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…

RCEP expected to help ease South China Sea tensions | Daily Express Online

RCEP expected to help ease South China Sea tensions Published on: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 By: Bernama KUALA LUMPUR: The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) that is aimed to be signed this year could be the tool to ease tensions in the South China Sea, a senior researcher told a seminar.  Senior Researcher, Centre for Maritime Economics & Industries, Maritime Institute of Malaysia, Cdr ® Ang Chin Hup said as Asean and China continues to work on the South China Sea Code of Conduct (COC), RCEP could shift the…

RCEP may ease tensions in South China Sea — researcher

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 14): The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) that is aimed to be signed this year could be the tool to ease tensions in the South China Sea, a senior researcher told a seminar. Senior Researcher, Centre for Maritime Economics & Industries, Maritime Institute of Malaysia, Cdr (R) Ang Chin Hup said as ASEAN and China continues to work on the South China Sea Code of Conduct (COC), RCEP could shift the region’s attention to economic growth. RCEP, led by ASEAN, also include other countries namely China, South…

Chinese coastguard ships sail as tensions with Indonesia build

Two Chinese coastguard ships left Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed South China Sea and sailed in the direction of the Indonesia-controlled Natuna Regency islands on Monday, amid renewed tensions between Beijing and Jakarta. One of the two ships, CCG 35111, put in at Fiery Cross – where China has refuel and resupply facilities – on Saturday, according to Marine Traffic, a ship tracking and maritime intelligence provider. The stopover on the artificial islands, part of the Spratly group, showed that China had created outposts for so-called grey zone operations…

Indonesia Deploys Fighter Jets to Natunas Amid Tensions with China

Indonesia sent four F-16 fighter jets to patrol its Natuna Islands, officials said Tuesday, as President Joko Widodo prepared to visit the area after asserting that Jakarta’s sovereignty in waters off the chain in the South China Sea was “non-negotiable.” Tensions between Jakarta and Beijing have risen since last week after reports that dozens of Chinese fishing boats, backed by Chinese coast guard ships, had entered waters in Indonesia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), prompting Indonesia to double its naval presence in the region. “The four F-16s departed today,” Air Commodore…

What Do the Latest China-Indonesia Natuna Tensions Tell Us? – The Diplomat

Advertisement The recent round of tensions between China and Indonesia in the Natunas, which comes as Beijing and Jakarta commemorate the 70th anniversary of their ties in 2020, has once again put the spotlight on the flashpoint, and that is expected to continue with a range of ongoing Indonesian reactions. But more broadly, it is also just the latest in a series of reminders over the past few years that Indonesia’s current approach to the South China Sea has not proven successful in deterring Beijing’s incursion into Jakarta’s waters. Understanding…

Beijing Backed Efforts to Defuse Indo-Pak Tensions Post Pulwama Attack, Says Chinese Foreign Minister

Beijing: China had supported the efforts of India and Pakistan to defuse tensions and manage their differences through dialogue following the deadly Pulwama terror attack, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, highlighting behind-the-scenes role played by Beijing. After the attack carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad in February that killed 40 CRPF personnel, India carried out air strikes against the biggest training camp of the terror group in Balakot in Pakistan. The air strike was followed by an aerial combat between air forces of the two countries on February 27 when…

US warships sail in disputed South China Sea amid tensions | USA News

Navy warships have sailed near islands claimed by China in the disputed South China Sea twice in the past few days, the United States military told Reuters on Thursday, at a time of tension between the world’s two-largest economies. The busy waterway is one of a number of flashpoints in the US-China relationship, which include a trade war, US sanctions, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Earlier this week during high-level talks, China called on the US military to stop flexing its muscles in the South China Sea and adding “new uncertainties” over democratic Taiwan,…