Indonesia Protests China Coast Guard Incursions

China Coast Guard hull number 3303 defending a Chinese-flagged fishing vessel from Indonesian law enforcement, June 17, 2019 (Indonesian Navy Western Region Command) By The Maritime Executive 01-01-2020 08:36:57 Indonesia’s foreign ministry has filed a formal complaint with China over alleged violations of the Indonesian EEZ in the vicinity of the Natuna Islands, one of the many regional flash points in the conflict over sovereignty in the South China Sea.  China claims almost all of the South China Sea based on historical Chinese activity in the region, not on…

China Has Right to Sail Near Indonesia’s Natuna Islands, Beijing Says

China has a right to sail ships near the Natuna Islands, a foreign ministry spokesman said Thursday, as Beijing hardened its stance in a diplomatic spat after Indonesia protested about dozens of Chinese boats, including two coast guard ships, entering its Exclusive Economic Zone late last month. When a reporter asked him about an Indonesian government statement a day earlier saying there was “no legal basis” to Beijing’s claims that its ships could sail in Indonesia’s exclusive zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang rejected…

Indonesia protests Chinese vessels in South China Sea

Indonesia protests Chinese vessels in South China Sea Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – January 2, 2020 – 12:48pm MANILA, Philippines — Indonesia has lodged a diplomatic protest over the presence of a Chinese coast guard vessel in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea. According to a report from The Jakarta Post, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Chinese Ambassador Xiao Qian to protest Beijing’s violations in the Indonesian EEZ. The Chinese vessel is suspected to have engaged in illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities…

Indonesia-Beijing dispute could lead to tough South China Sea code – South China Morning Post

Indonesia-Beijing dispute could lead to tough South China Sea code  South China Morning Post Indonesia rejects China’s claims over South China Sea  Reuters South China Sea fury: How Philippines fumed at China’s ‘cowards’ after sinking  Express.co.uk Indonesia rebukes China’s latest South China Sea claim  Sydney Morning Herald Indonesia says China’s claims over South China Sea ‘have no legal basis’  The Japan Times View full coverage on Google News Source link

South China Sea fury: How Philippines fumed at China’s ‘cowards’ after sinking | World | News

The Philippines accused a Chinese vessel of ramming one of its boats causing it to sink, leaving the lives of the 22 on board the boat threatened. The fishermen who had been left stranded and endangered by the incident were saved by a Vietnamese fishing vessel at the sight of the crash in Recto bank near the Spratly Islands. Filipino Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in the aftermath of the clash in June: “We condemn in the strongest terms the cowardly action of the Chinese fishing vessel and its crew…

China is building more warships, but its sailors lack technical skills

The Chinese navy’s latest launches bring the total number of PLA Navy ships built this year to 24. Analysts say the new ships have improved quality and capability but that China is lagging in developing sailors’ technical skills. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. China is speeding up its warship building programme as its navy extends its reach to cover Beijing’s increasingly far-flung interests. The latest warships, launched last week, were a Type 055 and a Type 052D, both guided missile destroyers built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company in…

Editors’ picks for 2019: ‘Australian pilots hit with lasers during Indo-Pacific exercise’

Originally published 28 May 2019. I recently sailed onboard the landing helicopter dock and Royal Australian Navy flagship HMAS Canberra from Vietnam to Singapore, as one of several academic sea-riders invited to observe Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19), which has now concluded after three months at sea. A key question about this operation was what did the People’s Liberation Army Navy make of so much Australian activity in waters that China claims? Sailors tend to have a healthy professional regard for each other. The good news is that interactions between the RAN and…

YearEnder: Fallout between old friends; traditional ties reaffirmed

MANILA, Philippines — It was a year of antagonism toward old friends as well as reaffirmation of traditional friendships for Philippine foreign relations. The government’s vicious war on drugs has tainted the country’s image in the international community and reaped condemnation from influential personalities and major institutions like the European Union. In July, 18 of 47 member-countries of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) voted in favor of a resolution that sought a comprehensive report on the human rights situation in the Philippines amid allegations of thousands of extrajudicial…

Former Guinea Bissau PM Embalo wins presidential election

BISSAU -Former Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister and ex-army general Umaro Cissoko Embalo won Sunday’s presidential election with 54% of the vote, the electoral commission said on Wednesday. Embalo, 47, who beat another former Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira in a run-off vote, will succeed incumbent President Jose Mario Vaz, whose tenure was marred by political infighting, an ill-functioning parliament and corruption. Embalo, who served as prime minister under Vaz from 2016-18, faces the difficult task of overcoming a long-running political impasse and modernising the West African country of 1.6 million people,…

Trump-Trọng Summit Remains in Limbo

Whale of a problem: US Defense Secretary Mark Esper extends support to Vietnam, but ExxonMobil may leave the Vietnamese exploration block known as ‘Blue Whale’ HANOI: With repeated Chinese intrusions into oil-rich Vanguard Bank and anticipated departure of ExxonMobil from the Blue Whale project, the South China Sea dispute has reached a turning point. A planned meeting between presidents Donald Trump and Nguyễn Phú Trọng could be pivotal for a strategic partnership, but is unlikely to happen any time soon. During the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi in February, Trump invited Trọng to…