Asean says land reclamation in South China Sea erodes mutual trust

Asean foreign ministers have expressed concern over land reclamation activities and serious incidents in the disputed South China Sea. In a joint communique of the 52nd Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bangkok, the ministers said the situation had eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region. “We reaffirm the need to enhance mutual trust and confidence, exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities and avoid actions that may further complicate the situation, and pursue peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with international…

We have genuine interests in peace and stability in South China Sea: India

New Delhi, Aug 1 In the midst of a major standoff between Vietnam and China in the South China sea, India Thursday said it has “genuine and legitimate” interests in peace and stability in the region. On July 4, Chinese survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi 8, escorted by a large number of ships began marine seismic surveys near several offshore oil blocks, which according to Vietnam, fall within its exclusive economic zone. Vietnamese diplomatic sources said the Chinese ships came close to areas where India”s ONGC has oil exploration projects. External…

Chinese state councilor says consultations on COC in South China Sea can be concluded in time

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (C) attends the China-ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, July 31, 2019. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak) Consultations on and implementation of the COC will make the situation in the South China Sea more stable, enable countries concerned to more effectively manage and control the disputes, and facilitate deeper cooperation between various sides. BANGKOK, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) — China believes the consultation on the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea could be concluded in time as long as China…

Amid South China Sea stand-off, India stresses peace, stability

New Delhi/Bangkok: Amid a tense stand-off between China and Vietnam over territorial rights in the South China Sea, India on Thursday stressed peace, stability and navigational freedom in the vital sea route through which almost 55 per cent of its trade passes. India’s reply came as External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar participated in ASEAN-related multilateral events in Bangkok, where his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh is present. He also co-chaired the 10th Mekong Ganga Cooperation Ministerial Meeting with Pham Binh Minh, who is also the Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister. In…

AFP hits ‘deception’ in China warships’ passage

The military spokesman’s statement is markedly stronger than previous statements of security officials on the clandestine passage of China’s naval vessels Published 8:28 AM, August 03, 2019 Updated 8:28 AM, August 03, 2019 CHINA MUSCLE. This handout satellite picture taken on March 26, 2018 and released on March 30, 2018 by Planet Labs Inc. shows China’s sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning (C), sailing with other ships at sea, south of China’s southern Hainan island. Beijing flexed its military muscle this week as its sole operational aircraft carrier was apparently…

Secret base deal raising fear about Beijing in the South China Sea

A report that China cut a deal with Cambodia to use part of a naval base is raising concern that Beijing could extend its reach in the South China Sea and over the Malacca Strait, which connects the Indian and Pacific oceans. The deal, signed this spring, according to The Wall Street Journal, would give Beijing exclusive rights to a 62-acre section of the 190-acre Ream naval base, near Sihanoukville, Cambodia, and not far from a large airport a Chinese company is building. US officials who saw an early draft…

China’s rise, Iran tension touted as talking point as US military visits New Zealand

China’s growing influence and major security concerns around Iran are expected to dominate talks when the new US Secretary of Defense visits New Zealand on Monday. Mark Esper’s visit to New Zealand is part of a five-nation tour and comes just 11 days after he landed a permanent job in Trump’s cabinet. Professor Robert Patman believed China, then Iran, would dominate Esper’s discussions with Kiwi officials. China’s influence in the South Pacific, especially Tonga and Fiji, had grown “dramatically” in the past decade or so, he said. READ MORE:*Oil tanker…

Recognition for Premier Li Peng, a great Chinese leader; Need for a final agreement in the contested sea » Manila Bulletin News

Published August 4, 2019, 12:41 AM PEACE-MAKER By FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER JOSE C. DE VENECIA JR. Former House Speaker Jose C. De Venecia Jr. We wish to condole with the family of former Chinese Premier Li Peng, the Communist Party of China (CPC), and the Chinese people on the recent passing of one of its remarkable leaders, former Premier Li Peng. He served China in various capacities – as Minister of Power Industry, Member of Central Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC, Prime Minister from 1988 to 1998, and…

Philippines-Indonesia sea border pact takes effect

Philippines-Indonesia sea border pact takes effect Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) – August 3, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The historic agreement between the Philippines and Indonesia that establishes the boundary of their exclusive economic zones (EEZs) took effect on Thursday after two decades of negotiations, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi signed the Protocols of Exchange of the instruments of ratification concerning the delimitation of the EEZ between the two countries on the sidelines…