Crew of Filipino fishing boat say Chinese trawler deliberately rams vessel, sinking it; Beijing denies ‘hit-and-run’ incident, SE Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA – It was midnight on June 9. Mr Junel Insigne had already claimed his small corner on the 14-tonne, wooden outrigger boat that had taken him and his crew of 21 fishermen more than 150km from their seaside town in Occidental Mindoro province, in the Philippines. As he began to doze off, he heard the men yelling. A much-bigger vessel was bearing down on them. He stood up and tried to start his boat’s engine. But it was too late. There was a loud crash. His boat, the Gem-Vir,…

The top 5 offshore sailing races to catch in Asia – must do races for yacht enthusiasts | Outdoor & Extreme

There are few feelings like sailing the open sea, with nothing around you but the blue disk of the horizon. In Asia, we are blessed with a host of incredible races and regattas. If you are a yachty in the region, these are the must do long distance events. 5. Hong Kong to Hainan This biannual race is set to take place next in 2020 although the final date is not yet confirmed. The race is organised by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) and is a mad dash…

‘He looked more dead than alive’: Ship captain who rescued Singapore man drifting in South China Sea for 4 days, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – As their ship inched towards the naked man clinging to a ring buoy, Captain Cornelis Plugge and First Officer Srdan Bazdan of the Diogo Cao thought he was dead. They were astonished when Mr John Low lifted his right arm to signal he was alive. The 60-year-old said he was astonished anyone saw him from the ship, which to him looked 10-storeys high. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST’s best work Exclusive stories…

Illicit Chinese and South Korean sea surveys a problem: Japan News writer, East Asia News & Top Stories

TOKYO (THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Marine scientific research (MSR) conducted by countries such as China and South Korea, involving the entry of vessels into Japan’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zone (EEZ) without consent, are rife. While such surveys violate the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, Japan’s response is limited to monitoring and giving warnings about suspicious activity at sea, in addition to raising objections through diplomatic routes. Understanding of the situation has been slow to develop. The surveys are becoming increasingly bold and pose…

Drifting in South China Sea for 80 hours, S’pore diving enthusiast stayed sane by talking to his watch and life buoy, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Forty hours after Singaporean John Low’s boat sank and he found himself drifting aimlessly on a ring buoy from Malaysian waters to the South China Sea, he decided to strip himself of his clothes. The T-shirt, shorts and underwear he had on were rubbing against his badly sunburnt skin and it got so painful he couldn’t bear it anymore. He stripped. For the next 40 hours before he was rescued by a passing ship, Mr Low, 60, floated naked in the sea. His body was at the mercy…

Marianas Variety – Top Philippine court orders government to protect South China Sea

MANILA (Reuters) — The Philippine Supreme Court ordered the government and security agencies on Friday to protect the environment in disputed areas of the South China Sea, responding to fishermen’s complaints of inaction against illegal Chinese activity. The top court said it had issued a writ instructing heads of key ministries, the coastguard, navy and police to enforce international conventions and domestic laws to protect reefs and marine life in the Philippines’ 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone. The order represents a rare challenge by the judiciary to what critics…

Top Asian News 9:41 a.m. GMT

BEIJING (AP) — China issued a report Sunday blaming the United States for a trade dispute and said it won’t back down on “major issues of principle,” but offered no clarification about what additional steps it will take to up the ante. The statement from the Cabinet spokesman’s office said that China has kept its word throughout 11 rounds of talks and will honor its commitments if a trade agreement is reached. It accused the U.S. of backtracking three times over the course of the talks by introducing new tariffs…

US says Chinese defence minister’s tough words on Taiwan, South China Sea were for home audience, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe’s tough words on Taiwan and its military activities in the South China Sea were directed primarily towards the audience back home, a top United States official attending the Shangri-La Dialogue said on Sunday (June 2). Providing the first official US response to General Wei’s speech at the Dialogue, Ms Andrea Thompson, the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, said: “As I took it, it seemed very tailored towards his leadership.” In his speech, Gen Wei warned Washington not to interfere…

South China Sea dispute, Rohingya crisis are key regional threats: Malaysian defence minister, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Disturbances in the South China Sea, the movement of Rohingyas in the region and non-traditional security threats such as maritime and cyber security risks pose the biggest challenges to the region, Malaysia’s Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu said on Saturday (June 1). The region needs to build on collaborative defence diplomacy to deal with these challenges, Mr Mohamad said in his address to the Shangri-La Dialogue. The geopolitical situation has changed much in recent years, together with military power and the economic potential of countries. At the same time,…

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 –…