To help counter China’s rise, US turns to its Coast Guard, United States News & Top Stories

WASHINGTON • As a US Coast Guard cutter sailed through the East China Sea last month, Chinese vessels shadowed it on the high seas, US service officials said. It was a reminder to the Americans of where they were: in a strategic area about 300km from China’s shores. The situation underscored the evolving American response to the rise of China and the role of the US Coast Guard, which typically operates missions closer to home. The Coast Guard is increasingly orienting itself towards China, senior officials said, by deploying new…

1,000 Filipinos protest against China ‘invasion’, SE Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA • Protesters descended on the Chinese embassy in Manila yesterday to oppose the Asian superpower’s growing sway in the Philippines and as tensions rise over Beijing’s presence in the disputed South China Sea. Filipino flag-waving marchers chanted “China out” and brandished a banner saying “Defend our sovereign rights”, referring to Beijing’s expansive claims to the resource-rich waterway. “The government headed by President (Rodrigo) Duterte is not responding. What China is doing is almost an invasion,” marcher Alex Legaspi, a 53-year-old teacher, said. While Mr Duterte has largely set aside…

More disputes likely over South China Sea issues: Peking University think tank, East Asia News & Top Stories

BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – China will likely face more disputes when pushing for progress in negotiations and cooperation regarding the South China Sea, according to a new situation report released on Tuesday (April 9). The report suggests that China should enhance maritime strategic dialogue with the United States, closely monitor subtle moves by some Asean countries, and persuade extra-regional powers such as Japan, Australia and Britain to help ease tensions in the region. The South China Sea Situation Report was published by the South China Sea Strategic Situation…

Asian Insider April 10: Are we ready for air taxis?, Asia News & Top Stories

Happy Wednesday, Today: US sends a warship to the South China Sea, Netanyahu faces a bumpy ride despite winning, construction of the Japanese embassy in Seoul hits a snag, air taxis and more. Know someone who might enjoy receiving Asian Insider? They can sign up here. TENSIONS IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA The US has sent a warship to join drills near the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea for the first time, reports Bloomberg today – a move that raises temperatures again in the waterway and places…

In snub, U.S. won’t send warships or top officials to Chinese Navy’s 70th anniversary celebrations

The United States has decided not to send warships or senior military officers to celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy later this month, a snub by Washington as U.S. allies Japan and South Korea are expected to send their own vessels and officials. Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn told The Japan Times on Friday that the U.S. Embassy in Beijing’s defense attache office would instead represent the United States at the fleet review and a symposium in the eastern port city…

Philippines’ Duterte calls China a friend amid South China Sea tensions, SE Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA (BLOOMBERG) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is maintaining a friendly tone toward China, even after defence officials raised concerns over an increased Chinese presence around a disputed island in the South China Sea. China isn’t after Philippine territory and hasn’t asked for anything in exchange for the weapons and aid it’s given the Philippines, Duterte said in a campaign speech in Manila late Tuesday (April 2). “You know, Red China or Communist China just wants to be friends with us,” Duterte said. He added that he wouldn’t confront China…

Issues of sovereignty and competing boundary claims, Opinion News & Top Stories

Sovereign boundaries are important to the construction of a nation-state, in defining its national identity, staking claims to natural resources and in determining citizenship. Competing claims over territories can become the source of friction between nations, and heightened tensions carry the risk of boiling over into conflicts. One ongoing dispute is over the South China Sea, which China claims almost all of, but is also contested by Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei, either in whole or in part. Much of the contested areas lie around the Spratly Islands…

Huawei and regional security top talking points for PM’s China trip | 1 NEWS NOW

It’s been a long time coming but the prime minister has arrived in Beijing for whirlwind meetings with the most senior figures in the Chinese administration. And there’s a lot to talk about. Huawei, trade, cyber security and regional defence and security are just some of the delicate issues Jacinda Ardern is likely to broach with Premier Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping. The stakes are high as New Zealand looks to put to rest any speculation about the state of its relationship with a key trading partner and a global…

Taiwan condemns China after jets fly past maritime line, East Asia News & Top Stories

TAIPEI (REUTERS) – Taiwan on Sunday (March 31) condemned what it called a “provocative” move from China after two Chinese fighter jets flew past a maritime line amid growing friction between Taipei and Beijing. Earlier on Sunday, Taiwan scrambled aircraft to “drive away” two Chinese fighter jets which it said flew past a maritime border in Taiwan Strait, the self-ruled island’s Defence Ministry said in a statement late on Sunday. The ministry said China’s move had “seriously impacted regional safety and stability”. There was no immediate reaction from Beijing. China…

Australia appoints top diplomat to China as Scott Morrison plans $44m to ‘turbo charge’ Beijing ties – China power

Posted March 29, 2019 12:26:52 The Morrison Government has announced a new $44 million foundation to “turbo charge” Australia’s engagement with China at the same time that it has appointed a fluent Mandarin speaker as its new ambassador to Beijing. Key points: The National Foundation for Australia-China Relations will replace the Australia-China Council Australia’s new ambassador to China, Graham Fletcher, has served three postings in China The Labor Party said they weren’t consulted about Mr Fletcher’s appointment The moves come amid growing tensions between the two countries over the ban…