‘Abominable’ won’t be screened in Malaysia over S. China Sea map

Animated film “Abominable” will not be shown in Malaysia after its distributor Sunday said it could not comply with censors’ demands to cut a controversial scene showing Beijing’s disputed claims in the South China Sea. The decision comes after Vietnam pulled the Universal Pictures movie from theatres days ago and the Philippines’ foreign secretary called for the segment to be excised. “Universal has decided not to make the censor cut required by the Malaysian censor board and as such will not be able to release the film in Malaysia,” United…

China ‘winning war against the West’ in quest for AI military dominance

China is “waging a war against the West – and winning”, a former UK defence minister has warned. Tobias Ellwood, who served in Theresa May’s government between 2017 and 2019, warned American dominance was “under threat”. Writing in the Mail on Sunday, the MP highlighted the rise in homegrown Chinese tech giants, the country’s rapid economic growth and the threat of its increasing military capabilities. “China makes no secret of its ambition to secure global dominance in automation, artificial intelligence and digital technology,” he wrote. Ellwood served in Theresa May’s…

U.S. Navy admiral hails China’s professionalism in disputed South China Sea

ABOARD THE USS RONALD REAGAN/TOKYO – Peering over the deck of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier sailing through a disputed part of the South China Sea, U.S. Navy Rear Adm. George Wikoff said he’s been impressed with the professionalism of China’s navy. “They remain respectful in accordance with what we anticipate a professional would do, and we respond or initiate in kind when we believe that there is a situation,” said Wikoff aboard the Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture-based USS Ronald Reagan last week, after taking over command of Task Force 70 two…

Retired SC Justice Jardeleza says willing to help in West PH Sea issue

MANILA – Now that he has retired from the Supreme Court, former Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza on Saturday said he is willing to help the Duterte government on the West Philippine Sea issue. Jardeleza led the Philippine legal team that won the arbitral ruling against China during his time as solicitor general in 2014. Beijing, however, refuses to recognize the July 2016 ruling that invalidated its economic claim to around 90 percent of the resource-rich South China Sea. “If somebody asks (for my help), I will be around. As a…

Why China’s Coast Guard Spent 258 Days in Waters Claimed by Malaysia | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Chinese coast guard vessels spent 70% of the past year patrolling in a tract of the South China Sea claimed by Malaysia, an American think tank says. Malaysia did little to push back. The coast guard presence, especially long-term for a Chinese mission in the widely disputed South China Sea, followed by Malaysia’s muted response gives China an ever-stronger upper hand over the Southeast Asian country and more clout in a broader six-way maritime dispute that has grabbed attention as far away as Washington. China already has…

Malaysia film censors order removal of South China Sea map illustrating China’s territorial claims- Entertainment News, Firstpost

Malaysia’s film censors have ordered a scene to be removed from the animated movie Abominable which shows China’s nine-dash line in the South China Sea, an official has said, amid growing anger among countries with overlapping claims to the region. The U-shaped line is used on Chinese maps to illustrate its territorial claims over vast expanses of the resource-rich South China Sea, including areas claimed by other countries. A still from Abominable Vietnam pulled the movie from cinemas on Monday, while the Philippines’ foreign minister has called for the scene…