Beijing has ‘fully militarized’ isles

SOUTH CHINA SEA: US Indo-Pacific Commander Admiral John Aquilino said if deterrence fails in the disputed area, ‘my second mission is to be prepared to fight and win’ China has fully militarized at least three of several islands it built up in the disputed South China Sea, arming them with anti-ship and anti-aircraft missile systems, laser and jamming equipment, and fighter jets in an increasingly aggressive move that threatens all nations operating nearby, a top US military commander said on Sunday. US Indo-Pacific Commander Admiral John Aquilino said that the…

Argentina and China share “territorial integrity” concept. Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan “a provocation,” Argentine ambassador in Beijing — MercoPress

Argentina and China share “territorial integrity” concept. Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan “a provocation,” Argentine ambassador in Beijing Monday, August 8th 2022 – 09:48 UTC Sabino Vaca Narvaja strongly defended the concept of “territorial integrity”, which likewise with Taiwan, applies to the Falkland/Malvinas Islands in its sovereignty dispute with the United Kingdom Argentine controversial ambassador to China, Sabiuo Vaca Narvaja openly supported Beijing’s position condemning US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visit to Taiwan, which he described as “a provocation” and “a problem for the international community”. Sabino…

Moment to take India’s stand against Beijing in US-China face-off over TaiwanSEXI News

New Delhi: China’s response has been dominated by talks surrounding United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, but the region itself has been marred by the two powers and their struggle for dominance. India, which wants to be a serious player in the Indo-Pacific region, should take a stand, says Harsh V Pant, professor of international relations at King’s College. What matters, as Pant points out, is that India is “waging a war on the border with China… (so) how can you be non-aligned? The options…

‘Abusing China’s restraint’: Beijing accuses Australia of provocation at sea | South China Sea

China has accused Australia of provocation in the South China Sea and said Australia – along with the United States and Canada – must “refrain from abusing China’s restraint”. Foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin was responding to a question about recent military encounters in the South China Sea, including reports in Politico that a Chinese fighter jet had an “unsafe” and “unprofessional” interaction with an American C-130 aircraft. Politico reported that the interaction came amid more aggressive military actions by Chinese pilots involving Australian and Canadian planes. Just after the…

Indonesia Seeks Local Partners to Offset Beijing in South China Sea

China Coast Guard vessel as seen from the deck of an Indonesian Navy warship (Indonesian Navy) Published Jan 23, 2022 5:11 PM by The Lowy Interpreter By Huynh Tâm Sáng] Tensions with China over the South China Sea have prompted Indonesia to invite maritime security officials from five ASEAN member states – Brunei, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam – to meet in February to discuss a possible joint response to Beijing’s growing assertiveness. Jakarta’s bold move is worth consideration as Indonesia is a non-claimant state in…

Beijing says it has right to develop South China Sea islands

China on Tuesday said it has the right to develop islands in the South China Sea, responding to criticism from the U.S. on Sunday that Beijing had fully militarized three islands in the region. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin called the islands “necessary national defense facilities” within Chinese territory in line with international law, according to The Associated Press. Wang then criticized the U.S. of aiming to “stir up trouble and make provocations,” which “seriously threatens the sovereignty and security of coastal countries and undermines the order and…