US, India, Japan, Philippine Navies Demonstrate Joint Presence in South China Sea

The four-way sail-through is the first engagement of its kind, highlighting coordination among like-minded Indo-Pacific navies. Between May 2 and May 8, one of the most significant multilateral naval engagements in recent times took place in the South China Sea. Warships from the United States Navy, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, the Philippines Navy, and the Indian Navy sailed together for the first time in a four-way event demonstrating presence and cooperation. Six vessels were present for the transit through disputed international waters in the South China Sea. The U.S.…

Unlike PH, Vietnam’s ‘modest upgrades’ in Spratlys get no repulse from China |

Chinese fishing vessels at Subi Reef on August 12, 2018. (Photo from Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative) MANILA, Philippines — China showed no unusual resistance to Vietnam’s “modest upgrades” to its facilities in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea contrary to how it responded to the Philippines’ rehabilitation efforts, analysts have observed.  Vietnam occupies 49 outposts spread across 27 features in the contested Spratly Islands, while the Philippines has 9.  “Vietnam continues quietly upgrading its facilities across the Spratlys, so far without provoking the same large-scale paramilitary response from…

Sieren′s China: Trump feels threatened by China′s rise | Asia| An in-depth look at news from across the continent | DW

It was a surprising turn of events. The US and China had been expected to resolve their trade dispute, and steady progress had apparently been made. But then, US President Donald Trump decided to hike tariffs on imports from China, from 10% to 25%. “The Trade Deal with China continues, but too slowly, as they attempt to renegotiate. No!,” he tweeted. After a short pause, China’s Foreign Ministry announced that it would stick to the schedule and send a delegation to Washington for another round of negotiations. It was a…

U.S. completes sail through South China Sea with three other allies in joint training operation

Caitlin DoornbosStars and Stripes The U.S. on Wednesday finished a weeklong sail through the South China Sea with India, Japan and the Philippines, a region fraught with tension amid disputed territorial claims, according to a Navy statement Thursday. The guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence joined the Indian navy destroyer INS Kolkata and tanker INS Shakti; Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter carrier JS Izumo and destroyer JS Murasame; and Philippine navy patrol ship BRP Andres Bonifacio in international waters May 2-8. The six vessels gathered “to train together and promote…

An Analysis Based On Personal Experience – Eurasia Review

“I am not going down in history as a clam defender, okay? … “No one goes to war for clams _” declared Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/04/18/1911076/locsin-no-one-goes-war-clams  “War” over giant clams ??!! What, who, where, when and why? I first became aware of the existence of giant clams (Tridachna) as a youngster growing up in New England I watched a black and white TV show that depicted– with ever quickening screechy background music– a diver writhing in agony because a giant clam had slammed shut on his…

Exhibition on Hoang Sa, Truong Sa archipelagos opens in Thai Nguyen

VNA Friday, May 10, 2019 – 17:37:00 Print The exhibition helps students get more information about the role of sea and islands towards the country’s economic development and national safeguarding. (Photo: VNA) Thai Nguyen (VNA) – An exhibition was opened in the northern province of Thai Nguyen on May 10, giving visitors an insight into the historical and legal evidence proving Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos. The exhibition, held at Thai Nguyen University, drew the participation of experts and researchers on the East…

Philippine, US, Japanese And Indian Navies Sail Across South China Sea – Eurasia Review

The Philippine Navy joined top defense ally the United States and regional powers Japan and India in sailing across disputed areas in the South China Sea after recent drills in South Korea, officials said Thursday. The show of force came as the Philippines remained locked in a territorial dispute with China, which has sent fishing ships into maritime territory within Manila’s exclusive economic zone. The six military ships from the four countries sailed from Busan, South Korea, following the first phase of the ASEAN-Plus Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM-Plus) Maritime Security…

Scientists conduct the world’s first investigation of whales in South China Sea

A sperm whale is seen in the South China Sea, May 6, 2019. Chinese scientists conduct the world’s first investigation of whales in the waters. Sperm whales, striped dolphins, and other rare cetaceans have been observed in the South China Sea, with a high probability of settled groups, according to the world’s first investigation of whales in the waters, conducted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. (Photo/China News Service) A sperm whale is seen in the South China Sea, May 6, 2019. Chinese scientists conduct the world’s first investigation of…

Indian Navy: India joins Philippines, US, Japan in South China Sea drills

WASHINGTON: Indian Navy on Thursday participated with the navies of the US, the Philippines and Japan in their first joint naval exercise in the disputed South China Sea, where China is flexing its muscle. The vessels included Indian destroyer INS Kolkata and tanker INS Shakti, a guided missile destroyer from the US Pacific Fleet, Japanese aircraft carrier Izumo and the Philippines patrol vessel Andres Bonifacio, the US Navy said in a statement. “Our team was really excited to take part in this multi-lateral event,” Commander Andrew J Klug, commanding officer,…