Illicit Chinese and South Korean sea surveys a problem: Japan News writer, East Asia News & Top Stories

TOKYO (THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Marine scientific research (MSR) conducted by countries such as China and South Korea, involving the entry of vessels into Japan’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zone (EEZ) without consent, are rife. While such surveys violate the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, Japan’s response is limited to monitoring and giving warnings about suspicious activity at sea, in addition to raising objections through diplomatic routes. Understanding of the situation has been slow to develop. The surveys are becoming increasingly bold and pose…

Asia is the new Middle East

Throughout the 2000s, a lot of attention was directed at various wars, civil wars, conflicts and friction in the Middle East. Some circles believe these ominous events in the Middle East are due to the existence of large oil reserves in the region, mainly in Arab countries. There are those who believe that certain parties, comprised of both insiders and outsiders, will not let Middle Eastern nations be fully independent and sovereign. In 2003, Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq was toppled by the U.S. with the main allegation against him…

U.S. Missile Cruiser Nearly Collides with Russian Battleship in Dangerous Interception in East China Sea, Moscow Says

Russia’s military has cried foul over what it has described as a dangerous maneuver by a U.S. missile cruiser that nearly collided with one of its battleships. The incident reportedly took place on Friday morning in the East China Sea while a detachment of Russia’s Pacific Fleet was moving alongside a U.S. carrier attack group. “The United States cruiser USS Chancellorsville suddenly changed direction and crossed the line of the Admiral Vinogradov 50 meters (150 feet) from the ship,” the Russian statement said. “To prevent a collision, the crew of…

Japan, Philippines urge cool heads to prevail in trade and South China Sea as tensions escalate, East Asia News & Top Stories

TOKYO – Japan’s chief trade negotiator Toshimitsu Motegi on Friday (May 31) called for cool heads to prevail in what has effectively become an “escalation of tariff hikes” that will hurt the global economy. Mr Motegi, who is economic revitalisation minister, is Japan’s point man for trade talks with the United States. He told the 25th Nikkei Future of Asia conference on Friday that trade disputes ought to be resolved by “finding a solution based on rules and consultation”. This year’s two-day forum, themed “Seeking A New Global Order –…

China’s Xi Jinping broke promise on South China Sea, says top US general, East Asia News & Top Stories

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States military’s top general said on Wednesday (May 29) that Chinese President Xi Jinping reneged on promises not to militarise the South China Sea, and called for “collective action” to hold Beijing responsible. General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he was not calling for military action, but stressed that there was a need to enforce international laws. “The fall of 2016, President Xi Jinping promised President (Barack) Obama that they would not militarise the islands. So what we see…

Trump says ‘Sea of Japan,’ not East Sea : The DONG-A ILBO

U.S. President Donald Trump called East Sea “Sea of Japan” on Tuesday during his meeting with the U.S. troops after inspecting the U.S. amphibious assault warship Wasp (LHD-1) docked at the neighboring U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. “You proudly patrol the Yellow Sea, the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea and the South China Sea… You defend your homeland and our allies against missile attack,” said President Trump according to The Associated Press. The maps and official documents of the U.S. government state East Sea as…

S. Korea reiterates stance on East Sea naming after Trump mentions Sea of Japan

SEOUL, May 28 (Yonhap) — South Korea said Tuesday that the body of water between the peninsula and Japan should be referred to as both the East Sea and Sea of Japan, after U.S. President Donald Trump used only the Japanese name. During a meeting with U.S. troops in Japan, Trump mentioned the Sea of Japan as an area of their patrol responsibilities. “Regarding the naming of the East Sea, our consistent position is clear,” Kim In-chul, spokesman of Seoul’s foreign ministry, told a regular press briefing. “At present, our…

Bill introduced to deter China in South China, East China Seas, United States News & Top Stories

WASHINGTON – Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Party Senator Ben Cardin on Thursday (May 23) formally reintroduced the South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act, that would “impose sanctions against Chinese individuals and entities that participate in Beijing’s illegitimate activities to aggressively assert its expansive maritime and territorial claims in these disputed regions.” The bipartisan Bill is intended to put the brakes on China’s consolidation or expansion of is claims of jurisdiction over the sea and air space in disputed zones in the South China Sea –…

US warship sails near disputed South China Sea shoal, East Asia News & Top Stories

WASHINGTON • The US military said one of its warships sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China in the South China Sea yesterday, angering Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world’s two biggest economies. The busy waterway is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the Sino-US relationship, which include a trade war, US sanctions and Taiwan. China struck a more aggressive tone in its trade war with the United States last Friday. The tough talk capped a week that saw China unveil new…