Clear rules needed to prevent ramming incidents on South China Sea

The rules, which would govern how boats operate at sea, should specifically aim at preventing incidents like ramming, Dr. Andrew Chubb of Princeton University told VnExpress. Chubb highlighted the recent case of a Chinese vessel ramming a Filipino boat near the Reed Bank in the South China Sea last week as an example. After their boat sunk, 22 Filipino fishermen were later rescued by a Vietnamese boat. “[The ramming] was not an incident where a hotline could be used,” said Chubb on the sidelines of a conference held Tuesday in Hanoi. It shows that…

How China Treats a Friend

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the 121st Philippine Navy Anniversary at Sangley point, Cavite province, Philippines, June 17. Photo: Robinson Ninal Jr./Associated Press The ramming of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel last week marked an escalation in the South China Sea. But you wouldn’t know it listening to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has become exhibit A for the folly of appeasing Beijing’s geopolitical ambitions. A Chinese fishing boat struck the F/B Gimver 1 on the edge of the Spratly Islands, which Beijing claims…

Del Rosario: Then and now, China can’t be trusted

MANILA, Philippines — In the past, China’s words and actions showed it could not be trusted, and it still can’t be, as shown by its words and actions on the sinking of a Philippine fishing boat after being hit by a Chinese trawler in the South China Sea, former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said on Wednesday. Del Rosario, who headed the Department of Foreign Affairs in the administration of President Benigno Aquino III, said he had “firsthand experience” that “China is not to be trusted, that their word is…

Satellite data: Chinese vessel in Reed Bank incident often went ‘dark’

MANILA—Satellite data sent to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) show that the automatic identification system on the Chinese vessel that hit FB Gem-Ver went “dark” every time the ship left its country. Groups tackling illegal fishing in the Philippines are now wondering this was intentional or not. The International Maritime Organization requires ships of 300 gross tonnage and more, and traveling international routes, to be fitted with AIS devices that should run at all times.  But according to Oceana Philippines, it has monitored fishing boats that go…

Train derails after ramming into car near Tokyo, 1 slightly injured

A train ran off the track near Tokyo on Wednesday after crashing into a car stuck at a level crossing, leaving one passenger on the train slightly injured, its operator said. The first carriage of the 10-car train derailed on the Odawara Line operated by Odakyu Electric Railway Co. as it ploughed into the empty car at around 2:50 p.m. in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, the company said. The car apparently became stuck at the crossing when the gate bars came down. The driver, a woman in her 20s, escaped and…

Canadian warship makes rare patrol through Ta…

HMCS Regina (FFH 334). (By Wikimedia Commons) TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As tensions ratchet up between Ottawa and Beijing, a Canadian warship patrolled through the waters of the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday (June 18). Taiwanese netizens on the online forum PTT first commented about the apparent transit of the Canadian Halifax-class frigate HMCS Regina (FFH 334) through the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday. The website MarineTraffic also tracked the warship as it passed through the Taiwan Strait from the South China Sea, before heading toward the East China Sea.…

Vietnam, Japan Conduct Naval Exercise

The Vietnamese People’s Navy and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force held a joint naval exercise earlier this week. The Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) held a joint naval exercise off the southeastern coast of Vietnam on June 17, the JMSDF said in a recent statement. The exercise involved tactical maneuvers, search-and-rescue drills, and communications training, according to the JMSDF, which dubbed the bilateral engagement a “goodwill exercise.” The aim of the bilateral drill was to improve the “tactical skills” of both navies and…

It’s Time for America to Break with Beijing

SOME MISTAKES are repeated over the course of generations. For more than four decades, American presidents sought a closer relationship with China, working to “engage” that country so as to “enmesh” it into the international system. Richard Nixon, in his landmark Foreign Affairs article in 1967, provided the rationale for engagement, arguing the Chinese state could not be isolated. “Taking the long view,” he famously wrote then, “we simply cannot afford to leave China forever outside the family of nations, there to nurture its fantasies, cherish its hates and threaten…

China, Philippines to Stay Friends despite Boat Collision in Disputed Sea | Voice of America

TAIPEI – China and the Philippines will sustain a friendship of three years despite a risky mishap in a disputed sea because each side values the other for political or economic reasons, analysts believe.  The Philippines is getting investment and other aid from Beijing to pay for $169 billion in infrastructure renewal, while China sees strong ties with the Philippines as a way to stop Manila and more powerful allies such as the United States from trying to stop its maritime expansion. “The president is very much pro-China,” said Antonio Contreras,…

Is China’s South China Sea Strategy On the Move?

ASPI’s three recent reports on the Pacific—by Richard Herr; Graeme Dobell; and John Lee—reflect the widening discussion in Australia of the region’s shifting dynamics. As Dobell put it, Canberra’s deep strategic denial instinct is roused. None of them, however, considers how Beijing might use its success in occupying the South China Sea as a template for expansion into the South Pacific. Although China’s growing presence in the South Pacific is multi-faceted and a natural reflection of its global power, Beijing’s efforts ‘left of launch’ could nonetheless erode allied access to…