‘Bilateral talks with China still best option’

‘Bilateral talks with China still best option’ MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte is sticking to diplomatic means in asserting the country’s rights over the West Philippine Sea where the Chinese have expanded their military presence and restricted the activities of Filipino fishermen. “For the President at this point, diplomatic negotiation is still the best option. There is no better option because you’ll be dealing with the one you’re supposed to be enemies with,” presidential spokesman and chief legal officer Salvador Panelo said yesterday. “We don’t want confrontation as this…

 Sovereignty & sovereign rights;  SCS & WPS » Manila Bulletin News

Published July 16, 2019, 12:24 AM The press reported  last week the findings of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that a total of 93 percent of 1,200 respondents in a nationwide survey said it was “very important  and “somewhat  important” that ”the control of the islands that China currently occupies in the  (South China Sea) be given back to the Philippines.” The South China Sea (SCS) is  today  at  the center of  a dispute involving claims and counter-claims among  several nations. There is also a lot of misunderstanding  on…

Duterte Urges US ‘to Gather All Their Seventh Fleet in Front of’ Beijing Amid S. China Sea Dispute

Earlier this month, Duterte warned Washington about the consequences of a possible military conflict with Beijing over the islands of the South China Sea which apart from China are also claimed by seven nations in the region. The US, for its part, conducts so-called “freedom of navigation” missions in the area. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signalled his readiness to invoke Manila’s Mutual Defence Treaty (MDT) with Washington amid tensions over the South China Sea. “I’m calling now America. I’m invoking the RP-US pact. I would like America to gather…

Philippine Leader Lays Down Challenge to US Over South China Sea

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte challenged the United States to send a naval fleet to the archipelago under a mutual defense treaty, amid pressure to act more forcefully toward Chinese incursions in Filipino territory in the South China Sea. The outburst-prone president made the comment during off-hand remarks to a pastor in southern Davao City on Tuesday, while facing domestic criticism over his handling of Beijing’s expansionism in the disputed sea. Duterte has been under pressure particularly after a recent incident when a Chinese trawler sank a smaller Philippine fishing boat…

Russia’s Turn to the East – Seen From the West — Valdai Club

In an interview for valdaiclub.com as part of its Eastern Perspective project, Hans-Joachim Spanger, Head of Research Department at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, shares his vision of Russia’s “Turn to the East.” For Russia, turning – or rather opening up – to Asia in general and to China specifically is the most natural thing to do – as this is currently the powerhouse of the world economy. Everybody is eying China in an effort to find new market outlays. In this respect, Russia still has much room…

U.S. and Allied Forces Conduct Major Military Exercise off Northeast Australia

ABOARD THE USS RONALD REAGAN—American forces took part in a major amphibious landing and practice assault off Australia’s northeast coast on Wednesday in stepped-up drills as China modernizes its military to project power far from its shores. In a combined exercise due to run through early August, the U.S. and its allies are simulating scenarios including war at sea, attacking ships and land invasions on the northeast Australian coastline, officials on board the exercise’s lead aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, said. Talisman Sabre is a biennial combat-training exercise for…

Vietnam, China embroiled in South China Sea standoff

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnamese and Chinese ships have been embroiled in a weeks-long standoff near an offshore oil block in disputed waters of the South China Sea, which fall within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone, two Washington-based think-tanks said on Wednesday. China’s U-shaped “nine-dash line” marks a vast expanse of the South China Sea that it claims, including large swathes of Vietnam’s continental shelf where it has awarded oil concessions. The Haiyang Dizhi 8, a ship operated by the China Geological Survey, on Monday completed a 12-day survey of waters near…

Asia Times | China-Vietnam: Comrades in words, not in actions?

While a visiting senior politician from Vietnam and her Chinese hosts talked in Beijing about the friendship and comradeship between the two communist neighbors, it was reported that their coast-guard vessels had been involved in a confrontation over a reef in the South China Sea. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, chairwoman of the National Assembly, Vietnam’s parliament, made an official visit to the People’s Republic from July 8-12. According to Vietnamese state media, the purpose of Ngan’s trip was to consolidate “the Vietnam-China traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in a stable,…

Vietnam ‘safeguarding waters’ in reported South China Sea standoff, SE Asia News & Top Stories

HANOI (DPA) – Vietnam is exercising its “sovereign rights and jurisdiction in a peaceful and lawful manner”, the government said on Tuesday (July 16) amid reports of a standoff between Vietnamese and Chinese naval forces in disputed waters in the South China Sea. In response to journalists’ questions about the reported standoff, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said Vietnamese forces were lawfully “safeguarding Vietnamese waters”. Reports in recent days have suggested a large-scale standoff between several coastguard ships from each country as a Chinese oil exploration…