South China Sea: Australia join forces with Vietnam against China as G7 looms | World | News

Beijing has been accused of aggressively encroaching on other nations in the South China Sea in recent months. President Xi Jinping has had disputes with both Australia and Vietnam this month – but the two appear to have linked up to counter their common adversary. The decision comes just a day before the likes of Japan and the US will meet at the G7 summit – with China likely to be on the agenda. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc welcomed Australian leader Scott Morrison to Hanoi in the first…

South China Sea: Australia vows to crush Beijing’s militarisation of contested waters | Politics | News

US and UK ally Australia has announced it will stand up and defend the principle of international law along with Vietnam, the latest Asian country to face aggression from China. New Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the leaders remained committed to sovereignty in the region, which has become a potential battle ground since tensions between Beijing and other nations spiked this year. Though Mr Morrison has not called out China for their actions, he has condemned their behaviour, ABC News reports. He said: “It isn’t about picking sides. “It’s about…

South China Sea: US military sends navy ship through strategic Taiwan Strait | World | News

The US military has raised the frequency of its transport movements through the strategic waterway in the face of opposition from China. Today’s deployment risks further stoking tensions sparked by the bitter trade war between the world’s two biggest economies but will likely be viewed by self-ruled Taiwan as a sign of support from Donald Trump. This month China denounced arms sales from the US to Taiwan and in July said it was ready for war if there was any move by Taiwan towards independence. Beijing has been ramping up…

South China Sea: Philippines deploy bizarre new tactic to push back Beijing claim on Thitu | World | News

The country is looking at inviting tourists to its biggest and most strategically important outpost in the disputed sea. Thitu Island, also known as Pagasa, is in the midst of major upgrades to its dilapidated facilities as it plays catch-up with China and Vietnam. The two countries have been developing facilities on islands they either occupy or have built from scratch on top of submerged reefs. Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said: “We are on track in rebuilding or repairing our runway in Pagasa. “Plus, in the future, we will…

New allies Vietnam, Australia express concern over South China Sea tensions | News

Friday, August 23, 2019 12:27 a.m. EDT By James Pearson and Khanh Vu HANOI (Reuters) – New allies Vietnam and Australia expressed concern on Friday about China’s activities in the South China Sea, where Vietnamese and Chinese vessels are locked in a tense standoff in Vietnamese-controlled waters. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc discussed the rising tensions with his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, during the first visit by an Australian prime minister to Hanoi since the countries formalized their “strategic partnership” earlier this year. “We are deeply concerned about the…

Philippines Morning News For August 23, 2019

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China warned crackdown on Beijing supremacy ‘no1 priority’ of US – ‘Watching carefully’ | World | News

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper told Fox News in his first interview since he became Pentagon chief in July that China has committed the “greatest theft of intellectual property in human history”. He added, in reference to Indo-Pacific territory, that Beijing is also expanding its military to “push the United States out of the theatre”. He said: “China is the number one priority for this department. It’s outlined in the National Defence Strategy, why we think it’s a long-term strategic competitor and one that is pursuing a maximisation campaign, if…

South China Sea: White House accuses China of ‘bullying’ , Latest World News

WASHINGTON The White House on Tuesday accused China of “bullying tactics” in the increasingly tense waters of the South China Sea and said it would resist Beijing on the dispute. “China’s recent escalation of efforts to intimidate others out of developing resources in the South China Sea is disturbing,” President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton tweeted. “The United States stands firmly with those who oppose coercive behaviour and bullying tactics which threaten regional peace and security.” China has been accused of deploying warships, arming island outposts and ramming…

South China Sea threat: Beijing ally the Philippines labels Chinese presence an ‘irritant’ | World | News

Officials in Manila have expressed concerns about war ships from China entering Philippine territory – despite Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte’s refusing to condemn it. He sparked outrage over the past week when he declared he would not stop China’s Xi Jinping roaming the waters. But Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana called out the Chinese leader himself. Colleague Salvador Panelo, who is the presidential spokesman, added: “I agree with Secretary Lorenzana. It’s becoming an irritant if you keep on repeating certain acts that may be viewed to be in violation of…

Trump v China: Beijing could win Indo-Pacific conflict before US even responds – report | World | News

The University of Sydney’s United States Study Centre has warned the US has lost its military presence in the Indian Ocean, the western and central Pacific Ocean, and the seas connecting the two in the general area of Indonesia, also known more commonly as the Indo-Pacific. In a report called “Averting Crisis: American strategy, military spending and collective defence in the Indo-Pacific”, the document claims “America no longer enjoys military primacy in the Indo-Pacific and its capacity to uphold a favourable balance of power is increasingly uncertain”. The report warns…