US Navy admiral praises Chinese ‘professionalism’ in disputed South China Sea

United States Navy Rear Admiral George Wikoff praised the “professionalism” of the Chinese navy while encountering them in disputed regions of the South China Sea. Wikoff described encounters with the Chinese navy as “cordial” while the Aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan led the U.S. Navy’s Task Force 70 through the “nine-dash line” region of contested territories. The USS Ronald Reagan, one destroyer and two cruisers passed through the region China has claimed control of in a “freedom of navigation” exercise meant to contest the communist China’s encroachment, according to Bloomberg.…

Putin’s Meeting with Philippine President Signals Bigger, Trickier Russian Role in Disputed South China Sea | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s meeting this week with Vladimir Putin in Russia signals Moscow’s interest in playing a tricky but persuasive role in the South China Sea maritime sovereignty dispute now dominated by China and the United States, specialists in the region say. Duterte is visiting Russia October 1-5, partly to speak with Putin about increasing security and defense cooperation, the Philippine presidential office website says. Duterte toured Vnukovo Military Base Airport in Moscow on Wednesday. Russia might offer to sell arms to the Philippines, experts say, having sold…

Việt Nam’s Vanguard Bank is not a disputed zone: foreign ministry – Politics & Laws – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Vietnamese foreign ministry spokesperson Lê Thị Thu Hằng during Thursday press briefing in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Văn Điệp HÀ NỘI — Vanguard Bank, contrary to false territorial claims by China, belongs entirely to Việt Nam and is definitely not a disputed area or one with overlapping territorial claims. The statement was made by Vietnamese foreign ministry spokesperson Lê Thị Thu Hằng during the regular press briefing held on Thursday in Hà Nội. She was speaking in response to a comment made by her Chinese counterpart Geng Shuang earlier in September,…

Chinese Coastguard Ships Scream Out Their Presence In Disputed South China Sea Waters

Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) vessels that regularly patrol the South China Sea are trying a new tactic in what may be an attempt to assert sovereignty over some disputed areas rich with oil and natural gas reserves. That “tactic” is to make themselves deliberately visible to onshore observers and other ships by turning on their internal tracking signals. This is different from previous actions by Chinese boats and warships that have regularly passed through the Sibutu Straight near the Philippines under a veil of stealthiness with no notification to coastal…

South China Sea latest: Fears of all out war as US Navy sail destroyer into disputed water | World | News

The guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer passed near the Parcacel Islands which are claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam. They are referred to as Xisha in Chinese and Hoang Sa in Vietnamese. In a statement 7th fleet Commander Reann Mommsen said the move “challenged the restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam, and also contested China’s claim to straight baselines enclosing the Paracel Islands”. He added: “China, Taiwan, and Vietnam each claim sovereignty over the Paracel Islands. All three claimants require either permission or advance notification before…

South China Sea threat: Beijing building new military facilities in disputed region | World | News

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, part of Washington’s Centre for Strategic and International Studies, said new satellite images revealed missile shelters and radar and communications facilities were under construction on Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi Reefs in the Spratly Islands. Washington has criticised China’s build-up of military facilities on the artificial islands and fears they could be used to restrict free movement along the important South China Sea trade route. A US Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef last month in a so-called freedom of navigation…

China’s New Transport Ship Will Help Fortify Islands in Disputed Sea

TAIPEI —  A new large supply transport ship will help the Beijing government ferry supplies to its holdings in the disputed South China Sea, a resource-rich waterway contested by other countries. China has alarmed the other countries since 2010 by landfilling small islets for military use. Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines contest all or parts of the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea with China. China claims about 90% of it. The Sansha No. 2 transport ship that passed trial in August can “cover the whole South China Sea,” Chinese state-run…

US Navy sails destroyer near disputed South China Sea islands – Pacific

US Navy sails destroyer near disputed South China Sea islands In this Tuesday, April 25, 2017, photo released by the U.S. Navy, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer, left, is underway during a bilateral exercise with Korea. KELSEY L. ADAMS/U.S. NAVY A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near the Paracel Islands last week in a challenge to China’s claim to the waters around them. The operation by the USS Wayne E. Meyer on Friday demonstrated that the waters are beyond what China can claim as…

China’s New Transport Ship Will Help Fortify Islands in Disputed Sea | Voice of America

TAIPEI – A new large supply transport ship will help the Beijing government ferry supplies to its holdings in the disputed South China Sea, a resource-rich waterway contested by other countries. China has alarmed the other countries since 2010 by landfilling small islets for military use. Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines contest all or parts of the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea with China. China claims about 90% of it. The Sansha No. 2 transport ship that passed trial in August can “cover the whole South China Sea,” Chinese state-run…