EU slams ‘militarisation’ of South China Sea

The “militarisation” of the South China Sea is threatening peace in the contested waterway, the EU’s top diplomat said yesterday in Hanoi, echoing warnings from the US as pressure mounts against Beijing’s ambitions in the region.China has been accused of deploying warships, arming outposts and ramming fishing vessels in the resource-rich sea, sparking ire from other claimants.Yesterday, the European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the bloc was concerned over “increasing tension” in the area.“We believe that this tension, this militarisation, is definitely not conducive to a peaceful environment,”…

The Hong Kong protests are putting China on a collision course with the west | Simon Tisdall | Opinion

As pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong escalate, so does China’s fury. The unrest is now in its ninth week. It has evolved from limited, student-led opposition to a proposed extradition law into a broad-based, fully fledged challenge to Beijing’s rule. It is threatening to undermine China’s control of the former British colony and President Xi Jinping’s control of China. His quasi-dictatorial authority is on the line. A critical tipping point is in sight. How long before China’s tough-guy leader, accustomed to getting his way and not averse to using force,…

We Could Be Looking at War in the South China Sea

Many people would do anything to have a crystal ball into the future. You could see if you’re going to get that dream job… You could find out what your children will become when they grow up… You could know where you’ll be when you retire. The possibilities are endless if you could see the future. Many of my colleagues, if asked the question of what they would do if they could see the future, would say that they would like to look at the financial markets and pick the…

Duterte Plans 5th Trip to China amid Territorial Squabble

Updated at 3:40 p.m. ET on 2018-08-05 President Rodrigo Duterte is to travel to Beijing this month, his fifth to China, his spokesman said Monday, amid reports the government was preparing to lease three northern islands to Chinese investors, including one near the Subic Freeport where the United States once had a major naval facility. Duterte’s trip comes just shortly after he conceded in a speech to Congress last month that he could not do anything to prevent the Chinese from fishing in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, despite widespread…

US opposes Beijing’s ‘destabilizing… | Taiwan News

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at AUSMIN 2019, Aug. 4 (By Associated Press) TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Speaking at a press conference in Sydney, Australia, on Sunday (Aug. 4), U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper noted that China has in recent years displayed a “disturbing pattern of aggressive behavior” in the South China Sea. Esper emphasized that the U.S. is firmly opposed to Beijing’s destabilizing influence in the region. Esper, who was accompanied by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, emphasized that…

EU criticizes ‘militarization’ of South China Sea – SE Asia

The “militarization” of the South China Sea is threatening peace in the contested waterway, the EU’s top diplomat said Monday in Hanoi, echoing warnings from the US as pressure mounts against Beijing’s ambitions in the region. China has been accused of deploying warships, arming outposts and ramming fishing vessels in the resource-rich sea, sparking ire from other claimants. On Monday, the European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the bloc was concerned over “increasing tension” in the area. “We believe that this tension, this militarization, is definitely not conducive…

South China Sea: Philippines Duterte made shocking ’undocumented agreement’ with Beijing | World | News

Beijing agreed to stop blocking Filipino fishermen from Scarborough Shoal as long as the Chinese would have access to Recto Bank. Duterte argued banning Chinese fishermen from the Philippine’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) would cause problems. He confirmed the deal in a speech last week but his spokesman has revealed the deal has not been signed and is informal. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said on ANC’s Early Edition: “That was more of an informal agreement rather than documented. “I don’t think they signed an agreement. They just talk. “You know…

A Fishing Boat Attack Highlights the Rocky Status of U.S.-Philippine Defense Ties

contributor perspectives Aug 5, 2019 | 09:30 GMT 6 mins read (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images) Contributor Perspectives offer insight, analysis and commentary from Stratfor’s Board of Contributors and guest contributors who are distinguished leaders in their fields of expertise. Highlights Washington is hesitant to react to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s informal call for the U.S. Navy to act against China in line with the country’s Mutual Defense Treaty. But in the wake of Chinese aggression against Philippine interests in the South China Sea, Manila is likely to continue questioning the utility…

South China Sea: Australia refuses to host US missiles as Beijing turns screw in Asia | World | News

Mr Morrison was quick to reject the notion Australia would be home to any American weapon despite Canberra and Washington’s shared rivalry with Beijing. US officials are concerned over China’s alleged antagonism in the South China Sea, where President Xi has been attempting to take control of the majority of the region. China’s behaviour has also affected Australia in recent months, with the two nations coming close to conflict on a number of occasions despite maintaining diplomatic relations. On the missiles, Mr Morrison said: “It’s not been asked of us,…