Fishers group rejects Chinese ban at WPS

The militant national fishers group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) on Monday denounced and rejected the Chinese fishing ban in the South China Sea that will run from May 1 to August 16, 2020. “They have no right and moral ascendancy to declare a fishing ban in the guise of conserving fish stocks in marine waters that they have no any legal claim, and they have massively destroyed through reclamation activities,” said PAMALAKAYA in a statement. Part of its annual summer fishing ban to “conserve fish stocks,”…

Reviewing Vietnam’s ‘Struggle’ Options in the South China Sea – The Diplomat

Advertisement Once again, Chinese assertiveness against Vietnam in the South China Sea is on the rise. Beginning on April 3, a Chinese coast guard ship sunk a Vietnamese fishing vessel in disputed waters off the Paracel Islands, and ten days later, on April 13, Beijing redeployed the controversial Haiyang Dizhi 8 geological survey ship, which it had used last year to harass international drilling near Vanguard Bank, to Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). And on April 18, Beijing announced that it had established administrative control over the disputed Paracel and…

HMAS Parramatta completes south and south-east Asia deployment

Amphibious assault ship USS America, Royal Australian Navy helicopter frigate HMAS Parramatta, guided-missile destroyer USS Barry and guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill conduct officer of the watch manoeuvres in the South China Sea. Royal Australian Navy helicopter frigate HMAS Parramatta has returned to Australia after completing a three-month deployment, which included south and south-east Asia. Royal Australian Navy helicopter frigate HMAS Parramatta has returned to Australia after completing a three-month deployment, which included south and south-east Asia. In late February and early March, prior to COVID-19 restrictions, HMAS Parramatta visited Phuket, Thailand, and Colombo, Sri Lanka.…

COVID-19 and the dawning of the US-China struggle

Since the unfolding of the coronavirus crisis, there has been an increasing number of questions about the future of Sino-U.S. relations. The two countries’ relations were already going through a rough patch for a variety of reasons. In the meantime, territorial disputes between China and U.S. allies in the region have reached an alarming level of tension in the last few years. Disputes between several countries over the maritime borders of the South China Sea and sovereignty over the Spratly Islands between Japan and China in regard to the Senkaku…

Despite coronavirus! Japan, US flex their military muscle in South China sea, World News

The world is fighting a war against a deadly virus. It is a common enemy. But that doesn’t mean old foes are forgotten. Also read: Global coronavirus: Cases, death-toll and hotspots! Even in a pandemic, militaries around the world don’t miss the change to flex their muscle. The South China sea remains a battleground. Japan is prepping to safeguard its turf with a hypersonic missile. It travels faster than five times the speed of sound and has been described as a game-changer. Also read: COVID-19: Intelligence dossier says China’s secrecy amounts to…

Pentagon Chief Esper Says Russia Continues To Probe US Air Space Outside Alaska

Russia continues to operate in American airspace near Alaska while Chinese activity in the South China Sea is on the rise, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 04th May, 2020) Russia continues to operate in American airspace near Alaska while Chinese activity in the South China Sea is on the rise, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday. “We are also very cognizant of the threats that we face outside our borders,” Esper said in a briefing. “As we watched we’ve…

China’s supersonic stealth bomber could be ready later this year

China‘s new supersonic stealth bomber could be ready later this year. The feared Xian H-20, which doubles China’s strike range and completes its nuclear triad, puts Australia, Japan and Korea all within range. It would mean China would join the US and Russia is possessing a three-pronged military force that can launch nuclear missiles from air, land and sea.  China’s new supersonic bomber, the Xian H-20, could be ready later this year, completing the country’s nuclear triad (artist’s impression) Beijing has been weighing up when to roll out the bomber…

West Capella Standoff Leaves U.S. Allies Uncertain

On the face of it, the recent standoff along Malaysia’s Borneo coast was a robust response by the U.S. Navy to some cynically timed Chinese adventurism in the South China Sea, offering reassurance to wavering Southeast Asian countries that Washington still has their back in the midst of a global pandemic. Unfortunately, few in the region are likely to view it that way. For several days, starting on April 20, the USS America—a small carrier equipped with a handful of F-35 jets, helicopters, and an embarked force of U.S. Marines—patrolled,…