‘Abominable’ to skip Malaysia theaters over disputed sea map

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The animated movie “Abominable” will skip Malaysian theaters after producers decided against cutting out a scene showing a map supporting Chinese claims to the disputed South China Sea. Vietnam already pulled the U.S.-Chinese production from theaters over a fleeting image of the so-called nine-dash line, a vague and broken outline depicting much of the resource-rich sea as Chinese territory. China’s claims to the sea overlap with claims by Vietnam, Malaysia and other Asian governments. The Morning Rundown Get a head start on the morning’s top stories.…

The Vietnam-China Standoff at Vanguard Bank And The International Community

Three and a half months have passed since China’s geological survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi 8 and its escorts entered Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) without permission to commence a seismic survey. The Haiyang Dizhi 8 and its escorts have now extended their operations further north along Vietnam’s central coast. Vietnam continues to respond to China’s intrusive actions in a very low-key and restrained manner. Initially, Vietnam remained quiet for nearly two weeks after the Haiyang Dizhi 8 intruded into its EEZ. On 17 July, Le Thi Thu Hang, spokesperson for Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, significantly called on “related…

Locsin rejects bid to bring arbitral ruling to U.N.

FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. has rejected the notion of having the Philippines go back to the United Nations to relitigate the Hague arbitral award, saying those making the suggestion may be on the payroll of Chinese intelligence, “but paid peanuts.” In a tweet on Tuesday, the outspoken DFA chief said, “The Arbitral Award is money in our pocket. I have the strongest assurance on both points from Western intelligence.” At the same time, he denied allegations that former Supreme Court Justice Francis Jardeleza had suggested the move,…

Coast Guard Planning to Base Three Fast-Response Cutters on Guam, Commandant Says

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Coast Guard is “doubling down on Oceania” with plans to homeport three of its newest fast-response cutters in Guam within the next two years, commandant Adm. Karl Schultz said in a press call Monday. Speaking from the Philippines during a tour of the Indo-Pacific region, Schultz said the move will “allow more frequent and longer patrols” in an area where the Coast Guard has increased its presence this year. The first of the vessels could arrive as soon as mid-2021. The Coast Guard kept…

US Coast Guard chief doubts China’s South China Sea design

THE visiting commandant of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) is skeptical of China’s claim of a peaceful expansion, especially in the South China Sea where it has disputes with its neighbors, given its development of man-made islands and military fortresses, the goal of which is only to protect and advance its interests against other states. Admiral Karl L. Schultz made the observations in Manila as he noted Beijing’s “coercive and antagonistic behavior” toward other claimant countries in the South China Sea including the Philippines. In contrast, he said, the…

Monks offer peaceful approach to enhance civil communication in South China Sea region

Eminent monks, officials and religious representavies from 18 countries in the South China Sea pose for a photo after signing an agreement at the 2019 South China Sea Buddhism Shenzhen Roundtable on Saturday. Photo: Leng Shumei/GT Eminent monks from 14 countries around the South China Sea region including China, Nepal and India jointly launched a project on Saturday in Shenzhen, South China’s Guangdong Province, to compile the history of Buddhism in the region. The project is one the six agreements the monks reached during the fourth South China Sea Buddhism…