Duterte betting on joint oil exploration with China to resolve S. China Sea dispute

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the Malacañang Palace on August 6, 2019. King Rodriguez, Presidential Photo MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he hopes that the joint oil and gas exploration with China could help resolve the maritime dispute over the South China Sea. Duterte had welcomed China’s proposal to share oil resources in the West Philippine Sea, the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the disputed waters, as long as Manila gets the bigger share, saying it is a “good start” in addressing the long-standing conflict…

Duterte to visit Beijing next week amid South China Sea tensions

President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping next week to raise their conflicting claims to the South China Sea, as the Filipino leader faces pressure at home to confront Beijing. While Duterte has embraced China and had largely set aside a once-tense standoff over the resource-rich waterway, a series of confrontations have stoked domestic discontent. Duterte heads to China on Aug. 28 and is due to return to the Philippines on Sept. 2, his spokesman, Salvador Panelo, told journalists yesterday. Beijing claims most of the South China Sea,…

Missile Showdown: China vs. America in the South China Sea

China in recent years has occupied several disputed islands in the China Seas, dredged their endangered coral reefs and built atop them sprawling airfields and barracks and installations for cruise missiles and air-defense systems. The Chinese military lobbed anti-ship ballistic missiles into the South China Sea in tests in early July 2019. The missile trials underscored Beijing’s increasing militarization of resource-rich waters on which several countries have conflicting claims. “The Chinese carried out the first test over the weekend, firing off at least one missile into the sea,” NBC News…

Australia, Vietnam to talk South China Sea

Rising tensions in the South China Sea are set to feature when Scott Morrison meets his Vietnamese counterpart during his visit to the southeast Asian nation. Mr Morrison will be the first Australian prime minister to make a stand-alone trip to Vietnam since 1994 when he arrives in Hanoi on Thursday. He is expected to sit down with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc for a one-on-one meeting on Friday. Vietnam expert and UNSW Canberra emeritus professor Carl Thayer told AAP the South China Sea would be discussed. But he…

What Vietnam is looking for from Scott Morrison’s visit

In March last year, Australia and Vietnam upgraded their diplomatic relations to a strategic partnership, stressing among other things the importance of a region ‘shaped by rules and norms’ and annual meetings between their defence ministers. The agreement is a shared vision for a regional security outlook that trumps the differences in political systems. In one of his first official trips as the re-elected prime minister of Australia, Scott Morrison is set to arrive in Hanoi on Thursday amid tensions roiling in the South China Sea. There are many highlights…

China looking to wear Vietnam down: experts

Several experts VnExpress spoke to over the last few days said China was using its survey vessels to harass other countries engaging in oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea, weaken the opposition. Vietnam calls the waters the East Sea. “China is trying to wear down Vietnam’s resolve and that of Vietnam’s international security partners, including its fellow Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states,” said John Blaxland, Director of the Southeast Asia Institute at the Australia National University. Blaxland was referring to the August 13 return…

China looking to wear Vietnam down, deflect attention from Hong Kong: experts

Several experts VnExpress spoke to over the last few days said China was using its survey vessels to harass other countries engaging in oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea, weaken the opposition, and direct attention away from the problem it is facing in Hong Kong. Vietnam calls the waters the East Sea. “China is trying to wear down Vietnam’s resolve and that of Vietnam’s international security partners, including its fellow Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states,” said John Blaxland, Director of the Southeast Asia Institute…

‘Let’s wait’: Lorenzana says yet to receive report on alleged Chinese ship sighting

  MANILA – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday the defense department has yet to receive an official report on the Chinese Coast Guard ship reportedly spotted in the vicinity of Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. “We haven’t received the official report so we’re trying to get from Wescom (Western Command), requiring them to send the report to us. I cannot comment on that yet,” Lorenzana said. Wescom earlier said they spotted the Chinese ship at the small group of islets and reefs, where a handful of Philippine…

Trump v China: Beijing could win Indo-Pacific conflict before US even responds – report | World | News

The University of Sydney’s United States Study Centre has warned the US has lost its military presence in the Indian Ocean, the western and central Pacific Ocean, and the seas connecting the two in the general area of Indonesia, also known more commonly as the Indo-Pacific. In a report called “Averting Crisis: American strategy, military spending and collective defence in the Indo-Pacific”, the document claims “America no longer enjoys military primacy in the Indo-Pacific and its capacity to uphold a favourable balance of power is increasingly uncertain”. The report warns…