Malaysia considers boosting navy amid tensions in South China Sea

Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah says his country needs to boost its naval capabilities to prepare for possible conflict in the South China Sea. ANDREA VERDELLI/AFP/Getty Images Malaysia needs to boost its naval capabilities to prepare for possible conflict in the South China Sea, its foreign minister said on Thursday, even as Southeast Asia’s third-largest economy pursues non-militarisation of the disputed waterway. Tensions have escalated in recent weeks, especially after a U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China last month as a challenge to what the U.S. Navy…

Malaysia looks to strengthen navy as sea tensions grow » Manila Bulletin News

Published October 17, 2019, 5:55 PM By Agence France-Presse Malaysia must strengthen its navy to better defend the country’s waters, a minister said Thursday, as tensions mount over Beijing’s growing assertiveness in the contested South China Sea. Last month a US Navy destroyer sailed close to Chinese-controlled islands in the South China Sea, to assert freedom of navigation rights (AFP / MANILA BULLETIN) China has laid claim to nearly all of the sea and has built numerous military outposts on small islands and atolls, angering other countries with competing claims…

South China Sea: Vietnam hits back at China following escalating tensions | World | News

The two states have experienced a crisis point in their diplomatic ties following Beijing’s institution of its nine-dash line policy. Under the nine-dash line policy, China lays claim to several territories that are currently contested with multiple neighbouring nations. Such has been the territorial dispute, that China has clashed with the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. In July tensions between Vietnam and China reached a high point when Beijing dispatched a research ship to conduct surveying missions in waters controlled by Vietnam. Both countries claimed that they were merely exercising their…

Chinese escalating tensions in South China Sea: Vietnam

Vietnam has accused a Chinese oil-surveying vessel and its coast guard escorts of territorial breaches by widening their activities after entering its exclusive economic zone and operating within offshore blocks for three months. As of Friday last week, the Haiyang Dizhi 8 has made several passes through the foreign-owned blocks off the coast of central Vietnam after departing from Chinese-controlled Fiery Cross Reef (Yongshu Reef, 永暑島) on Sept. 28, Marine Traffic satellite tracking data showed. At least two Chinese Coast Guard ships further south maneuvered around a Singaporean-flagged support vessel…

Taiwan’s national day highlights tensions with China

Taiwan’s first female president, Tsai Ing-wen, asserted yesterday in a speech marking the island’s national day that opposition to China’s “one country, two systems” solution — the same solution now proving so incendiary in Hong Kong — is “the overwhelming consensus among Taiwan’s 23 million people… regardless of party affiliation or political position.” This is not what China wants to hear. As the world nervously watches Hong Kong’s unraveling, a far bigger crisis is brewing in Taiwan, only a few hundred kilometers away. After decades of relative stability, tensions are…

South China Sea: Tensions soar as Vietnam accuses China of ‘violating sovereign rights’ | World | News

The Vietnamese foreign office has said China is continuing to expand its activity and has tracked another vessel in the disputed waters. The Chinese Haiyang Dizhi 8 oil ship has reportedly made several passing through Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone. Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said: “The Chinese survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi 8 and its escort vessels continue, and expand their operations within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. “Thus seriously violating Vietnam’s sovereign rights.” Up to 28 Chinese ships are understood to have sailed…

South China Sea news: Vietnam launches stunning attack at Beijing as tensions deepen | World | News

Hanoi said the vessel and its coastguard escorts had widened its activities by entering Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone. On Friday, Beijing’s Haiyang Dizhi 8 made numerous passes through the disputed waters, according to Marine Traffic satellite tracking data. South China Morning Post reports that at least two coast guard ships were spotted manoeuvring around a Singaporean-flagged support boat in an oil block. Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said: “The Chinese survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi 8 and its escort vessels continue, and expand their operations within…

Vietnam accuses Chinese ships of ramping up tensions – South China Morning Post

Vietnam accuses Chinese ships of ramping up tensions  South China Morning Post China is resorting to new forms of bullying in the South China Sea  The Economist South China Sea panic: ‘Region on the brink’ as Beijing’s real mission in area revealed  Express.co.uk Vietnam says Chinese ships escalating tension in South China Sea  The Straits Times Vietnam Reasserts South China Sea Claims Amid Chinese Ship Onslaught  Radio Free Asia View full coverage on Google News Source link

South China Sea news: Vietnam heighten Beijing tensions in new move with India | World | News

Tensions between Vietnam and China have increased throughout the year, due to the continuing intrusion of Chinese shipping vessels into Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea. Since the beginning of the year 28 Chinese ships have entered waters controlled by Hanoi, with the latest incidents occurring at the end of September. This has led to furious protests by the Vietnamese government, who have made over 40 diplomatic representations to Beijing. Vietnam’s ambassador to India, Pham Sanh Chau, told reporters that Hanoi has informed China that “they shouldn’t…

South China Sea news: Tensions rise as France and the UK send warships to region | World | News

China hit back at the news of the European nations ordering key ships in their fleets to sail to the disputed sea area. Major General Su Guanghui, China’s defence attaché to Britain last week said: “If the US and UK join hands in a challenge or violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China, that would be hostile action.” The Nine Dash Line encompasses most of the oil rich South China Sea, which China has belligerently claimed for itself. This claim has infuriated neighbouring countries like The Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam…