How Vietnam Quietly Built Up 10 Islands in Asia’s Most Disputed Sea | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Both China and Vietnam are building up tiny islets across Asia’s most disputed sea, but while China receives international criticism Vietnam receives very little, and even gets some support because its pace of construction is slower and widely seen as defensive. Vietnam’s work on islets it has held for decades is kept to areas of the South China Sea closest to its mainland coasts. The country shuns military mega projects that might appear offensive. And it belongs to the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) known…

Southeast Asian leaders expected to discuss Rohingyas, South China Sea | Philippines/Asia

BANGKOK – Southeast Asian leaders met on Sunday for a second day of a summit in Bangkok, where they were expected to discuss pressing regional issues including the plight of Myanmar’s fleeing Rohingyas and the South China Sea dispute. Leaders of the 10 countries on Saturday adopted a joint declaration against marine plastic pollution and stressed the importance of a regional trade pact first proposed by China. Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders face calls from rights groups to rethink support for plans to repatriate Rohingya Muslims who have fled…

How We Will Stop China’s Long March to Rule Earth and Space – American Greatness

Over the past two weeks, the streets of Hong Kong have been racked with protests on a scale rarely seen. By some accounts, more than 2 million people participated, over a quarter of Hong Kong’s population of 7 million. The cause of the massive unrest was a proposed law that would allow accused criminals to be extradited to China. Protesters knew what that meant. Anyone in Hong Kong who was critical of the Chinese regime would end up in Chinese prison camps, instead of having a chance at what remains…

As US-China row rages, Asean cautions against a zero-sum game

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has called for avoiding “a zero-sum game” in the Indo-Pacific region amid rising tensions between the US and China. South-East Asia lies in the centre of the Asia Pacific and Indo-Pacific regions and it is in the interest of the grouping that it leads the shaping of the economic and security architecture of the region, the Asean countries—Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore and Thailand—noted in its Indo-Pacific Outlook released on Sunday. The document is significant as it seems to…

China Deploys Fighter Jets at Island in South China Sea, as US Allies Conduct Naval Exercises

Satellite images recently revealed that China has deployed at least four of its J-10 mainstay fighter jets on the contested territory of Woody Island in the South China Sea. Around the same time, warships from the United States, Japan, Vietnam, India, and the Philippines performed naval drills separately or jointly in the same waters, valued for fisheries and energy reserves. Over the past decade, the Chinese regime has used aggressive tactics to defend its territorial claims in the region, including by building artificial islands with military bases, alarming nearby countries.…

China Wins the War: Why I Got Crushed In a Simulated South China Sea Battle

The worst part — the Chinese didn’t even have to use missiles to defeat the Americans. The year is 2016, and two of the U.S. Navy’s latest ships are backing a key ally in the tinderbox of the South China Sea. They’re facing down the Chinese navy halfway across the world with the latest weapons and systems the United States can get its hands on. But is it enough?For more than a hundred years, the U.S. Navy has been using naval wargames to test ships, tactics and strategy. Today, thanks to the…

South China Sea crisis: Australia plans new base to combat Beijing’s influence | World | News

Anonymous Australian government officials confirmed that the development would act as a military base for the US as well as a commercial port. Located 40 kilometres north-east of Darwin’s existing port, it has been earmarked by the government for years due to its deep waters. The move is likely to put China on high alert as President Xi Jinping looks to expand Beijing’s influence in the region. The port will be able to accommodate US marines for various military activities in nearby waters. Though the Darwin port already houses military…

VIETNAM Vietnamese authorities and fishermen against Beijing’s South China Sea ban

China is preventing fishing in disputed waters. The area subject to the ban extends from 12 degrees north latitude to China’s southern provinces of Fujian and Guangdong. Meanwhile, Vietnamese fishing boats continue to be attacked and intimidated. Hanoi (AsiaNews) – Beijing’s ban on fishing in the disputed waters of the South China Sea is exacerbating diplomatic tensions with Hanoi and threatens to bring the Vietnamese fishing industry to its knees. Despite Vietnam’s opposition to the measure, China has no intention to back down. As in the past, the ban is…