Palace concerned over China ships in Panatag

Palace concerned over China ships in Panatag MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang yesterday expressed concern over the presence of Chinese naval vessels near Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, which is off Zambales and well within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone. Earlier this week, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel reported seeing a Chinese warship, coast guard vessels and militia boats around Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. Three Filipino fishing boats were also seen near the traditional fishing ground, according to PCG spokesman Capt.Armand Balilo. Officials said no incidents of harassment of…

Chinese ships may have left Pag-asa with end of fishing season: analyst

MANILA — Chinese vessels likely left Pag-asa Island in the disputed West Philippine Sea due to the looming end of the fishing season, not because of backchannel talks among officials, a maritime law expert said Sunday. Ramon Tulfo, a broadcaster recently appointed as President Rodrigo Duterte’s special envoy to Beijing, said earlier this week that some 100 Chinese militia boats were “withdrawn” from waters off the Manila-occupied island, citing to an unnamed Chinese official. He was earlier quoted as saying that during backdoor talks in April, ranking Chinese and military…

Duterte recalls talks with Xi: No US presence on Pag-asa island, so why the ships?

Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte shake hands after the Chinese leader signed the guest book at the Malacañang palace in Manila, Philippines, November 20, 2018. Mark Cristino, pool via Reuters/File MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte said early Saturday he assured Chinese President Xi Jinping that American troops would never set foot on Pag-asa Island in the disputed South China Sea as he asked why China’s ships were surrounding the area. Recalling “the last time” he met with the Chinese leader, Duterte said he was aware of repercussions…

South China Sea: Australian ships tailed by Chinese military in contested region | World | News

The Australian Navy was on a three month tour of seven Asian nations with four warships, aircraft and more than 1,200 members of crew when the incident happened, Australia’s ABC News revealed today. Air Commodore Richard Owen said the Australian Group made two journeys through the South China Sea, where the Chinese military keeps a close watch over the contested waters. He said: “It is controversial, we were quite aware of that. “We transited north and south through the South China Sea in international waters and we were engaged, as we normally…

PH Coast Guard ship’s signal jammed while on West Philippine Sea patrol

Photo from Philippine Coast Guard’s Facebook page MANILA, Philippines — A Philippine Coast Guard vessel’s signal appeared to have been interfered with while conducting patrol in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) last week. “We could not communicate with our vessel by satellite phone at some point during their patrol in the Spratly Islands. The signal was jammed,” said one coast guard official knowledgeable of the operation who spoke on the condition of anonymity. BRP Sindangan (MRRV-4407), a Parola-class vessel of the Philippine Coast Guard, sailed near Panganiban Reef…

Australian ships tailed by Chinese military in South China Sea

Updated May 27, 2019 19:30:13 Related Story: Australian warships challenged by Chinese military in South China Sea The Australian Navy was closely followed by the Chinese military in a recent transit of the South China Sea, near islands controversially claimed by Beijing. Key points: The Chinese military tailed the Australians as they travelled towards Vietnam Air Commodore Owen says the interaction was “no different” to encounters with other navies The Australian fleet was ending a three-month-long tour of seven Asian nations Defence confirmed it had a “professional” and “friendly” interaction…

Navy has four ships patrolling South China Sea

William ColeThe Honolulu Star-Advertiser The Pearl Harbor destroyer USS Preble on Monday conducted its third “freedom of navigation” operation in the South China Sea since February in what so far has been four such Navy challenges to China’s claims this year. The pace is far ahead of last year’s operations — five — with the Defense Department expected to announce details of a new Indo-Pacific strategy at the end of the month. The Navy also took the unusual step of revealing that the Pearl Harbor-based submarine USS Hawaii was in…

Images show Chinese ships are back in South China Sea to harvest endangered clams and wreck coral

WASHINGTON – China’s “most destructive” clam fishing boats have returned to the disputed South China Sea in force over the last six months to harvest endangered giant clams, destroying vast swaths of coral reef, a U.S. think thank said in a study released Monday. Citing satellite imagery since late 2018, the Center for Strategic and International Studies said Chinese clam fleets operated frequently at Scarborough Shoal, disputed between China and the Philippines, and throughout the Paracel Islands, which are claimed by Vietnam, China and Taiwan. These fleets typically include dozens…

Keep Away Your Ships From South China Sea

BY GAURAV SHARMA China on Monday lacerated the US for sailing its warship in the disputed South China Sea, saying Washington was trying to disturb peace and stability in the region. The disputed South China Sea is one of the hot button issues between the US and China who are going through a very rough patch in their ties. The United State sailed its destroyer ‘Preble’ near the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, its second such operation in a month in disputed waters claimed by Beijing and other…