Korean scholar urges use of int’l norms to peacefully solve East Sea issue

VNA Wednesday, August 21, 2019 – 11:07:00 Print Professor Lee Woong-Hyeon (R) in an interview with the Vietnam News Agency’s correspondent in Seoul (Photo: VNA)   Hanoi (VNA) – Countries should not give up the efforts to cite, utilise and adopt international norms for the peaceful settlement of the problems in the East Sea, President of the Geopolitics Institute of the Republic of Korea (RoK), Professor Lee Woong-Hyeon has said. In an interview with the Vietnam News Agency, the RoK scholar said that the Tu Chinh reef (internationally known as Vanguard Bank)…

China denies US accusations of South China Sea missile tests, East Asia News & Top Stories

BEIJING (REUTERS) – China’s Defence Ministry on Friday (July 5) denied US accusations that the Chinese military had recently carried out missile tests in the disputed South China Sea, saying instead that they had held routine drills that involved the firing of live ammunition. The Pentagon said on Tuesday the missile launch was “disturbing” and contrary to Chinese pledges that it would not militarise the strategic waterway. A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Friday that according to initial information, China appeared to have tested multiple anti-ship…

US carrier sails into South China Sea amid new territorial flare-ups, East Asia News & Top Stories

ABOARD THE USS RONALD REAGAN, SOUTH CHINA SEA (AP) – A US aircraft carrier has sailed through the disputed South China Sea in the latest show of America’s military might amid new territorial flare-ups involving China and three rival claimant states. The US Navy flew a small group of Philippine generals, officials and journalists on Tuesday (Aug 6) to the USS Ronald Reagan, where fighter jets landed and took off by catapult with thunderous blasts. The nuclear-powered carrier, which was brimming with about 70 supersonic F-18 jets, spy planes and…

China exerting ‘maximum pressure’ to set its own East Sea rules: expert

China is imposing direct pressure on Vietnam and taking advantage of the attitude of seeking to maintain regional peace among nations in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to intensify it, Hawaii-based Alexander Vuving, an expert on Asia security, in particular, China, Vietnam, Southeast Asia and the South China Sea, told VnExpress. China is applying “maximum pressure” on ASEAN parties, and from now until 2021, it will increase that pressure to make the regional bloc follow terms that benefit China in the Code of Conduct on the South China…

Pacific News Minute: Chinese Defense Makes Strong Claims To Taiwan And To East and South China Seas

The United States continues to conduct naval patrols in waters claimed by China. Last week, the guided missile cruiser USS Antietam sailed through the Taiwan Strait: the sixth such transit this year. The operation came as China issued an important policy document. China releases a strategic military review every four years, and the 2019 white paper is being given particular significance ahead of celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic on October 1st. “China’s National Defense in the New Era” paints the People’s Liberation Army as a…

Tensions Heat up Over East Sea – The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea

The East Sea is turning into a powder keg after aerial provocations by China and Russia on Tuesday followed by a short-range missile test by North Korea on Thursday. South Korea-Japan relations, meanwhile, are going from bad to worse as the neighbors are entangled in a dispute over compensations for World War II victims while Tokyo continues to claim sovereignty over Korea’s Dokdo islets. The consequences could be catastrophic for South Korea, which seems at a loss how to deal with the multiple threats. ◆ Diplomatic Isolation The government here…

Vietnam welcomes international contribution to peace in East Sea

Responding to press inquiries about Vietnam’s actions following China sending out its oil survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi 8 and escorts that infringed on Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and continental shelf, Le Thi Thu Hang, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman, said the case was “serious.” Vietnam has taken multiple diplomatic measures, including issuing a diplomatic note opposing China’s action and demanding that China withdraw its ships from Vietnamese waters, Hang noted. She said Vietnamese authorities have performed proper measures in accordance with the law regarding the case. “Vietnam resolutely, tenaciously defend…

China’s defence White Paper emphasises growing military competition, homeland security, East Asia News & Top Stories

BEIJING – China’s latest defence White Paper places greater emphasis on the role its military plays in homeland defence and internal stability at a time of increased competition with the US, said experts. The White Paper issued on Wednesday  (July 24) – China’s first since President Xi Jinping initiated a major overhaul of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in 2015 – said China was among the countries in the world “with the most complex peripheral security environment”. Beijing blamed the US for having “provoked and intensified competition among major powers”…