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,…

US attempts to turn the Philippines against its Beijing ally — RT Op-ed

Darius Shahtahmasebi is a New Zealand-based legal and political analyst who focuses on US foreign policy in the Middle East, Asia and Pacific region. He is fully qualified as a lawyer in two international jurisdictions. The US has capitalised on its trade war with China, the threat of terrorism and the regional military threats allegedly posed by Beijing to keep longtime allies such as the Philippines from turning against Washington. China is now the second-biggest defence spender in the world, losing out only to the US (who – by the…

South China Sea: Germany ‘SPLIT’ on whether to back US or Beijing in disputed waters | World | News

Berlin is reported to be undecided in whether to side with US President Donald Trump for his “freedom of navigation” drills that also feature the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and other allies. The EU power state is reported to be reluctant to stand up to China due to Germany’s coloured past of two world wards and decades of political division. A source in Berlin told the South China Morning Post: “Officials within the federal foreign ministry are split.” Walter Ladwig, of the department of war studies at King’s College…

Philippines lodges protest with Beijing over South China Sea ‘hit and run’ – South China Morning Post

Philippines lodges protest with Beijing over South China Sea ‘hit and run’  South China Morning Post Philippines Blasts ‘Cowardly Chinese Boat’ Over Sinking in South China Sea  News18 South China Sea crisis – Philippine fury as suspected Chinese vessel sinks fishing boat  Express.co.uk South China Sea Collision Talk Threatens to Rock China-Philippines Relations  The Diplomat Philippines Accuses Chinese Vessel of Sinking Fishing Boat in Disputed Waters  The New York Times View full coverage on Google News Source link

South China Sea: US warship flexes muscles in drills as tensions with Beijing soa | World | News

The drills, which began on Monday and were due to finish today, include joint combat training in the waters and airspace of the huge stretch of sea. The joint exercises between the two global powerhouses are likely to be met with fury from Beijing, who will likely interpret the move as resisting moves of its own to extend its naval reach further into the Pacific. It is the latest alarming development in the South China Sea and comes just 24 hours after the Defence Ministry said China’s sole operating aircraft,…

US Warship Flexes Muscles in South China Sea Drills With Japan Amid Tensions With Beijing

Beijing has repeatedly protested the passage of US warships in the South China Sea, accusing Washington of violating Chinese sovereignty. Tensions between China and the US have recently further escalated in the wake of the protracted trade war and the blacklisting of Huawei. Japan and the United States are conducting joint exercises in the South China Sea involving the USS Ronald Reagan, a nuclear aircraft carrier, as well as the JS Izumo, a Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force helicopter carrier, Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported on Wednesday. According to the Japanese newspaper, the manoeuvres began…

World War 3 fears as Beijing vessels spotted in Philippines territory in South China Sea | World | News

As reported by The Diplomat, Philippine Coast Guard spokesman Commander Armand Balilo confirmed the sighting on Monday. The vessel was joined by two ships grin the China Coast Guard and two ships with the wartime militia, usually fishing vessels carrying irregular forces. The shoal is covered by both Philippine and Chinese claims on the South China Sea, with the Taiwanese claims also encompassing it. Since 2012, Beijing and Manila have been at a standoff with Chinese forces regular sending vessels to patrol the water. The former refers to the shoal…