China Warns Vietnam to Not ‘Complicate’ South China Sea Dispute By Seeking Legal Arbitration – The Diplomat

Flashpoints | Security | Southeast Asia Beijing warned Hanoi to not “complicate matters.” Advertising On Friday, China pushed back on a suggestion from a senior Vietnamese official that the country would be willing to pursue international arbitration over its disputes with Beijing in the South China Sea. On Wednesday, Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung, speaking at a conference, said that Hanoi would look to arbitration and litigation if negotiations with China did not yield any solutions. Trung spoke on other possible measures beyond negotiations that Vietnam might pursue in the South China…

China fury: Beijing launches furious attack on Pompeo ‘Stop JABBERING!’ | World | News

Last month, Mr Pompeo stepped up US rhetoric against China’s ruling Communist Party, saying Beijing was focused on international domination and needed to be confronted, prompting China to describe his remarks as a “vicious attack”. China has been consistently irritated by Mr Pompeo, whether over his remarks on China’s Belt and Road infrastructure project or allegations of Chinese rights abuses in the far western region of Xinjiang, and in many other areas. Speaking at a daily news briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Pompeo’s attacks on China’s political…

Beijing urges Vietnam ‘not to complicate’ S. China Sea issue — RT Newsline

Beijing called on Vietnam on Friday not to “complicate” the South China Sea issue, after a senior Vietnam official said the country could explore legal action in its territorial dispute with China over the waters. Friction has grown between the two neighbors since China in July sent a ship for a months-long seismic survey to an area internationally designated as Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), but also claimed by China, Reuters said. Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung said in Hanoi on Wednesday that Vietnam preferred negotiations, but did have…

NASA sees Nakri strengthen into a Typhoon

IMAGE: NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over Typhoon Nakri on Nov. 8, 2019 and captured a visible image of the storm in the South China Sea. view more  Credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Former Tropical Storm Nakri strengthened into a Typhoon in the South China Sea on Nov. 8. NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over the region and found Nakri appeared more circular and more organized. Visible imagery from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite on Nov. 8…

China renews attack on Pompeo, says Communist Party criticism ‘dangerous’

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Foreign Ministry launched a renewed attack on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday, saying that his recent criticism of the Chinese Communist Party was “extremely dangerous” and exposed his “sinister intentions”. Last month, Pompeo stepped up U.S. rhetoric against China’s ruling Communist Party, saying Beijing was focused on international domination and needed to be confronted. China at the time called it a “vicious attack”. China has been consistently irritated by Pompeo, whether over his remarks on China’s Belt and Road infrastructure project or allegations…

In Vietnam, Medical Charity Uninvites Action Star Jackie Chan After Netizens Call for Boycott

Territorial disputes in the South China Sea became the center of a social media outcry, prompting an international medical charity to uninvite Hong Kong-born movie star Jackie Chan from its anniversary celebration scheduled for Nov. 11. The charity involved was the Vietnam branch of Operation Smile, a charity organization that provides free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with dental and facial disfigurement. Chan is an ambassador for the charity. On Nov. 8, the charity announced on its Facebook page that Chan will not…

South China Sea: US furious at ‘preposterous’ Beijing plot to ‘illegally’ takeover waters | World | News

The US also called Beijing’s aggressive takeover of the hotly disputed waters “illegal” in a State Department report made public this week. The report said that China’s “maritime claims in the South China Sea, exemplified by the preposterous ‘Nine-Dash Line,’ are unfounded, unlawful and unreasonable”. The document on US policy for the region added: “These claims, which are without legal, historic or geographic merit, impose real costs on other countries. “Through repeated provocative actions to assert the Nine-Dash Line, Beijing is inhibiting Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members from…

Could China’s Robots Take Over The South China Sea?

Key point: China hopes that robots will give it an asymmetric advantage over the United States. A video from late May 2018 shows a swarm of 56 small, unmanned boats operating in the South China Sea. While a rudimentary demonstration, it mirrors similar exercises performed by U.S. Navy boats practicing — semi-autonomously — to defend harbors and intercept incoming vessels. The Chinese robo-boats do not appear to be armed, but the company behind it — Yunzhou Tech Corporation — revealed an armed unmanned boat at a Beijing “Civil-Military Integration Expo” in July 2017. The…