Duterte to invoke SCS ruling during China trip

MANILA, Philippines — Now is the time. President Duterte confirmed last night he would bring up the arbitral ruling favoring the Philippine position on the South China Sea issue when he meets with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing this month. “Let’s talk about the arbitral ruling. I’m going to China to talk,” Duterte said at the oath taking of officials of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry at Malacañang. “Ayoko ng away (I don’t want to fight),” he said, reiterating the Philippines could not afford…

Is Beijing Readying a Military Crackdown in Hong Kong?

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR Newsletter and Engagement Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curates the week’s top news and expert analysis on China. Hong Kong experienced its most widespread antigovernment demonstrations yet Monday, as protests and a citywide strike led to road closures, disruptions to public transit systems and hundreds of flight cancellations. Riot police responded by volleying tear gas at demonstrators and arresting at least 82 people. Amid the chaos, the Chinese government warned “all the criminals to not wrongly judge the situation and take restraint for weakness.” That statement, Beijing’s…

Taiwan braces for typhoon hours after earthquake strikes

TAIPEI: A powerful typhoon will hit Taiwan later on Thursday (Aug 8), bringing the risk of landslides and high seas, weather forecasters said, hours after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck the island. Typhoon Lekima, categorised at the strongest typhoon level by Taiwan’s weather bureau, was expected to approach off the island’s northeastern coast late on Thursday.  Advertisement Advertisement READ: 5.9 magnitude quake jolts Taiwan It was moving across the ocean in a north-northwesterly direction at 15kmh, weather officials said. Lekima was carrying maximum winds of 227kmh, as it approaches Taiwan, the weather…

US carrier stops in Philippines after Duterte’s request – ANN

Diplomacy Trump says U.S.-S. Korea talks on defense payment begin Trump says South Korea must pay more for its defense. U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that talks to get South Korea to increase its contribution to the upkeep of U.S. forces in the country have begun. “South Korea is a very wealthy nation that now feels an obligation to contribute to the military defense provided by the U.S. The relationship between the two countries is a very good one,” Trump wrote in a tweet. Trump said Korea had…

EU should expand maritime activity in Southeast Asia as China looms

On August 5, there was a sign of blossoming international relations even as global hostilities in trade, currency and diplomacy intensified: the EU and Vietnam signed a historic defense agreement — the first in Southeast Asia. The agreement paves the way for Vietnam’s participation in European military missions, peacekeeping operations and tighter defense cooperation, and comes as Europe extends its strategic ambition to East Asia, just when China is challenging the existing order. Though European powers are keen on maintaining robust and fruitful relations with Beijing, they have rightly shown their…

See This Plane? It Can Kill ‘Stealth’ Chinese Submarines Under Water

The increasing global reach of Chinese nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines, armed with JL-2 weapons reportedly able to hit parts of the US, continues to inspire an ongoing Navy effort to accelerate production of attack submarines, prepare long-dwell drones for deployment to the Pacific and continue acquisition of torpedo-armed sub-hunting planes such as the P-8/A Poseidon. Seeking to overcome the Pacific’s “tyranny of distance” dispersed geography, and track China’s expanding fleet of submarines, the Navy is working with Congress to produce as many as three Virginia-class submarines per year, moving beyond…

WATCH: Canada and China diplomatic victory

After a transit through the Taiwan Strait, Canadian warship HMCS Regina encountered two Chinese fighter jets flying overhead while passing through the South China sea off the coast of Shanghai, in what has been stated as symbolic of a warm welcome from China. The international community portrayed mixed reactions over the event with French, Japanese, and British navies saying they received similar behaviour. Many ships have been in the South China sea and surrounding oceans as part of a multinational effort to thwart smugglers from transferring fuel near North Korea,…

Hirono Pushes for Ratification of International Maritime Treaty

Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono is leading an effort to ratify a 40 year old U.N. treaty establishing international rules for global maritime activity. The U.S. signed the pact in 1994, but Congress never gave approval. Some of the world’s largest bodies of water are at the center of international disputes. From the Arctic Ocean to the South China Sea, countries are arguing about borders, influence and resources. Much of the debate takes place under a 40-year old international treaty, one that doesn’t even involve the United States.  The name is a mouthful: The United…

Duterte to rush conclusion of code of conduct in South China Sea » Manila Bulletin News

Published August 8, 2019, 9:39 PM By Genalyn Kabiling  Pursuing the swift conclusion of the South China Sea code of conduct (COC) will be part of the agenda of President Duterte during his upcoming visit to China, apart from the tackling the landmark arbitral ruling and the joint oil exploration project. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (REY BANIQUET / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) The President said he would press for the early crafting of the code of conduct to reduce tension and minimize the risk of incidents and miscalculation amid…

Hanoi says China ships have left disputed sea after month-long standoff

Anti-China protesters hold placards during a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Kham, Reuters A fleet of Chinese ships has left Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea, Hanoi said Thursday, ending a tense month-long stand off in the resource-rich waterway claimed by both sides and others. A Chinese survey vessel and several accompanying ships entered the waters around the Spratly Islands early last month, drawing ire from Hanoi, the US and the EU over Chinese increasing aggression in the…