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  • SOUTH CHINA SEA: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has lifted the moratorium on petroleum exploration in the South China Sea, paving the way for three projects to resume energy-related activity in the area (which had been suspended from 2014 due to territorial disputes). The Philippines said the decision to lift the moratorium was arrived at “with full regard of the ongoing negotiations between the Philippines and China.

SOURCE: REUTERS

 

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PERSPECTIVES/TRENDS: (Philippines)

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  • PHILIPPINES: Continued skirmishes between the Philippines government and Islamic State-affiliated terrorist groups in the months since the COVID-19 pandemic suggest that the terror threat in the country has not receded. The latest twin bombing in Jolo city on August 24 is yet more proof. There are ongoing terror attacks and extremist ideological activities in South Mindanao.

SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT

 

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  • PHILIPPINES: Two bombs exploded in a southern Philippines town. The first blast was a homemade bomb on a parked motorcycle. The second blast was carried out by a female suicide attacker. A third, unexploded bomb was reportedly found in a public market. The combined explosions killed seven soldiers, six civilians and one police officer. The attacks are suspected to have been masterminded by Abu Sayyaf terrorist group.

SOURCE: DW

 

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Global Geopolitics

Asia Pacific

ASIA PACIFIC:

  • Philippine has abruptly banned his naval forces from participating in joint maritime exercises with the United States and others in the South China Sea, a move which could undermine Washington’s bid to build an anti-China bulwark of like-minded allies in the contested waterway. Previously, the Beijing-friendly Duterte tried to improve relations with China by downgrading his government’s maritime cooperation with the US.

SOURCE: ASIA TIMES                   https://asiatimes.com/2020/08/duterte-bans-exercises-with-us-in-south-china-sea/

 

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  • The Secretary of State of United States -Mike Pompeo- denounced that China’s expansive maritime claims across most of the South China Sea were “completely unlawful,” setting up potential military confrontations with Beijing and sanctions against companies as the United States seeks to push back Chinese activity in the region. The statement is not explicit on U.S. military aid, but leaves open the possibility that the United States might come to the defense of nations like Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines if clashes erupt because of Chinese aggression.

SOURCE: NEW YORK TIMES JULY 14 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/13/world/asia/south-china-sea-pompeo.html


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  • In 2019 there were almost 8,500 terrorist attacks, killing more than 20,300 people -5,460 perpetrators- according to the University of Maryland’s National Consortium. Afghanistan experienced 21 percent of all, and 41 percent of all people killed. Despite their peace talks with the United States, the Taliban was responsible for more terrorist attacks than any other group by a wide margin. Afghanistan endured the biggest chunk of assailants at 21 percent, followed by Yemen at 9 percent, Iraq at eight percent, India at 7 percent, Nigeria at 6 percent, and the Philippines at 5 percent. Pakistan and Somalia both stood at 4 percent, followed by Syria, Congo and Colombia at 3 percent and Nepal and Burkina Faso at 2 percent.

Aside from the Taliban, several of the perpetrator groups that increased terrorist violence in 2019 included Houthi extremists in Yemen (55 percent increase in attack), Boko Haram (43 percent increase); and the Communist Party of Nepal – Maoist – Chand (148 percent increase).

SOURCE: FOX NEWS JULY 10 https://www.foxnews.com/world/taliban-terrorist-attacks-peace-talks-2019