Thursday, October 27, 2016

Avoiding Conflict in Asia Pacific's Waters

October 25, 2016 (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - A look at a map of Asia Pacific, and one sees that it is a region dominated by bodies of water. Namely there is the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Andaman Sea, the Philippines Sea, the South China Sea and numerous gulfs, bays, straits and smaller seas.

Several nations are in fact described as "island nations." Commerce by sea between and beyond Asian nations factors in as an important geopolitical and economic issue each nation must face. There is also fishing as well as gas and oil extraction performed throughout Asia's waters.

It is no surprise then that across Asia, many disputes surface between nations regarding the use of Asia's waters. Unlike on land, enforcing borders and perceived claims across seas and oceans is infinitely more difficult. Despite this, Asian states have resolved these issues through bilateral resolutions both for individual cases and in a more general sense. Very rarely do these disputes escalate toward serious or enduring confrontations, and more rarely still do they result in actual conflicts.

If an external force sought to destabilize Asia, it would likely seek several vectors including fostering confrontations over the use of Asia's waters.

The United States in particular, has cultivated a multinational, multifaceted confrontation in the South China Sea for this very purpose, attempting to pit nations like Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines and even nations removed from the sea, all against China. Minor, isolated disputes that could otherwise be resolved through bilateral relations directly with Beijing, have now been consolidated into a larger and growing confrontation prodded forward by the involvement of the United States, its military forces and its attempts to involve international institutions.

By doing so, Asia is being destabilized. The vast majority of Asia's economic activity unfolds within Asia itself. While exports and imports from beyond Asia are no doubt important as well, instability in Asia would be a threat to nation security and undermine economic stability for each respective state, whether they were directly involved in the South China Sea row or not.

Monday, October 24, 2016

US Attempts to Shame Asia for "Caving to China"

October 24, 2016 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - It is becoming clear that US influence - despite its "pivot toward Asia" - is waning across the Asia Pacific region. Washington has suffered geopolitical setbacks in virtually every nation in Asia Pacific, including those now led by regimes it has meticulously organized, funded, and backed for decades. It is also waning, however, among those nations considered long-time and crucial US allies.

This includes Southeast Asia's Thailand, whom the US repeatedly reminds the world has been Washington's ally since the Cold War and America's war in Vietnam, and allegedly, even before that.

Washington's Waning Influence is Based on Floundering Fundamentals  

However, in reality, Thailand has incrementally dismantled American influence over it, and has diversified its trade and cooperation with a large variety of nations - including China - as a means of depending on ties with no single nation in particular.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Thailand: Agitator Humiliates Self Amid Backfiring Provocation

Thais choose highroad, ignore agitator, allowing her to humiliate herself for 15 minutes in public. 

Editor's Note: Chonthicha Jangrew claims this individual is not her, despite her appearance, handwriting, and hair color being identical. The comment she wrote in the memorial book used a term to refer to King Bhumibol Adulyadej only used by either the royal family, or by red shirts to mock the royal family. If this individual was not Jangrew, it was most certainly someone who sought to provoke an incident, but still failed.

Jangrew has threatened to silence anyone speculating she was involved in this incident through legal action, despite she herself and the rest of NDM demanding the government allow them to say what and defame whom they please. It is an added twist of irony no matter who was sitting at that table.

Since we do not have the ID card of the individual who sat at that table, who left without anyone positively identifying her, and the NDM won't own up to it -  we will take the highroad again and change the below article accordingly.


October 22, 216 (Tony Cartalucci - ATN) - The so-called "New Democracy Movement" (NDM), a US-backed group of agitators posing as students and serving as a wing of Thaksin Shinawatra's "red shirts," often denies any association at all with the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD, or red shirts).

Yet when they choose to protest, they often use the color red. And when a woman resembling NDM member Chonthicha Jangrew attempted to mock the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and incite violence, her color of choice was also "coincidentally" red.

However, when she sat down to mock the late King Bhumibol by scribbling in a derogatory name, referring to the King using a term only royalty may use - but that red shirts also use to mock the royal family - no one reacted.

No one reacted.

Thais present, allowed her to carry on, as she intentionally sat at a table provided for a memorial signature book, holding up a line of well-wishers for 15 minutes, as she dressed up her hair, and made sure onlookers realized her bright red dress and behavior was intentionally meant to insult and mock.