Malaysia looks to strengthen navy as sea tensions grow » Manila Bulletin News

Published October 17, 2019, 5:55 PM By Agence France-Presse Malaysia must strengthen its navy to better defend the country’s waters, a minister said Thursday, as tensions mount over Beijing’s growing assertiveness in the contested South China Sea. Last month a US Navy destroyer sailed close to Chinese-controlled islands in the South China Sea, to assert freedom of navigation rights (AFP / MANILA BULLETIN) China has laid claim to nearly all of the sea and has built numerous military outposts on small islands and atolls, angering other countries with competing claims…

Duterte wants to study PH-Russia nuclear energy deal » Manila Bulletin News

Published October 12, 2019, 12:58 PM By Argyll Cyrus Geducos Malacañang said President Duterte intends to first study a nuclear energy agreement the country entered into with a Russian company during his state visit to Moscow last week. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo made the statement following the 42nd Cabinet Meeting in Malacañang Friday evening. In a statement, Panelo said that Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi discussed the nuclear energy agreement with a Russian company. However, he said that the Memorandum…

Russia interested in exploring WPS but won’t meddle in PH-China sea row » Manila Bulletin News

Published October 3, 2019, 8:22 AM By Argyll Cyrus Geducos MOSCOW, Russia-Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta said that Russia was interested in exploring the West Philippine Sea for energy cooperation but has no intention to meddle in the sea dispute between the Philippines and China. Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta(SCREENCAP FROM PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN) Sorreta made the statement ahead of President Duterte’s bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi Thursday. In an interview here, Sorreta said that Russia has been interested in energy cooperation in…

Envoy maintains no need for China to reclaim Scarborough Shoal » Manila Bulletin News

Published September 27, 2019, 1:29 PM By Roy Mabasa In response to an earlier claim made by Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, China does not need to reclaim the Scarborough Shoal, the top Chinese diplomat in the Philippines told the Manila Bulletin Thursday night. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua  (AFP / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) “Contrary to what he (Carpio) claim, we do not need to reclaim it,” Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said at the sidelines of the 70th founding anniversary of the People’s Republic of…

2 Japanese warships in Manila

2 Japanese warships in Manila Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) – September 22, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Two warships of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSF) are in Manila for a three-day goodwill visit, the sixth this year alone, the Philippine Navy said yesterday. Japanese Ship Bungo, an Uraga-class minesweeper tender, and JS Takashima, a Hirashima-class coastal minesweeper, arrived at the South Harbor yesterday. The visit is “another demonstration of fostering commitment to the maritime cooperation between neighboring nations, which benefits regional peace and stability,” said Lt.…

Raising arbitral ruling on South China Sea to UN an exercise in futility – Panelo » Manila Bulletin News

Published September 20, 2019, 7:19 PM By Genalyn Kabiling Bringing the country’s arbitral win on the West Philippine Sea dispute before the United Nations (UN) might only cause an adverse effect on the government’s current friendly negotiations with China to address the conflict, Malacañang said Friday. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo(OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo stated this in response to the proposal of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario to raise the 2016 arbitral ruling during the UN General Assembly, saying it is an exercise in futility. Panelo…

Spratly Islands ours—China – Manila Standard Mobile

posted April 13, 2019 at 01:50 am by  PNA China on Thursday repeated its claim over the Spratly Islands after Malacañang slammed the persistent presence of Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea. Lu Kang “The Nansha Islands are China’s territory, which is backed by sufficient historical and jurisprudential evidence,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing. “For thousands of years, Chinese fishermen have been fishing in these waters in the South China Sea. Their rights should not be challenged.” Lu made his statement after Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo…

Beijing refuses to budge on S China Sea: Manila

Beijing told visiting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that its position on the South China Sea was not up for negotiation, a spokesman for Duterte said yesterday. China claims most of the contested sea, including waters close to Philippine shores, and has rejected a 2016 ruling by the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration that said its assertion to the sea is without legal basis. Duterte is under growing pressure at home to challenge China — after largely setting aside the standoff for years — with tensions high after a Chinese fishing…