U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo blasts Chinese ‘coercion’ in South China Sea

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on August 1 criticised Chinese “coercion” in the disputed South China Sea, at a meeting of Southeast Asian nations with world powers. Tensions have risen in the South China Sea over recent incidents between Chinese, Vietnamese and Philippine ships; the latest confrontations in a potential global flashpoint where the United States challenges China’s sweeping maritime claims. Source link

It’s time for a “Quad” of coast guards

The so-called Quad group of Indo-Pacific maritime democracies – Australia, India, Japan, and the United States – is a valuable grouping, although it is still underutilised in many ways. One of the most effective ways that these countries could work together to enhance maritime security in the Indo-Pacific would be through coordinating the work of their coast guard agencies. Much attention is now focused on naval cooperation as a way to stabilise a region that has been destabilised by a rising and often assertive China. There is no doubt this…

Jaishankar in China as Pakistan heads to UN over Kashmir

New Delhi: Indian external affairs minister S. Jaishankar arrived in Beijing on Sunday amid efforts by Pakistan to internationalize the Kashmir issue that has made it a tightrope walk for both India and China as they seek to consolidate ties after a summit meeting between Indian and Chinese leaders last year. Jaishankar’s visit to Beijing is to prepare the ground for a visit to India in October by Chinese president Xi Jinping to carry forward the dialogue begun in Wuhan last year when the two sides stabilized their relationship after…

China hoping to rebuild ties with Philippines after angry backlash over sinking of fishing boat in South China Sea

China is seeking to repair relations with the Philippines ahead of a visit by President Rodrigo Duterte after a recent collision between two ships in the South China Sea resulted in the sinking of a Philippine fishing boat. Observers said the visit could be a fence-mending exercise after the incident, in which a Chinese trawler was accused of ramming the other ship before it fled the scene, leaving 22 Filipino fishermen in the sea until a passing Vietnamese boat came to the rescue. The incident near Reef Bank triggered a…

Palace: China’s refusal to recognize arbitral ruling won’t stop Duterte from raising it with Xi

Palace: China’s refusal to recognize arbitral ruling won’t stop Duterte from raising it with Xi MANILA, Philippines — China’s refusal to recognize the arbitral ruling on the South China Sea would not deter President Rodrigo Duterte from invoking the landmark decision during his visit to China this month, Malacañang said Sunday.  The 2016 arbitral ruling by a Hague-based court invalidated China’s expansive maritime claim in the South China Sea and upheld the Philippines’ rights over its 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone. READ: ‘Time has come’ for Duterte to raise arbitral…

Former US Pacific Fleet commander praises Australia for ‘refreshing’ debate on China

“Anybody with a level of experience can find anything to criticise, but I thought it was very useful in sharing a point of view that should be taken quite seriously. “They are views I wouldn’t say should be embraced in their entirety, but they can’t be brushed aside either. To brush it aside is a risky approach to take.” Senior ministers are split over Mr Hastie’s claim that China poses a fundamental threat to Australia, and his belief that the world’s approach to containing Beijing is similar to the failure to…

60-40 resource sharing between PH and China is ‘good for us’ says Panelo

MANILA – Malacañang again said on Sunday that a proposed 60-40 sharing of possible oil resources in the West Philippine Sea between the Philippines and China is good for the country. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said that since China and the Philippines are both claiming the area, it is better for the two countries to share the area’s resources. “Apparently both countries are not budging with their position, then the next best thing is to agree on using that property to benefit both,” Panelo said in an interview with ANC.…