China’s South China Sea Militarization Has Peaked – Foreign Policy

Following years of Russian noncompliance, the United States officially withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty on Aug. 2. The Cold War-era arms control agreement had banned land-based missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers, and the next day the new U.S. defense secretary, Mark Esper, told reporters that he wanted to counter China’s massive missile inventory “sooner rather than later.” China responded furiously. Ironically, the threat comes as the most conspicuous flash point between the two countries, China’s military buildup on its artificial islands in the South China…

China ‘needs to do more’ to adjust foreign policy and win friends as trade war with US rolls on

Beijing is adjusting its assertive foreign policy and scaling back moves to expand its presence abroad, but it needs to do more to win friends as tensions escalate with Washington, according to a government adviser and researcher. They said there was an urgent need for China to rethink its foreign policy priorities after years of taking an assertive stance that had made other nations ” especially its neighbours ” increasingly worried, and created a situation that was adding to pressure amid its protracted trade war with the US. Shi Yinhong,…

DILG chief: Not a good time yet for foreign tourists to visit Pag-asa Island

This April 21, 2017 photo taken from a C-130 transport plane with Defense Chief Delfin Lorenzana and Armed Forces Chief Gen. Eduardo Ano shows Thitu Island off the South China Sea. Bullit Marquez, AP It is not a good time yet for foreigners to visit Pag-asa Island, considered the most strategically important Philippine outpost in the West Philippine Sea, Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said Thursday. “It is a good island, and it is very good to put up hotels there. But probably not for (foreign) tourists muna, because that…

In pictures: Foreign marines descend on Russia

It’s a long way from the Caribbean, the South China Sea and the Gulf but Venezuela, China and Iran landed marines on the Baltic coast this month for a round of war games hosted by Russia, which has fostered defence ties with all three countries. They showed off their stuff in the sand and water of a test range in the Kaliningrad region. Image copyright Reuters Image caption A Venezuelan marine slogs through water on the Khmelevka range. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Other Venezuelans attempt to leap over barbed…

China survey ship withdrawn from Vietnamese waters: Foreign ministry – Politics & Laws – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Lê Thị Thu Hằng at Thursday’s press briefing held in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Lâm Khánh HÀ NỘI — The Chinese survey ship that encroached upon Việt Nam’s continental shelf reportedly since early July has been withdrawn, Việt Nam’s authorities confirmed today. “According to the information we have obtained, on the afternoon of August 7, the Haiyang Di Zhi 08 (Marine Geology 8) survey vessel has halted its geological mission and left Việt Nam’s Exclusive Economic Zone and southeastern continental shelf, which are determined in line with…

Vietnam’s Strange Ally in Its Fight With China – Foreign Policy

As heavily armed Vietnamese and Chinese coast guard ships stare each other down in the South China Sea near the submerged Vanguard Bank, Hanoi appears to have found its spine despite threats from its gigantic neighbor. Unlike in the past two years, when Vietnam quietly scrapped a pair of drilling ventures with the Spanish energy firm Repsol under Chinese pressure, Vietnam is currently demanding that China withdraw its survey ship, Haiyang Dizhi 8, and its escorts from the vicinity of the oil and gas blocks. This time, Vietnam has teamed up with an old friend and…

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on July 26, 2019

At the invitation of the government of the Federated States of Micronesia, Yang Chuantang, President Xi Jinping’s Special Envoy and Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) will attend President Panuelo’s inauguration ceremony in the FSM at the end of July. Q: China and the Philippines held the 22nd diplomatic consultation in Manila on July 23. Can you share with us the outcomes and highlights? What consensus has been reached? A: China and the Philippines held the 22nd China-Philippines diplomatic consultation in Manila…