South China Sea news: HMS Queen Elizabeth set for maiden deployment in South China sea | World | News

Big Lizzie, as she is known, will replace a US carrier on the tour and plans to take around 24 F-35B fighter jets plus helicopters on the deployment. Half of these will be provided by the US Marine corps, signalling an ever closer military partnership between the US and UK. Britain’s biggest warship was originally set to sail through the South China Sea as part of a show of strength to China, but this has not been confirmed by the Ministry of Defence. Due to the small size of the…

Greece and China hail strategic partnership, as US and EU look on | Greece News

Athens, Greece – Greek leaders on Monday hailed Chinese President Xi Jinping‘s first official visit to Greece as a “new era” in what is an already close trade and investment relationship being closely watched by the United States and the European Union. “Greece recognises China not only as a great power but also as a country that has won for itself, not without difficulty, a leading geostrategic economic and political role,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told Xi. Greece is eager to play a greater role in China‘s overseas development. During the…

US: Beijing is ‘intimidating’ nations over South China Sea

Filipino activists raise their fists during a protest in front of the Chinese consulate in Manila in June after tensions mounted over Beijing’s presence in the disputed South China Sea. TED ALJIBE/AFP The US on Monday accused China of intimidating Southeast Asian nations in the South China Sea at a regional Asean summit in Bangkok, as it put forward its strongest language yet rejecting Beijing’s claims in the strategic, dispute-rife waters. The Pacific powers traded tit-for-tat barbs over the South China Sea at the summit, with Beijing accusing the US…

China-led trade bloc inches forward at Asian summit

  China-led trade bloc inches forward at Asian summit By Mike Head 11 November 2019 Despite seven years of blocking efforts by successive US administrations, and a last-minute withdrawal by India, government leaders at an Asian summit last week agreed to sign off next year on a Chinese-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The formation of the RCEP would be a blow to Washington and its drive to isolate, militarily encircle and subjugate China. Negotiations on the pact began in 2012 but were repeatedly obstructed by the Obama administration. The…

Vietnam Gets a US Confidence Boost in China Sea Dispute | Voice of America

HO CHI MINH CITY – There is not often good news coming out of the territorial disputes of the South China Sea, but Vietnam, in its tensions with China, could take solace in recent remarks from some of Washington’s high level emissaries, who have given a boost to the Southeast Asian nation.  At the highest level is Michael Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State, who on Thursday expressed remorse at the many ways his nation looked the other way during what he called China’s “hostile” ascendance and “intransigence,” including as it…

What does ASEAN’s evolving approach to the South China Sea issue mean for Vietnam?

Though the regional grouping continues to have difficulties on the issue, it nonetheless remains important to Hanoi’s calculations. Source: ASEAN Secretatriat While a range of issues will be in discussion during this weekend’s summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the South China Sea will be among them. And for Vietnam in particular, how ASEAN manages the issue will be important for its own calculations and options in dealing with the South China Sea. ASEAN’s ability to speak in one common voice on important issues such as sovereignty…

National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien on Turkey missile purchase, South China Sea tensions

U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien speaks at a press conference on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Nonthaburi, Thailand, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi) OAN NewsroomUPDATED 1:54 PM PT — Sunday, November 10, 2019 The president’s National Security Adviser is saying Turkey’s purchase of Russian missiles will be addressed when President Tayyip Erdogan visits the White House this week. During a Sunday interview, Robert O’Brien said the Trump administration was “very upset” after Turkey bought a Russian made missile defense…

Yes, China Has Missiles That Could Destroy the Navy’s Aircraft Carriers

Key point: It is becoming increasingly difficult to counter China’s expanding sea claims, but with the right leadership its neighbors can push back. Recently China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force most likely tested a DF-21D or DF-26 anti-ship ballistic missile—sometimes know as “carrier-killers”—in the South China Sea. Details remain sketchy, as Chinese spokesmen have remained close-mouthed about the exercise. The test came on the heels of news last May that PLA weaponeers had installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missiles on Fiery Cross Reef, Subi Reef, and Mischief Reef, west of…