Izumo arrives in Vietnam – The Japan News

Jiji Press HANOI (Jiji Press) — Two destroyers of the Maritime Self-Defense Force, including the Izumo helicopter flattop, arrived at Cam Ranh International Port in southern Vietnam on Friday. The MSDF ships’ visit to the key strategic Vietnamese port relatively near the disputed Spratly and the Parcel islands in the South China Sea is aimed at highlighting defense cooperation between Japan and Vietnam and deterring China’s militarization of the sea, observers said. The Izumo anchored in Cam Ranh Bay for the second time, after its first visit there two years…

Rockall, Ireland and Scotland

Sir, – Alex Massie’s contribution on Rockall was as disingenuous as one would expect from a staff member of the Tory Spectator magazine (“Scotland stupefied at Irish reaction to Rockall row”, Opinion & Analysis, June 12th). He should note that another London newspaper, the Economist, addressed this very issue some years ago. Its primary view would agree with the Irish position that an uninhabitable piece of rock in the middle of the ocean should not have its own economic zone. At a second level, it examined the four competing claims…

China flood death toll hits 61, over 350,000 evacuated – UNTV News

Still image of disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea taken from US Navy surveillance video May 21, 2015. REUTERS/US Navy MANILA, Philippines – Defense Chief Delfin Lorenzana has called for a diplomatic action in relation to the sea collision between a Chinese vessel and a Filipino fishing boat (F/B GIMVER 1) that left 22 Filipino fishermen adrift in the middle of the sea. “We call for the conduct of a formal investigation on the matter and for diplomatic steps be taken to prevent a repeat of this incident,”…

Pacific News Minute: Chinese Fishing Vessel Rams & Sinks Philippine Boat In The South China Sea

Another incident in the South China Sea. Yesterday, the Philippines Secretary of Defense said that a Chinese fishing vessel rammed and sank a Philippine boat, and then left 22 crewmen to “the mercy of the elements,” as he put it. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said, “We condemn in the strongest terms the cowardly action of the Chinese fishing vessel and its crew for abandoning the Filipino crew.” A Vietnamese ship picked up the fishermen and returned them safely to shore. The incident happened near Reed Bank, which…

Philippines asks China to sanction ship crew in ‘hit-and-run’

This picture taken on April 21, 2017 shows an aerial view of reefs in the disputed Spratly islands in the disputed South China Sea. Ted Aljibe, AFP MANILA — The Philippines on Thursday called on China to sanction the crew of a Chinese ship who figured in what the military called a “hit-and-run” that sank a boat carrying Filipino fishermen in disputed waters. “The dictates of humanity” required the Chinese ship to assist the 22 Filipino fishermen after the collision off Recto Bank earlier this week, said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador…

Philippines seeks answers from China after South China Sea collision

The Philippines is taking China to task over an alleged “hit-and-run” incident in which a Chinese fishing ship fled the scene after it slammed into an anchored Philippine vessel in the South China Sea, sinking it and abandoning 22 Filipino fishermen in open waters to drown. The troubling incident occurred this week near Reed Bank in the Spratly Islands, an area in the disputed South China Sea where Chinese naval and maritime militia forces have been increasingly active and, at times, forceful when enforcing its extensive sovereignty claims. The crew…

Duterte won’t interfere with House Speakership race —Palace – UNTV News

Courtesy : HOR Facebook page MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Party-list coalition now only have two candidates for the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the next Congress, PBA party-list Representative Jerico Nograles said on Tuesday. Nograles said they are only choosing between Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco, and Leyte Representative-elect Martin Romualdez. He said the 54-member Party-list coalition, who will be voting as one for the House speakership election, have decided to narrow down their choices to Velasco and Romualdez, believing that they are the only ones…

Fishing Boat Struck by Chinese Ship Capsizes in South China Sea

Luis Liwanag, Jojo Rinoza and Jeoffrey Maitem Manila and Cotabato, Philippines 2019-06-12 A Chinese fishing vessel struck a Filipino boat in the disputed South China Sea and left 22 fishermen to fend for themselves in rough seas before they were rescued by a Vietnam-flagged ship, the Philippine Defense chief said Wednesday. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana identified the stricken vessel as FB Gimber1, which sank after it was allegedly hit by a Chinese fishing boat last Sunday near Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea. Crewmen of the Filipino fishing boat claimed…

Philippine official seeks strong protest over boat sinking

Philippines defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana accused a suspected Chinese trawler of cowardly behaviour for abandoning the crew of a Philippines boat after a collision This picture taken on April 21, 2017 shows an aerial view of reefs in the disputed Spratly islands. Lorenzana said the foreign vessel hit the anchored Filipino boat near Recto Bank on June 9, and did not stop to help the local fishermen, whose boat sank. “This is not the expected action from a responsible and friendly people”. A Vietnamese boat rescued them. It is believed…