Foreign Minister: More security funding needed to protect South China Sea from superpowers | Malaysia

Saifuddin said Malaysia lacks sufficient maritime assets to patrol its waters and watch out for incursions by foreign powers. — Bernama pic KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 — The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) needs more funds to protect the country’s marine interests from encroachment in light of escalating tensions between the US and China, the foreign minister said in Parliament today. Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said Malaysia lacks sufficient maritime assets to patrol its waters and watch out for incursions by foreign powers. “We have always called upon Asean countries to…

Malaysia needs to be ready for the worst in South China Sea: foreign minister

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia needs to boost its naval capabilities to prepare for possible conflict in the South China Sea, its foreign minister said on Thursday, even as Southeast Asia’s third-largest economy pursues non-militarization of the disputed waterway. FILE PHOTO: Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah speaks with member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China Yang Jiechi (not pictured) during a meeting in Beijing, China September 12, 2019. Andrea Verdelli/Pool via REUTERS Tensions have escalated in recent weeks, especially after a U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near…

Beijing’s South China Sea Aggression Is a Warning to Taiwan – Foreign Policy

China’s increasingly assertive actions in the South China Sea have drawn plenty of attention. But its moves are important not just for Beijing’s ambitions there, but for its wider playbook for wielding power and influence in the Indo-Pacific—and what it might have in store for Taiwan. Beijing has set out expansive territorial claims in its “nine-dash line,” which lays claim to virtually all the South China Sea, and advanced them through an integrated, whole-of-government approach, including the use of aggressive diplomacy and quasimilitary as well as military forces. China has…

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,…

Does A Foreign ‘Expert’ Have The ‘Solution’ To The Philippines Quandary With China In South China Sea? – Analysis – Eurasia Review

Most observers of South China Sea issues could not help but notice the recent public exchange between Bill Hayton, an “expert and scholar on the region”, and the Foreign Minister of the Philippines, Teodoro Locsin Jr. https://news.abs-cbn.com/spotlight/09/22/19/the-face-of-defeat-s-china-sea-scholar-urges-ph-to-raise-arbitral-win-before-un  The exchange focused on what the Philippines should do regarding China’s policies and actions in the South China Sea.  Hayton, a relative newcomer to these issues, is sure he has the answer.  ‘The Philippines should stand up to China.’ But his ‘solution’ is both arrogant and—according to Locsin—”ignorant”. Hayton argued that “Manila has…

South China Sea latest: Vietnamese Foreign Minister delivers thinly veiled dig at China | World | News

Mr Pham’s comments are likely to be considered a direct warning to China. Beijing and Hanoi have disputes over the Spratly Islands, also claimed by The Philippines and Taiwan and the Parcacel Islands, also claimed by Taipei. Mr Pham, also Deputy Prime Minister said at the UN General Assembly: “Vietnam has on many occasions voiced its concerns over the recent complicated developments in the South China Sea, including serious incidents that infringed upon Vietnam’s sovereignty. “Relevant states should exercise restraint and refrain from conducting unilateral acts, which might complicate or…

Israel Shouldn’t Worry About Ilhan Omar. It Should Worry About Xi Jinping. – Foreign Policy

Far be it from me to dismiss the hullaballoo surrounding Israel’s decision last month to bar two U.S. congresswomen from entering the country. After nearly 35 years of working on national-security issues in Washington, I’ve come to put a high premium on the strong bipartisan support that undergirds the U.S.-Israel alliance. Leaders in both countries bear a heavy responsibility to preserve and protect it. But once emotions have cooled, I find it hard to imagine that Israel’s sovereign decision to keep out two first-term legislators with such deep-seated animus toward…