South China Sea crisis: Will Trump’s Middle East policy hand control to Beijing? | World | News

Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison has expressed concerns over Trump’s latest move in the Middle East, amid fears of an ISIS resurgence as a result of US withdrawal. The fears have been sparked because the US will relinquish control of a prison camp that has ISIS fighters detained with the help of Kurdish forces. However, Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan has dealt devastating airstrikes on the US-backed militia, leaving it unclear who will take control of ISIS detainees provoking many to fear some will escape. This included Prime Minister Morrison, who…

South China Sea used by Beijing ‘used to smuggle crude oil’ to avoid global sanctions | World | News

A huge 910,000 tonnes of crude oil was offloaded at Chinese ports during the month of September after it was transferred in the South China Sea, according to Bloomberg. This amount is three times as much as the month of August.  The US has warned that there will be repercussions for anyone who buys Iranian oil. It is believed that the oil comes from Iran or Venezuela. Michal Meidan, director of the China Energy Programme at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, said: “I think its highly likely that these…

Progress made in South China Sea Code of Conduct as Beijing eases up on demands – Locsin

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 25) — China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed on a draft of the Code of Conduct in the disputed South China Sea. Foreign Affairs Secretary Tedoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin, Jr. said this was made possible after Beijing “softened its insistence on controversial provisions” that earlier delayed the passage of the accord, which would outline what countries can and cannot do in contested waters. “Their objectionable provisions excluding the Western military presence… they’re not holding on to that anymore,” Locsin said…

China news: Putin helps Beijing develop missile defence system as Trump tussles loom | World | News

The system that Moscow and Beijing have teamed up to develop can warn of ballistic missile launches as they occur. Since the Cold War, only the US and Russia have had such systems, which involve an array of ground-based radars and space satellites. Speaking at Thursday’s international affairs conference, Putin said Russia has been helping China develop such a system. He said that “this is a very serious thing that will radically enhance China’s defence capability”. His statement signalled a new degree of defence cooperation between the two former communist…

South China Sea news: Vietnam launches stunning attack at Beijing as tensions deepen | World | News

Hanoi said the vessel and its coastguard escorts had widened its activities by entering Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone. On Friday, Beijing’s Haiyang Dizhi 8 made numerous passes through the disputed waters, according to Marine Traffic satellite tracking data. South China Morning Post reports that at least two coast guard ships were spotted manoeuvring around a Singaporean-flagged support boat in an oil block. Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said: “The Chinese survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi 8 and its escort vessels continue, and expand their operations within…

South China Sea news: Vietnam heighten Beijing tensions in new move with India | World | News

Tensions between Vietnam and China have increased throughout the year, due to the continuing intrusion of Chinese shipping vessels into Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea. Since the beginning of the year 28 Chinese ships have entered waters controlled by Hanoi, with the latest incidents occurring at the end of September. This has led to furious protests by the Vietnamese government, who have made over 40 diplomatic representations to Beijing. Vietnam’s ambassador to India, Pham Sanh Chau, told reporters that Hanoi has informed China that “they shouldn’t…