Carpio blasts China Coast Guard goodwill visit as another ship loiters Ayungin

Then acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio discusses their journey in fighting for our territorial waters in the West Philippine Sea during the Integrated Bar of the Philippines national convention at the SMX Aura in Taguig, July 13, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File MANILA – Retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Friday slammed China after one of its ships was spotted patrolling Ayungin Shoal on the day the Chinese Coast Guard arrived in Manila for a goodwill visit. “We tended a dinner for them. We welcomed them with a brass…

ASEAN ministers vow to cooperate on Rohingya, South China Sea issues

Southeast Asian foreign ministers ended talks in Vietnam on Friday with pledges to continue cooperating on key issues, including facilitating the repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar and reducing South China Sea tensions. A statement issued after the two-day informal meeting by Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said that besides those issues, the ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations also considered plans for a special summit with the U.S. President Donald Trump. “We welcomed the invitation by the U.S. President to convene a Special Summit to commemorate…

Indonesia protests to China over border intrusion near South China Sea | News

Monday, December 30, 2019 9:08 a.m. EST JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia said on Monday it had protested to Beijing over the presence of a Chinese coastguard vessel in its territorial waters near the disputed South China Sea, saying it marked a “violation of sovereignty”. The boat trespassed into Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone off the coast of the northern islands of Natuna, Indonesia’s foreign ministry said in a statement. It did not say when the incident occurred. “The foreign affairs ministry has summoned the Chinese ambassador in Jakarta and conveyed a…

South China Sea crisis: Warship deployed as tensions erupt between US and China | World | News

Beijing said its military forces closely followed and monitored the USS Shiloh, a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, as it sailed through the sensitive waterway. The latest spat comes less than a week after Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen won re-election by a landslide on a platform of standing up to China, which claims sovereignty over the island.  Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing urged the US to abide by its “one China” policy and deal with Taiwan-related matters in a way that did not undermine China-US relations or stability in…

Chinese firm in Sangley airport project helped build South China Sea artificial islands

Chinese firm in Sangley airport project helped build South China Sea artificial islands Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – January 17, 2020 – 12:08pm MANILA, Philippines — The Chinese state-owned firm that will handle the development of Sangley airport in Cavite is the same company that helped build Beijing’s artificial islands in the South China Sea. The tandem of Lucio Tan’s MacroAsia Corp. and China Communications Construction Co. (CCCC) was the sole bidder for the Sangley Point International Airport project. The provincial government of Cavite earlier said it would award…

China’s Xi turns to Myanmar as he pushes for ‘Belt and Road’ plan | China News

Yangon, Myanmar – Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Myanmar on Friday on his first trip to the country since 2009, and is expected to step up investment in the southeast Asian nation including in the conflict-wracked state of Rakhine, a key link in China‘s Belt and Road initiative. Myanmar’s deputy minister of commerce, Aung Htoo, told reporters ahead of the visit that Xi would sign agreements related to the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone and $1.3bn port in Rakhine, where a brutal military crackdown in 2017 led hundreds of thousands…

S. China Sea, Rohingya issues on agenda of ASEAN ministerial talks

Foreign ministers of Association of Southeast Asian nations hold a meeting in Vietnam on Jan. 16, 2020. (VNA/Kyodo) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (Kyodo) — Foreign ministers of Association of Southeast Asian nations began a two-day meeting in Vietnam on Thursday, in which South China Sea tensions and the repatriation of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar are on the agenda for discussion. The informal “retreat” held in the seaside town of Nha Trang marks the first ASEAN ministerial meeting to be hosted by Vietnam since it…

China admits fishing in Indonesian-claimed waters in South China Sea – South China Morning Post

China admits fishing in Indonesian-claimed waters in South China Sea  South China Morning Post South China Sea: Beijing joins forces with Philippines despite illegal fishing claims  Express.co.uk Russia’s Past Can Help Explain China’s South China Sea Strategy  The National Interest Online Talks on South China Sea COC ‘steadily moving forward’ – Chinese envoy  INQUIRER.net Why Is China Pressing Indonesia Again Over Its Maritime Claims?  World Politics Review View full coverage on Google News Source link

Congress wrestles with deterring China ― beyond nukes

WASHINGTON ― Days after China’s navy commissioned its biggest and most advanced surface warship yet, on a path to an estimated 420 ships by 2035, key experts told Congress the U.S. must form a new and creative strategy to deter China, beyond nuclear weapons. Addressing the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy, former Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell Director Andrew Hunter and retired Rear Adm. Michael McDevitt warned that China is on track to outpace America technologically and at sea. The three…

China rewards 11 fishermen who captured seven ‘foreign underwater spy drones’

China has held a lavish ceremony to reward 11 fishermen who were said to have discovered seven foreign underwater spy drones hidden off the country’s eastern coast.  The alleged espionage devices were captured last year and posed ‘serious threats to our national security’, the country’s state media reported. The prize for each of the fishermen ranged from tens of thousands of yuan to 500,000 yuan (£55,000), according to state newspaper Global Times, quoting online sources. Footage from a Chinese TV report shows the national security authority displaying pictures of the…