South China Sea: ASEAN & East Asia Summits need to address current tensions in South China Sea region

Situation in South China Sea is snowballing into a major crisis following China’s latest belligerent moves and the forthcoming East Asia Summit and ASEAN Summits this week in Singapore will be an opportunity to reduce tensions amid presence of global leaders. Tensions have been running high in the South China Sea in recent months, with regular US B-52 bomber flights through the region and Chinese PLA Navy warships challenging American military ships and aircraft that venture too close to Chinese-occupied territories in SCS. USA and China have come dangerously close…

U.S., Britain conduct security drills, training in South China Sea

Feb. 21 (UPI) — The U.S. Navy’s USNS Guadalupe replenishment oiler and the British Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose conducted maritime security and logistics training this week during separate Chinese drills in the highly disputed South China Sea. Participating in the exercise Monday were Royal Marine commandos, Royal Navy sailors and Guadalupe crew members, according to a U.S. Navy news release Wednesday. China conducted 20 drills from Jan. 16 through Tuesday in the South China Sea as well as the western and central Pacific with its navy, air force and…

US assures Philippines: Any armed attack in South China Sea will trigger MDT

US assures Philippines: Any armed attack in South China Sea will trigger MDT Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) – March 1, 2019 – 1:30pm MANILA, Philippines — The United States has vowed to support long-time ally the Philippines in case of any armed attack in the South China Sea, part of which is the West Philippine Sea, as part of a treaty between the two countries. In his visit to Manila, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointed out that Beijing’s military activities in the South China Sea threaten the…

Pompeo: US to make sure China can’t blockade South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that the United States is committed to ensuring the South China Sea remains open to all kinds of navigation and that “China does not pose a threat” of closing the disputed sea lanes. Pompeo assured the Philippines during a visit to Manila that America will come to its defense if its forces, aircraft or ships come under armed attack in the South China Sea, in the first such public U.S. assurance in recent memory. His comments were an attempt…

We Have Your Back in South China Sea, U.S. Assures Philippines

“China’s island-building and military activities in the South China Sea threaten your sovereignty, security and therefore economic livelihood, as well as that of the U.S.,” Pompeo said at briefing Friday with Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin in Manila. “As the South China Sea is part of the Pacific, any armed attack on Philippine forces, aircraft or public vessels will trigger mutual defense obligations” under the treaty. Source link

Esperon eyes shared access to China Sea outposts

This surveillance photo shows China’s military outpost on Zamora Reef is almost finished. CNBC has reported that China has deployed anti-ship missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on Zamora and two other Philippine claimed reefs. MANILA, Philippines — National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. is calling for “internationalizing” the features held by each of the claimants in the South China Sea. By this, he meant that “there could be access by others especially between China and Asean” to all the occupied outposts in the disputed waters. “We are making a study…

South China Sea covered by PH-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty – Pompeo

‘Any armed attack on any Philippine forces, aircraft, or public vessels in the South China Sea will trigger mutual defense obligations under Article 4 of our Mutual Defense Treaty,’ US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assures Manila Published 11:31 AM, March 01, 2019 Updated 4:44 PM, March 01, 2019 LONGTIME ALLY. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teddyboy Locsin shakes hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before their meeting at the Department of Foreign Affairs. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The United States on Friday, March 1, assured…

Is the South China Sea issue flaring up again?

The United States has stepped up its Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs) in the South China Sea as a response to China’s efforts to further enforce its claims in the disputed sea. USS Carl Vinson transits the South China Sea. The United States has stepped up its Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs) in the South China Sea as a response to China’s efforts to further enforce its claims in the disputed sea. The US has already conducted two FONOPs this year. The USS McCampbell sailed near the Paracel Islands in…