China’s South China Sea expansion plans hit a wall in Indonesia (video)

China’s seemingly unstoppable expansion through the South China Sea finally hit a wall last week, an unyielding, uncompromising wall named Indonesia. Indonesia troops on high alert to assert country’s sovereignty Pusat Penerangan TNI Unlike in the Philippines where Chinese fishing and coast guard vessels seemingly have almost free reign to plunder as much Philippines sea produce as they can harvest, Beijing’s attempt to steal fish from Indonesian waters hasn’t ended as successfully. Maritime tension between the two countries most recently boiled over last week following the intrusion into Indonesia’s exclusive…

Destroying China’s South China Sea Island Bases In a War Might Not Be So Easy

China’s island outposts in the China Seas could prove to be difficult targets during wartime. American military planners shouldn’t assume otherwise, warned Gregory Poling, a fellow with the Southeast Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. “Couldn’t the United States easily neutralize these remote outposts in a conflict, negating their value?” Poling wrote at War on the Rocks. “The assumption is understandable given how seemingly remote the facilities are and how accustomed Americans have become to uncontested dominance over the sea and air.” “But…

OPINION: In the South China Sea, ASEAN needs to stand united

South China Sea and the 9-dash line. Center for Strategic and International Studies Donald Trump and Xi Jinping are the 2 biggest threats to global peace today. They’re both bullies—terrorizing their respective “schoolyards”—Latin America as well as the Middle East for Trump and Southeast Asia for Xi Jinping. Trump’s ignorance, malevolence and bigotry has always been there to see. It’s easy to dismiss his adventurism and bravado against Iran as an attempt to distract everyone from his impeachment and re-election troubles. Xi is infinitely more sinister. Back in 2016, the…

China’s Xi Jinping to discuss Myanmar mega projects  

Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to visit Myanmar next week to boost ties and investment projects as the countries mark 70 years of diplomatic relations. Xi is scheduled to arrive on January 17 in the first presidential visit since Jiang Zemin’s trip in 2001. Luo Zhaohui, China’s deputy foreign minister, said the neighbours would deepen economic and trade cooperation through Xi’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which hopes to span Asia, Africa and Europe.   China is also marking the 70th anniversary of official ties with Vietnam and…

PCG deploys assets to secure waters off Trasclacion 2020 routes – UNTV News

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday said its most modern vessel, BRP Gabriela Silang, stands ready to repatriate overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in the Middle East amid the growing tensions between the United States of America and Iran. The PCG said the BRP Gabriela Silang was supposed to arrive in the country on February 10, 2020 after its commissioning last year in France, but it has been directed to assist Filipinos who may need to be evacuated from the Middle East. As ordered by the Philippine…

South China Sea: Beijing humiliated as nations round on Xi in tense standoff | World | News

The height of recent hostility has come as a result of yet another standoff between China and a nearby South China Sea nation, with Indonesia expressing fury after Chinese fishing vessels entered the country’s economic exclusion zone last week. Dozens of boats entered the region on the periphery of the Natuna waters, located in the South China Sea between Malaysia and Indonesia, and only departed last Thursday. But China‘s latest act of aggression may have backfired as Indonesia calls on Japan to help defy Beijing’s military presence in the South…

Troubled waters of South China Sea: recent developments in the region – ​The contentious case of South China Sea

1/5 ​The contentious case of South China Sea The South China Sea is a marginal sea that is part of the Pacific Ocean. The sea carries tremendous strategic importance with one-third of the world’s ships passing through it, carrying over $3 trillion in trade each year A recent development in the South China Sea follows where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons, The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil…

China-Taiwan Relations: Tsai Ing-wen’s Reelection Victory Portends Tough 2020 for Beijing

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen attends a campaign rally ahead of the presidential election in Taoyuan, Taiwan, January 8, 2020. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters) President Tsai Ing-wen’s reelection is yet another case of Chinese aggression backfiring on Chairman Xi. It seems unlikely Beijing will learn its lesson. Last year was tough for Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist party. Between their glaring inability to mollify protesters and restore order in Hong Kong, an economic slowdown, and the online publication of highly sensitive, utterly horrifying official documents detailing their brutal crackdown on religious minorities,…

Daily Star Opinions: Perspective with Matè Espina

Asserting sovereignty Indonesia is making waves, not only in Southeast Asia where it is becoming an acknowledged leader, but globally as well for standing up to super power China as the latter encroached in Indonesia’s territorial waters off Natuna islands, just some 684 miles from Spratly Islands. No less than Indonesian President Joko Widodo went to the site and deployed military vessels and aircraft to assert their nation’s sovereignty, forcing China to back down after two weeks of tension in the area. “Our sovereign territory when it comes to Natuna…