Quake info: Light mag. 3.9 earthquake – South China Sea, 96 km north of Laoag, Province of Ilocos Norte, Philippines, on Thursday, Sep 23, 2021 7:07 pm (GMT +8)

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South China Sea: Japan concerned about increasing aggression from China

Tensions in the South China Sea remain high as not only is there a dispute over the waters, but also the situation surrounding Taiwan. Japan’s Defense Minister has now urged European leaders to take action on the increasing aggression coming from China. Japan’s defense minister, Nobuo Kishi, has urged leaders of European nations to come together and condemn the increasing acts of aggression by Beijing in the region. Speaking with the Guardian, Kishi said that China’s military is growing in power and is trying to use its power to change…

The world needs a more active Germany

Sep 20th 2021 ON AUGUST 2ND the Bayern, a Brandenburg-class frigate, set sail from the North Sea coast with over 200 troops aboard and a novel mission. Over seven months the warship would traverse the Suez canal and Red Sea, dropping anchor in places like Mumbai before reaching the South China Sea, where an assertive China is intimidating neighbours with unfounded territorial claims. “Germany has a strong interest in stability, security, and rules-based politics in the region,” says Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the defence minister. “We are not a regional power, but…

Australian PM says French submarines ‘weren’t going to meet our strategic needs in South China Sea’

Australia had ‘deep and grave concerns’ that the submarines it ordered from France would not meet its strategic needs before cancelling a £48billion defence deal in favour of the Anglo-US agreement last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed. Seeking to explain the sudden U-turn that triggered fury in Paris and an astonishing diplomatic spat among the Western nations, Mr Morrison said on Sunday that though he understood France’s disappointment at the decision, ‘Australia’s national interest comes first’. The Prime Minister has not specifically referred to Beijing’s massive military buildup in the…

China’s Xi warns of ‘interference’ as Australia brushes off anger | South China Sea News

Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned against “interference from external forces” in the region, as Australia shrugged off Beijing’s growing anger about its decision to acquire US nuclear-powered submarines, and promised to defend the rule of law in airspace and waters where China has staked hotly contested claims. In an address before the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Friday, Xi urged heads of state to “absolutely resist external forces to interfere [in] countries in our region at any excuse, and hold the future of our countries’ development and progress firmly…

China threatens to sail its navy into Hawaiian waters as US and Australia announce defence pact

China today threatened to send its Navy into Hawaiian waters in the latest round of sabre rattling in the Pacific after Australia, the US and Britain announced a new naval alliance in the region.  Four Chinese vessels have already been spotted sailing off the coast of Alaska this week in a display of naval power amid increasing tensions as a global nuclear submarine pact was signed to take on Beijing.  A  Chinese guided-missile cruiser, guided-missile destroyer, general intelligence vessel, and an auxiliary vessel were spotted off the coast of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands during surveillance…

Japan’s defense minister calls for peace in Strait

Staff writer, with CNA, TOKYO Japanese Minister of Defense Nobuo Kishi in a speech in Vietnam on Sunday highlighted the importance of peace in the Taiwan Strait and the vital role Taiwan can play in the world. Kishi made the remarks at the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense in Hanoi, a day after he met with Vietnamese Minister of Defense Phan Van Giang, when he mentioned Taiwan and the importance of freedom of navigation and overflight in the Indo-Pacific region. “Taiwan is located at the nexus of the East China…

China and Vietnam should avoid expanding South China Sea conflict – Wang Yi of China

File Photo: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi listens during a meeting in Manila, Philippines, on January 16, 2021.Francis Marasig / Pool via REUTERS // File photo September 11, 2021 Shanghai (Reuters) – China and Vietnam should refrain from unilateral action on the South China Sea, which could complicate the situation and widen the conflict, China’s senior diplomat Wang Yi told Vietnamese officials. .. The Secretary of State was talking to Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Fam Binh Min during his visit to Vietnam, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.…

The Philippines-US Alliance at 70 – The Diplomat

Magazine The 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty became the most important element in the Philippine-U.S. alliance. How can it remain relevant in a changing Indo-Pacific? U.S. Marines and Philippine Marines conduct drills during Exercise Balikatan 2019, at Naval Education and Training Command, April 5, 2019. Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christian Ayers Advertisement In December 2018, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana declared during a press briefing that the Department of National Defense (DND) was reviewing the 1951 U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) and its relevance in the 21st…