South China Sea news: US to base Coast Guard ships in western Pacific to tackle Beijing | World | News

Over recent months, China has built several military bases on a number of the region’s atolls and declared dominance over the highly disputed region. But the US – despite having no claim on any part of archipelago – has hit back at the Communist nation. Now, in order to counter Beijing’s “destabilising and malign” activities in the region, Washington has deployed several Coast Guard vessels to the region. White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said in a statement the US Coast Guard was “strategically home-porting significantly enhanced Fast Response…

US closely monitoring India-China border row, does not want it to escalate: Official

WASHINGTON: The US is closely monitoring the border row between India and China and does not want the situation to escalate, a senior Trump administration official has said. The official told the reporters during a conference call on Friday, ahead of the next week’s 2+2 India-US Ministerial in New Delhi, that the Trump administration was providing support to India through defence sales, joint military exercises and information sharing. “We as a government are covering the situation in the Himalayas closely, and understandably. We certainly want to ensure that the situation…

PH, Japan seek halt in provocations in disputed S. China Sea

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi during a video teleconference, October 23, 2020. Department of National Defense/Handout  MANILA — The Philippines and Japan on Friday emphasized the need for countries to stop any activity that might provoke tensions in the disputed South China Sea, saying the conduct agreement negotiated by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China should be upheld.  Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, in a video teleconference, also pointed out the importance of freedom of navigation in…

Several non-claimant states reject China’s claim in South China Sea

This means these countries told the UN that we do not want any violation of the UNCLOS (the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) and do not want the UNCLOS to be reduced or made vague. Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that a slew of non-claimant ASEAN member states were rejecting China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. ASEAN member states and several big nations have sent notes verbales (diplomatic notes) to the UN rejecting China’s maritime claims in the South China…

US to base Coast Guard ships in western Pacific to tackle China | China

The United States will deploy Coast Guard patrol ships in the western Pacific to counter what it described as “destabilizing and malign” activities in the region by China, the country’s top security adviser said on Friday. The US Coast Guard was “strategically homeporting significantly enhanced Fast Response Cutters … in the western Pacific,” White House National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said in a statement. Describing the US as a Pacific power, the statement added that China’s “illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, and harassment of vessels operating in the exclusive economic…

Want To Ensure India-China Standoff Does Not Escalate

The US welcomed India’s involvement in Southeast Asia given “China’s increasingly aggressive behaviour” New Delhi: The United States is watching the India-China standoff in Ladakh closely, sharing information with New Delhi, and wants to ensure the situation does not escalate, senior officials of the Trump administration said on Saturday, ahead of an important visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper next week. The US said it welcomes increased Indian involvement in Southeast Asia including its military presence in the South China…

Is the Japanese PM’s first overseas trip to Vietnam and Indonesia related to containing China?

Posted October 24, 2020 06:14:35 Photo: Japan has only been allowed to export defence products since 2014. (US Army: Markus Castaneda) Japan’s newly-minted Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has completed his inaugural state visits this week. They were to Indonesia and Vietnam, a non-traditional choice for Japanese leaders who have historically made Washington their first visit. In Hanoi, Mr Suga clinched a defence export deal — only the second for Japan since an export ban was lifted in 2014 — while in Jakarta, he pledged a 50 billion yen ($670 million)…

U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy Will Change in the Next Four Years

LCS USS Montgomery transits past an oil rig at a contested site within the Vietnamese EEZ, May 7, 2020 (U.S. Navy) By The Strategist 10-23-2020 02:06:36 [By Walter Lohman] Washington’s approach to the Indo-Pacific will change over the next four years, regardless of the outcome of the November election. The only questions are how and how much. The first term of President Donald Trump produced many conventional national security and foreign policy outcomes in the Indo-Pacific. The US military is still…

PH, Japan affirm support for freedom of navigation in South China Sea

New Japanese defense minister Nobuo Kishi and Sec. Delfin Lorenzana meet for the first time through a video teleconference on Oct. 23, 2020. DND-PAS MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines and Japan affirmed commitment to upholding freedom of navigation in the South China Sea at the first meeting of new Japanese defense minister Nobuo Kishi and his Philippine counterpart, Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Friday (Oct. 23). “We call on concerned parties to desist from any action and activity that contravenes the Asean-China Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea…