Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on December 10, 2019

Premier Li Keqiang will chair the 8th China-Japan-ROK leaders’ meeting in Chengdu, Sichuan on December 24. ROK President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will attend the meeting. This year marks the 20th anniversary of China-Japan-ROK cooperation, which witnesses fruitful outcomes. This meeting is aimed to improve bilateral cooperation for the decade to come and promote regional and world peace, stability, development and prosperity. Q: Will China hold bilateral meetings with ROK and Japanese leaders during the 8th China-Japan-ROK leaders’ meeting? A: As the host for this China-Japan-ROK…

Foreign Drugs, Rebels Give Philippines New Causes to Bolster Defense | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – The dispatch of two Philippine coast guard ships to the Sulu Sea might normally register as a quick blip on the radar of world maritime movement. But shipments of illegal drugs and support for violent Muslim rebels cross that sea from other countries into the Philippines, which struggles to contain both. The Chinese navy is growing stronger not far away, too, and China disputes tracts of sea with the Philippines. The Philippines has historically had a weak defense, especially at sea. Research database GlobalFirePower.com ranks the Philippine…

Filipinos Will Appreciate China Some Day, President’s Office Says Touting Duterte Foreign Policy

Beijing, with its Chinese Communist Party government and being the largest and most powerful player in the South China Sea region, are generally viewed with mistrust by the people of the Philippines if a recent survey is accurate. But Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte thinks that this sentiment could reverse itself in the future. On Thursday Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement that the government is not surprised by the drop in China’s trust rating. He said, “[Translated] The Office of the President will neither court nor force any citizen…

PH to maintain ‘beneficial relations’ with US, China; independent foreign policy means not to take sides – SFA Locsin » Manila Bulletin News

Published November 7, 2019, 5:41 PM By Roy Mabasa The Philippines wants to maintain “beneficial relations” with the United States and China instead of taking sides between the world’s two colliding powers. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit / MANILA BULLETIN) This was the message conveyed by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. as he explains the country’s strategy on how to navigate the geopolitical tension in the South China Sea without the risk of becoming “everyone’s enemy.” Speaking at a forum organized by the Institute of Strategic and…

Philippines to lift moratorium on foreign research ships in its waters

MANILA — The Philippines will lift a 2018 moratorium on foreign scientific research in its exclusive economic zone so it can exploit marine resources, the national security adviser said on Friday. President Rodrigo Duterte banned all scientific research by foreigners off the Philippines’ Pacific coast in February last year and told the navy to chase away unauthorized vessels. National security adviser Hermogenes Esperon said that allowing foreign governments and entities to conduct maritime research again is “good for us… because we get to know more of the maritime domain.” The…

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on October 24, 2019

  Q: US House Speaker Pelosi tweeted on October 22 a photo with Jimmy Lai and Martin Lee and said that her “full support and admiration goes to those who have taken to the streets week after week in non-violent protest to fight for democracy and the rule of law in Hong Kong”. What’s your response? A: I don’t know if you have noticed that a few days ago, an American living in HK wrote an open letter to US Senators, saying that the Western world is not seeing the…

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…