Chinese ship spotted near Vietnam coastline fuels South China Sea tensions

Chinese ships in South China Sea near Haiyang Shiyou also known as HD-981 in Vietnam in South China Sea on July 15, 2014.Reuters Weeks after a tense standoff between Vietnam and the Chinese military in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), another Chinese survey vessel was spotted inching towards Vietnam’s coastline on Saturday, August 24. Data from a Marine Traffic, a website that tracks vessel movements revealed that the Chinese ship surveyed Vietnam’s EEZ guided by four ships and around 102 kilometres southeast of Vietnam’s Phu Quy island and 185 kilometres from…

South China Sea: Australia join forces with Vietnam against China as G7 looms | World | News

Beijing has been accused of aggressively encroaching on other nations in the South China Sea in recent months. President Xi Jinping has had disputes with both Australia and Vietnam this month – but the two appear to have linked up to counter their common adversary. The decision comes just a day before the likes of Japan and the US will meet at the G7 summit – with China likely to be on the agenda. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc welcomed Australian leader Scott Morrison to Hanoi in the first…

Australia Speaks Up About The Trade War and Defends The Principle of International Law

Australia’s prime minister yesterday urged nations in Asia to stand up for their ‘independence and sovereignty, with tensions high in the disputed South China Sea where Beijing is under fire for increasingly bullish behaviour. Scott Morrison’s comments came after the United States slammed China for its ‘escalation in the waterway, a key global shipping route where Beijing is accused of deploying warships, arming outposts and ramming fishing vessels. Morrison was speaking during a trip to Vietnam, one of China’s most vocal critics over competing claims in the resource-rich sea. A…

US Says Beijing Blocks Asian Nations Access to $2.5 Trillion Oil and Gas Reserves in S. China Sea

World 19:07 23.08.2019(updated 19:09 23.08.2019) Get short URL Aside from Beijing, the South China Sea islands and islets are claimed by a number of countries, including Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei and the Philippines. Washington has blamed Beijing for preventing Southeast Asian nations from gaining access to untapped oil and gas reserves in the South China Sea worth trillions of dollars. Referring to Beijing’s recent alleged incursions in Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea, State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said that “the US is deeply concerned that China…

South China Sea: Philippines deploy bizarre new tactic to push back Beijing claim on Thitu | World | News

The country is looking at inviting tourists to its biggest and most strategically important outpost in the disputed sea. Thitu Island, also known as Pagasa, is in the midst of major upgrades to its dilapidated facilities as it plays catch-up with China and Vietnam. The two countries have been developing facilities on islands they either occupy or have built from scratch on top of submerged reefs. Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said: “We are on track in rebuilding or repairing our runway in Pagasa. “Plus, in the future, we will…

Chinese survey ship back in Vietnam-claimed waters

Chinese survey ship back in Vietnam-claimed waters (Agence France-Presse) – August 14, 2019 – 1:43pm HANOI, Vietnam — A Chinese survey vessel has re-entered disputed waters in the South China Sea, according to ship tracking analysis, after a tense month-long standoff in the same area that inflamed tensions between Hanoi and Beijing.  China has been accused of deploying warships, arming outposts and ramming fishing vessels in the waters, stoking ire from other claimants on the key global shipping route.  The resource-rich sea is also a flashpoint issue between Beijing and Washington,…

Hanoi Confirms Return of Chinese Survey Ship to Vietnamese Waters, Demands Withdrawal

A Chinese survey ship has returned to Vietnam’s territorial waters in the South China Sea after temporarily leaving the disputed Spratly Islands, Hanoi confirmed Thursday, calling the move a “serious violation” of Vietnamese sovereignty and demanding that the vessel withdraw from the area. The Haiyang Dizhi 8, a ship operated by the China Geological Survey, had in July conducted a 12-day survey of waters near the Spratlys, with Chinese Coast Guard ships following in support. At one point, China’s survey intruded into an offshore oil block in Vietnam’s exclusive economic…

Australia joins US naval operation against Iran, foreshadows involvement in South China Sea

  Australia joins US naval operation against Iran, foreshadows involvement in South China Sea By James Cogan 23 August 2019 It has taken less than three weeks for the Australian political establishment to fall into line with “requests” made by the Trump administration during the Australia-US ministerial (AUSMIN) talks held in Sydney from August 3–4. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper publicly asked Australia to contribute to the US-led force in the Straits of Hormuz, the key maritime passage from the Persian Gulf. The purpose…