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Mahathir Mohammad at @CFR_org. First question on Chinese economic influence in #Malaysia. "Previous government borrowed too much money."
Says he explained to China that Najib was the problem and not Beijing. But now he's talking about payment pathways privileging Chinese SoEs over local contractors. "That is not good for us. Malaysian contractors have no role to play."
"Colonialism can take many forms. Countries can be subject to pressure through economic systems and that is a form of colonialism also." - Mahathir
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hearing—"#China's Worldwide #Military Expansion" is a dramatic bellwether of growing concerns in Washington & beyond.

Now online—hard-hitting arguments + many data points, some deeply-analyzed yet hard to find elsewhere in public domain:
bit.ly/HouseIC
CAPT Jim Fanell, USN Ret, former @USPacificFleet N2:

"today, the PLA Navy consists of over 330 surface ships & 66 submarines, nearly 400 combatants. As of 4 May 2018, the @USNavy consists of 283 battle force ships: 211 surface ships and 72 submarines."
bit.ly/HouseIC
"By 2030, it is estimated [by Fanell & @SCheneyPeters in their chapter in @NavalWarCollege @ChinaMaritime Studies Institute's Chinese Naval Shipbuilding volume amazon.com/Chinese-Naval-… @USNIBooks that] the PLANavy will consist of some 550 ships: 450 surface ships & 99 submarines."
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Without much fanfare, Indonesia quietly issued Government Regulation (PP) No. 4/2018 on Airspace Security. The PP was meant to further establish the governance of Indonesia's airspace (per Law No. 1/2009 on aviation) <thread on #ADIZ> 1/
2/ The PP basically establishes the governance of Indonesia's airspace, who manages what and how as well as the procedures for certain scenarios (e.g. how to intercept a foreign aircraft, admin fines, etc.). In that sense, the PP is a generic framework for airspace management
3/ what is interesting is possible creation of Air Defense Identification Zone (#ADIZ) (art. 6) in addition to the establishment of prohibited and restricted areas (for the latter, PP said "govt. establishes..." and for ADIZ, it says "govt. *could* establish..."
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Nog een paar gedachten n.a.v. artikel: 'Philippines deploys Japanese-donated plane to disputed shoal' washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pac…
#ScarboroughShoal #PantagShoal #BajodeMasinloc #HuangyanDao #ZuidChineseZee #SouthChinaSea >>
1. Japan springt noodgedwongen in het gat dat de VS en Trump laten vallen in #ZuidOostAzie en versterkt de kustwacht van de #ASEAN landen met de levering van betaalbare patrouilleschepen en -vliegtuigen. De Filipijnen gebruiken nu het eerste vliegtuig om te patrouilleren..
2. ..rond het omstreden #ScarboroughShoal, dat sinds 2012 door de Chinese kustwacht continu wordt bewaakt maar ook geclaimd wordt door Taiwan en de Filipijnen. Vorige week voerden de Filipijnen ook al een vliegtuigpatrouille uit. Dit is opmerkelijk aangezien president Duterte..
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We will be at war with NKorea before #Christmas!
#Trump is putting the final pieces in place before he goes for all out War 1/
2/ I have said previously that whatever #China & #Russia's response to a #USA attack on #NKorea, it would be unified. That why he's in #Asia
3/ He's making the rounds, laying the ground work. First stop #Japan & promises of protection from #Nkorea's nukes.
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