South China Sea Collision Talk Threatens to Rock China-Philippines Relations

The incident is just the latest flare up between China and the Philippines on the South China Sea issue. The Philippine defense secretary condemned the alleged actions of a Chinese vessel after a Philippine fishing boat was sunk in the disputed South China Sea after being hit by a suspected Chinese vessel which then abandoned the 22 Filipino crewmen. Though details remain unclear, the incident and its fallout threatened to rock relations between China and the Philippines despite warming ties that had been underway initially under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.…

Manila to Investigate Fishing Collision in the South China Sea

situation report Jun 12, 2019 | 22:00 GMT 1 min read What Happened: Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has called for an investigation after a Filipino fishing boat hit by a suspected Chinese vessel sank near Reed Bank in the South China Sea’s Spratly Islands, The Washington Post reported June 12. The Philippine coast guard is reportedly looking into whether the collision was intentional and whether Chinese fishermen were involved.  Why It Matters: When the South China Sea fishing season peaks from April to August, the risk of encounters between Philippine…

South China Sea: US warship flexes muscles in drills as tensions with Beijing soa | World | News

The drills, which began on Monday and were due to finish today, include joint combat training in the waters and airspace of the huge stretch of sea. The joint exercises between the two global powerhouses are likely to be met with fury from Beijing, who will likely interpret the move as resisting moves of its own to extend its naval reach further into the Pacific. It is the latest alarming development in the South China Sea and comes just 24 hours after the Defence Ministry said China’s sole operating aircraft,…

The ‘Xi Doctrine’: Proclaiming and Rationalizing China’s Aggression

Using the occasion of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore this month, Chinese Minister of National Defense and State Councilor Gen. Wei Fenghe, delivered a sharp message to the United States, which may be termed the “Xi Doctrine” on China’s use of force, after Chinese premier Xi Jinping. Wei declaring both China’s resolve to aggress to advance its interests and a rationalization for the use of force. Wei’s de facto threat of war should not be lost in his nuances, deliberate ambiguity, or in translation. His remarks were so bellicose that…

How a Chinese Admiral Would Make America Pay: Sink Two Aircraft Carriers

Rear Admiral Lou Yuan said the loss of one aircraft carrier would cost the U.S. the lives of 5000 service men and women. Sinking two would double that toll. Rear Admiral Lou Yuan, deputy head of the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences, has told an audience in Shenzhen that the ongoing disputes over the ownership of the East and South China Seas could be resolved by sinking two U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. Admiral Lou gave a wide-ranging speech on the state of Sino-U.S. relations. As reported by New Zealand Herald,…

Philippines Blasts ‘Cowardly Chinese Boat’ Over Sinking in South China Sea

Manila: The Philippines on Wednesday condemned the “cowardly action” of a suspected Chinese fishing vessel accused of abandoning a Filipino fishing crew after a collision in the disputed South China Sea. The boat on Sunday hit a Filipino craft anchored near Reed Bank — claimed by both Manila and Beijing — causing it to sink and leaving 22 crewmen “to the mercy of the elements”, said defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Although Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has largely set aside the bitter dispute with Beijing over the resource-rich waterway, Manila does…

Hold China accountable, Del Rosario says after sinking of PH boat

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says China, ‘the neighborhood bully,’ will continue ‘to rear its ugly head to intimidate our poor fishermen’ Published 10:19 PM, June 12, 2019 Updated 10:19 PM, June 12, 2019 HITTING CHINA. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says the Philippines should hold China accountable after a Chinese vessel sank a Filipino boat in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler MANILA, Philippines – Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario called on the Duterte administration to hold China accountable…

Skirmishes, standoffs, harassment in West Philippine Sea

1MATCH URL: https://assets.rappler.com/52004374E4054FB58B8F8C63D1F5560A/img/E83ABFB47D4147A69E648E3FE9C121BC/ph-coast-guard-may-14-2019.jpg Thank you for voting Hello! MANILA, Philippines – Untoward incidents are commonly reported in the West Philippine Sea before and after the Philippines won its case against China at The Hague. These incidents in the Philippines-China row that include harassment and standoffs, among others, typically don’t just target state authorities but also affect local fisherfolks. This timeline shows the various skirmishes, standoffs, and show of power that have happened in the West Philippine Sea since 2011. These incidents involved the Chinese Coast Guard, the Philippine Navy, and…