Duterte Warns US: ‘We Can Never Win a War With China’

World 15:58 08.07.2019Get short URL Beijing currently controls the vast majority of islands in the South China Sea, which are also claimed by a number of other nations in the region, including Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. The US regularly conducts “freedom of navigation” missions in the area. Speaking at the opening of Chen Yi Agventures Rice Processing Centre in Alangalang, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Washington about possible consequences should a conflict with Beijing break out over the South China Sea. “There is always America…

South China Sea: Philippines says it has ‘leverage’ over China after Xi warns of ‘trouble’ | World | News

Malacanang says the 2016 ruling, which did not recognise Beijing’s control over the waters is “not useless”, despite China’s refusal to accept the decision. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said: “We have a bargaining leverage. “If we didn’t have that arbitral ruling, we can’t say ‘what is the basis of your presence here?’ It’s not useless. “The only problem now is the enforcement of the ruling.” The ruling from the Hague-based international tribunal was handed down at the start of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term. Mr Panelo remained confident China would relinquish…

ASEAN warns against ‘zero-sum game’ behavior amid US-China tension

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has called for avoiding patterns of behaviour based on “a zero-sum game” in the Indo-Pacific region amid rising tensions between the US and China. In its Indo-Pacific Outlook released on Sunday, ASEAN countries – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Phillipines, Vietnam, Singapore and Thailand — noted Southeast Asia lies in the centre of the Asia Pacific and Indo-Pacific regions and it was in the interest of the grouping that it leads the shaping of the economic and security architecture in the region.…

Philippines’ Duterte warns of dangers of China’s sea claims, SE Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA (DPA) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday (June 21) warned China that other nations could also start declaring ownership to seas near their territories if it continues to lay claim to the entire South China Sea. Mr Duterte said he plans to “talk lengthily” about the dangers of China’s claims during a summit of leaders of Asean in Bangkok over the weekend. “My question to China, we’re friends, but… is it correct for China to declare ownership of an ocean?” he said before flying to Thailand for the…

World War 3: China military close to MATCHING America warns SHOCK report | World | News

Robert Work co-authored a chilling report with former special assistant Greg Grant, warning of the threat China poses. The report explained: “The Chinese People’s Liberation Army has been patiently stalking the US military for two decades. It has studied the preferred American way of war and devised a strategy to exploit its weaknesses and offset its strengths—particularly its military-technological strengths.” It added China “appears increasingly close to achieving technological parity with US operational systems and has a plan to achieve technological superiority”. As Newsweek reported, the report examined a three-stage…

Chinese warships arrive in Sydney as Beijing warns of South China Sea resolve

Updated June 03, 2019 16:09:51 Related Story: Australian ships tailed by Chinese military in South China Sea Three Chinese warships have arrived in Sydney Harbour amid increasingly strident rhetoric from Beijing over its territorial claims in the South China Sea. Key points: The Government says the arrival of the Chinese warships is not a surprise, despite not being publicly announced The PM says the vessels are on their way back from operations in the Middle East The visit comes just hours after the Chinese Defence Minister spoke about the army’s…

US will not ignore China’s behavior in South China Sea, Shanahan warns

Speaking to hundreds of delegates at the Shangri-La Dialogue, Shanahan avoided calling China out by name, but criticized “some in our region” for using what he called a “toolkit of coercion” in the Indo-Pacific, which includes the controversial South China Sea. That toolkit included island-building, deploying advanced weapons systems to disputed areas, engaging in predatory economics and the alleged state-sponsored theft of military and civilian technology — all activities the US has previously accused China of undertaking. Beijing claims almost the entire 1.3 million square mile South China Sea as…

Don’t point fingers on South China Sea, China warns Australia

Defence this week confirmed that Australian warships encountered the Chinese military during transits of the South China Sea. It came as Prime Minister Scott Morrison moved to shore up relations with South Pacific nations in the face of Beijing’s efforts to gain influence. Euan Graham … hard to say if the incidents were co-ordinated. Supplied Vessels making up the navy’s major annual regional outreach exercise, Indo-Pacific Endeavour, returned home to Darwin on Monday after a three-month, seven-country visit through Asia. Australia’s relationship with China will be in the spotlight this weekend,…