Crew of Filipino fishing boat say Chinese trawler deliberately rams vessel, sinking it; Beijing denies ‘hit-and-run’ incident, SE Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA – It was midnight on June 9. Mr Junel Insigne had already claimed his small corner on the 14-tonne, wooden outrigger boat that had taken him and his crew of 21 fishermen more than 150km from their seaside town in Occidental Mindoro province, in the Philippines. As he began to doze off, he heard the men yelling. A much-bigger vessel was bearing down on them. He stood up and tried to start his boat’s engine. But it was too late. There was a loud crash. His boat, the Gem-Vir,…

The top 5 offshore sailing races to catch in Asia – must do races for yacht enthusiasts | Outdoor & Extreme

There are few feelings like sailing the open sea, with nothing around you but the blue disk of the horizon. In Asia, we are blessed with a host of incredible races and regattas. If you are a yachty in the region, these are the must do long distance events. 5. Hong Kong to Hainan This biannual race is set to take place next in 2020 although the final date is not yet confirmed. The race is organised by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) and is a mad dash…

In Brewing Strategic U.S.-China Competition in Asia, the United States can get by with a Little Help from its Friends

For the past ten years or so, officials from China and the United States have carefully avoided the moniker ‘rivalry’ to describe their relationship. Nevertheless, the two nations have been engaging in increasingly high stakes competitions in many arenas, notably for influence in the Asia-Pacific region. This was on full display at the recent Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. China Minister of Defense Wei Fenghe warned against outside countries interfering in China’s affairs, and United States acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan reaffirmed the United States’ intention to maintain its strategic…

Commentary: Was tough talk on South China Sea to boost US export of drones to Southeast Asia?

KUALA LUMPUR: The recent announcement by the United States that several Southeast Asian partner nations will receive unmanned surveillance drones has garnered some interest, particularly given the deterioration in relations between the US and China over security and trade issues.  The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced last week that Insitu Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of aerospace giant Boeing, had been awarded a US$47 million contract for 34 ScanEagle drones to Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam.  Advertisement Advertisement The US government Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract also provides for support to…

Illicit Chinese and South Korean sea surveys a problem: Japan News writer, East Asia News & Top Stories

TOKYO (THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Marine scientific research (MSR) conducted by countries such as China and South Korea, involving the entry of vessels into Japan’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zone (EEZ) without consent, are rife. While such surveys violate the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, Japan’s response is limited to monitoring and giving warnings about suspicious activity at sea, in addition to raising objections through diplomatic routes. Understanding of the situation has been slow to develop. The surveys are becoming increasingly bold and pose…

Asia is the new Middle East

Throughout the 2000s, a lot of attention was directed at various wars, civil wars, conflicts and friction in the Middle East. Some circles believe these ominous events in the Middle East are due to the existence of large oil reserves in the region, mainly in Arab countries. There are those who believe that certain parties, comprised of both insiders and outsiders, will not let Middle Eastern nations be fully independent and sovereign. In 2003, Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq was toppled by the U.S. with the main allegation against him…

South China Sea: Entire Southeast Asia under THREAT from Chinese fishing says expert | World | News

Gregory Poling, director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (ATMI), a Washington based think tank, has said the region is under threat from overfishing, dredging, island building and clam harvesting with China being a major culprit. 12 percent of the fish caught in the world comes from the South China Sea. As reported by The Philippine Star, Mr Poling told the ANC’s Headstart: “If fish stocks collapse there, it’s gonna hit fisherfolk everywhere in Southeast Asia.” The vast region which sees one-third of international shipping pass through it has parts…

South China Sea fisheries collapse to hurt entire Southeast Asia — expert

South China Sea fisheries collapse to hurt entire Southeast Asia — expert MANILA, Philippines — The collapse of fish stocks in the South China Sea, part of which is the West Philippine Sea, would not only affect the Philippines but the entire region. Gregory Poling, director of Washington-based think tank Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, warned that the South China Sea dispute may affect marine biology in the region. “If fish stocks collapse there, it’s not just going to hit fisherfolk in Palawan and Luzon. It’s gonna hit fisherfolk throughout…

Asia Times | US, China tensions put Cambodia in potential peril

In a now common refrain, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe publicly denied at a recent defense forum that Beijing intends to build a naval base in Cambodia. It was Beijing’s latest response to widespread speculation that a China-backed eco-tourism project in Cambodia’s coastal Koh Kong province is secretly designed to have military purposes. “There is no such thing as for China to establish its military presence in Cambodia. There is no such thing out there,” said Wei at the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore last weekend, an event also…

Asia Times | China launches satellites from barge in Yellow Sea

A powerful blast-off in the Yellow Sea on Wednesday afternoon has shot China into the same elite league as the US and Russia – countries capable of catapulting rockets and payloads offshore into space. A Long March 11 rocket lifted off from a mobile launch pad floating in the Yellow Sea off eastern Shandong province, delivering as many as five commercial satellites and two others, allegedly containing experimental technology for weather forecasting and ship navigation systems, into orbit. Xinhua reported that the nation’s first successful launch at sea was also the 306th…