China’s unilateralism in South China Sea doesn’t help anyone, including Beijing

In another conflagration in the South China Sea, the Chinese survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi 8 has returned to waters within Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), this time with more air support. It will be recalled that the Chinese ship had first entered Vietnam’s EEZ on July 4 and had stayed in the vicinity for more than a month. It was accompanied by several Chinese coast guard and fishing vessels. After vigorous protests by Vietnam, the US and other stakeholders in the South China Sea – which included a statement by…

How Beijing is thinking about regional and global security

For India, there is much to be worried about, but there is also much to learn Source: Getty Images / Kevin Frayer Last month, China came out with its tenth white paper on defence, China’s National Defense in the New Era, laying out Beijing’s defence priorities and ambitions to allay concerns about the country’s rise to prominence. The 27,000-word document is the first such publication since the 18th National Congress of China’s communist party that was held in 2012. Beijing started this practice after it faced a lot of flak for…

US Says Beijing Blocks Asian Nations Access to $2.5 Trillion Oil and Gas Reserves in S. China Sea

World 19:07 23.08.2019(updated 19:09 23.08.2019) Get short URL Aside from Beijing, the South China Sea islands and islets are claimed by a number of countries, including Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei and the Philippines. Washington has blamed Beijing for preventing Southeast Asian nations from gaining access to untapped oil and gas reserves in the South China Sea worth trillions of dollars. Referring to Beijing’s recent alleged incursions in Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea, State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said that “the US is deeply concerned that China…

South China Sea: Philippines deploy bizarre new tactic to push back Beijing claim on Thitu | World | News

The country is looking at inviting tourists to its biggest and most strategically important outpost in the disputed sea. Thitu Island, also known as Pagasa, is in the midst of major upgrades to its dilapidated facilities as it plays catch-up with China and Vietnam. The two countries have been developing facilities on islands they either occupy or have built from scratch on top of submerged reefs. Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said: “We are on track in rebuilding or repairing our runway in Pagasa. “Plus, in the future, we will…

China warned crackdown on Beijing supremacy ‘no1 priority’ of US – ‘Watching carefully’ | World | News

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper told Fox News in his first interview since he became Pentagon chief in July that China has committed the “greatest theft of intellectual property in human history”. He added, in reference to Indo-Pacific territory, that Beijing is also expanding its military to “push the United States out of the theatre”. He said: “China is the number one priority for this department. It’s outlined in the National Defence Strategy, why we think it’s a long-term strategic competitor and one that is pursuing a maximisation campaign, if…

Beijing has done its dash in the South China Sea

But as conspicuous as the bases’ capacity to project China’s offensive power is how little of that might Beijing has actually deployed there. The Pentagon’s latest report on China’s military notes that no new militarisation has been observed since China placed air defence and anti-ship missiles in the Spratlys last year. General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently remarked that if China’s militarisation of the islands had plateaued, it was because they had achieved the military capability China required of them. If that’s true,…

South China Sea threat: Beijing ally the Philippines labels Chinese presence an ‘irritant’ | World | News

Officials in Manila have expressed concerns about war ships from China entering Philippine territory – despite Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte’s refusing to condemn it. He sparked outrage over the past week when he declared he would not stop China’s Xi Jinping roaming the waters. But Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana called out the Chinese leader himself. Colleague Salvador Panelo, who is the presidential spokesman, added: “I agree with Secretary Lorenzana. It’s becoming an irritant if you keep on repeating certain acts that may be viewed to be in violation of…

Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte to visit Beijing amid South China Sea tensions

MANILA – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping next week to raise their conflicting claims to the South China Sea, as the Filipino leader faces pressure at home to confront Beijing. While Duterte has embraced China and had largely set aside a once-tense standoff over the resource-rich waterway, a series of confrontations have stoked domestic discontent. Duterte heads to China on Aug. 28 and is due to return to the Philippines on Sept. 2, his spokesman, Salvador Panelo, told journalists on Tuesday. Beijing claims most of…