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  • Philippine court convicts 9 Chinese of poaching

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  • Philippine court convicts 9 Chinese of poaching

    Ang sagot ng China:

    "We believe the Philippines government illegally seized the Chinese fishing boat and fishermen in waters near the Nansha islands and made a so-called judicial judgement that violated China's sovereignty and rights of administration. China resolutely opposes this and is unwilling to accept it. We once again demand that the Philippines unconditionally release the people and boat," she said.

    China has protested against the arrests, saying it does not recognize their trial and that the nine were detained in China's territorial waters.
  • At ang one sided na pagtingin ng China hinggil sa settlement of issue sa WPS:

    "I think maintaining the peace and stability of the South China Sea or the entire region is everyone's shared desire, and at the same time, we hope, and need, everyone's joint efforts. So we hope that all of the related parties will be able do more things for the sake of respect and mutual trust to maintain the peace and stability of the region," China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily media briefing.

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    Ayaw talaga nila sa rule of law. At ang joint efforts na binabanggit dito ay nangangahulugang lahat ay kailangang sumunod sa kanilang terms and conditions dahil, obviously, ay sila ang malakas at makapangyarihan. Parang law of the jungle. At sa kasalukuyang sitwasyon natin, hindi ito simpleng problema. Dilemma ito para sa Pilipinas.
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    the USS Ponce in the persian gulf. The first directed energy weapon armed US navy ship in potentially hostile waters

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  • Putin's Warships Head to Philippine Sea for Target Practice in Latest Show of Military Might<click here for link>
    By Alec Luhn

    November 18, 2014 | 7:10 pm

    Russian President Vladimir Putin may have left this weekend's G20 summit in Brisbane early, but his warships stuck around.

    A battle group of four Russian ships including the heavily armed destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov and the guided missile cruiser Varyag had accompanied Putin's visit in international waters off the Australian coast. After Putin announced he was leaving early on Sunday to get some sleep — Western leaders reportedly browbeat him for as long as eight hours over Russian support for eastern Ukraine's rebels — the battle group joined up with another guided missile cruiser and destroyer in the Philippine Sea, where they tracked Russian submarines posing as the enemy and fired artillery at floating targets.

    The ships' maneuvers near Australia and target practice near the Philippines, both of which are staunch US allies, were the Russian military's latest show of strength following expansive air exercises over the North, Black and Baltic seas and a reported incursion by a submarine in the Stockholm archipelago last month that sparked a 10-day "Hunt for the Reds in October." A growing number of Russian military encounters around the globe points to what analysts call a new era of Cold War-style brinkmanship, with the Kremlin apparently attempting to deter a growing NATO and US military presence in eastern and northern Europe in response to the Ukraine crisis.

    At the heart of the threat lies Russia's still-potent nuclear capability. Last week, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced Russia would increase the number of long-range bomber flights and, in an unprecedented move, send them as far as the Gulf of Mexico.

    "Russia is sending the Europeans a message that if they back the United States, Russia can send them to nuclear hell," defense analyst Pavel Felgenhauer told VICE News. "They're sending a message not only to Western militaries, but also to politicians and the public that the threat of nuclear war is not zero, that you shouldn't threaten Russia, that you should seek compromises with Russia because Russia can go nuclear, it can go ballistic."

    World Leaders Snub Putin at G20, Exile Him to 'Social Siberia.' Read more here.

    The recent naval exercises in the Philippine Sea may have taken place far from Europe or the United States, but that message was clearly addressed to another participant in the G20 summit, President Barack Obama, said Alexei Fenenko, a security researcher at the Russian Academy of Sciences and professor at Moscow State University.

    "This was a demonstration to Obama that we have something to answer with if he should try to deploy forces to Ukraine or ships to the Baltic Sea … it's reminder to Obama that he needs to solve issues diplomatically," Fenenko said.

    But the flip side of such brinksmanship is the risk that it spirals out of control and results in loss of life or actual warfare, as a recent policy brief by the London-based think tank European Leadership Network warned.

    According to the brief, close military encounters between Russia and the West have grown in both number and gravity since Russia annexed Crimea in March. As of late October, NATO states had scrambled fighters to intercept incoming Russian aircraft more than 100 times this year, three times more than in 2013 and approaching levels seen during the Cold War.

    "These events add up to a highly disturbing picture of violations of national airspace, emergency scrambles, narrowly avoided mid-air collisions, close encounters at sea, simulated attack runs and other dangerous actions happening on a regular basis over a very wide geographical area," the report said.

