Vietnam urges countries to abide by laws as US proposes sanctions in South China Sea

Countries need to strictly fulfill their responsibilities under international laws, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said Thursday. All sides need to make positive contributions to the maintenance of peace, security, safety, maritime and aviation freedom in the East Sea, she said. Hang was responding to a press question about U.S. senators reintroducing legislation last month committing the government to punish Chinese individuals and entities involved in “illegal and dangerous” activities in the South and East…

South China Sea: Xi RAGES as Trump pursues new ARMS deal with Taiwan | World | News

The US, which is the main weapons dealer to Taiwan, would send over 100 tanks and almost 2,000 missiles to the island. There was outrage in China, who said they were seriously concerned after Taiwan’s defence ministry confirmed the sale. The move is believed to further heighten tensions between Beijing and Washington. It comes days after Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe said: “If anyone dares to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese military has no choice but to fight at all costs.” Though officially self-ruled since 1949, China has historically…

The Pentagon’s Spoiling for a Fight … But With China, Not Iran

The recent White House decision to speed the deployment of an aircraft carrier battle group and other military assets to the Persian Gulf has led many in Washington and elsewhere to assume that the U.S. is gearing up for war with Iran. As in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, U.S. officials have cited suspect intelligence data to justify elaborate war preparations. On May 13th, acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan even presented top White House officials with plans to send as many as 120,000 troops to the…