Duterte highlights Philippines-China ties in Chinese New Year message

Duterte highlights Philippines-China ties in Chinese New Year message Ratziel San Juan (Philstar.com) – January 25, 2020 – 12:43pm MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said he hopes for stronger ties between the Philippines and China in his Chinese New Year 2020 message released on Saturday. “The fact that we are celebrating this event and embracing it as one of our own reflects the strong and inseparable bond that has been forged through centuries of friendly and beneficial relations between the Philippines and China,” read the president’s message published…

Decatur incident video shows Chinese sailors preparing for collision

New footage of a 2018 encounter between Chinese and US warships has been released to the South China Morning Post following a freedom of information request. Experts say the footage appears to show the Chinese PLA crew members preparing for a collision with the US destroyer. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. A newly released US Navy video of the tense encounter between a Chinese and US warship in the South China Sea in late 2018 offers an indication of how seriously the Chinese side were prepared for a…

To deter Chinese sea claims, Indonesia puts its fishers on the front line

Indonesia is increasing both its security and fishing presence in the waters around the Natuna Islands, following the latest incursion into the area by Chinese vessels. China claims much of the South China Sea, including the waters near the Natunas, but that particular area is internationally recognized as part of Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone. In a bid to deter future incursions, the Indonesian government has called on fishing fleets operating in the Java Sea to move to the Natunas. But observers warn that the arrival of the better-equipped Java fishers…

South China Sea references removed from international summit by Chinese delegates

All references to the South China Sea were removed from the final version of the resolution after China raised concerns in negotiations over the document. Australian Strategic Policy Institute defence program director Michael Shoebridge said the removal of the text was “disturbing” because it was important to speak up about China’s militarisation and land reclamations of the South China Sea. “The gathering of some 350 parliamentarians from across the Asia Pacific at this parliamentary forum should be an opportunity for this international gathering to stand up for international law and…

U.S. Navy Releases Footage of Chinese Warship’s Unsafe Approach

In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from the South China Morning Post, the U.S. Navy on Thursday released video of an unsafe encounter between a Chinese warship and the destroyer USS Decatur in September 2018.  The Chinese ship, a Luyang-class destroyer, made an aggressive approach to the Decatur in the South China Sea during the incident, essentially playing “chicken” with the American warship. The Chinese crew is seen in the video tossing buoys overboard and bracing for impact as it comes within 45 yards of the…

New Footage From 2018 Near-Collision Between U.S., Chinese Warships Shows Sailors Preparing for Impact

Previously unreleased video footage of a near-collision between American and Chinese warships in 2018 shows that Chinese sailors were concerned enough to prepare their vessel for a potentially catastrophic accident. The tense interception occurred in September 2018, when the guided missile destroyer USS Decatur was conducting a “freedom of navigation” operation in the contested waters of the South China Sea. It was met by the Chinese destroyer Lanzhou, which sailed alongside the American vessel and warned its crew to leave the area. The Chinese ship warned that the Americans would…

South China Sea: Chinese ships force their way into Indonesian waters

Their mission was to assert Chinese ownership over the nearby Spratly Islands. The islands are in a territorial dispute between China, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Shuang said China would welcome “bilateral dialogue” with Jakarta to manage the dispute, reports The Independent. But Indonesia says negotiation is not part of its plan. “There is no negotiation when it comes to our sovereignty,” Indonesian president Joko Widodo told reporters. Indonesia’s chief security minister for political, legal and security affairs Mahfud MD also rejected the idea of talks, telling media…

Philippine, Chinese Coast Guards Stage Joint Drill in South China Sea

Philippine and Chinese ships on Wednesday staged the first joint drill between their coast guards in waters off Manila in the South China Sea, where both countries have rival territorial claims, officials said. A Chinese Coast Guard ship with pennant number 5204 and the BRP Tubbataha, a 44-meter (144-foot) multi-role response Philippine vessel, took part in the exercises aimed at achieving “interoperability at sea,” the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said. Filipino and Chinese personnel were given a scenario where a vessel caught fire in its cargo hold while sailing in…