Candor from Chinese ambassador surely hurts

Candor from Chinese ambassador surely hurts MAURO GIA SAMONTE IN a cacophony of stereotypes, two complement each other to nail the issue on the South China Sea once and for all: Truth hurts, and the truth shall set you free. I won’t need the advice of a former British prime minister to state my take on the recent pronouncement by Chinese ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the arbitral ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at the Hague on Chinese-Philippine conflict. Although Asian culture is richly endowed…

South China Sea: Fears of ‘nuclear bombs’ as Beijing sparks messy naval confrontations | World | News

As Beijing’s tension with Hanoi continues to soar, Philippine President Rodrigo Durterte has had to contend with growing unrest after a Chinese vessel rammed and sunk a Philippine fishing vessel and left behind the 22 crew members, who were eventually rescued by a Vietnamese vessel. Manila regards the waters the clash took place in as theirs. Claimants in the region have encouraged fisherman to fish in the waters. Mr Durterte called for US protection: “I’m calling now America. I am invoking the RP-US pact, and I would like America to gather…

Has Xi Jinping Stirred a Backlash?

When relations between China and the West frayed in the wake of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping gave guidance that set Beijing’s course for several decades. “Hide our capacities and bide our time, be good at maintaining a low profile and never claim leadership,” he urged. As Deng and his successors opened China up to the world and avoided international conflicts, they sparked an economic miracle that propelled hundreds of millions out of poverty. A very different attitude increasingly prevails in Beijing. With China’s economy already…

South China Sea tensions resurface as Duterte prepares for China trip – South China Morning Post

South China Sea tensions resurface as Duterte prepares for China trip  South China Morning Post Philippines Pushing Back Against Chinese Militia South China Sea Presence  USNI News Decoding Australia’s Strange Silence Over China’s Transgressions in the South China Sea  The Diplomat Washington Sleeps While China Makes Waves in South China Sea  Geopoliticalmonitor.com South China Sea tensions soar as Beijing re-enters disputed Vietnamese Spratly Islands  Express.co.uk View full coverage on Google News Source link

South China Sea: Philippines issues warning over presence of five Chinese warships | World | News

Tensions between the two countries have risen lately with Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte confirming that he will confront Beijing over its territorial dominance next month. In an added escalation to the tensions between the two states, the Philippine Government has expressed concern over the passage of Chinese warships. The military has spoken of five Chinese warships that were seen passing through a strait in the southern Philippines. Presidential spokesman, Salvador Panelo said: “We express concern with that kind of incident because they China keep on saying that we’re friends. “I…

Five Must-Visit Islands in South China This Summer – Thatsmags.com

An island getaway is perhaps one of the best ways to soak up the sun before the summer ends, and South China is blessed with a myriad of islands either beset with gorgeous scenery or loaded with fascinating history. Below, we give you a look at five islands in South China that are worth a visit.  1. Weizhou Island (Guangxi) Image via Mafengwo To the south of Beihai city in Guangxi and east of Vietnam lies the volcanic island of Weizhou. Reputedly the youngest island of its type in China,…

History records prove Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa, Truong Sa

Fishing boats on the waters off the coast of Cat Ba township of Hai Phong city (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) are two big archipelagos with key strategic locations among Vietnam’s islands, and the country’s sovereignty over them is clearly reflected through historical documents. The East Sea borders Vietnam in the east and the south. Vietnamese people have long called this body of water the “East Sea” because it is east of the country. Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos are at the…

Manila Voices Alarm Over Chinese Warships in Philippine Waters Amid South China Sea Dispute

Earlier, Philippine presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo denied allegations that Manila has abandoned the UN arbitral tribunal’s decision that rejected Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. Manila has voiced alarm over a military report that at least five Chinese warships have been spotted passing through a strait in the southern Philippines in separate incidents since July. “We express concern with that kind of incident because they [China]) keep on saying that we’re friends. I don’t think that this is an act of friendship,” said Salvador Panelo, spokesman for Philippine…