South China Sea: Why disputed area could be location of MH370 | World | News

MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. It is still unknown what exactly happened to the plane, but there is a good reason why it could be in the sea near Vietnam. The South China Sea is an expanse of water containing a number of strategically important islands, each of which are claimed by multiple countries including China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei. It is located north west of Malaysia, where the plane had been headed, and…

China Sends Ships, Planes over Disputed Seas to Show Strength after COVID-19 Outbreak | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – China is asserting itself in disputed waters around Asia this month to look strong after containing the world’s first coronavirus outbreak as the rest of the world grapples with the disease now.  The Communist leadership seeks an image boost among its own population that’s beleaguered by shutdowns and lockdowns — measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. The deadly respiratory disease virus was discovered in central China in December and led to about 81,000 cases there.  Chinese officials hope to appear strong too around the world against…

Chinese Maritime Militia on the Move in Disputed Spratly Islands

Even as the coronavirus crisis sweeps through Asia, China continues to assert its presence in the South China Sea by deploying maritime militia around disputed islands and reefs in the Spratly island chain, according to vessel tracking data and satellite imagery reviewed by Radio Free Asia. A fleet of Chinese ships has been moving this month through the Union Banks, a collection of small land features disputed between China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan. Among the most significant features in this area are the Chinese-controlled Hughes Reef and Johnson…

Resolving disputed maritime borders vital for regional peace in Eastern Mediterranean

On Nov. 27, 2019, Turkey signed a maritime border agreement with Libya’s internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) for the delimitation of their Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), seeking to create a maritime corridor between the two countries, and creating an avenue for Turkey and Libya to conduct joint natural gas exploration and drilling operations in the Eastern Mediterranean. According to the agreement, both countries have decided on a precise and equitable delimitation of their respective maritime areas in the Mediterranean in which the parties exercise sovereign rights and jurisdiction in…

Philippines shuns Malaysia, China claims in disputed South China Sea

MANILA – The Philippines has rejected Malaysia’s petition to extend the limits of its continental shelf in the South China Sea, invoking a landmark ruling that invalidated China’s sweeping claims in the disputed waters. The Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations said the area covered by Malaysia’s submission covers features within the Kalayaan Island Group over which the Philippines has sovereignty. “The area also overlaps with the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea of the Republic…

China Moves Advanced Rescue Ship To Disputed South China Sea Island

A Chinese rescue ship, the Nan Hai Jiu 115, is maneuvering around Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea, reported Radio Free Asia (RFA), a non-profit news site. The reason for the ship’s presence is unknown but thought to be “benign” or of a non-military nature. The vessel is considered one of China’s most advanced. It can carry out tasks like firefighting, oil spill clean-up, and emergency medical services. It is easily identified by its green-colored landing helicopter dock and heliport that can handle medium-sized helicopters. RFA used vessel-tracking…

Scarborough Shoal last ‘piece’ of China’s militarization in disputed sea: analyst

Philippine Navy personnel watch as the US Navy’s multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Wasp cruises in the background during the Balikatan 2019 on Thursday off San Antonio, Zambales. Bulitt Marquez, AP Photo MANILA – The Philippines’ termination of its Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the US might pave the way for Beijing to complete its military bases in the disputed South China Sea, a maritime expert said Monday. Aside from providing financial assistance and military training, the VFA also deterred the transformation of Scarborough Shoal into an artificial island, according…

South China Sea: Beijing lashes out at Trump after US sends warship past disputed reefs | World | News

The country has called upon Washington to pull back and stop infringing upon its sovereignty after the unprecedented action. China is disputing the missile destroyer USS Wayne E Meyer’s presence within 12 nautical miles of two reefs it has laid claim to. Fiery Cross and Mischief reefs are the two biggest artificial islands in the disputed Spratlys. This was the first time a US warship had challenged Chinese outposts at the same time. Spokesman for the People’s Liberation Army Southern Theatre Command, Colonel Li Huamin, accused the US of “acting…

U.S. Navy sails warship near disputed islands in South China Sea for first time in 2020

The U.S. Navy told The Japan Times on Tuesday that it had sailed a warship near the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea — home to fortified island islands built by China — on Saturday, in what was believed to be the first freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) of 2020. A spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet said the USS Montgomery, an advanced littoral combat ship, had “asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Spratly Islands, consistent with international law.” The latest FONOP “upheld the rights, freedoms…