Mark Collins – South China Sea: Why is USN Admiral Leading on US Policy vs China? Part 2

Further to this post in May, the head of US Pacific Command is at it again, note my italics–one would have thought such statements should be for civilian policy makers (in any event President Trump unlikely to be bothered)–at Defense One’s “D-Brief“: … The U.S. will cooperate with China, “but we will be ready to … Continue reading Mark Collins – South China Sea: Why is USN Admiral Leading on US Policy vs China? Part 2

Mark Collins – South China Sea Update: Vietnam Building; Philippines Smacking US

Two stories: 1) Exclusive: Risking Beijing’s ire, Vietnam begins dredging on South China Sea reef … 2) Manila says will not help US on patrols in South China Sea So the US and Vietnam are closer and close to being  de facto allies vs China whilst President Duterte’s Philippines smoozes the Dragon, effectively saying “Up yours, Uncle … Continue reading Mark Collins – South China Sea Update: Vietnam Building; Philippines Smacking US

Mark Collins – South China Sea Update: Scarborough Shoal, China and Philippines

Further to this July post, China Loses South China Sea Arbitration–Calls Decision “political farce” a recent development: Prospect of Philippine Thaw Slows China’s Plans in South China Sea China’s next big target for construction of an artificial island in the South China Sea has long been assumed to be a cluster of rocks poking above sapphire … Continue reading Mark Collins – South China Sea Update: Scarborough Shoal, China and Philippines

Mark Collins – China Loses South China Sea Arbitration–Calls Decision “political farce”

Further to this post, South China Sea: Verbal Fire from the Dragon Beijing reacts exactly as one expected; murky, quite possibly dangerous, seas ahead: Hague Court Strikes Down Beijing’s South China Sea Claims In a victory for the Philippines, an international tribunal ruled China’s expansive claims in the South China Sea are illegal, setting the … Continue reading Mark Collins – China Loses South China Sea Arbitration–Calls Decision “political farce”

Mark Collins – South China Sea: Verbal Fire from the Dragon

Further to this post and “Comments”, South China Sea: USN Freedom of Navigation Ops vs China–Plus Vietnam China is really throwing its weight around as it awaits a likely unfavourable arbitration court ruling soon on a South China Sea case brought by the Philippines–two stories: China Declares a No-Sail-Zone in Disputed Waters During Wargame … … Continue reading Mark Collins – South China Sea: Verbal Fire from the Dragon

Mark Collins – US Navy Carriers in South China Sea: Watch This, Dragon!

Further to this post and “Comments”, South China Sea: USN Freedom of Navigation Ops vs China–Plus Vietnam the USN is putting on rather a show of force in this increasingly, er, fraught part of the world: US Aircraft Carriers Start Drills Off Philippines Two US aircraft carriers have started exercises in the Philippine Sea, defense … Continue reading Mark Collins – US Navy Carriers in South China Sea: Watch This, Dragon!

Mark Collins – Chinese ADIZ for South China Sea?

Now that would really put the Dragon amongst the US services’ pigeons, leading to scary possibilities for “incidents” given steadily rising tensions in the area–at Defense One’s “D-Brief“: … Beijing may soon impose an air defence identification zone (ADIZ) over the South China Sea, reports the South China Morning Post, citing “sources close to the … Continue reading Mark Collins – Chinese ADIZ for South China Sea?

Mark Collins – South China Sea: USN Freedom of Navigation Ops vs China–Plus Vietnam

Further to these posts, US to Test China’s South China Sea Claims: How Much? South China Sea and International Law: China, US and Australia South China Sea: Eagle vs Dragon, Philippines Section (plus Vietnam) the latest at Foreign Policy’s “Situation Report”: U.S. Navy Buzzes Fake Chinese Island, Washington Readies Arms Sales to Vietnam Sailing on. … Continue reading Mark Collins – South China Sea: USN Freedom of Navigation Ops vs China–Plus Vietnam

Mark Collins – South China Sea: Why is USN Admiral Leading on US Policy vs China?

Further to this post, Mark Collins – US Neo-Imperialism, or, God Damn the NSC! The major piece mentioned at this tweet is indeed very thought-making with much with which to agree (note for one thing the oversize policy role of the US military’s geographical area commanders)… the head of USPACCOM is rather turning heads, as … Continue reading Mark Collins – South China Sea: Why is USN Admiral Leading on US Policy vs China?

Mark Collins – South China Sea: Eagle vs Dragon, Philippines Section (plus Vietnam)

Further to this post, and “Comments”, South China Sea and International Law: China, US and Australia a long-standing alliance (scroll down here) is getting some meat again–at Defense One’s “D-Brief“: US expands Philippines ops… America’s new normal in the Philippines will involve hundreds more troops and almost a dozen more aircraft—and more joint patrols with … Continue reading Mark Collins – South China Sea: Eagle vs Dragon, Philippines Section (plus Vietnam)