Lost at sea: At least 18 Singaporeans have died in regional waters since 2007, Singapore News & Top Stories

When a sudden storm lashed at his speedboat about 500m from Tioman Island on May 4, Mr John Low had to jump into choppy waters or go down with his boat. Despite having no water or food for four days, the 60-year-old former diving instructor survived his ordeal. Many more have not been so lucky. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) refers to cases such as Mr Low’s as a “persons at sea” incident. Since 2014, the authority has coordinated a total of 92 search and rescue operations…

Darwin’s proposed new port development should come as no surprise

Updated June 24, 2019 06:05:08 Photo: President Barack Obama declared the US “always will be a Pacific power”. (White House: Pete Souza) Days prior to the revelation that a new port which could be used by the US Marines was being planned on the edge of Darwin, a placard popped up on one of the city’s main commuter arteries. “No USA war base” blared the letters of the sign hanging off the Bagot Road pedestrian bridge, which neighbours land owned by Australia’s Defence Department. Other similarly slapdash carboard banners were…

Boat ramming seen to boost ICC case vs Xi

The International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands MANILA, Philippines — The ramming of a Philippine fishing boat by a Chinese vessel near Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea can give a boost to the complaint of crimes against humanity against Chinese President Xi Jinping in the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario. Del Rosario told the Inquirer that the ICC had responded to the case he and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales filed in March, informing them that it was now…

UPDATE 2-Southeast Asian leaders emphasize economic strength in face of U.S.-China tensions

BANGKOK — Southeast Asian leaders agreed on Sunday to work together on regional economy and security to strengthen their position amid growing U.S.-China tensions, as they wrapped up their summit in Bangkok. The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will need its collective economic strength for bargaining power globally, especially amid the trade tensions between the world’s top two economies, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told a news conference, as chairman of the 34th ASEAN Summit. Prayuth urged ASEAN nations to complete negotiations this year for the China-initiated Regional…

CON: Deliberately sailing into areas China considers as territorial waters is not a good idea | Columnists

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The United States is raising the profile of its naval activity in response to Chinese assertiveness in the waters of the South China Sea. But it is far from clear that such activity on our part will resolve the admittedly volatile situation in those waters. Tension has been highest of late in waters not far from the Philippines that are claimed by China. Fishing rights are the flash point. In May, U.S. Coast Guard ships staged a joint exercise with two Philippines naval vessels in those waters.…

ASEAN calls for non-militarization and restraint to ease tension in SCS » Manila Bulletin News

Published June 23, 2019, 7:26 PM By Genalyn Kabiling  BANGKOK — Leaders of the Southeast Asian bloc have called for the non-militarization and self-restraint in the South China Sea to ease tension stemming from territorial disputes. Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha speaks during a press conference at the end of the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Bangkok on June 23, 2019. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN) The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) issued the call amid concerns about the land…

South China Sea: Beijing’s attack on Philippines boat could trigger US war treaty | World | News

Sung Kim reiterated the US commitment to the treaty following reports Beijing sunk a Philippine fishing boat. The Chinese vessel reportedly rammed a fishing boat in Reed Bank. A total of 22 crew members on the boat were rescued by a nearby Vietnamese vessel. Mr Kim said on Cignal TV’s One News: “(US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo) made clear that because the South China Sea is part of the Pacific, under the treaty itself, any armed attack on Filipino vessels, Filipino aircraft will trigger our obligations under the Mutual…

Duterte, Jokowi hail historic deal on sea boundaries

The Philippines and Indonesia say the landmark agreement is a ‘valuable example of peaceful and rules-based settlement of maritime borders’ Published 9:37 AM, June 23, 2019 Updated 12:10 PM, June 23, 2019 MARITIME DEAL. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 22, 2019, and hail a historic treaty on maritime borders between the two countries. Malacañang photo MANILA, Philippines – It is 25 years in the making, but a historic agreement by…

Duterte accepts China’s proposal to jointly investigate South China Sea boat collision, SE Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday (June 22) rebuffed his own top diplomat, as he accepted an offer from China to jointly probe the sinking of a Philippine fishing boat by a Chinese trawler early this month. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a statement that Mr Duterte wants “highly qualified and competent” representatives from the Philippines, China and a “neutral” country in a committee that will investigate the incident. “To be clear, we are by no means relinquishing any inch of our sovereign rights, nor compromising the rights…