Vietnam accuses Chinese vessel of violating its sovereign rights, SE Asia News & Top Stories

HANOI • Vietnam has accused a Chinese oil-surveying vessel and its coast guard escorts of territorial violations by widening their activities after entering the country’s exclusive economic zone and operating within offshore blocks for three months. As of yesterday, the ship called the Haiyang Dizhi 8 has made several passes through the foreign-owned blocks off the coast of central Vietnam after leaving the Chinese-controlled Fiery Cross Reef on Sept 28, according to satellite tracking data from Marine Traffic. “The Chinese survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi 8 and its escorted vessels continue,…

Man of mysteries: Yang Hengjun, his spy fiction and China’s accusations of espionage | World news

In the first chapter of Yang Hengjun’s breathless first spy novel, Fatal Weakness, his protagonist, Yang Wenfeng, is hauled in by police for questioning. The officers are cliched in their zealotry: “You’ve spent time in America; they say people there only tell the truth when talking to their priests and their psychologists, but lie when talking to police, if they talk at all. I have to warn you, this is China, where the people tell the police and The Party the truth.” Yang, an Australian novelist and self-declared “democracy pedlar”,…

Seventy years of revolution: Unprecedented backlash marks China’s rise

The backlash of economic reforms was sought to be contained and channelled by shifting attention from the domestic to the international. Nationalism was deployed to boost up China’s image in its own eyes. This is the seventieth year of China’s revolution. In these 70 years, China’s spectacular rise as an economic powerhouse with formidable manufacturing and technological prowess is laudable. But China’s rise, purported to be a ‘peaceful rise’, has been anything but peaceful. Its rise has evoked a backlash—a backlash so fierce that it has united even an intensely…

Deadly Combo: The Navy Has Combined F-35s with Helicopter Assault Ships

Key point: The F-35 is very capable and can turn smaller flattops that would normally carry helicopters and U.S. Marines into serious aircraft carriers. Were the USS America to cruise alongside the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, the average Joe might struggle to distinguish their purposes. Both flat-tops measure longer than two-and-half football fields in length and carry jet fighters and helicopters. But the America and her sistership Tripoli are technically “Landing Helicopter Assault” vessels numbered LHA-6 and LHA-7 respectively: super-sized members of the “gator navy” of amphibious assault ships…

Putin’s Meeting with Philippine President Signals Bigger, Trickier Russian Role in Disputed South China Sea | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s meeting this week with Vladimir Putin in Russia signals Moscow’s interest in playing a tricky but persuasive role in the South China Sea maritime sovereignty dispute now dominated by China and the United States, specialists in the region say. Duterte is visiting Russia October 1-5, partly to speak with Putin about increasing security and defense cooperation, the Philippine presidential office website says. Duterte toured Vnukovo Military Base Airport in Moscow on Wednesday. Russia might offer to sell arms to the Philippines, experts say, having sold…

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice says attack on democracy “coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue”

The former national security adviser to President Obama told “CBS This Morning” that for the first time she can remember, “our democracy is under assault” and the attack is coming “from within.” “It’s coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And for all of the security threats I saw as national security adviser, all the challenges we faced, I never thought I’d see that,” said Rice, who also served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Rice, whose new book “Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For” is out…

Philippines morning news for October 4, 2019

Bilibid hospital chief says 20% of maximum security inmates die every yearAbout 20% of maximum security inmates at the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) die every year mostly due to overcrowding inside the jail, the NBP hospital chief Ernesto Tamayo told senators on Thursday, October 3.— Rappler Woman dies of meningococcemia in BatangasThe Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed that a 53-year-old woman died of meningococcemia in a hospital in Tanauan City here in late September.— Rappler LRT2 will not resume operations on October 4Following a carriageway fire which stopped the…

Vietnam accuses Chinese ships of ramping up tensions – South China Morning Post

Vietnam accuses Chinese ships of ramping up tensions  South China Morning Post China is resorting to new forms of bullying in the South China Sea  The Economist South China Sea panic: ‘Region on the brink’ as Beijing’s real mission in area revealed  Express.co.uk Vietnam says Chinese ships escalating tension in South China Sea  The Straits Times Vietnam Reasserts South China Sea Claims Amid Chinese Ship Onslaught  Radio Free Asia View full coverage on Google News Source link

Philippines, US defense treaty should address China’s ‘gray zone’ tactics — analysts

Philippines, US defense treaty should address China’s ‘gray zone’ tactics — analysts MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines and the United States should revise its 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) to counter China’s actions in the disputed South China Sea, analysts said. Adrien Chorn and Monica Michiko Sato of the CSIS Southeast Asia Program noted that the existing treaty between the two countries is not clear on gray zone threats. Chorn and Sato noted that gray zone threats can include a mix of conventional warfare, irregular warfare and cyberwarfare with other influencing…