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Flimsy Island Claims Pose Risk to Asia Geopolitics

WsjIn wrangle to plant a flag on specks in South China Sea, protagonists include a fishing magnate looking for guano

A handout picture made available by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Affairs Office shows Chinese construction on a reef  in the disputed Spratly Islands in February.
A handout picture made available by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Affairs Office shows Chinese construction on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in February. PHOTO: ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES/EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

Except for the fact that the South China Sea is now on the front lines of U.S.-China strategic rivalry, the exploits of “Admiral” Tomas A. Cloma Sr., a Philippine fishing magnate, might be no more than a whimsical footnote to history. Continue reading Flimsy Island Claims Pose Risk to Asia Geopolitics

Argentina: The country that Monsanto poisoned? Photo essay *Update*

Syddue – December 29, 2014

Argentina Agrochemicals
In this March 31, 2013, photo, Camila Veron, 2, born with multiple organ problems and severely disabled, stands outside her home in Avia Terai, in Chaco province, Argentina. Doctors told Camila’s mother, Silvia Achaval that agrochemicals may be to blame. It’s nearly impossible to prove that exposure to a specific chemical caused an individual’s cancer or birth defect, but doctors say these cases merit a rigorous government investigation. “They told me that the water made this happen, because they spray a lot of poison here,” said Achaval. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

OGTS – American biotechnology has turned Argentina into the world’s third-largest soybean producer, but the chemicals powering the boom aren’t confined to soy and cotton and corn fields. They routinely contaminate homes and classrooms and drinking water. A growing chorus of doctors and scientists is warning that their uncontrolled use could be responsible for the increasing number of health problems turning up in hospitals across the South American nation. Continue reading Argentina: The country that Monsanto poisoned? Photo essay *Update*

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Declaration on Maritime Security in Lübeck, 15 April 2015

    TĐH: This declaration of G7 is a very well coordinated global maritime strategy to deal with all issues related to maritime security of the world. And it contains the strength of a dominant group of naval powers of the world: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the European Union (which is very much the entire Europe, not just one country).

    In this long document East and South China Sea is the first item of concern. So we need to understand that China’s aggressive behavior has the benefit of bringing the world together to deal with China, with laws and naval powers. China will see its undoing eventually. The world will slowly squeeze China in so many ways, on so many fronts, one step at a time.

date of issue15.04.2015

Logo of the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Lübeck
Logo of the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Lübeck © G7

The maritime domain is a cornerstone of the livelihood of humanity, habitat, resources and transport routes for up to 90 per cent of intercontinental trade. It connects states and regions and makes otherwise distant nations neighbours. Humankind depends on a safe, sound and secure maritime domain in order to preserve peace, enhance international security and stability, feed billions of people, foster human development, generate economic growth and prosperity, secure the energy supply and preserve ecological diversity and coastal livelihoods. As the world’s population grows, our reliance on the oceans as a highway for commerce and a source of food and resources will increase even more. The free and unimpeded use of the world’s oceans undergirds every nation’s journey into the future. Continue reading G7 Foreign Ministers’ Declaration on Maritime Security in Lübeck, 15 April 2015

Trung Quốc xây dựng trái phép ở Hoàng Sa ra sao?

15/04/2015 11:26 GMT+7

TTOTrung Quốc đang ráo riết xây dựng và mở rộng trái phép ở quần đảo Hoàng Sa thuộc chủ quyền Việt Nam, theo các hình ảnh chụp qua vệ tinh trang The Diplomat đưa tin ngày 14-4.

Hình ảnh Trung Quốc mở rộng đường băng và lấn biển ở đảo Phú Lâm, quần đảo Hoàng Sa – Ảnh: thediplomat.com
Trung Quốc lấn biển trái phép ở đảo Nam, quần đảo Hoàng Sa – Ảnh: AFP

Continue reading Trung Quốc xây dựng trái phép ở Hoàng Sa ra sao?

Mọi lực lượng chính trị Mỹ đều lo ngại về biển Đông

TNVới những hành động phi pháp trên biển Đông, Trung Quốc đã khiến chính trường vốn đầy chia rẽ của Mỹ có cùng tiếng nói chung.

