Chinese Military in the South China Sea to Defend Yourself from the US

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday affirmed that China's military presence in the South China Sea is not intended to be a confrontation with neighboring Asian nations but to defend itself from America. [19659003] "It is not intended for us," Duterte said in a speech to Chinese businessmen of Chinese descent on Monday.

"The forces of ideology that are contradictory in the world or geopolitically have greatly changed. This is actually intended against those whom China thinks will destroy them, the Americans, "he added.

China claims almost all of the South China Sea as its territory, strategic waters worth trillions of dollars worth every year. The claim collided with the claims of Brunei, Indonesia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam.

See also: Block 4 State Determined to Keep the South China Sea Fixed Open

SOFREP publications, military news from the US Marines Special Operations Troop community, said new satellite images and aerial photographs show that Chinese-made islands are now the site of near-complete air and sea bases, and new development continues even though diplomatic dialogue continues between China and other countries claiming the territory. "

President Rodrigo Duterte said the building of military bases on China-made islands was a defense against America, not to attack neighboring Asian nations.

Duterte also blamed the previous Philippine government for not building defense in the Spratly archipelago when China just started build artificial islands.

Americans have condemned the construction of Chinese military facilities on the artificial islands and are concerned that the facility could be used to restrict free movement along the trade route.

China and the Philippines have long been in dispute over the Chinese Sea South, but relations are improving under Duterte, who approached Beijing in the hope of gaining business and investment.

In 2014, Beijing began expanding seven coral islands in the Spratly, reclaimed and built artificial islands which, according to aerial and satellite imagery, now become bases military with runways, ports, and locations of air and ground-to-air defense missiles.

Duterte defends himself against critics who say he did not do enough to protect Filipino interests in the South China Sea. He said "it will not risk the lives of Filipinos just to die in vain, I will not advance to an impossible battle I win." [ds]

America and Turkey Promise to Avoid Possible Military Confrontation in Syria

Turkey's military offensive against Kurdish-controlled Afrin enclave, and American support for the Kurdish YPG militia there have triggered a crisis that jeopardizes US-Turkish relations.

But after several hours of private meetings with the president and Turkish foreign ministers in the absence of a maid or American translator, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his partners say they have prevented a crisis.

"We will not act alone again, America does one thing and Turkey does the other." From now on we will act together, unite, working together to tackle the issues that make it difficult for us, "he explained.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said:" We have the option of fixing this and continuing our relationship, or we can get into a much worse position. we announced yesterday, we have taken an important step in order to normalize our relationship.We reach a kesepa "

The two foreign ministers said working groups would be set up to complete the details, including where troops would be stationed to avoid confrontation in Syria.

When Tillerson left Turkey, the Turkish court sentenced six journalists, including two brothers men, life sentences for helping plan a failed coup 2016. Analysts say the United States and Turkey are still disagreeing over Erdogan's widespread crackdown in almost all walks of life after the failed coup.

Lisel Hintz of John Hopkins University said: "America has long been trying to support some sort of democratization in Turkey but realizing it has not worked and America has little influence over Erdogan."

Foreign Minister Tillerson said that America has long supported democracy in Turkey, and respects the rule of law, independent, and open press which is the source of power n and stability. [my/jm]

US Does not Plan a Limited Military Attack Against North Korea

A top US State Department official on Thursday (16/2) raised doubts about the idea that the United States will hold a limited military offensive to North Korea, an idea known as the "bloody nose strategy. "

A staggering North Korean charm at the Olympics seems to be held to boost the country's image among many people. While the United States indicates openness to dialogue, Washington also continues its maximum pressure on Pyongyang.

Susan Thornton, assistant assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said, "We imagine the pressure will continue to rise. Pressure will not slacken. We open up the opportunity for dialogue, as you say, and we want that dialogue on one issue, denuclearization, our comprehensive goal in this policy. "

Thornton said, as far as he knew, there was no" bloody nose "strategy or limited military attack plan on the Korean Peninsula. It indicates that diplomacy is the number one priority.

