Carpio reiterates call to defend West Philippine Sea

Carpio reiterates call to defend West Philippine Sea (Philstar.com) – June 19, 2019 – 5:04pm MANILA, Philippines — Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio reiterated on Monday the call for Filipinos to continue defending the West Philippine Sea amid developments in the portion of the South China Sea within the country’s exclusive economic zone. In a chance interview with reporters, Carpio said: “We have to continue defending West Philippine Sea because that’s our duty.” The statement came a week after a Chinese vessel—which Carpio said is likely a Chinese military vessel,…

After South China Sea collision, Philippine protesters set Chinese flags aflame – Shanghaiist

Protesters in the Philippines have been burning Chinese flags recently in response to a collision in the contentious South China Sea. According to Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, on the night of June 9th, a Chinese fishing vessel crashed into a Filipino one near the Recto Bank, located about 150 kilometers from the Philippine island of Palawan. The crash caused the Philippine boat to sink and the Chinese vessel is accused of leaving 22 crewmen in the water to drown. Fortunately, they were rescued by a nearby Vietnamese boat. Philippine…

Boat sinking at Recto Bank – from indignation to dismissal

The Philippine government’s messaging on the ramming of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel, evolves from confused to echoing China’s line Published 2:50 PM, June 19, 2019 Updated 4:15 PM, June 19, 2019 SUNKEN. Fishing Boat Gem-Vir in the West Philippine Sea after it was attacked by a Chinese fishing vessel. Sourced photo In what is considered the most heated incident in the West Philippine Sea since the Panatag Shoal stand-off in 2012, a Chinese vessel sank a Philippine vessel in a collision in the West Philippine Sea (South…

US quietly lowers threshold for conflict in the South China Sea

The US has been steadily ratcheting up the pressure on China’s sea forces in a way that could lower the threshold for conflict in the South China Sea, already a hotbed of tension and dispute. The US is signaling a tougher stance toward the Chinese maritime militia, a paramilitary sea force disguised as a fishing fleet and known to harass foreign rivals to enforce China’s vast sovereignty claims in the contested waterway. The Chinese maritime militia “thrives within the shadows of plausible deniability,” according to Andrew Erickson, a leading expert…

It’s time for Canberra to stop kowtowing to Beijing

Managing relations with China is the most challenging foreign and security policy problem facing Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his re-elected government. It will demand a rigorous whole-of-government response coordinated by the prime minister’s department with the departments of foreign affairs, defence and home affairs, as well as domestic and overseas security agencies. A systematic government effort is needed to neutralise Beijing’s relentless and multifaceted campaign to ‘Finlandise’ Australia by decoupling Canberra from its military alliance with the US, subverting our domestic institutions, and leaving us exposed to China’s efforts…

New US Indo-Pacific strategy isn’t going to scare China

The Trump administration has taken the next step toward fleshing out its approach to China, by releasing the Pentagon’s Indo-Pacific Strategy Report. The 64-page paper deals with a number of regional security issues, but it focuses primarily on how to preserve a congenial climate as an ambitious, autocratic China asserts its growing influence. Those who are looking for a fresh, definitive answer to this question are going to be disappointed. The main thrusts of the document are familiar; they date back to the Barack Obama years and even before. Where…

South China Sea: Furious Philippine protestors burn Chinese flags after fishing boat sunk | World | News

The number of flags represents the number of crew left abandoned by the other ship before being rescued by a Vietnamese vessel. Claimants encourage fishermen to fish in the disputed sea and the Chinese vessel is believed to be another fishing boat. As reported by the South China Morning Post, Mr Duterte dismissed the incident as “just a collision”. Manila has disputes with Beijing over parts of the region but has avoided pressing forward as to not jeopardise economic and diplomatic ties. Protestors in Rizal Park held placards reading “End…