US urges pushback against Beijing’s S. China Sea claims, SE Asia News & Top Stories

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper urged nations in South-east Asia yesterday to stand together and push back against China’s “excessive claim” in the South China Sea. “I think it’s incumbent upon all of us to take a very public posture and to assert our sovereign rights and to emphasise the importance of law,” Dr Esper told reporters in Manila. He swung by the Philippines after attending the annual Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus in Bangkok on Monday. He said most of those who went to the meeting “are very concerned about…

US Navy moves to ‘bolster South China Sea attack strength’ – South China Morning Post

US Navy moves to ‘bolster South China Sea attack strength’  South China Morning Post South China Sea warning: Beijing sends chilling threat to US to stop ‘flexing its muscles’  Express.co.uk US vows more support for Philippines amid tensions in South China Sea  The Straits Times US, China Trade Criticism Over South China Sea  Radio Free Asia Esper Urges ‘Very Public Posture’ on Chinese Sea Claims  The New York Times View full coverage on Google News Source link

Indonesia to build frontier military HQ near South China Sea – World

Indonesia is planning to fortify its borders by setting up three new Indonesian Military (TNI) headquarters around its northern and eastern fronts, including one in Riau Islands province to keep a watchful eye on developments in the disputed South China Sea “on a much larger scale”. The Riau Islands administration has earmarked a plot of land in the provincial capital of Tanjung Pinang to build a home base for its Joint Defense Area Command I, a senior official has said. “There is a total of 40 hectares that is being…

The Stage Is Set For Oil Price Volatility On November 18th

With China’s Fourth Plenum meeting of its ruling Communist Party having ended in October and the U.S. 2020 presidential election campaign gathering pace, both sides have their reasons to unveil some sort of progress in the long-running trade war between them. Such an announcement had been expected around the time of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings scheduled for 16-17 of November but when Chile cancelled the event the timing has become more fluid. The recent tentative statements that U.S. and China will roll back tariffs on each other’s goods incrementally…

South China Sea news: Beijing warns US to stop ‘flexing its muscles’ in chilling threat | World | News

The warning came after US Defence Secretary Mark Esper and Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe met Monday in Bangkok. The two ministers were attending a meeting of defence officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other countries. Among the topics up for discussion were the ongoing political crisis in Hong Kong and the status of the south China Sea. China is belligerently insisting that that the entire waterway up to the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan belongs to it. However, neighbouring states along with much…

Stop Provoking Tensions in South China Sea, Beijing Tells Washington

The Chinese defense chief warned the United States on Monday against provoking military tensions by “flexing muscles” in the contested South China Sea, while his American counterpart urged claimant nations to use their sovereign spaces “or risk losing them.” During a 30-minute meeting in Bangkok with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe underscored Beijing’s “commitment to safeguarding territorial sovereignty and maritime rights” in the disputed sea, a spokesman for Wei told reporters here. “The Chinese side also urged the United States to stop flexing muscles…

Philippines Morning News For November 18, 2019

Energy dep’t releases draft rules for law that will slash electricity ratesTHE ENERGY DEPARTMENT has released the draft implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the Murang Kuryente Act, the law that allowed the use of the existing and future government share in the Malampaya gas-to-power project as payment for government debt now shouldered by consumers.— BusinessWorld Malaysian firm eyes waste-to-energy PHL projectsA MALAYSIAN company has pledged to invest up to $2 billion to put up 12 waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities in the Philippines in partnership with Filipino company Integrated Green Technology,…