PH files protest vs China over boat sinking

THEY LOST EVERYTHING. The fishing boat Gem-Vir 1, shown at home in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, in this file photo, was anchored at Recto Bank in the South China Sea when it was hit by a Chinese vessel on Sunday night. It sank but the crew survived, although, according to the boat owner, they lost their catch and everything else on the boat. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest against China after an anchored Philippine fishing boat was hit by a Chinese vessel that abandoned 22 Filipino…

China calls sinking of Philippines boat an ‘ordinary maritime accident’

BEIJING: The sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a suspected Chinese trawler in disputed waters was described by Beijing on Thursday (Jun 13) as an ordinary maritime accident, after Manila accused the alleged Chinese crew of cowardice for fleeing the scene. The Philippine defence department said on Wednesday a suspected Chinese boat had collided with a Filipino craft anchored near Reed Bank in the South China Sea, causing it to sink and leaving 22 crewmen to their fate. Advertisement Advertisement Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s office said the abandonment of the…

‘He looked more dead than alive’: Ship captain who rescued Singapore man drifting in South China Sea for 4 days, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – As their ship inched towards the naked man clinging to a ring buoy, Captain Cornelis Plugge and First Officer Srdan Bazdan of the Diogo Cao thought he was dead. They were astonished when Mr John Low lifted his right arm to signal he was alive. The 60-year-old said he was astonished anyone saw him from the ship, which to him looked 10-storeys high. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST’s best work Exclusive stories…

Glowing ‘Blue Tears’ in China’s Seas Are Incredibly Toxic — And They’re Growing

On summer nights, the waters surrounding Taiwan’s Matsu Islands cast an eerie blue glow. The phenomenon, known as China’s “blue tears,” is actually caused by a bloom of tiny, bioluminescent creatures called dinoflagellates. Tourists from all over China come to view the twinkling seascape. The bloom in the East China Sea may be beautiful, but it’s also toxic. And it’s growing bigger every year, a recent study finds. [Gallery: Eye-Catching Bioluminescent Wonders] “People think this is romantic and beautiful to watch at night,” Chanmin Hu, an oceanographer at the University…

Philippines asks China to sanction ship crew in ‘hit-and-run’

This picture taken on April 21, 2017 shows an aerial view of reefs in the disputed Spratly islands in the disputed South China Sea. Ted Aljibe, AFP MANILA — The Philippines on Thursday called on China to sanction the crew of a Chinese ship who figured in what the military called a “hit-and-run” that sank a boat carrying Filipino fishermen in disputed waters. “The dictates of humanity” required the Chinese ship to assist the 22 Filipino fishermen after the collision off Recto Bank earlier this week, said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador…

How the world is dealing with China’s military modernisation drive

China’s Defence minister Wei Fenghe made a speech on June 2 at the Shangri-La Dialogue forum in Singapore. Shangri-La Dialogue is one of the biggest track-one diplomacy security fora of Asia. Mr. Fenghe’s speech was monitored closely for three reasons. One, the Defence minister has not attended this forum since 2011. Two, his speech was a response to the statement made by Patrick Shanahan, the acting secretary of defence for the United States. Mr. Shanahan revealed details of the ‘new phase’ in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy. Third and most importantly,…

South China Sea: Germany ‘SPLIT’ on whether to back US or Beijing in disputed waters | World | News

Berlin is reported to be undecided in whether to side with US President Donald Trump for his “freedom of navigation” drills that also feature the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and other allies. The EU power state is reported to be reluctant to stand up to China due to Germany’s coloured past of two world wards and decades of political division. A source in Berlin told the South China Morning Post: “Officials within the federal foreign ministry are split.” Walter Ladwig, of the department of war studies at King’s College…

The Risks of a ‘Total’ US-China Competition

Even China hawks need to make a careful appraisal of what sparks joy in the Sino-American relationship. Last week, Columbia University history professor Stephen Wertheim published an op-ed in the New York Times warning against the dangers of a new Cold War with China. Wertheim worries that opinion in Washington on the state of the relationship with China has changed dramatically in the past few years, across the political spectrum; Democrats are sounding nearly as hawkish on China as President Trump. Wertheim argues the Trump administration’s xenophobic approach to China…

Philippines seeks answers from China after South China Sea collision

The Philippines is taking China to task over an alleged “hit-and-run” incident in which a Chinese fishing ship fled the scene after it slammed into an anchored Philippine vessel in the South China Sea, sinking it and abandoning 22 Filipino fishermen in open waters to drown. The troubling incident occurred this week near Reed Bank in the Spratly Islands, an area in the disputed South China Sea where Chinese naval and maritime militia forces have been increasingly active and, at times, forceful when enforcing its extensive sovereignty claims. The crew…

China Tests New Sub-Launched JL-3 Strategic Missile

BY: Bill Gertz Follow @BillGertz June 13, 2019 5:00 am China conducted a flight test of its newest strategic submarine-launched missile, the JL-3, coinciding with the visit to Asia earlier this month by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. American defense officials confirmed that U.S. intelligence agencies assessed the June 2 flight test off the coast of northern China to be a JL-3 missile, Beijing’s newest underwater intercontinental nuclear missile. The flight test appeared timed to the speech at a Singapore defense conference a day earlier by Shanahan, who issued a…