South China Sea: Chinese ships force their way into Indonesian waters

Their mission was to assert Chinese ownership over the nearby Spratly Islands. The islands are in a territorial dispute between China, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Shuang said China would welcome “bilateral dialogue” with Jakarta to manage the dispute, reports The Independent. But Indonesia says negotiation is not part of its plan. “There is no negotiation when it comes to our sovereignty,” Indonesian president Joko Widodo told reporters. Indonesia’s chief security minister for political, legal and security affairs Mahfud MD also rejected the idea of talks, telling media…

Indonesia Fights Growing Pressure from China to Let it Use Use Disputed Waters | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – China is raising pressure on Indonesia over rights to use a contested tract of sea and challenging the militarily weaker Southeast Asian country to consider options from friendly dialogue to strong protests.  Indonesia spotted as many as 63 “trespassing” Chinese vessels in 30 locations within its maritime exclusive economic zone last month, the research platform East Asia Forum says in a January 15 report.  Another spate followed in early January.  Chinese coast guard vessels had escorted some, media reports from Jakarta say.  Though not a first between the two…

China Discovers Underwater Spy Drones In Its Waters

The secretive world of naval underwater surveys rarely breaks the surface. Now recent events are briefly shining a light into the darkness. In the Adriatic, a Croatian fishing vessel caught one of the U.S. Navy’s undersea sensor systems last week. That mysterious object has largely been explained. Meanwhile, China has held an awards ceremony for fishermen who alerted authorities after discovering similar devices in their nets. The devices may have been operating in international waters, but still in China’s backyard, as they see it. We can infer that some of…

South China Sea news: Japan demands stronger action against Beijing in disputed waters | World | News

Japanese MP, Akihisa Nagashima, told more than 200 representatives at the 28th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Canberra, the world should not “sit on the sidelines” against Beijing’s emerging influence in the region. China claims vast areas of the energy-rich waters and has established military outposts on artificial islands. The contested waters are also believed to contain large quantities of oil and natural gas. Mr Nagashima, who also sits on the National Security Committee, told representatives from more than 30 countries, including Russia and the US, the actions of Beijing poses…

China admits fishing in Indonesian-claimed waters in South China Sea – South China Morning Post

China admits fishing in Indonesian-claimed waters in South China Sea  South China Morning Post South China Sea: Beijing joins forces with Philippines despite illegal fishing claims  Express.co.uk Russia’s Past Can Help Explain China’s South China Sea Strategy  The National Interest Online Talks on South China Sea COC ‘steadily moving forward’ – Chinese envoy  INQUIRER.net Why Is China Pressing Indonesia Again Over Its Maritime Claims?  World Politics Review View full coverage on Google News Source link

PCG deploys assets to secure waters off Trasclacion 2020 routes – UNTV News

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday said its most modern vessel, BRP Gabriela Silang, stands ready to repatriate overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in the Middle East amid the growing tensions between the United States of America and Iran. The PCG said the BRP Gabriela Silang was supposed to arrive in the country on February 10, 2020 after its commissioning last year in France, but it has been directed to assist Filipinos who may need to be evacuated from the Middle East. As ordered by the Philippine…

Troubled waters of South China Sea: recent developments in the region – ​The contentious case of South China Sea

1/5 ​The contentious case of South China Sea The South China Sea is a marginal sea that is part of the Pacific Ocean. The sea carries tremendous strategic importance with one-third of the world’s ships passing through it, carrying over $3 trillion in trade each year A recent development in the South China Sea follows where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons, The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil…

Indonesia boosts patrols after ‘trespass’ in its waters, SE Asia News & Top Stories

JAKARTA • Indonesia has increased patrols around islands near the disputed South China Sea after a Chinese coast guard vessel “trespassed” into Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone, the authorities said yesterday. The Chinese vessel entered waters off the coast of the northern Natuna Islands in mid-December, leading the Indonesian Foreign Ministry to issue a “strong protest” and summon the Chinese ambassador in Jakarta. Mr Nursyawal Embut, director of sea operations of Indonesia’s Maritime Security Agency, told Reuters that the agency had deployed more ships to the Natuna Sea. “We’re intensifying patrols…

Indonesia’s President Visits Island in Waters Disputed by China

JAKARTA — President Joko Widodo visited an island in waters disputed by China on Wednesday to assert Indonesia’s sovereignty amid a standoff between Indonesian and Chinese vessels. The confrontation began in mid-December when a Chinese coast guard vessel and fishing boats, entered waters in Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone, off the coast of the northern Natuna islands, prompting Jakarta to summon Beijing’s ambassador. Widodo told reporters on Natuna Besar island that the disputed waters belong solely to Indonesia. “We have a district here, a regent, and a governor here,” he said.…