Read also: North Korea, 'The Most Confrontational Threat' to the US and Allies

The United States Department of State says, on North Korea to stop nuclear aggression or engage in talks. US State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said, "We left the door open. We want a dialogue on one issue, denuclearization. Our policy has not changed. Our policies remain the same. The whole objective is denuclearization. "

While Washington does not support regime change, some analysts say the United States needs to dialogue with China to find out the location of North Korean nuclear weapons in preparation for any scenario.

Bonnie Glaser of the Center for Strategic Studies and International ( CSIS ) revealed, "One of the reasons we want to dialogue with China on this issue is whether there is a North Korean nuclear test facility located not far from the Chinese border, or within 100 kilometers . The United States believes China does not want US troops to move towards China's borders should the crisis happen. "

A week ago, a Chinese diplomat reassured US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Beijing is committed to pressuring North Korea over its nuclear weapons program. [ab/lt]

Rohingya Crisis, Myanmar Military Commander Receives Thailand Award





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 The Myanmar Military Commander, Min Aung Hlaing, received an honorary award from Thailand amid the Rohingya crisis that blanketed his country. Military forces Min Aung Hlaing has also been accused by the UN for ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine.

Global criticism rains on Myanmar since a military operation was held in Rakhine on 25 August 2017. The military operation was reportedly violent and triggered an exodus of 700,000 Rohingyas to Bangladesh.

Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi bore criticism, criticism and global outrage. Even the various awards and honors Suu Kyi received as a political prisoner, were revoked because of the Rohingya crisis.

However, as reported by AFP Friday (16/2/2018), Myanmar Military Commander, General Senior Min Aung Hlaing, who controls the military and oversees the 'cleaning operation' at Rakhine, receives an award from the Kingdom of Thailand.

Royal Gazette newspaper reported that Min Aung Hlaing was nominated for a royal award by Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn on 21 August 2017, just days before a military operation was held in Rakhine, Myanmar.

"For support and services for the Thai military," the Royal Gazette said in its report, referring to the reason for awarding Min Aung Hlaing.

Min Aung Hlaing attach a photo on his official Facebook account, which shows himself smiling after receiving an award from the Royal Thai in Bangkok. The award he received was named 'Knight Grand Cross First Class of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant'.

He also took pictures with the Royal Thai Armed Forces Commander, General Tarnchaiyan Srisuwan. The Royal Thai Armed Forces in a statement said the award was given to 'show close and long-standing relations' between the two countries.

But Fortify Rights human rights activity Matt Smith called Thailand should support calls for justice to be upheld in Myanmar rather than rewarding his top military officer.

"This is the man responsible for the military atrocities committed by the military with full impunity," Smith said. He referred to various violent practices, such as murder and rape, by the Myanmar military against Rohingya as reported by the United Nations.

Thailand defends its decision to reward Min Aung Hlaing. "This is a tradition of giving royal honors to the supreme commander of foreign countries," said a spokesman for the Thai Defense Ministry, Lieutenant General Kongcheep Tantravanich.

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Trump's proposed Military Parade Will Cost Up to $ 30 Million

Director of the United States government budget, Mick Mulvaney estimates that the military parade wanted by Donald Trump will cost taxpayers up to 30 million dollars.

"I've seen estimates of costs between 10 and 30 million dollars depending on the size of the parade," Mulvaney said. The Budget Committee of the House of Representatives on Wednesday (14/2).

The US government is reportedly considering a parade on Veterans Day.

Read also: Trump Wants a Military Parade in Washington

Mulvaney told lawmakers the event fund was not included in the 2019 budget that Trump had proposed because the parade plan had just been delivered recently. Mulvaney said the Trump administration should cooperate with Congress "if we decide to carry out" the parade.

Last week, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters the Pentagon is still in the early stages of planning and is still considering options. Trump proposed holding a parade in Washington after seeing a military march on Bastille Day warning in Paris last July.

There was a bipartisan opposition to the proposal in Congress, most of the MPs saying such a parade would be regarded by the whole world as a symbol of dictatorship .

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says it will approve a parade that honors members of the armed forces, but a "Soviet-style" parade featuring large military weapons will be a sign of "weakness."

Senator John Kennedy, also Republican, reporters said last week, "I think an unconfident person will be out loud." Kennedy added: "America is the most powerful country in human history, and we do not have to show it off." [my/ii]