Foreign Minister: More security funding needed to protect South China Sea from superpowers | Malaysia

Saifuddin said Malaysia lacks sufficient maritime assets to patrol its waters and watch out for incursions by foreign powers. — Bernama pic KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 — The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) needs more funds to protect the country’s marine interests from encroachment in light of escalating tensions between the US and China, the foreign minister said in Parliament today. Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said Malaysia lacks sufficient maritime assets to patrol its waters and watch out for incursions by foreign powers. “We have always called upon Asean countries to…

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice says attack on democracy “coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue”

The former national security adviser to President Obama told “CBS This Morning” that for the first time she can remember, “our democracy is under assault” and the attack is coming “from within.” “It’s coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And for all of the security threats I saw as national security adviser, all the challenges we faced, I never thought I’d see that,” said Rice, who also served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Rice, whose new book “Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For” is out…

Vietnam to raise South China Sea situation in security dialogue with India | india news

Vietnam will raise the situation in the South China Sea, including four intrusions by Chinese vessels into its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) since July, in the upcoming annual security dialogue with India this month, Vietnamese ambassador Pham Sanh Chau has said. The latest intrusion by 28 Chinese vessels began on September 30 and was continuing despite more than 40 representations to the Chinese side since the first intrusion three months ago, the envoy said in an interview. “We told them they shouldn’t violate our waters and they should withdraw all…

Furious Over South China Sea Issue, Vietnam to Raise Concerns in Security Dialogue With India

New Delhi: Tensions over the South China Sea have increased after a Vietnamese envoy on Thursday said that it is likely to raise the issue in security talks with India. Vietnam is now seeking India’s support to keep away Chinese shipping vessels that have been continuously entering its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea. Reportedly, Chinese vessels have entered Vietnamese waters four times since July, with the latest intrusion of 28 Chinese ships on September 30. Addressing the issue, Vietnam Ambassador to India Pham Sanh Chau said, “The situation…

Revocation of J&K’s special status has national security connotation: EAM Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday said India’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status has a “national security connotation” as he emphasised that the “epicentre of global terrorism” is right there in the country’s “neighbourhood”. Delivering a speech on ‘India and the World – Priorities of Indian Foreign Policy’ at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) here, Jaishankar, in an apparent reference to Pakistan, said, “India lives in a tough neighbourhood and faces more than its fair share of national security challenges. Most prominent among them…

Trump welcomes Australia’s PM, cementing strong trade, security ties

By Alexandra Alper and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed Australia’s prime minister on Friday for only the second state visit of his administration, signalling the close bond between the two allies as Washington takes on Beijing and Tehran. Trump and Scott Morrison are expected to discuss security and trade, as China’s increasing assertiveness, especially in the energy-rich South China Sea, has raised concerns within the region and the United States. The leaders are also set to release a plan on Friday aimed at securing the…

Trump to welcome Australia’s PM, cementing strong trade, security ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump is set to welcome Australia’s prime minister on Friday in only the second state visit of his administration, signaling the close bond between the two allies as Washington takes on Beijing and Tehran. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump meets Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina November 30, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueREUTERS/Kevin Lamarque Trump and Scott Morrison are expected to discuss security and trade, as China’s increasing assertiveness, especially in the energy-rich South China Sea, has…

Donald Trump To Name Robert C. O’Brien As National Security Adviser

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to appoint Ambassador Robert C. O’Brien, the special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, as the next national security adviser. O’Brien is set to replace John Bolton, who last week announced he is leaving the White House. Trump said he fired Bolton. Bolton said he was resigning following disagreements about foreign affairs. The post does not require Senate confirmation. I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at…