South China Sea news: Japan demands stronger action against Beijing in disputed waters | World | News

Japanese MP, Akihisa Nagashima, told more than 200 representatives at the 28th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Canberra, the world should not “sit on the sidelines” against Beijing’s emerging influence in the region. China claims vast areas of the energy-rich waters and has established military outposts on artificial islands. The contested waters are also believed to contain large quantities of oil and natural gas. Mr Nagashima, who also sits on the National Security Committee, told representatives from more than 30 countries, including Russia and the US, the actions of Beijing poses…

Beijing sets sights on mighty Mekong as passage to South China Sea

CHIANG KHONG, THAILAND – Ninety-seven kilometers of rocks in Thai waters stand between Beijing and dominance over the Mekong, a mighty river that feeds millions as it threads south from the Tibetan Plateau through five countries before emptying into the South China Sea. China has long wanted to dredge the riverbed in northern Thailand to open passage for massive cargo ships — and potentially military vessels. Ultimately, a link could be carved from Yunnan province thousands of kilometers south through the Mekong countries of Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.…

South China Sea: Beijing joins forces with Philippines despite illegal fishing claims | World | News

The exercises come after Philippines’ president Rodrigo Duterte made several visits to China seeking financial backing to allow him to further an infrastructure policy he has described as “build, build, build”. The Philippines has similar infrastructure investment needs to Indonesia which last week scrambled warships and fighter jets after China sent armed coastguard vessels into its exclusive economic zone. Jakarta’s response appeared to have repulsed the incursion but several Chinese boats have since returned to the waters near the Natuna islands. China’s sweeping territorial claims in South China Sea overlap…

China bank case heightens doubts about Beijing as trade deal looms

A federal court case involving three Chinese banks is raising questions about Beijing’s commitment to abide by agreements with the United States — a day before President Trump is scheduled to sign the first major trade deal of his administration with China. A senior Justice Department official said China has failed to observe terms of the 2001 Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement, and a federal judge ruled recently that seeking legal help from China under the accord has proved fruitless. “It’s still on paper, but they don’t fulfill their obligations under…

South China Sea: Beijing humiliated as nations round on Xi in tense standoff | World | News

The height of recent hostility has come as a result of yet another standoff between China and a nearby South China Sea nation, with Indonesia expressing fury after Chinese fishing vessels entered the country’s economic exclusion zone last week. Dozens of boats entered the region on the periphery of the Natuna waters, located in the South China Sea between Malaysia and Indonesia, and only departed last Thursday. But China‘s latest act of aggression may have backfired as Indonesia calls on Japan to help defy Beijing’s military presence in the South…

China-Taiwan Relations: Tsai Ing-wen’s Reelection Victory Portends Tough 2020 for Beijing

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen attends a campaign rally ahead of the presidential election in Taoyuan, Taiwan, January 8, 2020. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters) President Tsai Ing-wen’s reelection is yet another case of Chinese aggression backfiring on Chairman Xi. It seems unlikely Beijing will learn its lesson. Last year was tough for Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist party. Between their glaring inability to mollify protesters and restore order in Hong Kong, an economic slowdown, and the online publication of highly sensitive, utterly horrifying official documents detailing their brutal crackdown on religious minorities,…

South China Sea: Beijing set to unleash huge $100m spying vessel as conflict fears rise | World | News

According to the South China Morning Post, the boat will cost around $100m, or 676m yuan. It has been commissioned by the Guangdong Maritime Safety Administration and will weigh a staggering 10,700 tonnes. Reports suggest it will be able to carry out a series of vital operations, including emergency reduces and help tackle pollution. The vessel will also be large enough to have different types of helicopters on board. It has been estimated that the ship will be completed by September 2021. Song Zhongping, a Hong Kong-based military commentator, said:…

Indonesia mobilises fishermen in South China Sea stand-off with Beijing – South China Morning Post

Indonesia mobilises fishermen in South China Sea stand-off with Beijing  South China Morning Post Indonesia stands firm against Chinese claims in South China Sea region  Economic Times South China Sea crisis: Indonesia doubles warships amid stand off with Chinese vessels  Express.co.uk Indonesia deploys 4 additional warships to Natuna amid standoff with Chinese vessels  CNA Indonesia wants its sovereignty in South China Sea  The Star Online View full coverage on Google News Source link

South China Sea: Malaysia risks infuriating Beijing as it presses ahead with UN complaint | World | News

China was enraged when Kuala Lumpur filed a submission with the UN seeking to establish the limits of Malaysia’s continental shelf in the northern part of the sea. Beijing claims most of the energy-rich South China Sea but neighbouring Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims. And the presence of US warships, troops and planes only added to growing tensions in the volatile region. Under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, any country can claim an exclusive economic zone up to 200 nautical miles…

China Has Right to Sail Near Indonesia’s Natuna Islands, Beijing Says

China has a right to sail ships near the Natuna Islands, a foreign ministry spokesman said Thursday, as Beijing hardened its stance in a diplomatic spat after Indonesia protested about dozens of Chinese boats, including two coast guard ships, entering its Exclusive Economic Zone late last month. When a reporter asked him about an Indonesian government statement a day earlier saying there was “no legal basis” to Beijing’s claims that its ships could sail in Indonesia’s exclusive zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang rejected…