    Among the more than three dozen incidents listed, the brief noted three that had a high risk of causing casualties or direct military confrontation, including Sweden's readiness to employ armed force in the Russian submarine hunt in October. Prior to that, an SAS plane taking off from Copenhagen in March nearly collided with a Russian reconnaissance aircraft that wasn't transmitting its position, putting the lives of 132 passengers at risk.

    Sweden Hunting for Suspected Russian Submarine Near Stockholm. Read more here.

    In September, Russian agents abducted an Estonian security services operative from a border post, jamming communications and throwing smoke grenades. Estonia has said the incident took place on its soil. Notably, it occurred shortly after Obama visited Estonia to reassure it and other NATO members that the United States would help defend them in the face of any Russian incursion — a growing concern following reported Russian military deployments to eastern Ukraine. On Sunday, Obama accused Russia of supplying heavy arms to Ukrainian rebels, saying "you don't invade other countries or finance proxies and support them in ways that break up a country that has mechanisms for democratic elections."

    Other close military encounters described in the brief include Russian aircraft buzzing American and Canadian warships, performing dangerously close high-altitude intercepts and conducting a simulated attack on the Danish island of Bornholm, as well as practicing for potential cruise missile strikes on the United States during September's NATO summit in Wales. But several of the Russian shows of strength were in response to Western aircraft and ships located in areas that Moscow has traditionally viewed as its sphere of influence, in particular the Black and Baltic seas.

    In a German television interview aired on Sunday, Putin admitted Russia was engaging in "exercises, flights, ship movements," but portrayed them as a response to Western military aggression. Asked if the military encounters and hostile rhetoric between Russia and the West indicated a new Cold War, Putin argued that NATO's acceptance of new member states in central and eastern Europe in recent years had been "significant geopolitical game changers" that forced Russia to respond.

    "NATO and the United States have military bases scattered all over the globe, including in areas close to our borders, and their number is growing," Putin said. "Moreover, just recently it was decided to deploy special operations forces, again in close proximity to our borders."

    Putin was apparently referring to major exercises involving hundreds of US special forces personnel in the former Soviet bloc states of Poland, Slovakia, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, which began in May in response to the burgeoning pro-Russia separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine. Although they won't be permanently based in any one country, about 100 US elite troops will be kept in NATO states close to Russia for training exercises with local militaries, which so far have included mock house-to-house combat, assault boat raids and parachute drops and airstrikes.

    On Monday, NATO announced it would open a training center in Georgia, the former Soviet satellite state with which Russia fought a brief war in 2008.

    According to Fenenko, Russia's top military and political brass is responding to what it sees as a new Cold War-style policy of containment by Washington, as elucidated in an Obama speech in Warsaw in June that promised a greater US military presence in Europe in response to "Russian aggression in Ukraine." Obama pledged "NATO aircraft in the skies of the Baltics" and "allied ships patrolling the Black Sea," promising that "further Russian provocations will only mean more isolation and costs for Russia."

    Now Russia is testing the lengths to which the United States and NATO are willing to go to back up their words, Fenenko explained, and trying to deter Sweden and Finland from joining NATO, a move which he said would make the Baltic Sea a "little NATO pool."

    "Russia is turning to shows of strength to find out if NATO is really aiming to deploy large forces to these areas, to test US willingness to use force in response to the Ukraine crisis, and to make Baltic countries think that it is not worth abandoning their neutral position towards Russia," Fenenko added.

    The Baltic in particular has become a hot spot for military encounters because planes must fly over it to reach Russia's European exclave of Kaliningrad, home to the Russian Baltic Fleet as well as a key airbase. With heightened air traffic, military planes are bound to stray more often into other countries' airspace, Felgenhauer said.

    A final political goal that Felgenhauer said Russia hopes to achieve with its military posturing is to divide the United States and Europe. They have so far worked in conjunction to adopt sanctions against Moscow, but ones that have hurt European trade ties more than those of America. In exchange for abandoning this policy, Moscow could offer Europe deals on its oil and gas, he said. In essence, threatening nuclear war is Russia's version of the hard sell.

    "They will explain to Europeans that they'll be better off trading with Russia and not giving a damn what happens in Ukraine," Felgenhauer said. "That means you have to threaten nuclear war, or at least create the feeling it's not far off, to scare them and then to offer a nice deal as an alternative."
  • sana makagawa ng ganito yung pinas...hehe <click here for link>
  • ^ ambisyoso masyado yung gumawa ng short clip na yan. pwede bang di yan ma-detect sa radar? hehehe!
  • malay mo made in hard plastic...lols
  • lol @ clip, parang .50 caliber lang yung bala pero pag sumabog daig pa ang 105 howitzer, nuclear warhead ata laman nun e hahaha
  • wish fulfillment lang yan. daydreaming
  • PH eyes final bidding for 2 new warships

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  • China slams Philippines over South China Sea case
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    However the arbitration works, "it won't change the history or the facts of China's sovereignty over the South China Sea islands as well as the adjacent waters," Xu said.

