Obama strategy in South China Sea dismissed as ‘nothing but symbolic’

“We’ve reached a point now where there’s no denying the fact that China has positioned itself as a geopolitical rival to the United States,” Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, told the Foreign Relations Committee.

“I don’t know why we’re not doing it (freedom of navigation operations) weekly or monthly,” Corker added. “I don’t think it’s any question but that China views that solely as a light-touch, symbolic effort, and I have no idea why we’re not cruising within those 12 nautical miles on a weekly basis.”

“The calculated and incremental strategy on the part of Beijing to challenge U.S. power is having real consequences for U.S. interests and international norms in the Indo-Pacific and beyond.” Continue reading

In Warning To US, China Doesn’t Mince Words: ‘Be Careful’

Beijing:  Beijing’s defence ministry yesterday warned the US navy to “be careful” in the South China Sea and slammed a newly signed agreement between Washington and the Philippines.

Earlier this month, Manila agreed to give US forces access to five military bases, including some close to the disputed South China Sea, where tensions have risen over Beijing’s assertion of its territorial claims. Continue reading

Top Headlines: Febuary 25th, 2016

Top Intel Officials: U.S. Faces Highest Terror Threat Level Since 9/11 (Washington Free Beacon)

Merging with the Germans: LSE and Deutsche Boerse to create world’s biggest stock exchange (Express)

Citi: Here Comes a Global Recession (Bloomberg)

China accounts for 90 per cent of world’s new billionaires as the number of super-rich swells globally (South China Morning Post)

China’s Silk Road Reaches Iran, Pushes Toward Europe (The Trumpet)

An Escalating War on Cash (Euro Pacific Capital)

Battle over Syria (III) (German Foreign Policy)

Iran accused by Israel of building terror network to strike U.S. and Europe (TruNews)

Russia Deploys to Mediterranean Large Fleet of Stealth Submarines (DEBKAfile)*

Russia reinforces Black Sea Fleet in Crimea with patrol boats and submarines (UNIAN)

EU policy chief warning of ‘hot war’ between Turkey and Russia (TruNews)

Pacific WAR looms as U.S. to steps up patrols near Chinese missile islands (Express)

Inside the Ring: U.S. Mulls Pledge on Disputed Philippines Outpost (Washington Free Beacon)

China ‘Clearly’ Militarizing South China Sea: Pacific Command Chief (DefenseTech)

‘A message to the US’: Chinese missile frigate enters service in East China Sea (South China Morning Post)

China Warns U.S. After Trump Wins Nevada (Money Morning)

Forbes: Putin’s newest satellite state (UNIAN)

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