PHL, Chinese Coast Guard hold joint maritime drills in Manila – UNTV News

Jakarta – The president of Indonesia on Wednesday visited an island in disputed waters of the South China Sea amid a weeks-long standoff between Indonesian and Chinese vessels, an outgrowth of the ongoing territorial spat in which Jakarta and Beijing both claim sovereignty over the area. Joko Widodo made the symbolic trip to Natuna Besar – the main island of the Middle Natuna Archipelago in the Riau Islands province – in a bid to assert Indonesia’s claims of ownership of the waters. There, he met with local fishermen and talked…

Phl, China formally opens Maritime Exercise – UNTV News

FILE PHOTO: A Chinese Coast Guard vessel is pictured on the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, part of the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea March 29, 2014. REUTERS/Erik De Castro MANILA, Philippines – The Chinese Coast Guard will dock in Manila on Monday, January 13 for a five-day goodwill visit, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Friday. PCG spokesperson Captain Armand Balilo said the China Coast Guard, headed by Director General Major General Wang Zhongcai, will visit the country for the conduct of maritime exercises with the PCG. Participating…

Is Germany Considering Maritime Missions in Asia? – The Diplomat

Advertisement “Our partners in the Indo-Pacific region…feel increasingly pressured by China’s claim to power. They want a clear sign of solidarity. For valid international law, for intact territory, for free shipping. It is time for Germany to send out such a signal by showing its presence in the region with its allies.” — German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer Without explicitly mentioning the term, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer recently foreshadowed a novel development: a German Freedom of Navigation Operation — or FONOP — in the South China Sea. While her…

PH, China Coast Guard to hold joint maritime exercises next week – UNTV News

The Black Nazarene is taken on a procession as Catholic devotees flock around to mark its feast day in Manila, Philippines, 09 January 2020. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG MANILA, Philippines — This year’s Traslacion of the Black Nazarene moved faster than in previous years, according to authorities. From the starting point at Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, devotees were able to cross and reach Ayala Bridge and Palanca Street for almost five hours only specifically from 4:00am to 7:00am. This year, the Andas was escorted and surrounded by police personnel forming the…

Confronting China: Why America Needs a Maritime Strategy for Disputed Waters

Over the last two years, Washington’s view of China has shifted substantially. During that time, the United States has taken concrete actions against Beijing, including economic sanctions, the scrutinization of questionable political and economic policies, more assertive freedom of navigation operations (FONOPS), and removal of China from Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018. However, these actions have done little to stem Beijing’s bold maritime moves, specifically in the South China Sea (SCS). Instead, China continues to militarize outposts and take aggressive maritime actions that weaken stability in the region and…

3 Keys to a Peaceful China-US Maritime Coexistence – The Diplomat

Advertisement China and the United States have reached an agreement on a Phase One trade deal. Though Sino-U.S. trade frictions are far from over, both sides have acknowledged that this kind of serious negotiation is a good way to resolve differences. Now, it is also necessary for them to reach some consensus on how to coexist at sea. It is beyond all doubt that efforts of the United States toward maintaining and consolidating Indo-Pacific maritime hegemony and China’s actions to build capacity and safeguard maritime rights will conflict with each…

Dangerous Waters: Responding to China’s Maritime Provocations in the South China Sea

CHINA’S CAMPAIGN of expansion in the South China Sea (SCS) threatens the core economic and national security interests of the United States, its partners and the international community. Beijing’s actions in the SCS are not an isolated challenge, but rather one component of a larger effort to push U.S. and allied military power further back from mainland China. Without a timely, comprehensive and robust response by the United States and its partners, the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) aggression may grow more acute. While the PRC has raised alarms on…

The Significance of the Recent France-India Maritime Dialogue – The Diplomat

Flashpoints | Security | East Asia | South Asia France and India have shared maritime interests in the Indo-Pacific. Advertisement The recent France-India maritime dialogue is an indicator of things of come on the maritime front in the Indo-Pacific. A host of factors are bringing France and India closer in the maritime realm like never before. First, the understanding that countries like France and India need to pool their resources in the light of the rise of China and an increasingly uncertain American foreign policy under a Donald Trump-led Washington is driving developments. Second, both France…

Maritime sector in need of reform | New Straits Times

THE maritime sector of Malaysia contributes about 40 per cent to the gross domestic product. Petronas is the biggest contributor at 14.5 per cent and the fisheries sector at 9.4 per cent. The remaining 15 per cent comes from the services sector, maritime-related industries and tourism. Ninety-five per cent of our exports goes by sea, most of it through some treacherous sea lines of communication (SLOC) in the world, including the South China Sea, Celebes Sea, Sulu Sea and the volatile Persian Gulf. The security of these SLOCs and the…