Philippines Floats Dragging U.S. into South China Sea Feud

A spokesman for Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte suggested Monday that the country could invoke a mutual defense treaty with the United States to involve America in its ongoing dispute with China over a Philippine fishing vessel sunk in a “hit and run” accident in sovereign Philippine territory. A mutual defense treaty has bound America to the Philippines since 1951, requiring both parties to “act to meet the common dangers” in the event of “an armed attack in the Pacific Area.” Should the Philippines confirm that the ship sinking, which occurred…

Philippines asks U.N. to make protection of sailors a priority after South China Sea boat collision

MANILA – The Philippines has asked the United Nations to make protecting life at sea a priority after the collision this month between a Filipino fishing boat and a Chinese vessel in the South China Sea. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, in a post on his Twitter account, said he authorized the Philippine Embassy in London to make an “appeal” to the U.N. and its International Maritime Organization. He also posted a government statement to the IMO claiming the Filipino boat’s crew “were callously abandoned” and would have “perished” if…

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The news is likely to inflame tensions with China, with whom Manila has disputes over the South China Sea. Despite an international tribunal siding with The Philippines, the Duterte administration has so far avoided enforcing the ruling, so not to jeopardise economic and diplomatic ties with China. The South China Sea dispute sees parts of the region and the islands within claimed by Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. The range for the P-3 Orion is 2,380 miles and has been in use by the…

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…

Tensions flare from Philippines over ‘hit and run’

Tensions have flared in the South China Sea after a Chinese fishing vessel collided with a Filipino boat and left 22 men on board to drown. The 22 Filipino men were left floating at sea before they were rescued by a Vietnamese boat, sparking fury from President Rodrigo Duterte. Mr Duterte, who has sought closer ties to with Beijing since his rise to power, was “outraged” over the “hit-and-run” incident, according to the South China Morning Post. “We will not allow ourselves to be assaulted, to be bullied, to be…

US attempts to turn the Philippines against its Beijing ally — RT Op-ed

Darius Shahtahmasebi is a New Zealand-based legal and political analyst who focuses on US foreign policy in the Middle East, Asia and Pacific region. He is fully qualified as a lawyer in two international jurisdictions. The US has capitalised on its trade war with China, the threat of terrorism and the regional military threats allegedly posed by Beijing to keep longtime allies such as the Philippines from turning against Washington. China is now the second-biggest defence spender in the world, losing out only to the US (who – by the…

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…

China calls sinking of Philippines boat an ‘ordinary maritime accident’

BEIJING: The sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a suspected Chinese trawler in disputed waters was described by Beijing on Thursday (Jun 13) as an ordinary maritime accident, after Manila accused the alleged Chinese crew of cowardice for fleeing the scene. The Philippine defence department said on Wednesday a suspected Chinese boat had collided with a Filipino craft anchored near Reed Bank in the South China Sea, causing it to sink and leaving 22 crewmen to their fate. Advertisement Advertisement Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s office said the abandonment of the…

Philippines asks China to sanction ship crew in ‘hit-and-run’

This picture taken on April 21, 2017 shows an aerial view of reefs in the disputed Spratly islands in the disputed South China Sea. Ted Aljibe, AFP MANILA — The Philippines on Thursday called on China to sanction the crew of a Chinese ship who figured in what the military called a “hit-and-run” that sank a boat carrying Filipino fishermen in disputed waters. “The dictates of humanity” required the Chinese ship to assist the 22 Filipino fishermen after the collision off Recto Bank earlier this week, said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador…