US freedom of navigation operations in SCS mere deterrent to those who disobey int’l laws » Manila Bulletin News

Published August 18, 2019, 6:00 PM By Roy Mabasa The purpose of the freedom of navigation operations (Fonops) being conducted by the United States in the Indo-Pacific region, including the South China Sea, is to “highlight” and deter those that do not follow rules-based international order following reports that Chinese warships were recently spotted making unauthorized passage in the southern part of the Philippines. An aerial view of uninhabited island of Spratlys in the disputed South China Sea, April 21, 2017.(REUTERS/Erik De Castro / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) “We have…

Manila Voices Alarm Over Chinese Warships in Philippine Waters Amid South China Sea Dispute

Earlier, Philippine presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo denied allegations that Manila has abandoned the UN arbitral tribunal’s decision that rejected Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. Manila has voiced alarm over a military report that at least five Chinese warships have been spotted passing through a strait in the southern Philippines in separate incidents since July. “We express concern with that kind of incident because they [China]) keep on saying that we’re friends. I don’t think that this is an act of friendship,” said Salvador Panelo, spokesman for Philippine…

Our rights  in  territorial sea  vs our rights in EEZ » Manila Bulletin News

EDITORIAL Published August 15, 2019, 12:51 AM The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)  established  the concept of Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ),  an area in the sea measuring 200 miles (370 kilometers) from  a country’s  coast. It established special rights on the exploration and use of marine resources,  such as energy from  any  petroleum deposits in the land under the sea. But the EEZ waters themselves are  international waters. Distinct  from the EEZ is the concept of territorial waters. In earlier times, territorial waters  extended …

Manila asks China to explain warships in PI waters

BEIJING — This is your weekly look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. PHILIPPINES ASKS CHINA TO EXPLAIN PRESENCE OF RESEARCH VESSELS, WARSHIPS Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has asked Beijing to explain the activities of Chinese research vessels and warships in what the Philippines claims as its waters. Lorenzana said Friday…

Vietnam demands ‘immediate withdrawal’ of China ship in disputed sea » Manila Bulletin News

Published July 26, 2019, 7:47 AM By Agence France-Presse Vietnam on Thursday called for the “immediate withdrawal” of a Chinese ship in the South China Sea, as the standoff over the disputed waters intensified. Mischief reef sits among the Spratly islands, in the disputed South China Sea (AFP Photo/TED ALJIBE/MANILA BULLETIN) Beijing last week issued a new call for Hanoi to respect its claims to the resource-rich region — which have historically been contested by Vietnam as well as Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. Hanoi responded by saying it…

US aircraft carrier drops anchor in Manila to send China message

MANILA — The USS Ronald Reagan, a hulking American aircraft carrier, made a port call in Manila Bay this week with a message for Beijing: the South China Sea must be free and open. With a motto of “peace through strength,” the Nimitz class vessel with around 70 fighter jets and a crew of about 5,000 is among the largest in the U.S. Navy fleet. Its carrier strike group includes the Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville. Before anchoring in Manila, the warship sailed through the disputed South…

Defense chief says China ‘aggressive’ but no longer ‘a bully’ » Manila Bulletin News

Published August 10, 2019, 7:11 PM By Martin Sadongdong China’s reclamation works and militarization of some artificial islands in the South China Sea (SCS), the swarming of fishing boats near the islands claimed by the Philippines, and the uncoordinated passage and activities of their warships and survey ships within our exclusive economic zone (EEZ) are signs of “aggressiveness” which do not necessarily make the Asian military powerhouse “bullies.” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (Office of the Secretary of National Defense / MANILA BULLETIN) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has viewed the recent…

US nuclear-powered warship stops in Manila after patrolling South China Sea

US nuclear-powered warship stops in Manila after patrolling South China Sea Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – August 7, 2019 – 2:55pm MANILA, Philippines — One of the US Navy’s nuclear-powered “supercarrier” docked in Manila Wednesday after sailing through the South China Sea. Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), along with Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 52) arrived in the Philippines for a brief port call. US Navy and Philippine Navy personnel will take part in sporting events, senior leadership…

Duterte to rush conclusion of code of conduct in South China Sea » Manila Bulletin News

Published August 8, 2019, 9:39 PM By Genalyn Kabiling  Pursuing the swift conclusion of the South China Sea code of conduct (COC) will be part of the agenda of President Duterte during his upcoming visit to China, apart from the tackling the landmark arbitral ruling and the joint oil exploration project. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (REY BANIQUET / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) The President said he would press for the early crafting of the code of conduct to reduce tension and minimize the risk of incidents and miscalculation amid…

As Duterte Drifts Toward China, a U.S. Carrier Makes a Point in Manila

MANILA — Amid concerns in the Philippines about the future of its military alliance with the United States, the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan moored off Manila this week to show support for an ally locked in a territorial dispute with China. The visit comes shortly after President Rodrigo Duterte told the Philippine Congress that he couldn’t do anything to ward off China’s claims in the South China Sea and would rather negotiate with Beijing than risk a potentially disastrous war. The aircraft carrier was meant to send a different message:…