Vietnam Pulls Film Showing China’s Claims to South China Sea

Vietnam has pulled an animated film from the country’s theaters that shows a map placing the disputed South China Sea fully within China’s jurisdiction, as tensions continue over Chinese incursions into waters claimed by Vietnam as its exclusive economic zone, media sources said on Monday. The movie, “Abominable,” was produced jointly by China’s Pearl Studio and the U.S.-based Dream Works Animation company, and tells the story of a Chinese girl who befriends a yeti found living on the roof of her house. Released in Vietnamese cinemas on Oct. 4, the…

Vietnam pulls ‘Abominable’ over South China Sea map | Arts & Ent , Culture

Summary Vietnam has pulled DreamWorks’ animated film “Abominable” from cinemas over a scene featuring a map that shows China’s unilaterally declared “nine-dash line” in the South China Sea, state media reported Monday. The film, which was being marketed in Vietnam as “Everest: The Little Yeti” was removed from cinemas Sunday after images of the scene with the offending map were shared widely on social media. A receptionist at the state-run National Cinema Center in Hanoi said the Culture Ministry had issued an order requiring all cinemas to stop showing…

South China Sea: Philippines risk conflict with China over Russian oil invite | World | News

President Rodrigo Duterte recently travelled to Russia where he met with senior Russian officials. Following the visit, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III announced that Moscow was very interested in agreeing on an energy partnership in a huge blow to China’s dominance in the region. Mr Dominguez said: “You have to remember that we don’t have a big relationship with Russia, and I think that the trip of the President opened the avenues for increased contact with Russians.” When asked what ventures Russia was interested in, the Finance Secretary said:…

I Ran a Simulated War in the South China Sea—and America Lost

Key Point: Simulations are useful for seeing how a war might unfold, and it turns out China’s navy just keeps getting better. The year is 2016, and two of the U.S. Navy’s latest ships are backing a key ally in the tinderbox of the South China Sea. They’re facing down the Chinese navy halfway across the world with the latest weapons and systems the United States can get its hands on. But is it enough? For more than a hundred years, the U.S. Navy has been using naval wargames to test…

Vietnam pulls Abominable film over South China Sea map

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Promotional posters for the film have been taken down Vietnam has banned the new DreamWorks film Abominable from cinemas because of a scene involving a map illustrating China’s claims in the South China Sea. Abominable, about a Chinese girl who discovers a yeti on her roof, is a joint China-DreamWorks production. The map shows China’s unilaterally declared “nine-dash line”, which carves out a huge area in the sea that Vietnam lays claim to. China and Vietnam have been locked in a recent standoff in the…

Japanese navy joins PH-US exercises near WPS for first time

Philippine Navy ships BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16) and BRP Tarlac (LD-601) sail in formation with the USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3) during the at-sea portion of Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama Sama 2018./US NAVY PHOTO MANILA, Philippines — Japan’s navy will participate for the first time in the joint maritime exercises of the Philippines and the United States near the West Philippine Sea. The third iteration of week-long Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama-Sama kicked off in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on Monday. Palawan is an island province in the Philippines closest…

Chinese escalating tensions in South China Sea: Vietnam

Vietnam has accused a Chinese oil-surveying vessel and its coast guard escorts of territorial breaches by widening their activities after entering its exclusive economic zone and operating within offshore blocks for three months. As of Friday last week, the Haiyang Dizhi 8 has made several passes through the foreign-owned blocks off the coast of central Vietnam after departing from Chinese-controlled Fiery Cross Reef (Yongshu Reef, 永暑島) on Sept. 28, Marine Traffic satellite tracking data showed. At least two Chinese Coast Guard ships further south maneuvered around a Singaporean-flagged support vessel…

CNOOC strives to reverse decline in western South China Sea

A CNOOC drilling, production and processing module used in the South China Sea. (CNOOC) China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) is betting that undeveloped oil and gas resources beneath the western waters of the South China Sea can be a major contributor to its domestic production growth. It aims to test the theory with the development of the deepwater Lingshui 17-2 field. CNOOC’s gas volumes from the western South China Sea have declined in recent years, falling from 3.53 billion cubic metres in 2014 to 2.74 bcm in 2018.…