‘Let’s wait’: Lorenzana says yet to receive report on alleged Chinese ship sighting

  MANILA – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday the defense department has yet to receive an official report on the Chinese Coast Guard ship reportedly spotted in the vicinity of Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. “We haven’t received the official report so we’re trying to get from Wescom (Western Command), requiring them to send the report to us. I cannot comment on that yet,” Lorenzana said. Wescom earlier said they spotted the Chinese ship at the small group of islets and reefs, where a handful of Philippine…

Trump v China: Beijing could win Indo-Pacific conflict before US even responds – report | World | News

The University of Sydney’s United States Study Centre has warned the US has lost its military presence in the Indian Ocean, the western and central Pacific Ocean, and the seas connecting the two in the general area of Indonesia, also known more commonly as the Indo-Pacific. In a report called “Averting Crisis: American strategy, military spending and collective defence in the Indo-Pacific”, the document claims “America no longer enjoys military primacy in the Indo-Pacific and its capacity to uphold a favourable balance of power is increasingly uncertain”. The report warns…

South China Sea Showdown: China vs. Vietnam (Round 2)

The Haiyang Dizhi 8, a survey vessel belonging to a Chinese government-run corporation, began surveying a large swath of seabed on 3 July northeast of Vanguard Bank, which falls within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone. The ship has been escorted by other vessels, including from the China Coast Guard and maritime militia. At the same time, China Coast Guard ships have been harassing Vietnamese drilling operations to the south. Chinese incursions into Vietnam’s EEZ are by no means a new phenomenon. The most serious recent incident occurred in 2014, when China deployed an oil…

White House accuses China of ‘bullying’ in South China Sea

‘China’s recent escalation of efforts to intimidate others out of developing resources in the South China Sea is disturbing,’ says US National Security Advisor John Bolton Published 9:56 PM, August 20, 2019 Updated 9:58 PM, August 20, 2019 ON SOUTH CHINA SEA. US National Security Advisor John Bolton accuses China of ‘bullying tactics’ in the increasingly tense waters of the South China Sea. File photo from AFP WASHINGTON DC, USA – The White House on Tuesday, August 20, accused China of “bullying tactics” in the increasingly tense waters of the…

HCM City art show raises fund for national seas, islands

VNA Tuesday, August 20, 2019 – 21:16:00 Print Trieu Le Khanh, Vice Chairwoman of the VFF HCM City, speaks a press conference on the art show (Photo: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – The Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Committee in Ho Chi Minh City and the municipal television HTV will co-organise a music show on August 29 to raise funds for the national sea and islands foundation. The programme, broadcast live on the local TV, will inform the audience on outcomes of the fund’s operation last year and in the first …

Australian ex-defense chief calls for freedom of navigation | Politics | FOCUS TAIWAN

Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) Former Australian Defense Minister Christopher Pyne called on “all nations” Tuesday for freedom to navigate the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait, which he considers international waters. “We would encourage all nations to navigate international waters … because that is the purpose of international waters, not to be held by any particular nation,” Pyne said during an interview on the sidelines of the 2019 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue in Taipei. His statement was clearly a show of support for Washington’s Freedom of Navigation Program, in which…

White House Accuses China of Employing ‘Bullying Tactics’ in South China Sea Dispute

Beijing claims most of the South China Sea, including waters close to Philippine shores, and has ignored a 2016 international tribunal ruling that declared their assertion as without basis. AFP Updated:August 20, 2019, 6:33 PM IST File photo of the White House (Reuters) Washington: The White House on Tuesday accused China of “bullying tactics” in the increasingly tense waters of the South China Sea and said it would resist Beijing on the dispute. “China’s recent escalation of efforts to intimidate others out of developing resources in the South China Sea…

Philippines” Duterte to visit Beijing amid China sea tensions

Manila, Aug 20 President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping next week to raise their conflicting claims to the South China Sea, as the Filipino leader faces pressure at home to confront Beijing. While Duterte has embraced China and had largely set aside a once-tense standoff over the resource-rich waterway, a series of confrontations have stoked domestic discontent. Duterte heads to China on August 28 and is due to return to the Philippines on September 2, his spokesman, Salvador Panelo, told journalists on Tuesday. Beijing claims most of…