off the coast of Zhanjiang city in the southern province of Guangdong.
Their precise location was not announced, but they do not appear to be taking place in disputed parts of the sea.
They were aimed at “strengthening the capabilities of the Chinese and Russian Navies in jointly handling security threats on the sea”, navy spokesman Liang said.
‘Ill-informed’

China and Russia have close military and diplomatic ties, often in opposition to the West, particularly the United States, and their leaders Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin enjoy a tight relationship.
Last August, the two powers held military exercises in the waters and airspace of the Peter the Great Gulf, south of the Russian Pacific city of Vladivostok, involving 22 vessels, up to 20 aircraft and more than 500 marines.
In May last year, they conducted their first joint naval exercises in European waters in the Black Sea and Mediterranean, China’s farthest-ever drills from its home waters.
Chinese military officials have said this week’s exercises were “routine” and the official Xinhua news agency said Monday that Western media reports on them had sought to deliver a “sensational impression”.
Suggestions that they were meant as a “sabre-rattling” warning to other countries were “ill-informed” and driven by “prejudice about China and Russia”, it said.
“It may be true that growing military ties between Russia and China have irritated someone’s sensitive nerves,” Xinhua added. “The defensive nature of these manoeuvres is in line with China’s defence policy, which makes it clear that China will not be the first to strike.”

Apart from the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have partial claims to the sea, through which over $5 trillion in annual trade passes.

Reference: http://news.abs-cbn.com/overseas/09/12/16/china-russia-to-stage-military-drills-in-south-china-sea

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