South China Sea news: Tensions erupt between US and Beijing as Trump sends in combat ships | World | News

The deployment of the littoral combat ships signals a major shift in US strategy for the area, away from reconnaissance and deterrence. A Beijing Think Tank has now said the US is deliberately increasing its attack capability. Both ships were noted to be active in the area, where China’s claims over the region has brought it often into disputes with its neighbours. China’s continued efforts to establish military and economic footholds in the region has brought the country increasingly in to conflict with the US, which has frequently sent warships…

US, China Trade Criticism Over South China Sea

The Chinese defense chief warned the United States on Monday against provoking military tensions by “flexing muscles” in the contested South China Sea, while his American counterpart urged claimant nations to use their sovereign spaces “or risk losing them.” During a 30-minute meeting in Bangkok with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe underscored Beijing’s “commitment to safeguarding territorial sovereignty and maritime rights” in the disputed sea, a spokesman for Wei told reporters. “The Chinese side also urged the United States to stop flexing muscles in…

The Stage Is Set For Oil Price Volatility On November 18th

With China’s Fourth Plenum meeting of its ruling Communist Party having ended in October and the U.S. 2020 presidential election campaign gathering pace, both sides have their reasons to unveil some sort of progress in the long-running trade war between them. Such an announcement had been expected around the time of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings scheduled for 16-17 of November but when Chile cancelled the event the timing has become more fluid. The recent tentative statements that U.S. and China will roll back tariffs on each other’s goods incrementally…

China warns US military against provoking and escalating tensions in South China Sea

China on Monday, November 18 warned the US military from “flexing muscles” in the South China Sea in a statement that indicates growing concerns about Taiwan-US relations in the disputed region. The statement came a day after US said Beijing was “increasingly resorting to coercion and intimidation to advance its strategic objectives” in the region. Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe during defence talks in Bangkok called on US Defense Secretary Mark Esper to “stop flexing muscles in the South China Sea and to not provoke and escalate tensions,” Defense Ministry…

China Warns US, Japan not to Hamper Its Drills After Chinese Carrier Sails Through Taiwan Strait

Asia & Pacific 15:28 18.11.2019(updated 15:30 18.11.2019) Get short URL On Sunday, the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defence reported that China’s first domestically made aircraft carrier sailed through the Taiwan Strait, shadowed by several US and Japanese warships. Beijing has warned the US and Japan not to create obstacles to drills conducted by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA)’s Navy. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Gen Shuang specifically commented on US and Japanese warships shadowing a PLA naval task forces in the Taiwan Strait. “I want…

Asean morning news for November 18, 2019

Asean morning news Compiled by John Le Fevre         @photo_journ   Asean, don’t look away from the Rohingya crisisNovember 17, 2019 5:00 AMRecently, we had the opportunity to visit the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.— Straits Times (annoying popups) ASEAN defense ministers meet in BangkokThe defense ministers of members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have met in Bangkok to discuss regional security issues. The meeting took place in the Thai capital on Sunday.— Spratly Islands South China Sea, Rohingya on agenda in Asean defence meetingTen defence ministers from…

NDRRMC Update: Situational Report No. 13 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Typhoon “Quiel” (I.N. Nakri) and Tail-End of a Cold Front (TECF), 15 November 2019, 6:00 AM – Philippines

l. SITUATION OVERVIEW On 05 November 2019, the Tropical Depression West Southwest of Iba, Zambales has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and was named “Quiel”. It has intensified into a Tropical Storm on the same day while moving eastward. “Quiel” and the Tail-End of a Cold Front brought moderate with occasional heavy rains over Northern Luzon particularly in Ilocos Region, Batanes, Cagayan and Apayao. On 07 November 2019, “Quiel” has intensified into a Severe Tropical Storm (STS) while moving slowly eastward. It became a Typhoon on 08 November…

Vietnam Needs to ‘Struggle’ More in the South China Sea – The Diplomat

Advertisement Now that the months-long standoff between China and Vietnam has finally ended at the disputed Vanguard Bank, it makes sense to take stock of how Hanoi’s security strategy fared in countering Chinese coercion in the South China Sea. Vietnam seeks simultaneous “cooperation and struggle” with all countries — including, most significantly, China — in a highly calibrated and nuanced approach to secure Vietnamese national interests. During the Vanguard Bank standoff, Vietnam employed vintage “cooperation and struggle” strategy. Starting in July, Beijing sent the geological survey ship Haiyang Dizhi 8…