Subi Reef is PH territorial sea

Under the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court (ICC), individuals who commit a crime against humanity may be charged before the ICC. This is true even if such individuals are citizens of a state that is not a party to the Rome Statute, provided that the crime is committed in the territory of a state that is a party to the Rome Statute. Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and former Ombudswoman Conchita Carpio-Morales filed last March 2019 a “communication” with the ICC charging China’s President Xi…

Indonesia president visits islands also claimed by China – Pacific

Indonesia president visits islands also claimed by China JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday reaffirmed his country’s sovereignty during a visit to a group of islands at the edge of the South China Sea that China claims as its traditional fishing area. Widodo, accompanied by top military officials, toured Natuna Islands on a naval ship in a move designed to send a message to Beijing. “Natuna is part of Indonesia’s territory, there is no question, no doubt,” Widodo said in a speech after the…

Indonesia president visits Natuna islands amid dispute with China

Jan. 8 (UPI) — Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo visited Natuna Regency, an archipelago of hundreds of islands in the southern South China Sea on Wednesday, according to local press reports. The Indonesia-administered islands are at the center of national attention following the presence of Chinese vessels in the area last week, the Jakarta Post reported Wednesday. Widodo, who was re-elected in 2019, made the trip to the Natuna islands Wednesday morning, meeting with the area’s governor and Indonesia’s Joint Defense Area Command commander Rear Adm. Yudo Margono, according to…

A Faint Breeze of Change: Malaysia’s Relations with China

The relationship between Malaysia and China is not without conflict, though an outside observer could be forgiven for not realizing it. That is because Malaysia has long kept its differences with China discreet. One point of contention has been their overlapping maritime claims in the South China Sea. There, despite repeated Chinese provocations—from large-scale fishing off Malaysian-claimed Luconia Shoals to harassing Malaysian energy exploration ships—Malaysia’s response to China has been muted. Thus, it was not all that surprising that, in the late 2010s, then-Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak came to…

Indonesia president visits islands also claimed by China

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday reaffirmed his country’s sovereignty during a visit to a group of islands at the edge of the South China Sea that China claims as its traditional fishing area. Widodo, accompanied by top military officials, toured Natuna Islands on a naval ship in a move designed to send a message to Beijing. “Natuna is part of Indonesia’s territory, there is no question, no doubt,” Widodo said in a speech after the trip. “There is no bargaining for our sovereignty.” He then presided…

Indon president visits China Sea Islands

news, politics Indonesian President Joko Widodo has reaffirmed his country’s sovereignty during a visit to a group of islands at the edge of the South China Sea that China claims as its traditional fishing area. Widodo, accompanied by top military officials, toured Natuna Islands on a naval ship in a move designed to send a message to Beijing. “Natuna is part of Indonesia’s territory, there is no question, no doubt,” Widodo said in a speech after the trip. “There is no bargaining for our sovereignty.” He then presided over a…

At ‘Sacred’ Lake, Chinese Declare Love for Xi and Communist Party

NANHU LAKE, China — He was anxious about China’s trade war with the United States. He was worried about the rise of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. So Liu Yuanrong, a lifelong member of the Chinese Communist Party, followed the advice of a friend: Go to the lake. That would be Nanhu Lake, a cradle of Chinese communism in eastern China that in recent years has become a spiritual retreat for the party’s more than 90 million members. There, near a forest of pine trees one recent day, Mr. Liu…

Seminar discussing Code of Conduct in the South China Sea on Jan 13

KUALA LUMPUR: A seminar on the Code of Conduct (CoC) as a tool for peace in the disputed South China Sea (SCS) will be held on Jan 13. Titled “South China Sea: Code of Conduct A Tool For Conflict Resolution”, the seminar will be held at the Eastin Hotel in Petaling Jaya from 9am-2pm. “The code of conduct is a set of rules outlining the norms, responsibilities and proper practice for the parties engaged in the SCS conflict. “Thus, this seminar aims to deliberate and discuss how much of the…

This 2013 War Game Shows How Worthless the Littoral Combat Ship Is Against China

Key point: Washington needs ships that work and that aren’t easily destroyed. The U.S. Navy in late 2019 or 2020 expects to select a shipyard to build the fleet’s new guided-missile frigate. The 20 heavily-armed frigates will replace roughly half of the 50 or so Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) that the Navy had planned to buy before realizing that the lightly-armed LCS likely couldn’t survive in a major shooting war. Just how vulnerable is the LCS? In 2013 journalist Kyle Mizokami put the speedy, 3,000-ton-displacement vessel to the test. Booting up…