Duterte says he’s well enough to attend Asean-Korea summit

President Duterte on Tuesday night said he was well enough to take part in the Asean-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit in Busan, South Korea, from Nov. 25 to 26. Back in the public eye after working from his Davao City home last week, the President indicated that he was looking forward to the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and South Korea. “I am 74 years old. And when I decide to travel outside, it presupposes that I think I can bear it,” he said. The President’s…

U.S. to provide ship to Vietnam to boost South China Sea patrols

HANOI (Reuters) – The United States announced on Wednesday it will provide Vietnam with another coast guard cutter for its growing fleet of ships, boosting Hanoi’s ability to patrol the South China Sea amid tensions with China. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper reviews the Vietnamese guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony in Hanoi, Vietnam November 20, 2019. REUTERS/Kham U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper disclosed the decision during an address in Vietnam, which has emerged as the most vocal opponent in Asia of China’s territorial claims in the South China…

China: U.S. willful trespassing is cause of tensions in South China Sea – CCTV News

Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that the U.S. willful trespassing is the cause of tensions in the South China Sea, and its attempt to sow discord is the threat to regional peace and stability.  For quite some time the U.S. has been trying to disrupt peace and stability in the South China Sea by stirring up trouble and creating splits. Countries in the region have been soberly aware of that, said Spokesperson Geng Shuang at a regular press conference.  With the joint efforts by China and ASEAN countries, situation…

India Calls For Demilitarisation Of South China Sea To Ensure Stability In The Region

Calling for a demilitarised South China sea free from ‘threat of use of force’, India on Monday (18 November) said that there was a need for protecting the rights of the states which are not party to the negotiations for a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea. “Emphasising the need to protect the rights of states that are not party to these negotiations, Defence Minister Rajanth Singh expressed the hope that the situation will remain stable, without the use or threat of use of force or militarisation of…

Duterte to have the interest of the Filipino nation at heart in ASEAN-Korea summit » Manila Bulletin News

Published November 20, 2019, 12:36 PM By Genalyn Kabiling  The interest of the Filipino nation will be championed and protected by President Duterte when he and other leaders discuss security concerns in a regional summit in South Korea next week. President Rodrigo Duterte (Keith Bacongco / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) As the regional issues such as the South China Sea dispute and the Korean Peninsula conflict will likely be tackled in the upcoming dialogue, the President assured the public that he would not commit to anything that would endanger the…

South China Sea news: Tensions erupt between US and Beijing as Trump sends in combat ships | World | News

The deployment of the littoral combat ships signals a major shift in US strategy for the area, away from reconnaissance and deterrence. A Beijing Think Tank has now said the US is deliberately increasing its attack capability. Both ships were noted to be active in the area, where China’s claims over the region has brought it often into disputes with its neighbours. China’s continued efforts to establish military and economic footholds in the region has brought the country increasingly in to conflict with the US, which has frequently sent warships…

India committed to free, open South China Sea: Rajnath

Outlook November 19, 2019 20:06 IST India committed to free, open South China Sea: Rajnath outlookindia.com 1970-01-01T05:30:00+0530 India committed to free, open South China Sea: Rajnath Singapore, Nov 19 (IANS) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh here on Tuesday met Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore Heng Swee Keat and said India was committed to an open and free South China Sea. Singh is on a two-day visit to Singapore to co-chair the 4th India-Singapore Defence Ministers” Dialogue, scheduled on Wednesday. The Defence Minister referred to India”s stand on the South…

US, China Trade Criticism Over South China Sea

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. “The Chinese side also urged the United States to stop flexing muscles in…

RI to build military HQ near South China Sea – Wed, November 20 2019

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.“A total of 40 hectares is being prepped for the command base…