Defense chief on Chinese ships: Why the secrecy?

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has stepped up criticism on Chinese ships sailing unannounced into Philippine waters, in what may be taken as a signal of souring relations between the Philippines and China despite assurances to the contrary by Malacañang and by Beijing. Lorenzana, along with other defense officials, has been reporting such vessels disregarding communications by Philippine authorities. The defense chief particularly noted that Chinese warships had passed through Sibutu Strait near Tawi-Tawi four times since February. This week, two Chinese survey ships were reported seen within the country’s exclusive…

Philippines to lodge protest with China over research ships

The Philippines is to lodge a protest over the unannounced presence of two Chinese research vessels in its exclusive economic zone, one of at least three diplomatic challenges in the past several weeks amid a souring of relations. The protest comes ahead of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s planned visit to Beijing this month, during which he has promised to raise Manila’s South China Sea international arbitration victory over Beijing with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平), after having avoided confronting the thorny issue for three years. Historically frosty bilateral relations had…

Philippines to protest against Chinese ships’ presence amid troubled ties, SE Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA • The Philippines will lodge a protest over the unannounced presence of two Chinese research vessels in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), one of at least three diplomatic challenges in recent weeks amid a souring of relations. The protest comes ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte’s planned visit to Beijing this month, during which he has promised to raise Manila’s South China Sea international arbitration victory over Beijing with President Xi Jinping, having avoided confronting the thorny issue for three years. Historically frosty bilateral relations had warmed under Mr Duterte,…

Chinese ships have left disputed sea, says Hanoi | World | thenews.com.pk

Chinese ships have left disputed sea, says Hanoi HANOI: A fleet of Chinese ships has left Vietnam´s exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea, Hanoi said on Thursday, ending a tense month-long stand off in the resource-rich waterway claimed by both sides and others. A Chinese survey vessel and several accompanying ships entered the waters around the Spratly Islands early last month, drawing ire from Hanoi, the US and the EU over Chinese increasing aggression in the resource-rich seas. Hanoi on Thursday confirmed the vessels had left its exclusive…

Chinese ships leave Vietnam waters

Chinese ships leave Vietnam waters HANOI: A fleet of Chinese ships has left Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone in the South China (West Philippine) Sea, Hanoi said Thursday, ending a tense month-long stand off in the resource-rich waterway claimed by both sides and others. A Chinese survey vessel and several accompanying ships entered the waters around the Spratly Islands early last month, drawing ire from Hanoi, the United States and the European Union over Chinese increasing aggression in the resource-rich seas. Hanoi on Thursday confirmed the vessels had left its exclusive…

Palace wants ‘courtesy’ amid China ships’ illegal passage in Sibutu Strait |

Sibutu Strait, the Philippines’ southern tip. MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Friday demanded “courtesy” after Chinese warships reportedly passed through Philippine territory earlier this year without proper clearance from authorities. “We’re friends. We’re friends, (and) we provide each other with courtesies required of friendship,” Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said in an interview on the sidelines of the 118th Police Service Anniversary Celebration in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier said China did not ask for clearance before some of its warships passed through Sibutu Strait in the Philippines’…

Hanoi says China ships have left disputed sea after month-long standoff

Anti-China protesters hold placards during a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Kham, Reuters A fleet of Chinese ships has left Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea, Hanoi said Thursday, ending a tense month-long stand off in the resource-rich waterway claimed by both sides and others. A Chinese survey vessel and several accompanying ships entered the waters around the Spratly Islands early last month, drawing ire from Hanoi, the US and the EU over Chinese increasing aggression in the…

Four China Navy Ships Pass Through Philippine Strait In Repeat Act, Ignore Warnings

The Philippine Armed Forces’ Western Command (WesCom) reported Tuesday that a Chinese Navy vessel passed through the Balabac Strait, near Palawan, early on the morning of June 17 between 1:00 AM and 2:00 AM. Later that morning, about 8:00 AM, another Chinese ship was seen in the waters off Balabac with two other ships.   This is similar to earlier passages that were confirmed by Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who said that Chinese warships have been passing through territorial waters claimed by the Philippines since February. The issue in…

Philippines Protests Beijing’s Ships Swarming in South China Sea

Manila has filed a diplomatic protest over reports about Chinese boats swarming around territory occupied by the Philippines in the South China Sea, the country’s foreign secretary said Wednesday after its defense chief accused Beijing of acting like a bully in the disputed waterway. Philippine defense officials had confirmed that 113 Chinese vessels were spotted near Pag-asa Island – which the Chinese call Thitu Island – on July 24 and 25, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin announced via Twitter but without giving a date for when Manila lodged its protest. “Diplomatic…

Philippines protests ‘swarming’ of Chinese ships near Pag-asa, warship passage in Tawi-Tawi

Philippines protests ‘swarming’ of Chinese ships near Pag-asa, warship passage in Tawi-Tawi Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – July 31, 2019 – 2:32pm MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ top diplomat confirmed that a diplomatic protest had been filed against China in connection to the hundreds of vessels deployed in the vicinity of Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. “Diplomatic protest fired off,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. tweeted Wednesday. Locsin’s tweet was in response to National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. who said he had recommended diplomatic action…