COVID-19 will activate old & new disputes in East Asia 

The trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic now appears to be similar across the world. That the world may be different after this pandemic is a given. What is worrying is the fact that it is shaping geopolitics in conventional hotspots, including distrusts. It is doing so rapidly and at a time when the United States, a security provider in East Asia, is occupied domestically. In fact, COVID-19 may have reactivated some of the old disputes and given new life to a few of the simmering disputes and concerns across the…

Beijing not advancing claims in South China Sea with Covid-19 as cover: Foreign Minister, East Asia News & Top Stories

BEIJING – China is not making use of Covid-19 to expand its presence in the South China Sea, said its foreign minister, Mr Wang Yi, on Sunday (May 24). Rebutting claims that Beijing was taking advantage of the distraction caused by the pandemic in Southeast Asia, Mr Wang said China has been working with Asean countries to beat the coronavirus. “There is nothing to support the claim that China is using COVID-19 to expand its presence in the South China Sea,” said Mr Wang, speaking at an annual press conference held on the…

South China Sea: Chinese aggression in South China Sea & East China Sea face strong pushback

NEW DELHI: China has been facing push back for its latest aggression in the South China Sea region (taking advantage of global focus on pandemic) as well as East China Sea region from both regional and other global powers. While Vietnam has lodged bilateral as well as UN-level protests Philippines filed two diplomatic protests against China over violations of international law and Philippine sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea. Protests were filed with the Chinese Embassy in Manila and concerned China’s alleged harassment of a Philippine Navy ship and its…

Hunger looms in South East Asia as China grabs river, seas

Hunger looms in South East Asia as China grabs river, seas GOTCHA – Jarius Bondoc (The Philippine Star) – May 22, 2020 – 12:00am Filipinos had better produce two million more tons of rice a year. Vietnam and Thailand, from which the Philippines gets cereals, will soon no longer be able to sell. With harvests dwindling, they must conserve stocks for domestic consumption. Filipinos will be on their own. China has dammed up the Mekong River on its side, drying up farms of southern neighbors downstream. Diverted by 11…

Vongfong, aka. Ambo, barrels into Philippines’ east coast

Over recent weeks US Navy ships and Air Force bombers have undertaken high profile missions aimed at telegraphic a clear message to China that the US military intends to maintain a presence in the region. The US is ramping up military pressure on China and tensions in the South China Sea. It’s accusing Beijing of leveraging the Covid-19 pandemic to extend its sphere of influence around the region. The US Navy Pacific Fleet has also taken the unusual step of announcing that all of its submarines in the region were at…

Chinese government vessels challenge the status quo around Senkaku Islands: Sin Chew Daily contributor, East Asia News & Top Stories

TOKYO (SIN CHEW DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – In 2019, the relationship between Japan and China was seen to be on track towards improvement. However, the China Coast Guard (CCG) has become more active around the Senkaku Islands than in the previous year. From the Japanese point of view, that gap between China’s posture in its diplomacy and in the water is unavoidably perceptible. This trend remains intact or has further intensified after the COVID-19 coronavirus first appeared in China at the end of 2019 and later spread to neighboring countries.…

Vietnam asks China to stop illegal East Sea military maneuvers

It has also asked Beijing to refrain from further complicating the situation. “All activities of the parties on the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands without Vietnam’s permission are invalid,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said Thursday. Hang was responding to a reporter’s question about China sending KQ-200 maritime patrol aircraft of its navy to the Fiery Cross Reef on the Spratly Islands in the East Sea, internationally known as the South China Sea, at an online press meeting. On April 23, Israeli ImageSat International (ISI)…

China’s East Sea fishing ban invalid: agriculture ministry

The ministry directed provinces and cities to encourage fishermen to continue with their activities within Vietnam’s territorial waters. They should also guide groups and teams to support fishermen at sea, it said in a statement. The East Sea is internationally known as the South China Sea. The ministry said fishing vessels with licenses valid until the end of this year can fish in the Tonkin Gulf common fishing area, but asked them to avoid the area east of the Tonkin Gulf delimitation line. The ministry has also requested local authorities…