Chinese transgressions in South China Sea need strong pushback

Haiyang Dizhi 8, a Chinese survey vessel that encroached deep into Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) before withdrawing has clearly impinged on the country’s territorial integrity and economic security. Asean, whose one member has been subjected to aggression, must tell China to refrain from such activities. The Haiyang Dizhi 8 vessel first entered Vietnam’s EEZ early July where it began a weeks-long seismic survey, triggering a tense standoff between military and coast guard vessels from Vietnam and China. Typically extending up to 200 nautical miles from the coastline, the EEZ…

Beijing’s ‘good faith’ needed for SCS code to work–del Rosario

BEIJING should participate in “good faith” if the proposed Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Code of Conduct (COC) on the South China Sea is going to work, according to a former Philippine diplomat. Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said in a statement that China already had a record of “duplicitous behavior” which will not reach a compromise in the COC. “Even if an acceptable COC is instituted, it will be for naught if China will continuously undermine the COC on the ground,” del Rosario said in a…

South China Sea row: Philippines to launch nuclear programme as China tensions grow | World | News

China‘s aggression in the South China Sea has led to persistent bickering between Manila and Beijing with an arms race now fully under way in the region, intensified by the presence of the US and the determination of President Donald Trump to thwart Chinese ambitions. Trump has been in talks with Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte to place deadly rocket systems in the Philippines. The long-range, precision-guided rockets fired by the system would be able to strike Chinese man-made islands on reefs in the Spratly chain, according to the South China…

PM to push Asian trade pact in Thailand

news, national Scott Morrison will try to push the world’s largest free trade deal forward “as far and as fast as possible” during a tight trip to Thailand. The prime minister flies to Bangkok on Sunday to attend the East Asia Summit, which brings together 18 regional leaders each year to discuss economic and security issues. Mr Morrison had hoped to finalise a complex Asian trade pact during his overnight visit, but senior officials no longer expect the agreement to be wrapped up. Instead, leaders of the 16 countries involved…

South China Sea crisis mapped: Beijing’s claim to disputed waters revealed | World | News

It is also referred to by some as the ’10-dash line’ or ’11-dash line’, and serves as a demarcation for what Beijing believe to be their waters. The South China Sea is hotly contested because of its lucrative shipping lanes, capacity for military strategic advantages and wealth of natural resources such as oil and minerals. At the centre of this disagreement are various island clusters such as the Spratly Islands and the Paracel Islands. China has had particularly tense relations with Vietnam and the Philippines over islands in the region.…

NZ walking diplomatic tightrope of trade and security interests with China

JOSEPH JOHNSON/STUFF Foreign Minister Winston Peters has called for greater US involvement in the South Pacific. OPINION: The menacing strategic power projection of China in the Asia-Pacific region continues unabated while international attention is focused on the uncertainties of events in the Middle East, the political dogfight in Washington DC and Brexit. The surfacing of a Chinese ballistic missile submarine recently among a fleet of Vietnamese fishing boats off the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, 300km from its home base on China’s Hainan Island, was a stark reminder to Asean, Canberra…

Tanker aground, South China sea – Maritime Bulletin

Post Views: 555 Product tanker dragged anchor and drifted on shore early in the morning Oct 31, in port area, South China sea. No leak reported, it looks like she’s in ballast. Port Authorities contacted owner, requesting salvage plan. Details only for subscribers.Annual subscription $750. For annual subscription, contact vmd@odin.tcSubscribe if you want to receive accidents news ASAP and in full. Comments comments Author // Mikhail Voytenko My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website…