Chinese ship spotted near Vietnam coastline fuels South China Sea tensions

Chinese ships in South China Sea near Haiyang Shiyou also known as HD-981 in Vietnam in South China Sea on July 15, 2014.Reuters Weeks after a tense standoff between Vietnam and the Chinese military in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), another Chinese survey vessel was spotted inching towards Vietnam’s coastline on Saturday, August 24. Data from a Marine Traffic, a website that tracks vessel movements revealed that the Chinese ship surveyed Vietnam’s EEZ guided by four ships and around 102 kilometres southeast of Vietnam’s Phu Quy island and 185 kilometres from…

UPDATE 2-New allies Vietnam, Australia express concern over South China Sea tensions – Energy & Oil

* Vietnam PM deeply concerned with ‘complicated developments’ * Chinese, Vietnamese ships locked in standoff since early July * At least two Vietnamese navy ships shadowing Chinese vessels * Australian PM says international law must be upheld (Adds Chinese Foreign Ministry comments) By James Pearson and Khanh Vu HANOI, Aug 23 (Reuters) – New allies Vietnam and Australia expressed concern on Friday about China’s activities in the South China Sea, where Vietnamese and Chinese vessels are locked in a tense standoff in Vietnamese-controlled waters. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc…

Chinese ship inches closer to Vietnam coastline amid South China Sea tensions

HANOI (Reuters) – A Chinese survey vessel on Saturday extended its activities to an area closer to Vietnam’s coastline, ship tracking data showed, after the United States and Australia expressed concern about China’s actions in the disputed waterways. The Haiyang Dizhi 8 vessel first entered Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) early last month where it began a weeks-long seismic survey, triggering a tense standoff between military and coastguard vessels from Vietnam and China. The Chinese vessel continued to survey Vietnam’s EEZ on Saturday under escort from at least four ships…

Australia urges ‘sovereignty’ as S China Sea tensions rise

Australia’s prime minister yesterday urged nations in Asia to stand up for their “independence and sovereignty”, with tensions high in the disputed South China Sea where Beijing is under fire for increasingly bullish behaviour.Scott Morrison’s comments came after the United States slammed China for its “escalation” in the waterway, a key global shipping route where Beijing is accused of deploying warships, arming outposts and ramming fishing vessels.Morrison was speaking during a trip to Vietnam, one of China’s most vocal critics over competing claims in the resource-rich sea.A Chinese…

Australia urges ‘sovereignty’ as South China Sea tensions rise

HANOI: Australia’s prime minister on Friday (Aug 23)  urged nations in Asia to stand up for their “independence and sovereignty”, with tensions high in the disputed South China Sea where Beijing is under fire for increasingly bullish behaviour. Scott Morrison’s comments came after the United States slammed China for its “escalation” in the waterway, a key global shipping route where Beijing is accused of deploying warships, arming outposts and ramming fishing vessels. Advertisement Advertisement Morrison was speaking during a trip to Vietnam, one of China’s most vocal critics over competing claims…

New allies Vietnam, Australia express concern over South China Sea tensions | News

Friday, August 23, 2019 12:27 a.m. EDT By James Pearson and Khanh Vu HANOI (Reuters) – New allies Vietnam and Australia expressed concern on Friday about China’s activities in the South China Sea, where Vietnamese and Chinese vessels are locked in a tense standoff in Vietnamese-controlled waters. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc discussed the rising tensions with his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, during the first visit by an Australian prime minister to Hanoi since the countries formalized their “strategic partnership” earlier this year. “We are deeply concerned about the…

Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte to visit Beijing amid South China Sea tensions

MANILA – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping next week to raise their conflicting claims to the South China Sea, as the Filipino leader faces pressure at home to confront Beijing. While Duterte has embraced China and had largely set aside a once-tense standoff over the resource-rich waterway, a series of confrontations have stoked domestic discontent. Duterte heads to China on Aug. 28 and is due to return to the Philippines on Sept. 2, his spokesman, Salvador Panelo, told journalists on Tuesday. Beijing claims most of…

Duterte to visit Beijing next week amid South China Sea tensions

President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping next week to raise their conflicting claims to the South China Sea, as the Filipino leader faces pressure at home to confront Beijing. While Duterte has embraced China and had largely set aside a once-tense standoff over the resource-rich waterway, a series of confrontations have stoked domestic discontent. Duterte heads to China on Aug. 28 and is due to return to the Philippines on Sept. 2, his spokesman, Salvador Panelo, told journalists yesterday. Beijing claims most of the South China Sea,…

Philippines” Duterte to visit Beijing amid China sea tensions

Manila, Aug 20 President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping next week to raise their conflicting claims to the South China Sea, as the Filipino leader faces pressure at home to confront Beijing. While Duterte has embraced China and had largely set aside a once-tense standoff over the resource-rich waterway, a series of confrontations have stoked domestic discontent. Duterte heads to China on August 28 and is due to return to the Philippines on September 2, his spokesman, Salvador Panelo, told journalists on Tuesday. Beijing claims most of…