US State Department Criticizes China for Reported Ramming, Sinking of Vietnamese Fishing Boat – The Diplomat

Flashpoints | Security | Southeast Asia The U.S. State Department said it was “seriously concerned” by the incident. Advertisement On Monday, the U.S. State Department criticized China after reports emerged that a Vietnamese fishing vessel had been sunk near the disputed Paracel Islands. In a statement, Morgan Ortagus, the U.S. Department of State’s spokesperson, said that the United States was “seriously concerned by reports of the PRC’s sinking of a Vietnamese fishing vessel in the vicinity of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.” “This incident is the latest in a long string…

Coronavirus: US cites concern over South China Sea after reported vessel sinking, United States News & Top Stories

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Monday (April 6) warned China not to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to exert itself in the South China Sea after Vietnam said Beijing sank a trawler.  Amid the global focus on fighting Covid-19, China has ramped up self-described research stations and landed special military aircraft in the dispute-rife sea, according to the State Department.  “We call on the PRC to remain focused on supporting international efforts to combat the global pandemic, and to stop exploiting the distraction or vulnerability of other states to…

US accuses China of using coronavirus to build military edge in South China Sea

Chinese officials are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to enhance a military advantage over their neighbors in a critical international shipping waterway, according to U.S. officials. “We call on the PRC to remain focused on supporting international efforts to combat the global pandemic and to stop exploiting the distraction or vulnerability of other states to expand its unlawful claims in the South China Sea,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said Monday, referring to the People’s Republic of China, Chinese President Xi Jinping has deployed military assets to artificial islands…

New Vietnam-China Incident Spotlights Old Realities – The Diplomat

Flashpoints | Diplomacy | Security | Southeast Asia The sinking of a Vietnamese vessel last week is a tangible remainder of the need to pay attention to the South China Sea flashpoint even amid the focus on COVID-19. Advertisement Last week, reports surfaced related to the sinking of a Vietnamese vessel near the South China Sea. The development spotlighted longstanding tensions that continue to simmer between China and Vietnam with respect to the South China Sea and the old, evolving dynamics of the flashpoint that continue to be important to watch even amid the global coronavirus…

China’s reported sinking of Vietnamese ship concerns US

ANKARA The U.S. voiced concern Monday over reports of China’s sinking of a Vietnamese fishing vessel last week. “We are seriously concerned by reports of the PRC’s sinking of a Vietnamese fishing vessel in the vicinity of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea,” said State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus in a statement, referring to People’s Republic of China. Ortagus said the incident is the latest in a string of Chinese actions to “assert unlawful maritime claims and disadvantage its Southeast Asian neighbors in the South China Sea.” She…

Vietnam Protests China’s Sinking of South China Sea Boat

HANOI—Vietnam has lodged an official protest with China following the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat it said had been rammed by a Chinese maritime surveillance vessel near islands in the disputed South China Sea. The Vietnamese fishing vessel, with eight fishermen onboard, was fishing near the Paracel Islands on April 2 when it was rammed and sunk by the Chinese vessel, Vietnam’s foreign ministry said in a statement posted on a government website on Saturday. All the fishermen were picked up by the Chinese vessel alive and were transferred…

PRC’s Reported Sinking of a Vietnamese Fishing Vessel in South China Sea

We are seriously concerned by reports of the PRC’s sinking of a Vietnamese fishing vessel in the vicinity of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. This incident is the latest in a long string of PRC actions to assert unlawful maritime claims and disadvantage its Southeast Asian neighbors in the South China Sea. Since the outbreak of the global pandemic, Beijing has also announced new “research stations” on military bases it built on Fiery Cross Reef and Subi Reef, and landed special military aircraft on Fiery Cross Reef.…

Cooperative Maritime Law Enforcement and Overfishing in the South China Sea

By Michael Perry Introduction Fish are the primary source of animal protein for populations bordering the South China Sea (SCS) and overfishing in the region has emerged as a major threat to food security.1 Over the past 30 years fish stocks have declined by one-third and are expected to decrease an additional 59 percent by 2045 if current practices persist.2 The threat is recognized by all SCS nations but hasn’t been curtailed for three primary reasons. First, the migratory nature of fish requires all SCS nations to jointly agree on…