South China Sea fury: Xi’s grip on region loosens as Vietnam issues another critical blow | World | News

The two nations have clashed recently, as China looks to increase its territorial gains in the region. With China looking to claim territory under its nine-dash line policy, Beijing has come into conflict with several nations within the region. Vietnam has been one of the staunchest defenders of its own territory and has now gone as far as to order a vehicle importer to remove China’s nine-dash line from its navigation system. The country’s automobile registrar told an importer based in northern Vietnam to take the app out of Chinese-made…

Making Asean matter | Inquirer Opinion

Days before the 2019 Asean Summit and Related Summits in Thailand, it is fitting to reflect on the relevance and responsiveness of Asean to its more than 650 million people in Southeast Asia. Amid all its geoeconomic and geopolitical challenges in the region, Asean remains the best platform to settle differences and unite on key issues. Recent developments in the South China Sea, for instance, cannot be ignored by the Asean members. In April 2019, there was an increased presence of Chinese ships around Thitu (Pag-asa) island, in the Spratlys.…

USCG Cutter Joins North Korea Maritime Sanctions Mission

The largest cutter in the world, the China Coast Guard’s 12,000 dwt patrol vessel Haijing 2901, looms in the background as a Stratton boat crew conducts operations in the Yellow Sea (October 6, USCG / PA1 Nate Littlejohn) By The Maritime Executive 2019-10-25 16:43:07 The U.S. Coast Guard is making new forays into sanctions enforcement and presence operations in the Western Pacific, including sensitive duties overseen by the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet.  The Coast Guard cutter Stratton recently came off of a weeks-long patrol in the Yellow Sea, where she…

The New Realignment Between Russia and the Philippines

“I’m better off in saying that my favorite hero is [Vladimir] Putin,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte once said when asked about his opinion of global leaders back in 2016. A few months later, he became the first Filipino leader in recent memory to make a state visit to Moscow, where he met his putative political mentor and broke the century-old ice in Philippine-Russia relations. Earlier this month, Duterte made a second visit to Russia, cementing one of the most dramatic strategic realignments in Asia. Almost single-handedly, he has ended the…

1% of US Pacific Fleet-China naval encounters are near-mishaps, and a worry: US commander, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – While 99 per cent of the United States Pacific Fleet’s interactions with the Chinese navy are safe and professional, the remaining 1 per cent worries the fleet’s commander, Admiral John Aquilino. Responding to a question on whether incidents in the South China Sea he was worried about are on the rise, he said the No. 1 priority for the fleet is force protection, adherence to the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), as well as operating safely on the sea. “We do use Cues, which was…

‘We cannot tell clients what decisions to make’

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) Michael Brochstein | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images Global index provider MSCI is pushing back against criticism that it’s helping funnel American investment dollars into Chinese companies involved in human rights violations. “MSCI is not an investor, or an asset manager, or an investment adviser,” Henry Fernandez, CEO of MSCI, told CNBC’s Becky Quick Friday at the Baron Investment Conference in New York. “We are an intermediary. We are an agent helping our investors figure out how to invest around the world in a…

Esperon not satisfied with some of China’s response to PH diplomatic protests » Manila Bulletin News

Published October 25, 2019, 4:29 PM By Martin Sadongdong National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. admitted on Friday that he was not satisfied with some of China’s response to the series of diplomatic protests filed by the Philippine government with regards its alleged incursion in the country’s territorial waters. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon  (PHOTO/ ALVIN KASIBAN/MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Esperon, who also chairs the national task force on the West Philippine Sea (NTF-WPS), said the Chinese maritime militia still exist in the Philippines’ maritime areas, most predominant the Chinese…