US official suggests Cambodia may host Chinese military assets at naval base

Updated July 02, 2019 09:38:37 Photo: A Cambodian spokesman said changes to the Ream Naval Base would not include hosting Chinese forces. (Reuters: Tyrone Siu) A senior Pentagon official has suggested Cambodia may be planning to host Chinese military assets at one of its naval bases after it suddenly rejected a US offer to fund repairs at the port. Key points: Washington is concerned about the Chinese military presence in South-East Asia A US Defence official said America had offered funding help at Cambodia’s request Cambodia, a Chinese ally in…

Chinese military conducts anti-ship missile tests in hotly contested South China Sea

WASHINGTON — China has been conducting a series of anti-ship ballistic missile tests in the hotly contested waters of the South China Sea, according to two U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter. The Chinese carried out the first test over the weekend, firing off at least one missile into the sea, one official said. The window for testing remains open until July 3, and the official expects the Chinese military to test again before it closes. While the U.S. military has ships in the South China Sea, they were…

Chinese military conducts missile tests in the South China Sea

Crew members of the Chinese Navy stand guard on the deck of Chinese PLA Navy ship on May 23, 2014. Soe Than Win | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON — China is in the midst of conducting a series of anti-ship ballistic missile tests in the hotly contested waters of the South China Sea, according to two U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter. The Chinese carried out the first test over the weekend, firing off at least one missile into the sea, one official said. The window for testing…

Hong Kong police fire tear gas after protesters vandalize legislature

Hong Kong police fired tear gas to try to disperse hundreds of protesters, some of whom stormed the legislature, destroyed pictures and daubed walls with graffiti, on the anniversary of the city’s 1997 return to Chinese rule on Monday. After the protesters had largely dispersed, it was announced that Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam would meet with the press at 4 a.m. local time in police headquarters, according to the South China Morning Post. Police arrived by bus and ran into position as about a thousand protesters gathered around the…

China begins naval exercise in the South China Sea

Here’s a weekly look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves. CHINA HOLDING NAVAL DRILLS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA China is holding military exercises across a broad swath of the South China Sea, reinforcing its claim to virtually the entire strategic waterway. A notice from the Maritime Safety Administration gave few details other than saying the exercises…

Duterte dares Western nations to ‘seize’ Spratly Islands – UNTV News

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of China occupied Subi Reef at Spratly Islands in disputed South China Sea April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Francis Malasig/Pool MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday dared western countries to “assemble” and “seize” the Spratly Islands amid calls for him to defend the Philippine territory against China’s incursion. Duterte’s challenge came as he acknowledged that the Philippines cannot prevent China from fishing in Recto Bank (also called Reed Bank) and asserting its claim over the West Philippine Sea. “Ito ang hamon ko, ang hamon ko…

Deft, patriotic hand needed in WPS row

WITH West Philippine Sea disputes heating up, the country needs a skillful and patriotic hand to guide it. Any miscalculation or reckless remark could spark hostilities among the parties maneuvering to maintain or gain an advantage in the strategic and resource-rich waterway. Innocent Filipinos could get caught in an unintended crossfire, especially if they are stuck with a leader showing signs of not being equal to the challenge of handling regional, particularly Chinese, issues while weighed down by domestic problems. Resorting to shortcuts outside the Constitution and the bounds of…

Are we ready for fireworks?

If there is anyone that should be held accountable for China’s incursion into the Philippines’ territorial waters and exclusive economic zone (EEZ), it should be Noynoy Aquino and the four presidents that preceded him. In the wake of the Vietnam War, President Marcos issued Presidential Decree 1596, declaring the Spratly Islands as Philippine territory and renamed it Kalayaan Islands. In 1988, the UNESCO  Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission awarded the People’s Republic of China and secured the permit to build at least five “observation posts” in the region, including the Spratly islands.…

South China Sea tensions: ‘Step up patrols – or face dictatorship’, Australia warned | World | News

And failure to act ran the risk of Australian itself eventually finding itself “strategically reliant on the benevolence of an expansionist dictatorship”, it warned. A report published on the website of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and written by Sam Fairall-Lee echoed remarks by US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson last month, who encouraged Australian counterparts to be more active in countering China’s military expansion in the region. Mr Fairall-Lee wrote: “According to Australia’s chief of navy, Michael Noonan, the recent Indo-Pacific Endeavour deployment demonstrates to our regional…