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  • photoshop pa....

    "Ang di magmahal sa sariling wika ay masahol pa sa malansang isda" - Abraham Lincoln
  • ako personally wala akong nakikitang masama sa EDCA at VFA.

    in fact i would vote for allowing a US military base in palawan.
    the nearer to the disputed waters the better kasi siguradong maglalagay ng patrol ang US to secure the base and their ships

    of course in the condition na walang ipapasok na nuclear waste o kung ano man na makakasira sa kalikasan...

    at siyempre dapat may specific time period like 20 or 50 years para hindi masabing "permanent"

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  • yup. sabi nga nila, pag sira ang isang wall ng bahay, hindi mo naman gigibain ang buong bahay, just fix whats broken
  • Pupuntahan daw ni Pnoy ang pagawaan ng FA50 bukas. Sana tuloy tuloy parin modernisasyon ng AFP kahit di na president si abnoy. Lol
  • China and America's Dueling South China Sea Papers
    Beijing is fast approaching a Dec. 15 deadline to submit its defense in the arbitration case against its South China Sea claims brought by the Philippines. That case, brought under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea’s (UNCLOS) compulsory dispute mechanism, is summarized here. The Chinese government has no intention of taking part in it, or refuting the Philippines’ 4,000 pages of evidence and arguments, but it has made sure that the five judges hearing the case in the Permanent Court of Arbitration take China’s arguments against their jurisdiction into account.

    To that end, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Dec. 7 released a position paper laying out China’s legal objections to the case. Two days earlier the US State Department released a long-awaited analysis of the legality of Beijing’s South China Sea claims through its Limits in the Sea series. The timing of these two releases, both in relation to each other and to the next stage of the arbitration case, suggest that policymakers in Beijing and Washington recognize the value of occupying the legal high ground in the South China Sea and are eager to influence the arbitral tribunal even if they are not directly engaging in the case.

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  • China, Vietnam clash again over South China Sea claims

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    Ang kapal talaga ng mukha ng China. Ayaw sa rule of law, bilateral? Aba'y law of the mighty ang gusto.
  • OFFICIAL VIDEO by RTVMalacanang (Radio-TV Malacanang) :
    "Viewing of the FA-50 Aircraft and Departure for Manila 12/12/2014"

    da prez in sk

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  • Third Press Release dated 17Dec2014 : The Republic of The Philippines v. The PRC

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  • Coming soon: More jets, choppers for PH military
    By Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News
    Posted at 12/18/2014 10:50 PM | Updated as of 12/18/2014 11:07 PM

    MANILA - Troops from all branches of service as well as the Special Forces of the Philippine military stood at attention before their commander-in-chief as the Armed Forces of the Philippines celebrated their 79th anniversary today.

    Units also paraded the assets they use for the AFP's various defensive and humanitarian assistance activities, displaying their tanks, vessels, weaponry, and other specialized vehicles.

    The Philippine Army, Philippine Navy, Philippine Marine Corps, and the Philippine Air Force joined the Naval Special Operations Group, the Army Special Forces, the Scout Rangers, the United Nations Peacekeepers, and other elite and special units in a pass-in-review before the AFP leadership and President Benigno S. Aquino III.

    AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. highlighted the presence of the military at every crucial juncture of Philippine history including battles against foreign occupation, dictatorship, terrorism and the like.

    Catapang also honored the troops for their bravery, mentioning the United Nations Filipino peacekeepers who served in the Golan Heights, Liberia, and Haiti.

    He thanked the soldiers for their service in disaster response, and those who defended internal peace and security in volatile regions.

    Catapang also announced the headway the AFP was making in its modernization program, particularly in the acquisition of assets necessary to establish a minimum credible defense posture, and to aid in the ongoing pursuit of internal security.

    In 2015, the following will be delivered to the AFP:


    Twenty-eight officers, enlisted personnel, civilian employees and cadet reservists were also given awards for their excellence in service, ranging from successful operations against the Abu Sayyaf and New People's Army, to UN peacekeeping, to humanitarian assistance work and even successfully trimming down the AFP's tax liabilities.

    The anniversary celebration was held in Camp Aguinaldo instead of at the Quirino Grandstand, which was being renovated for the papal visit.

