Tensions flare over ‘hit and run’ in South China Sea

Tensions have flared in the South China Sea after a Chinese fishing vessel collided with a Filipino boat and left 22 men on board to drown. The 22 Filipino men were left floating at sea before they were rescued by a Vietnamese boat, sparking fury from President Rodrigo Duterte. Mr Duterte, who has sought closer ties to with Beijing since his rise to power, was “outraged” over the “hit-and-run” incident, according to the South China Morning Post. “We will not allow ourselves to be assaulted, to be bullied, to be…

Tensions flare from Philippines over ‘hit and run’

Tensions have flared in the South China Sea after a Chinese fishing vessel collided with a Filipino boat and left 22 men on board to drown. The 22 Filipino men were left floating at sea before they were rescued by a Vietnamese boat, sparking fury from President Rodrigo Duterte. Mr Duterte, who has sought closer ties to with Beijing since his rise to power, was “outraged” over the “hit-and-run” incident, according to the South China Morning Post. “We will not allow ourselves to be assaulted, to be bullied, to be…

South China Sea: US warship flexes muscles in drills as tensions with Beijing soa | World | News

The drills, which began on Monday and were due to finish today, include joint combat training in the waters and airspace of the huge stretch of sea. The joint exercises between the two global powerhouses are likely to be met with fury from Beijing, who will likely interpret the move as resisting moves of its own to extend its naval reach further into the Pacific. It is the latest alarming development in the South China Sea and comes just 24 hours after the Defence Ministry said China’s sole operating aircraft,…

US Warship Flexes Muscles in South China Sea Drills With Japan Amid Tensions With Beijing

Beijing has repeatedly protested the passage of US warships in the South China Sea, accusing Washington of violating Chinese sovereignty. Tensions between China and the US have recently further escalated in the wake of the protracted trade war and the blacklisting of Huawei. Japan and the United States are conducting joint exercises in the South China Sea involving the USS Ronald Reagan, a nuclear aircraft carrier, as well as the JS Izumo, a Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force helicopter carrier, Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported on Wednesday. According to the Japanese newspaper, the manoeuvres began…

Simmering and rising tensions | Opinion | thenews.com.pk

Simmering and rising tensions The recent near collision between a Russian destroyer and the American guided missile cruiser, USS Chancellorsville, this past Friday in the Philippine Sea should be a cause of concern for all those who wish to see peace and prosperity in the world. After the incident, Moscow and Washington traded allegations and it seems that none of them is ready to budge their position. The US Navy accused the Russian of “unsafe and unprofessional” conduct after the incident. The Russian Pacific Fleet countered that it was the…

World War 3 fears as Duterte begs nations to ‘come together’ amid South China Sea tensions | World | News

China has continued to increase its gains in the region and has come into minor conflicts with several states including the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. Speaking recently, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio called for a “truth movement” to go against China. In a bold speech to the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication, Mr Carpio called on the surrounding nations to come together against China as he called Beijing’s propaganda claims to territory as the “fake news of the century”. Mr Carpio added: “This true history is clear,…

Asia Times | US, China tensions put Cambodia in potential peril

In a now common refrain, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe publicly denied at a recent defense forum that Beijing intends to build a naval base in Cambodia. It was Beijing’s latest response to widespread speculation that a China-backed eco-tourism project in Cambodia’s coastal Koh Kong province is secretly designed to have military purposes. “There is no such thing as for China to establish its military presence in Cambodia. There is no such thing out there,” said Wei at the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore last weekend, an event also…

Tensions escalate as US warships sail past islands claimed by China

The ships were warned away by the Chinese navy (Picture: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) Two US warships have sailed near islands claimed by China today in a move that could aggravate tense relations between the countries. According to the US military, the guided-missile destroyers Preble and Chung Hoon travelled within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson Reefs by the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea. The waterway is one area of dispute between the US and China that has the potential of triggering a war. Family’s £3,000 holiday ruined…

South China Sea latest news: US-Beijing tensions ERUPT over defence weapons | World | News

In the US Department of Defence’s annual report to Congress on the military and security developments involving China, officials found new radar and anti-ship and aircraft missile systems had been placed at key spots around the hotly disputed waters. The report comes as tensions over the water, dubbed the richest in the world, continue to escalate between China, the US and other neighbouring nations of the sea. It reads: “China has ceased South China Sea land reclamation and completed major military infrastructure at three outposts. “However, it has continued militarisation…

Japan, Philippines urge cool heads to prevail in trade and South China Sea as tensions escalate, East Asia News & Top Stories

TOKYO – Japan’s chief trade negotiator Toshimitsu Motegi on Friday (May 31) called for cool heads to prevail in what has effectively become an “escalation of tariff hikes” that will hurt the global economy. Mr Motegi, who is economic revitalisation minister, is Japan’s point man for trade talks with the United States. He told the 25th Nikkei Future of Asia conference on Friday that trade disputes ought to be resolved by “finding a solution based on rules and consultation”. This year’s two-day forum, themed “Seeking A New Global Order –…