Rising tensions in South China Sea cast shadow over ASEAN summit

SINGAPORE/NEW, DELHI – Rising tensions in the South China Sea and the fallout from the U.S.-China trade war are set to dominate talks this week as top diplomats converge in Bangkok for a key Southeast Asia summit. U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will be joined at the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) by his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on the heels of trade negotiations between the two countries in Shanghai on Tuesday. Chaired this year by Thailand, officials say there will…

Philippines Protests Beijing’s Ships Swarming in South China Sea

Manila has filed a diplomatic protest over reports about Chinese boats swarming around territory occupied by the Philippines in the South China Sea, the country’s foreign secretary said Wednesday after its defense chief accused Beijing of acting like a bully in the disputed waterway. Philippine defense officials had confirmed that 113 Chinese vessels were spotted near Pag-asa Island – which the Chinese call Thitu Island – on July 24 and 25, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin announced via Twitter but without giving a date for when Manila lodged its protest. “Diplomatic…

Ministers ink pact to defuse S China Sea tensions

Asean defence ministers have agreed to work together to turn the South China Sea into a “sea of peace and stability”, said Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon. Gen Prawit made the remark at the 13th Asean Defence Ministerial Meeting (ADMM) in Bangkok, where security issues — including the South China Sea dispute and North Korea — ranked high on the agenda. The deputy premier said the ministers agreed that it is necessary to maintain peace and ensure freedom and safety of passage through the South China Sea…

US to push security strategy as Chinese maneuvers rattle South China Sea

The guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) is shown in the South China Sea, March 6, 2016. Photo taken March 6, 2016. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marcus L. Stanley/US Navy/Handout via REUTERS MANILA – Recent incidents involving Chinese ships in Southeast Asian waters are testing regional faith in Beijing’s sincerity about maritime peace, and aiding a renewed US push to build alliances with countries unnerved by China’s assertiveness. Chinese maneuvering in energy-rich stretches of the South China Sea, including a standoff in Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone, will figure on…

‘We Won’t Fire The First Shot,’ China Comment Rekindles Scarborough Bullying Memories In Philippines

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday he is concerned about China’s veracity, based on statements from Chinese President Xi Jinping promoting peace in the contested areas of the South China Sea. Lorenzana said China does not “walk the talk” in the South China Sea dispute and that Xi’s statements do “not match what they are doing on the ground.” Lorenzana was responding to the Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines, Zhao Jianhua, who said in a speech that Beijing “will not take the first shot” over disputes. Comparing China’s behavior…

Pompeo Urged to Block Beijing ‘Aggression’ in South China Sea – Democratic Senators

US 01:45 31.07.2019Get short URL WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo must frame a new strategy with the nations of Southeast Asia to block China’s alleged aggression in the region, four Democratic senators wrote in a letter on Tuesday. “In a letter to… Pompeo, the senators urge the administration to put China’s expansionist behavior in the South China Sea at the center of its discussions at the upcoming Regional Forum of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bangkok”, Senator Bob Menendez said in a press…

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New push for European unity prepares the way for a strongman. July 16 marked the day that Ursula von der Leyen, then defense minister of Germany, was voted president of the European Commission. The vote was a triumph for European unity, a disaster of bickering and disagreement, and a preview of how a stronger European leader will soon emerge. United States of Europe “Anyone that is with me in wanting to see Europe grow stronger and to flourish and blossom can count on me as a fervent supporter. However, anyone…

China welcomes progress in South China Sea issue amid tensions

China Foreign Minister Wang Yi, centre, speaks during the Asean-China Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, on Wednesday. (AP photo) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday welcomed “major progress” at a meeting with his Asean counterparts in mapping out a “code of conduct” to avert clashes in the South China Sea. Beijing will continue to view the Association of Southeast Asian Nations “as a priority in its neighbourhood diplomacy,” Wang told a press conference following the China-Asean foreign ministerial meeting in Bangkok. In the wake of China’s recent test-firing of…

China warns on meddling in South China Sea

news, world China has warned outside nations against any attempt to sow discord between Beijing and Southeast Asian countries by playing up disputes over the South China Sea, saying differences can be resolved peacefully between the affected parties themselves. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, speaking after talks with his counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations at an annual meeting of the 10-member bloc, also reaffirmed Beijing’s commitment to conclude a Code of Conduct with ASEAN governing the South China Sea that will make the disputed region more stable.…