U.S., China should prevent “military incidents” in South China Sea

Picture Credit: U.S. Navy photo – {{Cc-by-4.0}} By Anbound Malaysia In a recent development of the tensions in the South China Sea, Australian navy helicopter pilots claimed Chinese fishing boats hit them with laser beams during a recent Indo-Pacific Endeavour military exercise. Observers accompanying the choppers in the military exercise suspected the laser might have come from a Chinese maritime militia boat, alluding that the fishing boat might be nothing more than a disguise. The Chinese side believes that it was probably because the helicopter’s flight altitude is too low, and…

Satellite image shows Chinese fighter planes on contested South China Sea island

June 21 (UPI) — A satellite image shows that at least four Chinese fighter planes were deployed to a contested South China Sea island, analysts said. The image, taken Wednesday and published Friday by CNN, shows the Chengdu J-10 jets on Woody Island, one of the Paracel Islands claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam. China expelled a then-South Vietnamese military force on the islands in 1974 and have occupied them since, fortifying them in recent years with barracks, airfields, upgraded harbors and land reclamation. The South China Sea includes vital…

South China Sea situation worrisome: Vietnam PM

“Unlawful unilateral activities, including land reclamation to change the status quo, militarisation, collisions that put lives of fishermen in danger are worrisome,” Phuc told The Nation in an interview via e-mail. “These behaviours have eroded trust and are not conducive to promotion of dialogue and maintenance of peace and stability in the region,” he said. Phuc arrived in Thailand on Saturday for 34th Asean Summit where many hot security issues will be discussed. Vietnam is among Asean members at loggerheads with China over the territorial disputes…

Rocking the boat in the South China Sea

There has been a status quo of tensions in the South China Sea, a focal point of frequent upheaval. This episode has sparked vociferous protests in the Philippines. Photo: Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images Tensions between China and the Philippines flared up earlier this month, after a Chinese fishing vessel (Yuemaobinyu 42212) making its way from the Guandong Province for a ‘purse seine operation,’ hit and sank a Filipino fishing vessel (F/B Gimver I) with 22 fishermen on board on 9 June 2019 . The fishermen were eventually rescued by a Vietnamese…

Beijing Is Pursuing an Outmoded Strategy to Challenge US Naval Dominance

Feasibility and consequences of China’s ‘military rise’ narrative are of little concern for Communist Party propagandists Chinese state media has recently featured heavy promotion of China’s carrier program, playing up its expansion as a means of challenging the United States states for control of the seas. This strategy is in keeping with the growing assertiveness of the Chinese armed forces, as well as the Chinese Communist Party’s aim to expand its geopolitical influence beyond China’s borders. However, the CCP’s naval strategy rests on outdated thinking that is not backed by…

Trump Is Repeating Obama’s Mistakes On Trade

For well over a year now, experts have been predicting disaster from President Donald Trump’s trade war with China. It would wreck Christmas shopping, ruin the board game industry and drive up the price of fancy sweaters. According to the august analysts at the New York Federal Reserve, Trump’s tariffs cost an average of $414 per household last year and will cost another $831 over the coming year. The top Senate Democrat on trade, Ron Wyden of Oregon, recently warned that the tariffs could increase consumer prices by up to…

Malaysia wants Asean to come together to draft South China Sea conduct code – Nation

BANGKOK (Bernama): Malaysia has urged Asean member countries to come together in drafting a Code of Conduct (COC) so that the South China Sea dispute can be resolved amicably, says Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah  (pic). He said Malaysia’s stand on the dispute is that it should not be discussed separately among member countries that had made overlapping claims to the area. The discussion on the setting up of the COC at the 34th Asean summit in Bangkok should be done by Asean as a group with China, he said.…

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