India, ASEAN for maintaining peace in South China Sea

Bangkok: The India-ASEAN summit attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday saw ASEAN countries appreciate India’s contribution towards maintaining peace and stability in the Southeast Asian region as both sides discussed terrorism and the need to maintain peace, security, and stability in the Beijing-controlled South China Sea. Briefing reporters on the summit meeting between Modi and the leaders of the 10-member bloc here, Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, said the summit saw the two sides highlight the convergence of their “respective approaches to the Indo-Pacific”.…

Duterte, Abe: COC crucial in South China Sea

BANGKOK—President Du-terte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed the South China Sea issue, particularly the need for a Code of Conduct, as the way to go to address tensions in the region. Presidential Spokesman and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador S. Panelo said this is one of the key regional and international concerns raised during the bilateral meeting of Duterte and Abe on the sidelines of the 35th Asean Summit on Monday. “Both leaders likewise touched on subjects of regional and international concern, such as the issue surrounding the…

Eddie Vedder, Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover Hendrix, Prince

Eddie Vedder and the Red Hot Chili Peppers teamed up for some epic covers during a fun night of music in Los Angeles. The Pearl Jam frontman joined Anthony Kiedis and company for Jimi Hendrix’s version of “All Along the Watchtower” and Prince’s “Purple Rain.” The performances took place during the annual benefit for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Vedder and the Chili Peppers each performed their own sets before coming together. Vedder did some Pearl Jam standards like “Better Man” and “Corduroy,” as well as a cover of Tom…

South China Sea conflict fears surge as China’s row with US dubbed ‘worse than Cold War’ | World | News

Asian countries convened last weekend at the Bangkok ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) summit to discuss the political situation surrounding the lucrative waters. The central theme of the discussions was a proposed code of conduct, which could thwart Chinese strategy as tension builds between Beijing and the US, both of which are flirting with hostility due to lack of communication in the waters. According to Professor Kerry Brown of Chatham House, the lack of regular messaging between Chinese and US ships could be the cause of inadvertent conflict between…

China fired warning flares vs. PH military planes 6 times – AFP

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 5) — China fired warning flares against Philippine military aircraft conducting patrols near the artificial islands Beijing controls in the South China Sea, the Armed Forces revealed Tuesday. “Recently, Beijing has also issued flare warnings against Philippine aircraft covering these areas, and from January to June 2019, there have been six flare warnings against Philippine maritime patrols have been noticed,” Armed Forces Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence Major General Reuben Basiao told lawmakers in a House briefing. Aside from firing warning flares, Basiao said…

Vietnam fines Volkswagen for car app displaying South China Sea

Vietnamese authorities said Tuesday they will fine German carmaker Volkswagen after the company admitted displaying cars at a Vietnam motor show that included a controversial map showing Beijing’s competing territorial claims in the South China Sea. A statement released by the General Department of Vietnam Customs said that Volkswagen Vietnam will face a fine of between 860 and 1724 dollars. World Auto Company, which was responsible for importing the car for the event, also faces a ban on operations for between six and nine months. The fine comes after Volkswagen…

South China Sea code eyed by 2021

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China pushing code of conduct for South China Sea

BEIJING — Here’s your weekly look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. CHINA URGES CONFLICT AVOIDANCE Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is renewing a call for progress toward a code of conduct among South China Sea disputants, despite long delays and skepticism from the United States. The official Xinhua News Agency…

Asia Times | Vietnam a lonely island of resistance to China

Locked for months in a naval showdown with China over a gas-rich reef, Vietnam is now arguably the last competing claimant to proactively resist Beijing’s push to control the South China Sea. Much of Southeast Asia, including United States treaty ally the Philippines, rival claimant Malaysia, and Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) chairman Thailand, have all taken more conciliatory tacks in apparent hopes of winning so far largely withheld Chinese concessions. In contrast, Vietnam has openly and frequently criticized China’s militarization of contested land features in the sea, while…