South China Sea news: Japan sends Beijing dire warning with war ship deployment | World | News

Tokyo has revealed its plan to send a warship on a three month tour through the contested waters of the South China Sea. Reports suggest the fresh bearing of teeth comes as Beijing attempts to buff-up its claim to sovereignty over the region, of which some seven nations claim a degree of ownership. China’s increasing military presence in the sea has sparked fears among western powers, as well as Japan, who has famously tried its hand at pacifism, though now seems to be moving towards a strongman position. The US…

China backs down on international waters dispute as Beijing vows to abide by UN sea law | World | News

The move comes after a Chinese research ship was expelled by India when it was caught operating without permission in waters near Port Blair, capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Officials in Beijing posted a notice on the Foreign Ministry website warning Chinese institutions, groups and individuals aiming to conduct marine science research in other countries’ territory that they would need “an explicit statement of consent” from that country. The notice said: “Institutions or individuals must comply with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),…

South China Sea news: Beijing will not back down over territorial claims as tensions rise | World | News

The People’s Republic says that the entire waterway up to the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan belongs to them, a claim rejected by an international court of arbitration in 2016. However, Beijing has never recognised this court ruling, saying the court’s resolution runs counter to international law. On Tuesday China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, Wu Haitao underlined Beijing’s potion during a speech at the UN General Assembly. He said: “China’s territorial claims and claims to marine rights and interests in the South China Sea are…

South China Sea: Washington admits antagonised Beijing closely monitoring US air force | World | News

Bombers, U-2 reconnaissance aircraft and RQ-4 Global Hawk drones conduct regular “freedom of navigation” operations in the skies above the disputed waters despite China’s deployment of air defence facilities on artificial islands and reefs in the area. General Charles Brown, commander of US Pacific Air Forces, said: “We’ve been flying in and around the South China Sea for really about the past 15 years. “And I would probably tell you we’ve done some as recently as this week.” General Brown said the warplanes were deployed alongside the US Navy’s anti-submarine…

South China Sea crisis: Beijing accused of laser attacks on Australian military aircrafts | World | News

Australian Defence Forces have been increasingly targeted by hand-held lasers and military insiders blame the attacks on small Chinese fishing vessels sailing in the seas below. Earlier this year Australia’s Defence Department confirmed one of their helicopters had been targeted while travelling over the South China Sea. The incident forced pilots to temporarily return to their ship for medical check-ups, Australia’s ABC News report. The Defence Department have said attacks of this kind are on the rise, particularly in the South China Sea. A spokesperson said: “ADF personnel operating on…

South China Sea crisis: How Beijing is using tracker airships to monitor US military | World | News

Satellite imagery obtained by ImageSat shows China, seemingly in an effort to defend the contested Spratly Islands from opposing militaries, has deployed light airships to monitor the surrounding waters. The airships were pictured floating above the Mischief reef, forming one of the central areas of political grappling in the Spratly Islands. The use of these ships has the capacity to provide numerous advantages to China in the region, as their low cost surveillance can alert Beijing’s People’s Liberation Army to foreign presence in the region. While the airship has been…

Beijing turns South China Sea code into barrier for US and Japan

TOKYO — China has changed tack on a proposed South China Sea code of conduct with Southeast Asian countries, potentially paving the way to exclude rivals, including the U.S. and Japan, from the hotly contested waters. Initially aimed to curb Beijing’s maritime expansion, the draft code includes language that could bar Washington and Tokyo from maritime development in Southeast Asia, according to information obtained by the Japanese government. They could also be required to obtain advanced approval from China for joint military drills with the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. “China’s goal…

US Sending Ships to South China Sea to Teach Beijing, Not Fight It | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – An unusually strong surge of U.S. Navy activity this month in the South China Sea shows that Washington is trying to teach China a set of rules for operating in contested waters, official statements and scholars say. The Navy sent two ships into the Asian sea, which is increasingly controlled by China but disputed by five other countries, last week after China sent its first domestically produced aircraft carrier into the same waterway for research and testing. Washington wants to show China that it must keep the economically…