South China Sea news: Beijing will not back down over territorial claims as tensions rise | World | News

The People’s Republic says that the entire waterway up to the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan belongs to them, a claim rejected by an international court of arbitration in 2016. However, Beijing has never recognised this court ruling, saying the court’s resolution runs counter to international law. On Tuesday China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, Wu Haitao underlined Beijing’s potion during a speech at the UN General Assembly. He said: “China’s territorial claims and claims to marine rights and interests in the South China Sea are…

Former Chinese officials warn tensions with US raise risk of ‘accidental conflict’

The risk of an “accidental conflict” between the US and China has risen as a result of the heightened tensions between the two sides, a number of current and former officials have warned. While they said it was difficult to imagine a full-scale conflict breaking out, they warned that the current strategic, technological and ideological stand-offs between the two sides would inevitably damage relations even if they are able to reach a trade deal. Their warnings echoed recent comments by former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger, who told a…

South China Sea chaos: China accused of ramping up tensions with surveillance balloons | World | News

Satellite images showing surveillance balloons above the man-made Mischief Reef have been seen as further evidence of China’s militarisation of the strategic stretch of water which also is claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. Defence analysts said the balloons were capable of carrying array radars, infra-red and optical sensors and electronic jamming and surveillance devices which could form an airborne warning and control system. They said the balloons effectively completed an overlapping network of radars and satellites reaching far into the South China Sea to detect low-flying…

Asia Times | South China Sea tensions hot and getting hotter

The United States and China have doubled down on their struggle for dominance of the South China Sea and broader Indo-Pacific, as recent sea confrontations and fiery rhetoric threaten to escalate into conflict. Bolstered by its ever-expanding and rapidly modernizing Peoples Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), China has shown diminishing restraint in deterring, intercepting and seeking to exclude American naval assets from its claimed adjacent waters. Boasting one of the world’s largest maritime fleet, with an armada of para-military forces and vessels increasingly acting as force multipliers, the PLAN recently deployed…

U.S. warships sail in disputed South China Sea amid tensions

(Adds Chinese foreign ministry comment in paragraphs 11-12) By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, Nov 21 (Reuters) – U.S. Navy warships twice sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea in the past few days, the U.S. military told Reuters on Thursday, at a time of heightened tension between the world’s two largest economies. The busy waterway is one of a number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which include a trade war, U.S. sanctions, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Earlier this week during high-level talks, China called on the…

China: U.S. willful trespassing is cause of tensions in South China Sea – CCTV News

Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that the U.S. willful trespassing is the cause of tensions in the South China Sea, and its attempt to sow discord is the threat to regional peace and stability.  For quite some time the U.S. has been trying to disrupt peace and stability in the South China Sea by stirring up trouble and creating splits. Countries in the region have been soberly aware of that, said Spokesperson Geng Shuang at a regular press conference.  With the joint efforts by China and ASEAN countries, situation…

South China Sea news: Tensions erupt between US and Beijing as Trump sends in combat ships | World | News

The deployment of the littoral combat ships signals a major shift in US strategy for the area, away from reconnaissance and deterrence. A Beijing Think Tank has now said the US is deliberately increasing its attack capability. Both ships were noted to be active in the area, where China’s claims over the region has brought it often into disputes with its neighbours. China’s continued efforts to establish military and economic footholds in the region has brought the country increasingly in to conflict with the US, which has frequently sent warships…

South China Sea: Washington to confront Beijing on tensions at Asian defence talks | World | News

The Asean Defence Ministers Meeting Plus in Bangkok will feature the defence chiefs from the 10-nation bloc and eight global partners, including US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper and his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe. Beijing insists the entire South China Sea up to the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan belongs to China – a claim rejected by an international court of arbitration in 2016. This has led to a prolongued display of sabre-rattling between the US and China who remain at loggerheads over the disputed waters and Beijing’s…

South China Sea crisis: Beijing defied by Philippines in power move as tensions rise | World | News

PXP Energy Corporation in the Philippines has requested permission from the country’s Department of Energy to capitalise on the resource rich Malampaya gas facilities located in the South China Sea. However, Manila could also permit the company to exploit other gas prospects in the region, including the Sampaguita field located at Reed Bank, which lies in China‘s controversial waters claim known as the Nine-Dash Line. Malampaya fuels power plants with a combined capacity of 3000 megawatts, but resources in the region are expected to become increasingly scarce over the next…