South China Sea: Philippines issues warning over presence of five Chinese warships | World | News

Tensions between the two countries have risen lately with Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte confirming that he will confront Beijing over its territorial dominance next month. In an added escalation to the tensions between the two states, the Philippine Government has expressed concern over the passage of Chinese warships. The military has spoken of five Chinese warships that were seen passing through a strait in the southern Philippines. Presidential spokesman, Salvador Panelo said: “We express concern with that kind of incident because they China keep on saying that we’re friends. “I…

Manila Voices Alarm Over Chinese Warships in Philippine Waters Amid South China Sea Dispute

Earlier, Philippine presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo denied allegations that Manila has abandoned the UN arbitral tribunal’s decision that rejected Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. Manila has voiced alarm over a military report that at least five Chinese warships have been spotted passing through a strait in the southern Philippines in separate incidents since July. “We express concern with that kind of incident because they [China]) keep on saying that we’re friends. I don’t think that this is an act of friendship,” said Salvador Panelo, spokesman for Philippine…

China showed ‘double standard’ by sending warships to PH without heads-up: analyst

MANILA — Beijing exhibited double standard in sending warships to Philippine waters without informing Manila, which violates its safety regulations, a maritime law expert said Thursday. China requires foreign warships exercising innocent passage to seek its consent before entering its territorial seas, said Jay Batongbacal, director of the University of the Philippines (UP) Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea. “The entry of Chinese warships into Philippine waters without prior notice and consent of the Philippines runs counter to their own policy for their own waters, and thus…

Manila asks China to explain warships in PI waters

BEIJING — This is your weekly look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. PHILIPPINES ASKS CHINA TO EXPLAIN PRESENCE OF RESEARCH VESSELS, WARSHIPS Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has asked Beijing to explain the activities of Chinese research vessels and warships in what the Philippines claims as its waters. Lorenzana said Friday…

Two U.S. Warships, Marines Denied Port Visits to Hong Kong Amidst Protests

USS Green Bay (LPD-20) and USS Lake Erie (CG-70) THE PENTAGON – Chinese officials are denying two U.S. warships port visits to Hong Kong amidst ongoing protests against the government in Beijing. USS Green Bay (LPD-20) and USS Lake Erie (CG-70) were denied requests to visit Hong Kong, U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Nate Christensen told USNI News on Tuesday. “The U.S. Navy has a long track record of successful port visits to Hong Kong, and we expect them to continue,” he said. “We refer you to the Chinese government…

Lorenzana to China: What are Chinese research vessels, warships doing in our waters?

MANILA – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Friday urged the Philippine government to ask Beijing why Chinese research vessels and warships are entering Philippine waters. Manila lacks radar equipment to monitor the 2 Chinese research ships that were spotted by a US-based maritime expert in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone this week, said Lorenzana. China, he said, did not ask for clearance before several of its warships passed through the Sibutu Strait in the Philippines’ southern tip in 4 instances from February to July. “What we need really is to…

Sight of warships in South China Sea ‘cause for alarm’

Saifuddin (left) and Wang exchange pleasantries on the sidelines of the 52nd AMM/PMC in Bangkok. — Bernama photo BANGKOK: Asean countries have expressed their concern on the rising tensions caused by the presence of warships in the South China Sea, says Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah. “We should lessen the presence of warships in the disputed waters to ensure peace and stability, safety and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. “It is a free passage but when there are too many, we are worried,” he told Bernama…

AFP hits ‘deception’ in China warships’ passage

The military spokesman’s statement is markedly stronger than previous statements of security officials on the clandestine passage of China’s naval vessels Published 8:28 AM, August 03, 2019 Updated 8:28 AM, August 03, 2019 CHINA MUSCLE. This handout satellite picture taken on March 26, 2018 and released on March 30, 2018 by Planet Labs Inc. shows China’s sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning (C), sailing with other ships at sea, south of China’s southern Hainan island. Beijing flexed its military muscle this week as its sole operational aircraft carrier was apparently…

Saifuddin: Asean concerned over presence of warships in South China Sea | Malaysia

Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (left) and China Foreign Minister, Wang Yi held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 52nd Asean Foreign Minister’s Meeting and Post Ministerial Conferences and Related Meetings (52nd AMM/PMC) in Bangkok August 3, 2019. — Bernama pic BANGKOK, Aug 3 — Asean countries have expressed their concern on the rising tensions caused by the presence of warships in the South China Sea, said Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah. “We should lessen the presence of warships in the disputed waters to ensure peace and…