Commentary: The sands in the South China Sea dispute may be shifting

SINGAPORE: Were there fireworks on the South China Sea at the Shangri-La Dialogue last weekend, as what some had expected? Not really, to someone who has been watching these exchanges for years. Advertisement Advertisement But a fiery speech by Chinese defence minister General Wei Fenghe made headlines as he shared his country’s sentiments towards the trade war with the United States:  A talk? Welcome. A fight? We are ready. Bully us? No way. Wei’s approximately 30-minute speech was laced with fiery rhetoric, though he took pains to underscore China’s defensive…

Chinese Colonization Destroying South China Sea Ecosystems

The director of a think tank dedicated to monitoring the South China Sea said on Friday that overfishing in the body of water, exacerbated by China’s attempted colonization, could damage industries and food security in all of Southeast Asia. “If fish stocks collapse there, it’s not just going to hit fisherfolk in Palawan and Luzon [Philippine islands]. It’s gonna hit fisherfolk throughout the Philippine archipelago and everywhere in Southeast Asia,” Gregory Poling, director of Washington-based think tank Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, told a program on the Philippine network ABS-CBN. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative regularly monitors…

US Bill Targeting China In South China Sea Is Misguided And Hypocritical – Analysis – Eurasia Review

As both a response and contribution to the anti-China hysteria sweeping Washington, US Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Ben Cardin (D-Maryland have reintroduced the South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act (the Bill).  https://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/80e0c63e-b521-4929-a48c-db042c096d6a/26BE75C8BO5BC1EOC2AA4902.south-china-sea.pdf     Its purpose is to “impose sanctions against Chinese entities that participate in Beijing’s attempts to assert its expansive maritime and territorial claims in these disputed regions.” https://www.cotton.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1136 Regarding the South China Sea, this bill is ill-informed, misguided, biased and hypocritical.  If it becomes law, it would seriously damage US-China relations. …

Military spending is soaring in the Asia-Pacific region. Here’s why

The biggest driver in arms purchases, however, is China — responsible for 64% of military spending in the region. With a defense budget that is second only to the U.S., China is amassing a navy that can circle the globe and developing state-of-the-art autonomous drones. The buildup is motivating surrounding countries to bolster their armed forces too — good news for purveyors of submarines, unmanned vehicles and warplanes. Source link

US Navy photos show Russian destroyer dangerously close to US warship

A Russian destroyer challenged a US warship to an unusual showdown in the Pacific on Friday, forcing it to take sudden evasive action. The destroyer, according to US 7th Fleet, engaged in “unsafe and unprofessional” behavior, sailing extremely close to the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Chancellorsville and risking a collision with the US vessel. It came just a few days after a Russian fighter aggressively buzzed a US Navy aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea. The “USS Chancellorsville was recovering its helicopter on a steady course and speed when the Russian ship…

South China Sea fisheries collapse to hurt entire Southeast Asia — expert

South China Sea fisheries collapse to hurt entire Southeast Asia — expert MANILA, Philippines — The collapse of fish stocks in the South China Sea, part of which is the West Philippine Sea, would not only affect the Philippines but the entire region. Gregory Poling, director of Washington-based think tank Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, warned that the South China Sea dispute may affect marine biology in the region. “If fish stocks collapse there, it’s not just going to hit fisherfolk in Palawan and Luzon. It’s gonna hit fisherfolk throughout…

U.S. Missile Cruiser Nearly Collides with Russian Battleship in Dangerous Interception in East China Sea, Moscow Says

Russia’s military has cried foul over what it has described as a dangerous maneuver by a U.S. missile cruiser that nearly collided with one of its battleships. The incident reportedly took place on Friday morning in the East China Sea while a detachment of Russia’s Pacific Fleet was moving alongside a U.S. carrier attack group. “The United States cruiser USS Chancellorsville suddenly changed direction and crossed the line of the Admiral Vinogradov 50 meters (150 feet) from the ship,” the Russian statement said. “To prevent a collision, the crew of…

Defence Ministry: US govt paid for drones – Nation

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian government is not incurring any cost in the acquisition of 12 surveillance drones worth almost RM80mil from the United States, says the Defence Ministry. The Ministry said the cost was borne by the United States as part of its Maritime Security Initiative (MSI) programme. The MSI programme provides assistance in terms of capability (assets) and capacity (training) to countries including Malaysia to help increase the Maritime Domain Awareness in South-East Asia. “The programme is funded entirely by the US and the Malaysian government is not incurring…