US Navy warship again challenges Beijing’s South China Sea claims, World News

The US Navy has, once again, challenged Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea, sailing the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Mustin near the Paracel Islands. This comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing on a range of issues including the Hong Kong row and responsibility for the coronavirus outbreak. The US Navy has earlier sailed warships in a similar effort — first along the Paracel and Spratly islands in the last month, and the second near the Paracels in March. “On May 28 (local time), USS Mustin…

India Voices Unusual Criticism about Beijing’s Conduct in South China Sea

India has voiced a rare note of criticism of China’s assertive actions in the South China Sea, amid a tensions between the two Asian powers on their long land border. India is concerned over China pressuring South China Sea claimant nations that India considers partners, a New Delhi-based analyst said. India is also wary that China could seek to assert itself in the Indian Ocean. On Thursday, India’s Ministry of External Affairs commented on the recent incidents along the Line of Actual Control – the nearly 2,200-mile unsettled border between…

Indonesia Takes Stand On South China Sea: Sends Letter To UN

By Ika Inggas and John Bechtel Indonesia added its weight to recent diplomatic moves by ASEAN members opposing Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea, sending a rare diplomatic note to the head of the United Nations earlier this week. The letter, sent to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday, spelled out the Indonesian government’s support for a 2016 ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, when the court sided with the Philippines in a case that Manila brought against China over a territorial dispute in the…

In Letter to UN Chief, Indonesia Takes Stand on South China Sea

Indonesia added its weight to recent diplomatic moves by ASEAN members opposing Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea, sending a rare diplomatic note to the head of the United Nations earlier this week. The letter, sent to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday, spelled out the Indonesian government’s support for a 2016 ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, when the court sided with the Philippines in a case that Manila brought against China over a territorial dispute in the sea. “Indonesia reiterates that the Nine-Dash…

The U.S. Navy Disputes Chinese Claims of Being “Expelled” From South China Sea

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) claimed on Thursday that it expelled a U.S. Navy warship that had “trespassed into Chinese territorial waters” off the Parcel Islands (Xisha Islands) in the South China Sea The Global Times of China reported. A Chinese military spokesperson was quoted to claim that U.S. operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic showed the U.S. is the source that sabotages peace and stability in the region, while analysts were also cited to suggest that U.S. provocations justified Beijing’s need to increase its defense budget. According to…

US warship again challenges China’s South China Sea claims

The US Navy has twice sailed warships in a similar effort to challenge Chinese claims to the Paracel and Spratly islands in the last month and carrying out another such operation near the Paracels in March. The increased operational tempo comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing on a range of issues including the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to exert greater control over Hong Kong and responsibility for the coronavirus. “On May 28 (local time), USS Mustin (DDG 89) asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Paracel Islands, consistent…

PLA expels US warship illegally trespassing into S.China Sea

The guided-missile frigate Yulin (Hull 569) attached to a destroyer flotilla with the navy under the PLA Southern Theater Command fires its main-gun against mock ashore targets during a maritime training exercise in waters of the South China Sea in late March, 2020. The guided-missile frigates Xuchang (536) and Yulin (Hull 569) jointly execute maritime tasks on subjects including formation maneuver, live-fire operation, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operation, joint salvage, etc. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Li Hongming and Li Wei) The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Thursday expelled a US warship that…

USAF B-1Bs Fly Over South China Sea; Philippines Signals Resolve Sending War Boat To New Port

KEY POINTS The United States flew two Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers over the South China Sea on Tuesday This is the latest in the increasing number of U.S. military demonstrations in the area The flights were most likely meant to send a message to Beijing and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army The South China Sea continues to be a hive of activity as the United States flew two Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers over the sea Tuesday. This was the latest in an increasing number of U.S. military demonstrations in…