The new great game- The New Indian Express

Express News Service Some 600 years ago, Zheng He—a Muslim eunuch from Yunan—sailed past the Spratly Islands round the Straits of Malacca, past the Andaman Islands to reach India and from there, the Horn of Africa, in an epic voyage which was not repeated by Chinese mariners till the coming of age of the Middle Kingdom in the 20th century under Communist rule. Today with China emerging as a global power whose fleets scour the seas for trade and resources, its navies have started working overtime to secure the lanes…

Uniting goals and methods in WPS

Our maritime problems arose when China claimed ownership of and sovereignty over almost the entire South China Sea (SCS), and seized several isles and rocks therein, like the Paracels in 1974, Fiery Cross Reef in 1987, Johnson South Reef and Subi Reef in 1988, and Mischief Reef in 1995, the last three being within our exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Being quite far, these activities did not cause much concern to ordinary Filipinos at the time. But the Chinese seizure in 2012 of nearby Scarborough Shoal rang deafening alarm bells in…

Vietnam-China spat casts shadow over S. China Sea code of conduct, SE Asia News & Top Stories

A weeks-long stand-off between China and Vietnam eased last week after a Chinese surveying ship and its coast guard escorts left Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone amid international lobbying by Hanoi. Beijing, however, views Hanoi-sanctioned oil drilling off Vietnam’s south-eastern coast as the source of the dispute. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST’s best work Exclusive stories and features on multiple devices In-depth analyses and opinion pieces ePaper and award-winning multimedia content Source link

South China Sea | India’s short-sighted stand will damage its credibility in Southeast Asia

Harsh V Pant The South China Sea is back in news as tensions have grown in the last few weeks over incidents between Chinese and Vietnamese and Philippine ships. Chinese expansive maritime claims are becoming too difficult to ignore and there is now a robust pushback from regional states with some support from the US. Chinese manoeuvring in energy-rich stretches of the South China Sea, including its standoff in Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), figured prominently in the10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers meeting last month. The…

Solon warns vs. Chinese tourism isles

A party-list legislator on Saturday cautioned the administration against the plans of some Chinese companies to develop some Philippine islands into tourism sites. Magdalo Rep. Manuel Cabochan said the Department of National Defense considers China a major threat to national security, owing to the conflict at the West Philippine Sea, where the Chinese took control of some land features being claimed by the Philippines in the Spratly Group of Islands. “The military and other relevant security agencies should have been consulted first regarding this plan. Should the administration allow Chinese…

China News: The crucial battle between US and Beijing that will shape the region | World | News

Ever since Rodrigo Duterte assumed the presidency of the Philippines in 2016, the maverick leader has played China and the US off against one another. His nation has been at the centre of the South China Sea crisis ever since a Chinese vessel sunk a Philippine fishing boat in June, an action that signalled Beijing’s intentions in the region. However, the arrival of the vast US aircraft carrier ‘Ronald Reagan’ just off Manila reflects a growing desire from Washington to push back in the region. Rear Admiral Karl Thomas, who…

South China Sea on the boil. What should India do to tame the Dragon?

The South China Sea is back in the news as tensions have grown in the last few weeks over incidents between Chinese, Vietnamese and Philippine ships. China’s expansive maritime claims are becoming too difficult to ignore and there is now a robust pushback from regional states with some support from the US. Chinese manoeuvring in energy-rich stretches of the South China Sea, including its standoff in Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), figured prominently in the10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers’ meeting in July. Its final communiqué made…

US military mightier than ever

US military mightier than ever At the advent of the Trump administration, the US president launched what he described as “the greatest rebuilding of the US Armed Forces,” promising to increase the size of the US Army to about 540,000 active duty soldiers; build up the Marine Corps to 36 battalions; provide the Air Force with new 1,200 fighter planes; beef up the Navy with 350 surface ships and submarines; and upgrade the US nuclear arsenal.  Last week, the US Senate passed a two-year budget deal that would increase…