South China Sea: Beijing risks infuriating Vietnam as it eyes oil and gas reserve | World | News

The vessel is called Lan Jing and is thought to be the largest one in the world. It belongs to state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and sails under the Hong Kong flag. China has used it before in the South China Sea to install large oil rigs. CNOOC did not say why it ventured into the Vietnamese exclusive economic zone (EEZ). But it has been reported it could be a ploy by Beijing to disrupt Vietnam’s oil and gas exploration with its partner, a Russian petroleum company called…

Trump says U.S. spends ‘a lot of money’ to help S. Korea : The DONG-A ILBO

U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the United States spends “a lot of money” to help the rest of the world, including South Korea and Japan, among other allies. His remark is seen as intended to put more pressure on its major allies in an attempt to have them shoulder more defense burdens. When asked about the friction with China over the South China Sea, while discussing cooperation with U.S. allies during a meeting with journalists at the White House, Trump said, “We’re spending a lot of money to…

Duterte: Xi won’t budge on S. China Sea issue, East Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has acknowledged he is short of solutions to press China to adhere to Manila’s arbitration victory in their South China Sea disputes, after he said Chinese President Xi Jinping had told him flatly: “We will not budge.” Mr Duterte spoke for the first time about his talk with Mr Xi on the thorny disputes in a televised news conference on Wednesday night where he was asked what move he would take next. Mr Duterte, who has nurtured friendly ties with China, met Mr Xi…

Philippine President Duterte Reveals He Decided Not to Demand Answer on South China Sea From Xi Jinping

Rodrigo Duterte travelled to China last week to meet President Xi Jinping and discuss the joint development of offshore oil and gas resources. However, the South China Sea dispute came up, including the 2016 arbitral ruling that concluded there was no legal basis for China’s historical claims to certain areas of the waters. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has revealed details of his talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping about claims to part of the South China Sea during a recent trip to China. According to Duterte, cited by the…

Mahathir tells Modi Malaysia against terrorism in any form

Malaysia is against terrorism in any form, the country’s prime minister Mahathir Mohamad told his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi after talks between the two leaders on Thursday on the sidelines of an international meet in Russia. Mahathir’s comments came during a discussion with Modi on New Delhi’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and reorganizing the erswhile state into two Union territories. The views assume significance given the Malaysian PM was reportedly supportive of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s position on the revocation of Article 370,…

Checking in on China’s Nuclear Icebreaker

In June 2018, on the heels of China’s Arctic White Paper, The Diplomat reported on a tender issued by China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), the country’s largest nuclear operator, to build what would be China’s first nuclear-powered icebreaker.  Calling for bids to provide technical consultancy services on a “nuclear-powered icebreaker and comprehensive support vessel demonstration project,” the tender left ample room for speculation. The bidder would provide “verification and consultancy services” throughout all stages of the project — from basic design to construction and testing — both on the vessel…

Palace: PH not giving up on West Philippine Sea

A protester stands outside the Chinese consulate in Makati City during a rally on Friday marking the third anniversary of The Hague arbitral tribunal ruling that rejected Beijing’s expansive claims in the South China Sea, in a landmark case brought by Manila in 2013. —LYN RILLON MANILA, Philippines–Even though President Duterte is dissatisfied over China’s refusal to adhere to Manila’s 2016 arbitration victory in their South China Sea disputes, the Chief Executive won’t be giving up on asserting the country’s claims in the contested territory. Malacañang on Thursday reassured that…

South China Sea: US, China diplomats spar over South China Sea at Indian Ocean Conference in Maldives – The Economic Times Video

US Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on China in his address at the Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) in Maldives’ Male , leading to a tense environment which saw a Chinese diplomat in the crowd rebutting his claims. He said, “We do not take sides in territorial disputes. What we do believe though is that the great body of water that is called the South China Sea is international water. That the military bases that China has created…(with) literally a great wall of sand…

Trump admits tanking the US economy to take on China as ‘chosen’ one

President Donald Trump on Wednesday spelled it out loud and clear for anyone still confused about the trade war: Hurting China’s economy is more important to him than helping the US’s economy. “Let me tell you, if I wanted to do nothing with China, my stock market, our stock market, would be 10,000 points higher than it is right now,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “But somebody had to do this. To me, this is much more important than the economy … It was out of control. And…