US: China claim to sea ‘preposterous’

China’s claim to own the South China Sea are “preposterous” and illegal, according to a State Department report made public this week. Beijing’s “maritime claims in the South China Sea, exemplified by the preposterous ‘Nine-Dash Line,’ are unfounded, unlawful and unreasonable,” states the report on U.S. policy supporting a free and open Indo-Pacific region. “These claims, which are without legal, historic or geographic merit, impose real costs on other countries,” the report added. “Through repeated provocative actions to assert the Nine-Dash Line, Beijing is inhibiting ASEAN members from accessing over…

Macron news: France defy Trump as deal with China secured amid trade war fury | World | News

Macron visited Chinese President Xi Jinping, who expressed pride in the latest Paris-Beijing relations boost. Xi said the two leaders had sent “a strong signal to the world about steadfastly upholding multilateralism and free trade, as well as working together to build open economies”. Meanwhile, Macron referenced the ongoing trade disputes between the US and China calling for increased unity between the world’s economies. He said China and Europe “share the same feeling that trade war only results in losers” while adding that “developing market access and partnerships between our…

Itu Aba plan vital to nation’s sovereignty

It might come as a surprise that a member of the pan-blue camp would congratulate President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), but the media is reporting that her government plans to turn Itu Aba Island (Taiping Island, 太平島) into a base for humanitarian aid and international shipping, as well as a scientific research station. The Coast Guard Administration has earmarked nearly NT$1.65 billion (US$54.28 million) for the next fiscal year for the “Taiping Island harbor dredging and wharf remodeling project,” which is expected to be completed in 2023. It also said it…

South China Sea news: ASEAN leaders fury at Trump’s no show provokes diplomatic spat | World | News

ASEAN heads of state were deeply disappointed that Donald Trump chose not to attend the summit and sent a low-level diplomatic delegation instead, headed by Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien. In a sign of their anger, many ASEAN states including key American allies and partners, skipped the annual ASEAN-US summit. As a result, they missed Mr O’Brien speech, in which he reaffirmed the US’ commitment to maintain freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. Additionally he defended the right of smaller ASEAN states to explore for and exploit…

Resist and Reward: Vietnam’s Naval Expansion

Without a doubt, the Southeast Asian country most willing to challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea has been Vietnam. Its government and people have long resisted China. Vietnam famously fought its most recent war against China in 1979. But what is often forgotten is that the two sides continued to intermittently fight pitched battles over the next 12 years. Though Vietnam fared well on land, it did not at sea. In 1988, China and Vietnam skirmished over then-Vietnamese-occupied Johnston South Reef in the South China Sea. When the…

China renews blue alert for Typhoon Nakri – China

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-06 16:00:51Editor: Li Xia BEIJING, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) — China’s national observatory on Wednesday morning renewed a blue alert for Typhoon Nakri which is expected to bring heavy winds to parts of the country’s southern region. The eye of Nakri, this year’s 24th typhoon, was located in the southeastern areas of South China Sea about 570 km southeast of Sansha city of Hainan Province, at 8 a.m. Wednesday, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said. It will continue to linger in the southeastern areas of South China Sea and…

Have we forgotten that the Aquino-del Rosario tandem lost Scarborough twice over? – The Manila Times

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO HONESTLY, I am astonished at the brouhaha over a Chinese “naval warship” shooing away the Greek-owned crude oil tanker “Green Aura” from the Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal, with the warship’s spokesman telling the tanker that the area was “under Chinese jurisdiction.” Perhaps we are in denial mode, or the Yellows’ control of media persists to this day. Have we forgotten that President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his Foreign secretary Albert del Rosario lost Scarborough Shoal to the Chinese in 2012 and then in 2016? China, the Philippines, Vietnam…

US Merchant Marine Ship Replenishes Indian Navy Ship in South China Sea – The Diplomat

Advertising A United States Merchant Marine vessel conducted a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) for an Indian Navy corvette in the South China Sea, the U.S. Pacific Fleet announced on Tuesday. USNS Richard E. Byrd, a Clark-class dry cargo and ammunition ship, conducted the RAS with INS Kiltan, an Indian Navy anti-submarine warfare corvette. “Having the opportunity to work alongside our Indian Navy partners carries a lot of value,” said Capt. Lee Apsley, ship’s master for USNS Richard E. Byrd, according to a U.S. Navy Task Force 73 press release. “Opportunities like this…