South China Sea news: Japan sends Beijing dire warning with war ship deployment | World | News

Tokyo has revealed its plan to send a warship on a three month tour through the contested waters of the South China Sea. Reports suggest the fresh bearing of teeth comes as Beijing attempts to buff-up its claim to sovereignty over the region, of which some seven nations claim a degree of ownership. China’s increasing military presence in the sea has sparked fears among western powers, as well as Japan, who has famously tried its hand at pacifism, though now seems to be moving towards a strongman position. The US…

Air Force Keeping Up Presence Operations Over South China Sea

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, fly a 10-hour mission from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, through the South China Sea, operating with the U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG-104) on June 8, 2017. US Air Force Photo KUALA LUMPUR — Though they don’t get as much attention as the Navy’s, U.S. Air Force has been conducting its own regular freedom of navigation flight operations in the South China Sea, Commander of Pacific…

China backs down on international waters dispute as Beijing vows to abide by UN sea law | World | News

The move comes after a Chinese research ship was expelled by India when it was caught operating without permission in waters near Port Blair, capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Officials in Beijing posted a notice on the Foreign Ministry website warning Chinese institutions, groups and individuals aiming to conduct marine science research in other countries’ territory that they would need “an explicit statement of consent” from that country. The notice said: “Institutions or individuals must comply with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),…

Locsin jokes: Rising sea levels will swallow China’s ‘illegal constructions’

MANILA, Philippines—Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. on Wednesday recalled how the United Nations Security Council burst into a laugh when he made light of the Philippines’ longstanding maritime dispute with China. “[The Philippines] is way ahead of whites on climate change although at the UN Security Council I said the Philippines is ambivalent about climate change raising sea levels; it may be the final solution to the repeated taking of our reefs by China because the sea will swallow their illegal constructions,” Locsin wrote on Twitter. “For the first time…

South China Sea crisis: Beijing’s monstrous ‘island fortresses’ sparking US fury exposed | World | News

Described by many as “island fortresses”, China has engulfed the South China Sea with man made island bases, and has been accused of forming them specifically for military purposes. The key issue for other Asian neighbours is the placement of these bases in archipelagos that are under sovereignty claims by multiple countries. The Spratly Islands are claimed by China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei – and have become the cornerstone of China’s quest for dominance in the region. A leaked set of photos given to a Filipino newspaper…

US military flights over South China Sea common but not publicized, Pacific Air Forces commander says – News

US military flights over South China Sea common but not publicized, Pacific Air Forces commander says While the press regularly covers Navy warships passing through disputed territory in the South China Sea, U.S. military aircraft operating there often fly under the radar. Pacific Air Forces commander Gen. Charles Q. Brown noted the differing treatment during a recent teleconference from Hawaii. “We’ve been flying in and around the South China Sea for really about the past 15 years, and I would probably tell you we’ve done some as…

Russia war games: Black Sea Fleet fires terrifying cruise missiles in warning to ‘enemies’ | World | News

The crew of two Su-24M attack aircraft from the Black Sea Fleet’s naval aviation and air defence force simulated the enemy in the drills. These frigates are aimed at destroying the enemy surface ships and vessels, submarines and ground installations. They are armed with missiles which are able to strike targets from a distance of 2,600 km. The US defence officials have expressed concern about Kalibr’s long reach in the past. The fleet’s press office said: “In accordance with the combat training plan, the crew of the Black Sea Fleet…

Locsin jokes rising sea levels are the solution to China’s ‘illegal’ structures

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 11) — Foreign Affairs Secretary Tedoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin, Jr. on Wednesday shared how he once poked fun at the country’s sea dispute with China in one of the meetings of the United Nations Security Council. “[The Philippines] is way ahead of whites on climate change although at the UN Security Council I said the Philippines is ambivalent about climate change raising sea levels; it may be the final solution to the repeated taking of our reefs by China because the sea will swallow their…

South China Sea news: Beijing will not back down over territorial claims as tensions rise | World | News

The People’s Republic says that the entire waterway up to the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan belongs to them, a claim rejected by an international court of arbitration in 2016. However, Beijing has never recognised this court ruling, saying the court’s resolution runs counter to international law. On Tuesday China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, Wu Haitao underlined Beijing’s potion during a speech at the UN General Assembly. He said: “China’s territorial claims and claims to marine rights and interests in the South China Sea are…