Hình ảnh chụp từ vệ tinh ngày 1.2.2015 cho thấy tàu nạo vét Trung Quốc hoạt động phi pháp tại đá Vành Khăn thuộc Trường Sa - Ảnh: Reuters

Hình ảnh chụp từ vệ tinh ngày 1.2.2015 cho thấy tàu nạo vét Trung Quốc hoạt động phi pháp
tại đá Vành Khăn thuộc Trường Sa – Ảnh: Reuters

Ngày 27.2, trong buổi điều trần đặc biệt về các điểm nóng an ninh toàn cầu, Chủ tịch Ủy ban Quân vụ Thượng viện Mỹ John McCain nhận định các hoạt động mở rộng, bồi đắp phi pháp của Trung Quốc trên biển Đông đã gây ra sự thay đổi đột ngột và bất thường trong khu vực. Continue reading Mọi lực lượng chính trị Mỹ đều lo ngại về biển Đông

The post-reclamation scenario in the South China Sea: The role of China and the United States

Nong Hong

AMTI – Since 2014, China has attracted tremendous regional and international attention through its land reclamation activities in some features of the Spratlys which it controls, namely Gaven Reef, Cuarteron Reef, Johnson South Reef and Fiery Cross. While many have criticisms and concerns, China feels this reclamation is necessary in order to keep up with others in the Spratlys who have earlier occupied features in the disputed Spratlys and built up military and civil facilities since.

Continue reading The post-reclamation scenario in the South China Sea: The role of China and the United States

In bid to ‘split ASEAN,’ China pours money, arms into Cambodian military

BY AUBREY BELFORD AND PRAK CHAN THUL

REUTERS I  APR 5, 2015

When Defense Minister Tea Banh addressed graduates last month at Cambodia’s prestigious Army Institute, he directed his thanks to the guests who made it all possible: a group of crisply dressed officers from China’s People’s Liberation Army. Continue reading In bid to ‘split ASEAN,’ China pours money, arms into Cambodian military

Philippines making waves over China’s moves in disputed waters Philippines Disputed Reef

Philippines Disputed Reef
A Chinese vessel works on a building project in the Spratly Islands in 2014. New satellite images show that China has rapidly expanded its artificial islands in the South China Sea. (Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs)

By RALPH JENNINGS Asia World News China United Nations Crime Fishing

latimes.com – China’s moves to explore for oil and undertake land reclamation projects on contested islets in the South China Sea have upset a number of its neighbors, including Vietnam. But none has taken a tougher stance against Beijing’s moves than the Philippines. Continue reading Philippines making waves over China’s moves in disputed waters Philippines Disputed Reef

Hydropower and the Challenge of Climate Change

FP – Clean hydroelectric plants are meant to help the world fight global warming. But what happens when climate change clouds hydro’s own future?

BY KEITH JOHNSON I MARCH 16, 2015 I KEITH.JOHNSON I @KFJ_FP I google-plusredditemail

Hydropower and the Challenge of Climate Change

The Hoover Dam was and is a marvel of engineering, a 700-foot wall of concrete holding back the Colorado River. Its 17 massive power turbines supply electricity for southern California and a chunk of the U.S. Southwest. But in the space of a year, the Hoover power plant will have essentially shrunk in half, from about 2,100 megawatts of generation capacity in early 2014 to about 1,200 megawatts this spring, all because of the impacts of drought caused by climate change. Continue reading Hydropower and the Challenge of Climate Change

Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds

Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds
is the fifth installment in the US National Intelligence Council’s series aimed at providing a framework for thinking about the future. As with previous editions, we hope that this report will stimulate strategic thinking by identifying critical trends and potential discontinuities. We distinguish between megatrends, those factors that will likely occur under any scenario, and game-changers, critical variables whose trajectories are far less certain. Finally, as our appreciation of the diversity and complexity of various factors has grown, we have increased our attention to scenarios or alternative worlds we might face. Continue reading Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds