Report flags how China conducts influence operations in Singapore, Singapore News & Top Stories

China is using cultural organisations, clan associations, business associations and youth programmes to engage in influence operations in Singapore, a United States-based scholar said this week. The fundamental purpose of these operations is to impose a Chinese identity on Singapore so that it will align more closely with China’s interests, Mr Russell Hsiao said in an analysis published by US research institute Jamestown Foundation on Tuesday. Mr Hsiao, the executive director of the Global Taiwan Institute, said the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) propaganda efforts in Singapore aim to promote the…

PLA’s Alleged S. China Sea Missile Tests Sent US Message That ‘It’s Too Late to Catch Up’ – Report

In early July, the Pentagon accused China of conducting multiple anti-ship ballistic missile tests in the South China Sea in late June. The Chinese military confirmed that it had issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) warning in several areas, but insisted that it was conducting live fire drills, not testing missiles. If they took place, China’s alleged missile tests in an area of the South China Sea closed off by a NOTAM warning from June 29 and July 3 were designed to send several messages to the United States, defence…

China, Vietnam ships in standoff in disputed South China Sea: Report

By K J M Varma Beijing, Jul 12 Chinese and Vietnamese coastguard vessels have been involved in a week-long confrontation over a reef in the South China Sea, according to a media report which said the development could cause the biggest clash between the two neighbours in five years. Six heavily armed coastguards vessels – two Chinese and four Vietnamese – have been eyeing each other in patrols around the Vanguard Bank in the Spratly group of islands since last week. About a dozen vessels were reported in the vicinity,…

Chinese trawler could have avoided sinking Philippine boat: Probe report, SE Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA – The crew of a Chinese trawler that sank a Philippine fishing boat last month could have avoided a collision but failed to do so, and then fled instead of plucking the boat’s men out of the water, a state-appointed probe team has concluded. A 14-page report sent to President Rodrigo Duterte by the Philippine Coast Guard and the Maritime Industry Authority confirmed accounts that at midnight on June 9, the Yuemaobinyu 42212, a steel-hulled trawler from Guangdong province, struck the stern of the Gem-Ver, a wooden outrigger fishing boat…

DFA to wait for military report on China’s missile launch

DFA to wait for military report on China’s missile launch Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – July 4, 2019 – 5:02pm MANILA, Philippines — TThe Department of Foreign Affairs will rely on the military’s findings before making a move on Beijing’s reported missile launch in the South China Sea. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the department has yet to conduct its own inquiry into the reports as they do not have first-hand knowledge on the incident. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., meanwhile, said they “despise” civilian sources. “(W)e work…

Pentagon calls missile test in South China Sea ‘disturbing,’ report says

The Pentagon on Tuesday said China’s decision to test-fire missiles in the South China Sea was “disturbing” and a U.S. official told Reuters that multiple anti-ship ballistic missiles employed in the test. The U.S. has in the past denounced Beijing on what it sees as an effort to militarize man-made outposts in the region. “I’m not going to speak on behalf of all the sovereign nations in the region, but I’m sure they agree that the PRC’s behavior is contrary to its claim to want to bring peace to the…

Philippines to Probe US Report of Chinese Missile Test in South China Sea

Manila will investigate what U.S. officials described as a “disturbing” report that Beijing had tested anti-ship ballistic missiles in the disputed South China Sea, the Philippine defense chief said Wednesday. The Philippines has not monitored such activity, but the report came as both Manila and Beijing were trying to smooth a row caused by the ramming last month of a Filipino fishing boat by a bigger Chinese trawler off Recto Bank, an area within the Philippine exclusive economic zone. “We have no first-hand knowledge about this missile launch except this…