South China Sea of brewing troubles and its implications for India

For years, China, Brunei, Taiwan, Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam have contested overlapping claims to hundreds of coral reefs, features, and islets in the South China Sea. China’s man-made islands fortified with airstrips, anti cruise missiles, control towers, naval bases has allowed it to assert its sovereignty vigorously and poised it to seize greater control of the sea. As it’s economic and military position bolstered, it resorted to bullying its small neighbors by illicitly entering their territorial waters or by hindering their oil and gas explorations in the disputed waters. China…

Ahead of Trump’s visit, Navy warship takes fuel supplies from US ship near South China Sea

ANI | Updated: Feb 17, 2020 19:20 IST New Delhi [India], Feb 17 (ANI): Ahead of US President Donald Trump‘s visit to India, an Indian Navy warship was seen taking fuel supplies from US Navy warship near the South China Sea during a recent overseas deployment where the Indian fleet travelled to ports in countries including Japan, Indonesia and Philippines, according to Indian Navy sources.Trump will pay a two-day state visit to India from February 24 at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.According to the Ministry of External Affairs…

Freedom of Navigation in South China Sea Critical to Prosperity, Says Indo-Pacific Commander > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Defense Department News

Navy Adm. Philip S. Davidson, commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, spoke today at the Halifax International Security Forum, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Freedom of navigation by air and by sea is important globally, including in the South China Sea, where trillions of dollars in commerce transit each year, he said. However, over the years, China has been militarizing islands in the South China Sea and has increased its capability there, he said. Now, China wants to come up with a code of conduct between it and the Association of…

Cooler weather in north, cloud and possible rain in south

The TMD (Thailand Meteorological Department) says that another high-pressure system originating in China is covering Thailand’s north-east and affecting weather in the South China Sea, while weak easterly winds continue to prevail across the Gulf of Thailand. The forecast is that cool to cold conditions will prevails in the mornings across the North and the Northeast. Temperatures in the North are likely to fall up to 2-4 degrees C in the North and 1-2°C in the Northeast, the Central and the East regions. The southern areas of Thailand are likely…

Mat Sabu tells Western superpowers to maintain peace in South China Sea | New Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has called on Western superpowers to play their role in maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea and not bring Middle East-like proxy wars to Asia. Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu called on the European nations to engage in discussions to maintain the peace in the South China Sea. He said despite Russia’s weakened economy, the country had weapons, including a new generation of missiles. In view of this, he said European nations were modernising weapons to compete with Russia. He added that with the exception…

South China Sea: Taiwan scrambles jets as Chinese military planes encircle island | World | News

China has often infringed on the territories of several countries in the South China Sea under its ‘nine-dash line’ policy. Under the policy, China claims several islands and waters that are within the territorial boundaries of states such as Taiwan, the Philippines and Indonesia. According to Taiwan’s Defence Ministry, the jets shadowed the Chinese aircraft out of the airspace. In a statement, the ministry said: “The Chinese Communist Party’s long-range far-out-at-sea missions have impacted regional security and stability and endanger the peace and welfare shared by all parties in the…

Ottawa couple stuck on cruise ship in South China Sea because no port will accept them over coronavirus fears

OTTAWA — What started as an “ideal vacation” for an Ottawa couple on a cruise from Hong Kong has come to an abrupt end with the ship “wandering” the South China Sea because several countries have denied disembarkation to the more than 1,400 passengers on board. “A lot of passengers are anxious,” says Pierre Boucher. “Anxious to go, concerned about their health…anxious really to get a final answer about what could happen.” The 14-day cruise left Hong Kong on Feb. 1 and was scheduled to arrive in Yokohama, Japan on…

‘South China Sea should not become proxy warzone for superpowers’ | New Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has called on Western superpowers to play their role in maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea and not bring Middle East-like proxy wars to Asia. Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu called on the United States and European nations to engage in discussions to maintain peace in the Southeast Asian region. He said despite Russia’s weak economy, the superpower nevertheless possesses various weapons, including a new generation of missiles. In view of this, he said European nations are also speeding up and modernising weapons to compete…