ASEAN ministers vow to cooperate on Rohingya, South China Sea issues

Southeast Asian foreign ministers ended talks in Vietnam on Friday with pledges to continue cooperating on key issues, including facilitating the repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar and reducing South China Sea tensions. A statement issued after the two-day informal meeting by Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said that besides those issues, the ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations also considered plans for a special summit with the U.S. President Donald Trump. “We welcomed the invitation by the U.S. President to convene a Special Summit to commemorate…

Indonesia protests to China over border intrusion near South China Sea | News

Monday, December 30, 2019 9:08 a.m. EST JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia said on Monday it had protested to Beijing over the presence of a Chinese coastguard vessel in its territorial waters near the disputed South China Sea, saying it marked a “violation of sovereignty”. The boat trespassed into Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone off the coast of the northern islands of Natuna, Indonesia’s foreign ministry said in a statement. It did not say when the incident occurred. “The foreign affairs ministry has summoned the Chinese ambassador in Jakarta and conveyed a…

South China Sea crisis: Warship deployed as tensions erupt between US and China | World | News

Beijing said its military forces closely followed and monitored the USS Shiloh, a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, as it sailed through the sensitive waterway. The latest spat comes less than a week after Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen won re-election by a landslide on a platform of standing up to China, which claims sovereignty over the island.  Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing urged the US to abide by its “one China” policy and deal with Taiwan-related matters in a way that did not undermine China-US relations or stability in…

Chinese firm in Sangley airport project helped build South China Sea artificial islands

Chinese firm in Sangley airport project helped build South China Sea artificial islands Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – January 17, 2020 – 12:08pm MANILA, Philippines — The Chinese state-owned firm that will handle the development of Sangley airport in Cavite is the same company that helped build Beijing’s artificial islands in the South China Sea. The tandem of Lucio Tan’s MacroAsia Corp. and China Communications Construction Co. (CCCC) was the sole bidder for the Sangley Point International Airport project. The provincial government of Cavite earlier said it would award…

China admits fishing in Indonesian-claimed waters in South China Sea – South China Morning Post

China admits fishing in Indonesian-claimed waters in South China Sea  South China Morning Post South China Sea: Beijing joins forces with Philippines despite illegal fishing claims  Express.co.uk Russia’s Past Can Help Explain China’s South China Sea Strategy  The National Interest Online Talks on South China Sea COC ‘steadily moving forward’ – Chinese envoy  INQUIRER.net Why Is China Pressing Indonesia Again Over Its Maritime Claims?  World Politics Review View full coverage on Google News Source link

South China Sea: Beijing joins forces with Philippines despite illegal fishing claims | World | News

The exercises come after Philippines’ president Rodrigo Duterte made several visits to China seeking financial backing to allow him to further an infrastructure policy he has described as “build, build, build”. The Philippines has similar infrastructure investment needs to Indonesia which last week scrambled warships and fighter jets after China sent armed coastguard vessels into its exclusive economic zone. Jakarta’s response appeared to have repulsed the incursion but several Chinese boats have since returned to the waters near the Natuna islands. China’s sweeping territorial claims in South China Sea overlap…

China And The Philippines Finally Agree To Cooperate In The South China Sea

The Chinese and Philippine foreign ministers sealed an agreement for the two countries to pursue joint oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea, Xinhua reports. The talks between the two countries on the South China Sea’s oil and gas potential and how to exploit it have been going on for years. An agreement has been difficult to reach, however, mostly because of China’s territorial claims to the basin, which cover nearly the entirety of it. Even so, earlier this year, the presidents of China and the Philippines reached…

Russia’s Past Can Help Explain China’s South China Sea Strategy

Key point: China has studied the Soviet Union in detail. The “sail by” of USS Lassen within the 12 nautical mile claim line of the new Chinese facilities on Subi reef in the South China Sea occurred without major incident last week. Despite some fiery Chinese rhetoric, war has not broken out and that is a profoundly good thing. Actually, nothing much has changed at all, so it seems. The tense stalemate persists as before. China will continue to build up its new “bases” in and among the Spratly islets. The…

Joint development of the South China Sea: The way forward to avoid conflict — Jason Loh | What You Think

JANUARY 16 — The South China Sea remains a flashpoint that is potentially vulnerable to outbreak of armed conflict among the claimant nations – China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. China’s militarisation of the South China Sea by way of installation of military hardware and upgrading of the facilities for military purposes are not conducive for a peaceful or non-military solution. Examples include the construction of hangars and bases for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy and Air Force as part of the wider anti-access, anti-denial (AA/AD) first-line of…

South China Sea crisis: How Iran feud and Australia fires could help China dominate | World | News

US military resources are being stretched further in the Middle East after tensions with Iran nearly escalated into conflict earlier this month. On January 3, President Trump gave the go ahead for a devastating strike which killed Iran’s most important military figure – Qassem Soleimani. In response, Iran hit Ain al-Assad airbase in Iraq, which many believed were holding US soldiers, with at least 10 ballistic missiles. While no US soldiers were hurt thanks to pre-strike warnings, the US has nevertheless had to allocate more military resources to the Middle…