    The celebration ended with the much-applauded landing of the AFP's skydiving teams in front of the grandstand.

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  • Tiningnan ko JDAM sa wikipedia, isa sa operator na nakalagay ay Philippines, ibig ba sabihin meron na tayo missiles dito satin at JDAM pa :D

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    -- edited by dandyqb on Dec 21 2014, 02:15 PM
  • OV-10 bronco ginamit para mag drop ng JDAM

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    theoretically a GPS guided bomb pwede ihagis sa window ng eroplano once naka set ang target coord and meron gps lock bago ihagis

    and JDAM is not a missle, its a bomb. or rather a bolt on guidance unit that can be bolted on a bomb. Kahit ww2 vintage bomb baka pwede lagyan ng JDAM guidance if meron kang adaptor

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  • China's leader is telling the People's Liberation Army to prepare for war

    Chinese President Xi Jinping's recent statements have been alarming China's neighbors. What's behind them?

    Over the last several months, Chinese leader Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party have repeatedly exhorted the People's Liberation Army to "be ready to win a war." Xi has repeatedly called for greater military modernization, increased training, and enhanced overall readiness of the Chinese army, navy, and air force.

    These repeated calls have alarmed China's neighbors from New Delhi to Washington. The question on everyone's mind: what is all this preparation for?

    Is the Chinese leadership preparing for something? Are they gearing up for a military operation, or merely the option to carry one out? Or is there a more innocent explanation for all of this?

    One credible explanation is that the Chinese leadership is pushing military readiness as part of the ongoing, national anti-corruption drive. Military anti-corruption efforts have been highlighted by the arrest and imminent court martial of Xu Caihou, a former high level military officer. Xu faces charges of embezzlement, bribery, misuse of state funds, and abuse of power, and is thought to have made at least $5.9 million by selling officer promotions.

    Corruption in the Chinese military is thought to be widespread. Although the true effects are not known, it has resulted in ineligible officers being promoted, diversion of state funds, and sweetheart deals between military contractors and officials. Perhaps most importantly, time spent by corrupt officials making money is time not spent training the troops for conflict.

    Although the Communist Party's message to "prepare to win a war" may seem bellicose, the government may simply be telling the military to stop making money on the side and just do their jobs.

    Another possibility is that Xi and the Party are pushing for the Chinese military to adopt readiness levels on par with the Pentagon. The U.S. military, which is frequently deployed around the world, often on short notice, trains to a relatively high standard. Much of a typical deployment, such as operating planes from an aircraft carrier flight deck, is dangerous work that can only be safely accomplished by training to high level of proficiency.

    It's quite possible that China wants the military to achieve this skill level too, for no other reason than to have it. This on the face of it does not imply aggressive intent, only a desire for a prepared military.

    Of course, it's possible that the Chinese government has something more sinister in mind.

    The Party may desire the ability to conduct military action overseas as a diversion from domestic issues. In recent years, China has used territorial claims in the East and South China Seas and the Taiwan issue to divert public attention from problems at home, even going so far as to organize protests. Political grievances, environmental pollution, food scandals, government land grabs, lack of affordable healthcare, and, most importantly, government corruption are all issues that have sparked civil unrest.

    As the Chinese economy slows down, the Communist Party may be worried that decreased economic activity could lead to more domestic unhappiness. A military expedition that united the country behind the government could be an option they'd consider.

    In 1982, the generals that ruled Argentina invaded the nearby Falkland Islands, a United Kingdom territory, in a bid to co-opt anti-government dissent. The junta ruling the country believed that invading the Falklands, regarded by Argentines across the political spectrum as belonging to their country, would rally the country around the government.

    Unfortunately for the generals, military adventurism is a two-edged sword. The U.K. sent a naval task force to retake the Falklands and Argentina's ensuing defeat proved the downfall of the regime.

    Thanks to its recent territorial spats, China has a wealth of option for adventurism, such as sending naval vessels to the Diaoyu Islands (known as Senkaku Islands to Japan) in the East China Sea, making a demonstration of force near Taiwan, or even picking a fight with smaller countries such as the Philippines. Well-trained armed forces are necessary even in operations short of war; a show of force can quickly become a demonstration of incompetence.

    We don't really know what is pushing Xi and company's seemingly bellicose exhortations. Much of the decision-making taking place in the Chinese military is a black box opaque to the outside world. Maybe China is preparing for something. Maybe it isn't. Maybe they're preparing for something and even they don't know what it is.

    Or maybe they're just telling their people to do their jobs.
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