In South China Sea Confrontation, Indonesia Resists China—Cautiously

JAKARTA, Indonesia—In late December, several Chinese coast guard ships escorted more than three dozen Chinese fishing boats into the waters off Indonesia’s Natuna Islands. In the two-week confrontation that followed at the far southern end of the South China Sea, Indonesia deployed five warships, which joined two others that normally patrol the area, and four F-16 jet fighters. The orders from Jakarta: drive the Chinese away, but find a way to do it without escalating tensions, a military spokesman said. The incident provides a window into how countries in the…

5 changes the Navy and Marine Corps can make to take on China

China’s military advances and expansion of a conventional defense force presents a “game-changer” for the US, the Marine Corps’ top officer said this week. The Navy and the Corps have to team up to face that threat, and Commandant Gen. David Berger outlined five changes they could make to do so. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The Navy and Marine Corps must join forces to combat threats China poses at sea, a top US general said Wednesday. The US needs an integrated naval force that is prepared to…

Sorry America (And Tom, Cruise), China’s Top Gun Is Just Better Than Yours

Key point: The navy in this video appeared high-tech, professional, a real navy rather than a mere coastal defense force I will make an unpatriotic confession. I like the Chinese version of “Top Gun” better. Or more specifically, a short Chinese navy video that resembles the 1986 Hollywood hit, for which a sequel is underway. Well, almost resembles. No smirking Tom Cruise. No fake love story (and no Kelly McGillis) to distract what everyone really came to see, which was the cool F-14 Tomcats zooming and booming through the skies. And…

Florida Vietnamese refugee to meet mariner who rescued him in 1978 – News – Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

Minh Nguyen, a local Vietnamese refugee who named his Sealand restaurant in honor of the cargo ship that plucked him from the South China Sea in 1978, soon will meet the chief ship’s mate who got him and 50 other refugees aboard the vessel and to safety. What’s in a name? For Minh Nguyen, it’s everything. At first glance, Sealand — the name of Nguyen’s restaurant at 47 Miracle Strip Parkway — seems a reasonable moniker for a coastal town restaurant serving fish, steak and other dishes; a kind of…

Carpio blasts China Coast Guard goodwill visit as another ship loiters Ayungin

Then acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio discusses their journey in fighting for our territorial waters in the West Philippine Sea during the Integrated Bar of the Philippines national convention at the SMX Aura in Taguig, July 13, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File MANILA – Retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Friday slammed China after one of its ships was spotted patrolling Ayungin Shoal on the day the Chinese Coast Guard arrived in Manila for a goodwill visit. “We tended a dinner for them. We welcomed them with a brass…

ASEAN ministers vow to cooperate on Rohingya, South China Sea issues

Southeast Asian foreign ministers ended talks in Vietnam on Friday with pledges to continue cooperating on key issues, including facilitating the repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar and reducing South China Sea tensions. A statement issued after the two-day informal meeting by Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said that besides those issues, the ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations also considered plans for a special summit with the U.S. President Donald Trump. “We welcomed the invitation by the U.S. President to convene a Special Summit to commemorate…

How China’s rise is changing diplomacy dynamics in Asia

Recently, I traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Learning that I had come from Hong Kong, the first thing a cab driver there asked me was: is the unrest now under control? Some other ethnic Chinese cab drivers whom I encountered during the trip simply sighed, saying they found it difficult to understand why Hong Kong was inflicting an “Armageddon” on itself. To some extent, their questions and doubts, if seen in the historical context of their countries, reflect the view among people in the region that one has to learn…

Indonesia protests to China over border intrusion near South China Sea | News

Monday, December 30, 2019 9:08 a.m. EST JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia said on Monday it had protested to Beijing over the presence of a Chinese coastguard vessel in its territorial waters near the disputed South China Sea, saying it marked a “violation of sovereignty”. The boat trespassed into Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone off the coast of the northern islands of Natuna, Indonesia’s foreign ministry said in a statement. It did not say when the incident occurred. “The foreign affairs ministry has summoned the Chinese ambassador in Jakarta and conveyed a…