Australia urges ‘sovereignty’ as S China Sea tensions rise

Australia’s prime minister yesterday urged nations in Asia to stand up for their “independence and sovereignty”, with tensions high in the disputed South China Sea where Beijing is under fire for increasingly bullish behaviour.Scott Morrison’s comments came after the United States slammed China for its “escalation” in the waterway, a key global shipping route where Beijing is accused of deploying warships, arming outposts and ramming fishing vessels.Morrison was speaking during a trip to Vietnam, one of China’s most vocal critics over competing claims in the resource-rich sea.A Chinese…

How Beijing is thinking about regional and global security

For India, there is much to be worried about, but there is also much to learn Source: Getty Images / Kevin Frayer Last month, China came out with its tenth white paper on defence, China’s National Defense in the New Era, laying out Beijing’s defence priorities and ambitions to allay concerns about the country’s rise to prominence. The 27,000-word document is the first such publication since the 18th National Congress of China’s communist party that was held in 2012. Beijing started this practice after it faced a lot of flak for…

Vietnam, Australia oppose ‘disruptions’ to South China Sea projects – South China Morning Post

Vietnam, Australia oppose ‘disruptions’ to South China Sea projects  South China Morning Post Australia urges ‘sovereignty’ as South China Sea tensions rise  CNA New allies Vietnam, Australia express concern over South China Sea tensions  Reuters US raps China for ‘escalation’ in South China Sea  ABS-CBN News Australia and Vietnam agree on efforts to restrict Chinese expansion in the South China Sea  ABC News View full coverage on Google News Source link

South China Sea: US military sends navy ship through strategic Taiwan Strait | World | News

The US military has raised the frequency of its transport movements through the strategic waterway in the face of opposition from China. Today’s deployment risks further stoking tensions sparked by the bitter trade war between the world’s two biggest economies but will likely be viewed by self-ruled Taiwan as a sign of support from Donald Trump. This month China denounced arms sales from the US to Taiwan and in July said it was ready for war if there was any move by Taiwan towards independence. Beijing has been ramping up…

US Says Beijing Blocks Asian Nations Access to $2.5 Trillion Oil and Gas Reserves in S. China Sea

World 19:07 23.08.2019(updated 19:09 23.08.2019) Get short URL Aside from Beijing, the South China Sea islands and islets are claimed by a number of countries, including Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei and the Philippines. Washington has blamed Beijing for preventing Southeast Asian nations from gaining access to untapped oil and gas reserves in the South China Sea worth trillions of dollars. Referring to Beijing’s recent alleged incursions in Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea, State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said that “the US is deeply concerned that China…

South China Sea: Philippines deploy bizarre new tactic to push back Beijing claim on Thitu | World | News

The country is looking at inviting tourists to its biggest and most strategically important outpost in the disputed sea. Thitu Island, also known as Pagasa, is in the midst of major upgrades to its dilapidated facilities as it plays catch-up with China and Vietnam. The two countries have been developing facilities on islands they either occupy or have built from scratch on top of submerged reefs. Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said: “We are on track in rebuilding or repairing our runway in Pagasa. “Plus, in the future, we will…

China has positioned its coast guards near ONGC’s South China Sea blocks, says Vietnam

A Chinese coast guard ship (Representational image) | Wikipedia Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: China has positioned its coast guard vessels near ONGC Videsh’s South China Sea blocks that are engaged in oil and gas production, creating a potentially “dangerous” situation, according to a top Vietnamese official. The situation is so grave that Hanoi is even contemplating taking the matter to the UN Security Council (UNSC), the Vietnamese official said, adding that China is taking advantage of the global geopolitical situation. The official said that with…

Chinese survey ship back in Vietnam-claimed waters

Chinese survey ship back in Vietnam-claimed waters (Agence France-Presse) – August 14, 2019 – 1:43pm HANOI, Vietnam — A Chinese survey vessel has re-entered disputed waters in the South China Sea, according to ship tracking analysis, after a tense month-long standoff in the same area that inflamed tensions between Hanoi and Beijing.  China has been accused of deploying warships, arming outposts and ramming fishing vessels in the waters, stoking ire from other claimants on the key global shipping route.  The resource-rich sea is also a flashpoint issue between Beijing and Washington,…

Hanoi Confirms Return of Chinese Survey Ship to Vietnamese Waters, Demands Withdrawal

A Chinese survey ship has returned to Vietnam’s territorial waters in the South China Sea after temporarily leaving the disputed Spratly Islands, Hanoi confirmed Thursday, calling the move a “serious violation” of Vietnamese sovereignty and demanding that the vessel withdraw from the area. The Haiyang Dizhi 8, a ship operated by the China Geological Survey, had in July conducted a 12-day survey of waters near the Spratlys, with Chinese Coast Guard ships following in support. At one point, China’s survey intruded into an offshore oil block in Vietnam’s exclusive economic…