Crew of Filipino fishing boat say Chinese trawler deliberately rams vessel, sinking it; Beijing denies ‘hit-and-run’ incident, SE Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA – It was midnight on June 9. Mr Junel Insigne had already claimed his small corner on the 14-tonne, wooden outrigger boat that had taken him and his crew of 21 fishermen more than 150km from their seaside town in Occidental Mindoro province, in the Philippines. As he began to doze off, he heard the men yelling. A much-bigger vessel was bearing down on them. He stood up and tried to start his boat’s engine. But it was too late. There was a loud crash. His boat, the Gem-Vir,…

Izumo arrives in Vietnam – The Japan News

Jiji Press HANOI (Jiji Press) — Two destroyers of the Maritime Self-Defense Force, including the Izumo helicopter flattop, arrived at Cam Ranh International Port in southern Vietnam on Friday. The MSDF ships’ visit to the key strategic Vietnamese port relatively near the disputed Spratly and the Parcel islands in the South China Sea is aimed at highlighting defense cooperation between Japan and Vietnam and deterring China’s militarization of the sea, observers said. The Izumo anchored in Cam Ranh Bay for the second time, after its first visit there two years…

South China sea: China and Philippines edge closer to conflict after latest event | World | News

The two countries have seen relations sour over the last few years as China has initiated its nine-dash line policy which has infringed on several foreign territories. Specifically, in the contested Scarborough Shoal area, a group of local Philippino fisherman have claimed that Chinese boats are damaging the local marine life. Moreover, In a damning indictment of the local relations with Beijing, Nards Cuaresman added that the Chinese Coast Guards are “always blocking and harassing” the local fisherman as reported in the South China Post. He also said: “If the…

F-35 jets: ‘Naive’ UK lets Chinese-owned firm make key parts for top-secret warplanes | UK | News

Exception PCB is a Chinese circuit board manufacturer based in Gloucestershire and provides boards that “control many of the F-35’s core capabilities”, Ministry of Defence (MoD) publicity material states. The document also states the firm includes work on “its engines, lighting, fuel and navigation systems”. When quizzed on their Chinese ownership by Sky News, the MoD said Exception PCB is an established circuit board manufacturer and presents “no risk” to the F-35 US-UK fighter jet supply chain. But defence experts, which includes former defence ministers, are concerned a Chinese-owned company…

China flood death toll hits 61, over 350,000 evacuated – UNTV News

Still image of disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea taken from US Navy surveillance video May 21, 2015. REUTERS/US Navy MANILA, Philippines – Defense Chief Delfin Lorenzana has called for a diplomatic action in relation to the sea collision between a Chinese vessel and a Filipino fishing boat (F/B GIMVER 1) that left 22 Filipino fishermen adrift in the middle of the sea. “We call for the conduct of a formal investigation on the matter and for diplomatic steps be taken to prevent a repeat of this incident,”…

As one cutter departs, another deploys to maintain Coast Guard presence in the Western Pacific – News

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — As the Coast Guard cutter Bertholf concluded six months deployed in the Western Pacific, its sister ship, the cutter Stratton, left its homeport in California on Wednesday to take its place, according to the Coast Guard. While operating in the Pacific, under the aegis of the 7th Fleet, the Bertholf sailed with a Navy guided-missile destroyer through the Taiwan Strait, the first Coast Guard cutter to do so. It also sailed through contentious waters of the East China Sea and exercised with ships…

South China Sea: World War 3 fears as Philippines diplomat snubs international support | World | News

Mr Locsin hit out at calls for support as he called the dispute “our fight”. His comments come after a Chinese vessel reportedly rammed a fishing boat in Reed Bank. A total of 22 crew members on the boat were rescued by a nearby Vietnamese vessel. Philippine politicians have claimed the alleged incident was a “hit and run”, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported. Mr Locsin wrote on Twitter afterwards: “F**k the international community. “It can be bought. “This is our fight and in the end ours alone.”  READ…

Pacific News Minute: Chinese Fishing Vessel Rams & Sinks Philippine Boat In The South China Sea

Another incident in the South China Sea. Yesterday, the Philippines Secretary of Defense said that a Chinese fishing vessel rammed and sank a Philippine boat, and then left 22 crewmen to “the mercy of the elements,” as he put it. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said, “We condemn in the strongest terms the cowardly action of the Chinese fishing vessel and its crew for abandoning the Filipino crew.” A Vietnamese ship picked up the fishermen and returned them safely to shore. The incident happened near Reed Bank, which…

‘He looked more dead than alive’: Ship captain who rescued Singapore man drifting in South China Sea for 4 days, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – As their ship inched towards the naked man clinging to a ring buoy, Captain Cornelis Plugge and First Officer Srdan Bazdan of the Diogo Cao thought he was dead. They were astonished when Mr John Low lifted his right arm to signal he was alive. The 60-year-old said he was astonished anyone saw him from the ship, which to him looked 10-storeys high. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST’s best work Exclusive stories…

South China Sea: Germany ‘SPLIT’ on whether to back US or Beijing in disputed waters | World | News

Berlin is reported to be undecided in whether to side with US President Donald Trump for his “freedom of navigation” drills that also feature the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and other allies. The EU power state is reported to be reluctant to stand up to China due to Germany’s coloured past of two world wards and decades of political division. A source in Berlin told the South China Morning Post: “Officials within the federal foreign ministry are split.” Walter Ladwig, of the department of war studies at King’s College…