Chinese Coast Guard ship spotted near Ayungin Shoal

BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photo taken from a military aircraft shows the Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly Islands, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP MANILA, Philippines – A China Coast Guard ship as well as 27 Chinese and Vietnamese fishing vessels have been spotted in the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) in the West Philippine Sea, said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command (Wescom)…

Duterte concerned by South China Sea activity

The Philippine President is expressing concerns over China’s activity in the South China Sea. Rodrigo Duterte’s comments come amid growing public pressure that he hasn’t done enough to stand up to China’s increasing presence in the region. Duterte met with his Chinese counterpart on Thursday. The Philippine presidential office says Duterte urged Xi Jinping to comply with a 2016 international tribunal ruling that rejected China’s claims over most of the South China Sea. But Xi reportedly replied that China does not recognize the ruling. The meeting comes at a tense…

Calming troubled waters – ANN

Diplomacy China to show off advanced weapons at 70th birthday bash Celebrations set against sobering backdrop of deepening trade war with the US and political crisis in Hong Kong. China will put its military might on show in the biggest parade of its weaponry on Oct 1, when the country celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party taking power. The occasion will be an opportunity for President Xi Jinping to flaunt his military modernisation efforts and send a message to the world, particularly the US, that it…

Asian Insider Aug 30: Duterte, Xi & South China Sea, Japan’s defence spending, HK arrests , Asia News & Top Stories

In today’s bulletin: Duterte-Xi differ on South China Sea ruling, Japan increases spending on defence, Hong Kong activists arrested ahead of rally and more. Reading this on the web or know someone who might enjoy receiving Asian Insider? Our sign-up page is here. DUTERTE, XI FAIL TO SEE EYE TO EYE ON SOUTH CHINA SEA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte brought up the 2016 arbitration ruling with China during his meeting with China President Xi Jinping earlier today and the two leaders didn’t see eye to eye on the issue. The…

China panic: Philippines mulls national service – ‘When China attacks us, who will fight?’ | World | News

A senator close to President Rodrigo Duterte said the country needed compulsory military training to defend against a potential Chinese invasion. Ronald dela Rosa, a former National Police chief who spearheaded the early stages of Mr Duterte’s brutal war on drugs, clashed with student leaders who oppose a proposed bill forcing all students to take complete the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programme. He said: “You love your country? When China attacks us, whom will you get to fight those Chinese? NPA? You will go to the NPA?” The NPA…

Beijing tells Duterte its position on S. China Sea ‘not up for negotiation’ – Philippines — RT Newsline

Beijing told visiting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that its position on the South China Sea was not up for negotiation, Manila’s spokesman said on Friday. China claims most of the contested sea, including waters close to Philippine shores. Beijing has rejected a UN-backed international tribunal ruling that said its assertion to the Sea is without legal basis. Duterte has largely set aside the standoff, with tensions high after a Chinese fishing trawler hit and sank a Filipino boat in June in the contested waters, AFP said. In a meeting between…

Arbitral award vs China: We shot ourselves in the foot

Arbitral award vs China: We shot ourselves in the foot RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO First of a series on the Aquino-Del Rosario foreign policy fiascoMORE precisely, not really “us” but former President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his incompetent foreign secretary Albert del Rosario who shot our Republic in the foot by filing in 2013 the arbitration case against China, invoking the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos). They didn’t even consult Congress or any other body for this very important foreign-policy move. If not for President Duterte’s bold…