Manila urges closer tie-up against China

The Secretary of the Philippines’ Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Martin Andanar, urged Asean to increase its cooperation against China’s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea and ramp up counter-terrorism efforts against the Islamic State (IS) group within the region. With regards to the situation in the South China Sea — which Manila officially calls the West Philippine Sea — Mr Andanar maintained his country will continue to assert its sovereignty over the disputed area despite China’s claim over the region, before citing the Permanent Court of Arbitration Tribunal’s…

China pledges peace in sea where its Asian neighbours also stake claims – South China Morning Post

China pledges peace in sea where its Asian neighbours also stake claims  South China Morning Post China says ready to work with ASEAN for South China Sea peace  Reuters Beijing says it is ready to work with ASEAN on South China Sea code of conduct  The Japan Times Beijing Says ‘Ready to Work’ with ASEAN on South China Sea Rules  VOA News View full coverage on Google News Source link

Ex-DFA chief wants SCS ruling in sea code

Ex-DFA chief wants SCS ruling in sea code MANILA, Philippines — The South China Sea arbitration ruling should be an integral part of a binding Code of Conduct (COC), according to former foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario, as he enjoined Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states to exercise “utmost vigilance” to ensure that China will not undermine the ruling in crafting the code. “Our region cannot promote the rule of law while ignoring the law as it stands,” Del Rosario told The Associated Press on Thursday,…

Alleged harassment of Pinoy-crewed ship ‘not our concern,’ says Panelo

NONTHABURI, Thailand – The alleged harassment of a Liberian-flagged commercial vessel by a “Chinese naval ship” near Scarborough Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc is “not a concern” for the Philippines, Malacañang said on Sunday. This was despite the commercial vessel being manned by Filipino seafarers and Bajo de Masinloc being within the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone. “It’s not our concern, because it’s not a Philippine vessel,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a press briefing in Nonthaburi, Thailand. “For as long as they do not touch the Philippine ship or…

What is the East Asia Summit and why is Jacinda Ardern there?

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern landed in Bangkok on a hot and wiltingly humid Sunday evening (NZT) to a greeting and a ceremonial welcome. She is in Bangkok for the East Asia Summit – one of the lesser confabs on the Prime Minister’s international calendar: there is a conspicuous absence of silly shirts – although leaders will don a scarf at the Big Gala dinner in the early hours. The Presidents of both the United States and China often don’t attend, preferring to send more junior members of their administrations. This…

Chinese premier ‘ready to work’ with Australia

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has offered to work with Prime Minister Scott Morrison to get the strained relationship between China and Australia “on the right track”. Despite various tensions between the two nations, Premier Li said they shared “extensive common interests” on economic and trade issues. Premier Li said there was a “solid foundation” and “strong potential” for cooperation with Australia “in the face of downward economic pressure and a complex international situation.” “We are ready to work with the Australian side to keep our relationship on the right track,…

China ready to work with ASEAN members to solve South China Sea issue

Chinese premier Li Keqiang said on November 2 that China is preparing itself to work with Southeast Asian countries for long term peace and stability in the South China Sea. The Chinese leaders met the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Earlier China has claimed the major portions of the South China sea including the ongoing water disputes on Spratly Islands which is rejected by several member nations of the ASEAN who also claim their portion in the busy waterway. READ: Vietnam Bans Animated ‘Abominable’ Movie Over…

Malaysia and Vietnam must push for COC completion in South China Sea – The Independent News

– Advertisement – Malaysia has opened up in the South China Sea (SCS) conflict, showing growing interest in the defence of its territorial integrity which is taken for granted by China. On Oct 17, Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah says Kuala Lumpur’s ability to prevent other countries encroaching on its waters is lacking, and military upgrades are needed. He says Malaysia has to prepare for possible conflicts in the disputed seas. Analysts have said Malaysia should not allow China a free hand in the SCS, particularly in the disputed waters and…

A Difficult Summer in the South China Sea – The Diplomat

Magazine Chinese coercive activities persist in one of Asia’s hottest flashpoints. Advertising In July, a China Geological Survey ship, the Haiyang Dizhi 8, entered Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and commenced seismic surveying in waters near Vanguard Bank. The Haiyang Dizhi 8 was accompanied by several escorts including China Coast Guard (CCG) ships. China’s actions were in blatant violation of international law because it had not sought, nor was it given, permission by Vietnam to conduct a seismic survey. Under international law, Vietnam has sovereign jurisdiction of the relevant waters…