South China Sea: White House accuses China of ‘bullying’ , Latest World News

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 is disturbing,” President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton tweeted. “The United States stands firmly with those who oppose coercive behaviour and bullying tactics which threaten regional peace and security.” China has been accused of deploying warships, arming island outposts and ramming…

Philippines’ Duterte warns of ‘unfriendly’ greeting for uninvited warships

MANILA (Reuters) – President Rodrigo Duterte warned on Tuesday foreign ships faced “unfriendly” treatment if they ventured into Philippines’ territorial waters without permission, in a swipe at China’s deployment of warships a few miles off the coast. FILE PHOTO: Filipino activists and opposition leaders march to protest the presence of Chinese vessels in South China Sea at the Chinese Embassy in Makati City, Philippines, April 9, 2019. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez/File Photo The warning comes as Duterte faces critics at home who accuse him of being passive over Chinese provocations in exchange…

US slams ‘bullying’ in South China Sea

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 is disturbing,” President Donald Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton tweeted. “The United States stands firmly with those who oppose coercive behavior and bullying tactics which threaten regional peace and security.” China has been accused of deploying warships, arming island outposts and ramming…

South China Sea threat: Beijing ally the Philippines labels Chinese presence an ‘irritant’ | World | News

Officials in Manila have expressed concerns about war ships from China entering Philippine territory – despite Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte’s refusing to condemn it. He sparked outrage over the past week when he declared he would not stop China’s Xi Jinping roaming the waters. But Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana called out the Chinese leader himself. Colleague Salvador Panelo, who is the presidential spokesman, added: “I agree with Secretary Lorenzana. It’s becoming an irritant if you keep on repeating certain acts that may be viewed to be in violation of…

Vietnam’s South China Sea plea to Morrison

Mr Morrison said on Wednesday Vietnam had been an economic success story over the past decade and his visit would in particular focus on broadening two-way trade and investment opportunities. “Our relationship with Vietnam has never been stronger and my first official visit will be an important opportunity to drive forward that strategic partnership,” he said. The visit will have a strong business focus, as Australia looks to tap into one of south-east Asia’s fastest-growing economies. Mr Morrison will deliver a speech tonight at a Chamber of Commerce event as…

Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte to visit Beijing amid South China Sea tensions

MANILA – Philippines 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 Aug. 28 and is due to return to the Philippines on Sept. 2, his spokesman, Salvador Panelo, told journalists on Tuesday. Beijing claims most of…

Duterte betting on joint oil exploration with China to resolve S. China Sea dispute

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the Malacañang Palace on August 6, 2019. King Rodriguez, Presidential Photo MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he hopes that the joint oil and gas exploration with China could help resolve the maritime dispute over the South China Sea. Duterte had welcomed China’s proposal to share oil resources in the West Philippine Sea, the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the disputed waters, as long as Manila gets the bigger share, saying it is a “good start” in addressing the long-standing conflict…

Duterte to visit Beijing next week amid South China Sea tensions

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 Aug. 28 and is due to return to the Philippines on Sept. 2, his spokesman, Salvador Panelo, told journalists yesterday. Beijing claims most of the South China Sea,…

Philippine Trust in China Has Hit 1-Year Low over Maritime Incidents | Voice of America

Sino-Philippine ties are showing signs of cooling since the two countries made friends in 2016, according to a recent survey on how much Filipinos trust their powerful Asian neighbor. Social Weather Stations, the Metro Manila research institution behind that survey, released new numbers last month saying people’s trust had fallen to a one-year low. It found that 51% felt “little trust” and 27% placed “much trust” in China. The institution’s surveys, seen as bellwethers of popular opinion, reflect a growing resentment of Beijing’s pressure on the Philippines over contested claims…

Missile Showdown: China vs. America in the South China Sea

China in recent years has occupied several disputed islands in the China Seas, dredged their endangered coral reefs and built atop them sprawling airfields and barracks and installations for cruise missiles and air-defense systems. The Chinese military lobbed anti-ship ballistic missiles into the South China Sea in tests in early July 2019. The missile trials underscored Beijing’s increasing militarization of resource-rich waters on which several countries have conflicting claims. “The Chinese carried out the first test over the weekend, firing off at least one missile into the sea,” NBC News…