Vietnam demands China withdraws vessel from South China Sea | News

Vietnam has called on China to remove an oil exploration ship from disputed waters near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Reports in recent days have suggested a large-scale stand-off between several coastguard ships from each country as a Chinese oil exploration ship entered contested waters near the Spratly Islands.  “Over the last several days, the Chinese survey ship, Haiyang Dizhi 8, and its escorts conducted activities in the southern area of the East Sea that violated Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf,” foreign affairs ministry spokesperson Le Thi…

More Filipinos distrust, doubt China’s ‘good’ intentions: SWS poll

The June 22 to 26 survey of 1,200 adults showed that 51 percent of Filipinos had little trust in China, 21 percent were undecided while 27 percent had much trust. This resulted in net trust of -24, worse than the -6 recorded in March. Social Weather Stations MANILA (UPDATE) – Filipinos are growing distrustful of China, according to a Social Weather Stations poll conducted after an incident in disputed waters that stoked fresh tensions between Manila and Beijing. The June 22 to 26 survey of 1,200 adults showed that 51…

Fly me to the moon … before China does

A new space race is on, and this time it’s the U.S. versus China rather than the former Soviet Union. In the coming years, NASA and the China National Space Administration separately plan to send a series of missions to the moon with the goal of having a strong presence on its south pole — heightening the likelihood of tension and conflict. The moon’s south pole is appealing to both countries because it contains what NASA calls water ice — a critical resource for exploration and survival. “Water ice represents life support,”…

Asia Times | Beijing strengthens its hold on South China Sea

Beijing has taken another major step in its slow but doggedly persistent campaign to fix the South China Sea as a “Chinese lake.” Between June 29 and July 3 it test-fired a series of anti-ship, medium-range missiles into a 22,000 square kilometer bloc of the South China Sea between the disputed Paracel and Spratly island groups. The tests are bringing to the waters of the South China and East China seas a situation that is alarmingly reminiscent of one of the most dangerous periods of the Cold War in Europe. Throughout…

China and Vietnam face off in South China Sea…

Vietnam Coast Guard Vessel (By Wikimedia Commons) TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Tensions are rising in the South China Sea, with a potential flashpoint developing between China and Vietnam, who are engaged in a weeks-long “stand-off” over the Vanguard Bank, according to multiple reports. On Monday (July 15), a Chinese survey vessel the Haiyang Dizhi 8 completed a 12 day survey of waters around the nearby Spratly Island chain, and also passed with 200 nautical miles of Vietnam’s coast reports SCMP. Throughout most of the survey the nine Vietnamese…

CHINA Vanguard Bay, a new battlefront in the South China Sea for Hanoi and Beijing

Exploitation rights for oil and natural gas in the maritime subsoil at heart of dispute.  Tension triggered by exploration operations.  Vietnam claims territorial sovereignty but wants to resolve the dispute “peacefully”, Beijing does not hesitate to deploy warships.   Hanoi (AsiaNews) – A new confrontation front has recently opened up in the South China Sea between Hanoi and Beijing over control of resources – oil and natural gas – enclosed underground.  The area is known as Vanguard Bay, an agglomeration submerged by the waters that hosts three Vietnamese outposts and which the Land…

Indonesia and Singapore feud over ASEAN engagement in Indo-Pacific

BANGKOK — When Southeast Asian foreign ministers meet in Bangkok later this month they will have their work cut out to convince their dialogue partners that they are strategically relevant to the U.S., but also friends of China. That will require deft diplomacy, given that officials from both the established and the rising superpower will be present. The ministers already have a script to follow: The centrality of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations in these shifting geopolitical tides was spelled out in June in a five-page report, “ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific,” a…

Report flags how China conducts influence operations in Singapore, Singapore News & Top Stories

China is using cultural organisations, clan associations, business associations and youth programmes to engage in influence operations in Singapore, a United States-based scholar said this week. The fundamental purpose of these operations is to impose a Chinese identity on Singapore so that it will align more closely with China’s interests, Mr Russell Hsiao said in an analysis published by US research institute Jamestown Foundation on Tuesday. Mr Hsiao, the executive director of the Global Taiwan Institute, said the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) propaganda efforts in Singapore aim to promote the…