Russia: Another Great Power Interested in the South China Sea?

In October, during his second official visit to Russia, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte invited Moscow-based energy company Rosneft to conduct oil and gas exploration in waters the Philippines claims in the South China Sea. The offer was reciprocated by the Russian ambassador to the Philippines, Igor Khovaev, who invited Philippine companies to also ‘explore oil and gas in Russia together with Russian companies’. A team from Rosneft went to Manila later that month to discuss the possibility of joint offshore oil exploration with the Philippines Department of Energy. Rosneft, which is half-owned by the Russian government, is…

MH370 crash-landed ‘by hijackers on uninhabited Philippines island with runway’

A small airfield on an island belonging to the Philippines could have been where MH370 ‘s potential hijackers crashlanded the plane, an expert has claimed. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 came down on March 8, 2014, with 239 passengers and crew on board. Egyptian aeronautical expert Ismail Hammad has revealed in a report to Daily Star Online his theory about how MH370 was hijacked. Now, he has explained why he believes the plane’s potential hijackers could have chosen a remote Philippine island to bring it down. Ismail told Daily Star…

China’s Provocative Gamble for Asian-Pacific Supremacy

China aims to shift the balance of power in the South China Sea with its first Chinese-made aircraft carrier and advanced anti-ship arsenal Commentary As has been noted by many observers, the economic, financial, ethnic and civil unrest challenges that China faces are serious and growing. How will Beijing handle these internal challenges? That remains to be seen. But if China’s military build-up is any indication, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders may be tempted to “externalize” those challenges by confronting American dominance in the region. Indeed, with respect to…

‘NUCLEAR INCIDENT’ in South China Sea that no one actually noticed hits the headlines (Fake news 101) — RT World News

Brewing a solid piece of fake news is tricky – it has to be hot enough to take off and believable enough to not get debunked at once. The scare around a “radiation incident” in the South China Sea appears to be almost perfect. The story of the ‘incident’ in the South China Sea was broken by the Hal Turner Radio Show on Wednesday, promptly spreading on social media – and eventually getting into more respectable news outlets, and even invoking official reaction. The ‘news’ piece by the right-wing outlet,…

China, Japan defense ministers agree to work on N. Korea

This photo shows Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono, left, and Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe. (Photo courtesy of the Japanese Defense Ministry/Kyodo) BEIJING (Kyodo) — The defense ministers of China and Japan agreed Wednesday that the two countries will work together to achieve North Korea’s denuclearization amid growing tensions between Washington and Pyongyang. The agreement comes as denuclearization talks have stalled, with North Korea warning that it will resume nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests if dialogue with Washington fails to achieve…

What If Trump Ordered a Naval Blockade of North Korea?

Donald J. Trump adores splashy gestures. On the other hand, the president displays little enthusiasm for launching new military adventures. Suppose his administration decided to go big in response to a North Korean ballistic-missile test—the “Christmas gift” Kim Jong-Un’s minions have promised Pyongyang might bestow—rather than content itself with humdrum peacetime deterrence. And suppose Washington blanched at ground combat. How to satisfy both the impulses goading it into action and those urging restraint? Well, it could impose a naval blockade to halt shipping bound to or from North Korean seaports—squeezing…

Malaysia’s New Game in the South China Sea – The Diplomat

Advertisement On December 12, 2019, Malaysia warmed up another round of the diplomatic row in the South China Sea (SCS) by making a new submission on an extended continental shelf (ECS) beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). It was an individual partial submission after the Vietnam-Malaysia joint submission of an ECS beyond 200 nm in 2009. Malaysia’s move surprised regional watchers. The key question is why…

Saifuddin: China’s claim to whole of South China Sea ridiculous | New Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR: It is ridiculous for China to claim that the entire South China Sea is its possession, Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said today. When asked to explain Malaysia’s recent decision to challenge China’s “nine-dash line”, Saifuddin said that it is the sovereign right of Malaysia to make its territorial claim. The U-shaped line appears in Chinese maps to illustrate that a large portion of the South China Sea – believed to be rich in resources – is part of its territory. “It is our sovereign right to claim…

How will Prabowo defend Indonesia at sea?

“The security development is also affected by the great power; the South China Sea and Korean Peninsula conflict will affect the security and stability in the region.” These were the words of Indonesian Defence minister Prabowo Subianto at the 6th Annual Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus, in Bangkok, Thailand. The newly elected Indonesian Defence Minister mentioned that the ongoing South China Sea conflict remains one of the biggest threats to Indonesia and the region. On many occasions, he has reiterated the importance of the involvement of all countries in Indonesia’s defence policy…