Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang’s Regular Press Conference on July 12, 2019

Q: It was reported on July 11 that according to a source in the US, the country is considering offering a 12- to 18-month suspension of certain sanctions on the DPRK in exchange for the dismantlement of its main nuclear facility and a freeze of the entire nuclear program. The potential offer would see the suspension of sanctions restricting the DPRK‘s exports of coal and textiles. But the US Department of State made clarifications on this issue afterwards. I wonder if you have any comment on that? A: We note…

Cause-oriented groups call on government to protect sovereignty

Cause-oriented groups in Cebu gathered to protest the continuous illegal activities in the West Philippine Sea. They called on the government to protect the Philippine sovereignty. | Delta Dyrecka Letigio CEBU CITY, Philippines–Cause-oriented groups gathered at the famous Colon Street here on Friday morning, July 12, 2019, to join the nationwide protest of the 3rd anniversary of Philippines’ victory in the arbitration case against China. The groups, composed of BAYAN Central Visayas, Bayan Muna, Karapatan, Anak Bayan, Gabriela, Anak Pawis and Piston were calling on the government to fight for its…

Why Duterte shouldn’t mention fishing deal with Xi in next Sona

CHEST OUT FOR SOVEREIGNTY A protester stands outside the Chinese consulate in Makati City during a rally on Friday marking the third anniversary of The Hague arbitral tribunal ruling that rejected Beijing’s expansive claims in the South China Sea, in a landmark case brought by Manila in 2013. —LYN RILLON A staunch critic of President Duterte warned him not to mention in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 22 the so-called verbal agreement he made with China’s President Xi Jinping allowing Chinese access to the country’s exclusive…

Europe won’t coalesce to recognize SCS ruling — Locsin

Europe won’t coalesce to recognize SCS ruling — Locsin Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) – July 13, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — European countries are unlikely to form a coalition to recognize the arbitral ruling invalidating China’s nine-dash line claim in the South China Sea as they are “desperate” for Chinese money. “Dangerous to form a coalition of states coalescing precisely to recognize the ruling because we will not find a single country joining it except Vietnam. US does not recognize UNCLOS. All Europe will not because it…

A new cold war will force changes in Australian behaviour

Concerns were widely expressed this week about a Chinese intelligence-gathering ship loitering off eastern Australia to spy on our biggest defence exercise. This is one of many cases where Prime Minister Scott Morrison will have to make hard decisions about when to assert Australia’s interests against a determined China promoting its own agenda. A new cold war with China is playing out in all but name. Australia will be at the front line of much of this because we will increasingly be tested by the United States’ asking, ‘Are you…

Beijing to impose sanctions on U.S. firms involved in $2.2B Taiwan arms deal

The U.S. arms deal with Taiwan includes 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images This story is being published as part of a content partnership with the South China Morning Post. It originally appeared on scmp.com on July 12, 2019. Beijing said on Friday it will issue sanctions against the U.S. companies involved in the latest arms sale to Taiwan, as tensions between China and the United States continue to rise. Story Continued Below The foreign ministry said in a brief statement that the move by Washington had violated…

China, Vietnam Ships in Standoff Over a Reef in Disputed South China Sea

Beijing: Chinese and Vietnamese coastguard vessels have been involved in a week-long confrontation over a reef in the South China Sea, according to a media report which said the development could cause the biggest clash between the two neighbours in five years. Six heavily armed coastguards vessels – two Chinese and four Vietnamese – have been eyeing each other in patrols around the Vanguard Bank in the Spratly group of islands since last week. About a dozen vessels were reported in the vicinity, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post…

China, Vietnam ships in standoff in disputed South China Sea

BEIJING: Chinese and Vietnamese coastguard vessels have been involved in a week-long confrontation over a reef in the South China Sea, according to a media report which said the development could cause the biggest clash between the two neighbours in five years. Six heavily armed coastguards vessels – two Chinese and four Vietnamese – have been eyeing each other in patrols around the Vanguard Bank in the Spratly group of islands since last week. About a dozen vessels were reported in the vicinity, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post…

Reports Suggest Maritime Standoff Near Spratly Islands

situation report Jul 12, 2019 | 15:30 GMT 1 min read What Happened: Chinese and Vietnamese coast guard vessels have reportedly been engaged in a weeklong standoff in the Spratly Islands after a Chinese survey ship entered waters around the Vanguard Bank to conduct a seismic survey, the South China Morning Post reported July 12. Why It Matters: Although information on the incident remains sparse, China previously deployed survey ships and oil rigs to the region and unilaterally announced exploration bids to limit other countries’ activities in disputed areas. Both China…

China, Vietnam ships in standoff in disputed South China Sea: Report

By K J M Varma Beijing, Jul 12 Chinese and Vietnamese coastguard vessels have been involved in a week-long confrontation over a reef in the South China Sea, according to a media report which said the development could cause the biggest clash between the two neighbours in five years. Six heavily armed coastguards vessels – two Chinese and four Vietnamese – have been eyeing each other in patrols around the Vanguard Bank in the Spratly group of islands since last week. About a dozen vessels were reported in the vicinity,…