Warships in South China Sea will invite conflict, says Dr M

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 — Malaysia and Asean will continue to push for a peaceful resolution of the South China Sea dispute, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He said the increase in China and the US’ military presence in the region could destabilise the vital shipping route. “In the Malacca Straits and the South China Sea, the passage of ships are still free without obstruction but once people start sending warship then we have a problem. “There might be accidents and as we know accidents may lead to…

Beijing, KL set up South China Sea dialogue mechanism, East Asia News & Top Stories

BEIJING • China and Malaysia have agreed to set up a joint dialogue mechanism for the disputed South China Sea, the Chinese government’s top diplomat said yesterday after meeting Malaysia’s Foreign Minister. Recent Chinese naval deployments in the strategic waterway, through which over US$3.4 trillion (S$4.7 trillion) worth of goods are transported annually, have reignited tension with Vietnam and the Philippines. Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have competing claims in the South China Sea. Malaysia had been critical of China’s South China Sea position, but has not been excessively outspoken…

South China Sea: Xi delivered critical blow as vessel leaves disputed waters | World | News

China and Vietnam have clashed over the presence of an oil survey ship, the Haiyan Dizhi 8, that has been stationed in Vietnamese-controlled waters. The vessel has been stationed there for the last three months but according to maritime shipping data, it has now left. According to shipping data, the vessel was escorted out of the disputed zone by two other Chinese vessels. Since the vessel’s arrival in the waters in July, Vietnam has issued a series of warnings to China and just last week, claimed that it was “determined…

South China Sea code must incorporate Hague ruling

CODE OF CONDUCT. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says ASEAN states must make sure the South China Sea Code of Conduct abides by the rule of law. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler MANILA, Philippines – Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario on Monday, October 28, said a South China Sea code of conduct (COC) must include the landmark 2016 Hague ruling to make sure the long-delayed sea code abides by the rule of law. “The Hague Ruling on the Philippines’ case in the South China Sea should…

South China Sea Code of Conduct seen part of Asean Summit talks

PRESIDENT Duterte is expected to once again raise the need for a Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea in the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit and Related Summits in Thailand this week. Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Junever M. Mahilum-West told Palace reporters on Monday that it is “unavoidable” the COC will be discussed by the world leaders in one of the meetings during the Asean Summit. However, Mahilum-West said they don’t expect this matter to be discussed extensively. “I wouldn’t want to preempt what…

China ‘must first recognize’ PH ownership in joint exploration

RECOGNIZE PH OWNERSHIP FIRST. Vice President Leni Robredo continues to be wary of the proposed joint oil and gas deal between the Philippines and China. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo does not believe the looming joint oil and gas exploration deal with China is fair to Filipinos, as the foreign country has yet to recognize the Philippines’ sovereignty over the West Philippine Sea. On Monday, October 28, Robredo said she does not agree with National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr’s belief that the…