Malaysia film censors order removal of South China Sea map illustrating China’s territorial claims- Entertainment News, Firstpost

Malaysia’s film censors have ordered a scene to be removed from the animated movie Abominable which shows China’s nine-dash line in the South China Sea, an official has said, amid growing anger among countries with overlapping claims to the region. The U-shaped line is used on Chinese maps to illustrate its territorial claims over vast expanses of the resource-rich South China Sea, including areas claimed by other countries. A still from Abominable Vietnam pulled the movie from cinemas on Monday, while the Philippines’ foreign minister has called for the scene…

South China Sea news: Beijing’s secret deal sparks military fears | World | News

China has secured the rights to develop Tualagi commercially, leaving residents shocked and concerned about future use of the island. An agreement between a Chinese company and the Solomon Islands government has been reported to have been reached secretly by the New York Times. The company in question The China Sam Enterprise Group, is a state-owned enterprise with strong ties to the ruling Communist Party. The company is said to have secured a renewable 75-year lease with a focus on commercial development. However, the move has raised fears among residents…

Malaysia needs ‘naval boost to deal with possible S. China Sea conflict’, SE Asia News & Top Stories

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia needs to boost its naval capabilities to prepare for possible conflict in the South China Sea, its foreign minister said yesterday, even as South-east Asia’s third-largest economy pursues non-militarisation of the disputed waterway. Tensions have escalated in recent weeks, especially after a US Navy destroyer last month sailed near islands claimed by China as a challenge to what the US Navy described as excessive Chinese territorial claims in the region. Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said Malaysia could issue protest notes if a major power were to…

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…

South China Sea fury: Philippines want controversial film backing China claims to be cut | World | News

The U-shaped line is a signifier on Chinese maps which indicates Beijing’s claim for water ownership in the South China Sea, where numerous Asian countries are at odds over the exploration of natural resources. It is a claim that Chinese President Xi Jinping has aggressively tried to assert upon neighbours in the region, sparking opposition from countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines, as well as the US and Australia. The foreign minister of the Philippines called on Wednesday for a cut to a scene in DreamWorks’ animated film “Abominable”…

South China Sea: Vietnam hits back at China following escalating tensions | World | News

The two states have experienced a crisis point in their diplomatic ties following Beijing’s institution of its nine-dash line policy. Under the nine-dash line policy, China lays claim to several territories that are currently contested with multiple neighbouring nations. Such has been the territorial dispute, that China has clashed with the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. In July tensions between Vietnam and China reached a high point when Beijing dispatched a research ship to conduct surveying missions in waters controlled by Vietnam. Both countries claimed that they were merely exercising their…

South China Sea: US flexes its muscles in South China sea in joint naval exercises | World | News

The exercises were meant to send a clear message to China, which has increasingly been involved in multiple territorial disputes with its smaller neighbours in the region. The joint exercises involved ships from the US 7th fleet and included maritime strike operations, air defence and anti-submarine warfare operations. Rear Admiral George Wikoff, commander of the Task Force 70 told reporters that “our operations in the Indo-Pacific are focused on maintaining regional stability and security”. He added: “Our presence reflects our commitment to the values we share with the many partners…

Vietnam pulls ‘Abominable’ film over South China Sea map | News

Vietnam has pulled the animated DreamWorks film Abominable from cinemas over a scene featuring a map which shows China’s unilaterally declared “nine-dash line” in the South China Sea, state media reported on Monday. The U-shaped line is a feature used on Chinese maps to illustrate its claims over vast expanses of the resource-rich South China Sea, including large swaths of what Vietnam regards as its continental shelf, where it has awarded oil concessions. China and Vietnam have been locked in a months-long standoff in the disputed waterways after China dispatched…

South China Sea: Philippines risk conflict with China over Russian oil invite | World | News

President Rodrigo Duterte recently travelled to Russia where he met with senior Russian officials. Following the visit, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III announced that Moscow was very interested in agreeing on an energy partnership in a huge blow to China’s dominance in the region. Mr Dominguez said: “You have to remember that we don’t have a big relationship with Russia, and I think that the trip of the President opened the avenues for increased contact with Russians.” When asked what ventures Russia was interested in, the Finance Secretary said:…

South China Sea crisis: Will Trump’s Middle East policy hand control to Beijing? | World | News

Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison has expressed concerns over Trump’s latest move in the Middle East, amid fears of an ISIS resurgence as a result of US withdrawal. The fears have been sparked because the US will relinquish control of a prison camp that has ISIS fighters detained with the help of Kurdish forces. However, Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan has dealt devastating airstrikes on the US-backed militia, leaving it unclear who will take control of ISIS detainees provoking many to fear some will escape. This included Prime Minister Morrison, who…