Malaysia Releases Crew of Chinese Boats it Detained for Trespassing

Malaysian authorities have released all crew members of six Chinese-flagged fishing boats whom it had detained for allegedly trespassing in its territorial waters off southern Johor state earlier this month, a senior Malaysian security source told BenarNews on Thursday. The six boats and 60 crew were intercepted in territorial waters off Tanjung Setapa, on Johor’s southeastern coast on Oct. 9, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said at the time. Three days after the vessels and crew were detained, China asked Malaysia to carry out a fair investigation in accordance…

Pratas atoll declared ‘danger zone’ as Chinese combat planes fly over

It’s just a bunch of coral. But Pratas atoll between Taiwan and China has been declared a “danger zone” as combat aircraft ply the skies overhead. Beijing is showing increasing interest in the isolated Pratas (also known as Tungsha or Dongsha) atoll – one of Taiwan’s few South China Sea outposts. Beijing’s ongoing campaign of testing Taipei’s air defences has fallen into a pattern in recent weeks. Provocative crossings of the Median Line between the two nations are rare but significant. Instead, isolating the remote outcrop of coral appears to…

As US election nears, some Chinese firms turn away from the world | China News

Down a side street near Shenzhen’s university cluster, a drone swoops down between low-slung, graffiti-covered buildings, coming to rest in a large utility box where a robotic arm swaps out its batteries for new ones. Moments later the drone rises and whizzes off again to carry on its work. Wang Yang, founder and CEO of DY Innovations, which designs automated systems for industrial drones such as this one used to inspect power lines and solar panels, is doing brisk business. Wang, who studied in the United States for four years…

Crumbling Chinese dream

Standing against the combined resources of numerous countries in a militaristic misadventure, statements from Beijing are reflective of pressure, not confidence Chinese history, taught in its formative schools, is complex, wounded and deliberately provocative as it aims to undo the “century of humiliation” that ostensibly ended with the advent of the Communists in 1949 under Chairman Mao Zedong. Seeds of revenge, insecurities and expansionist tendencies were assiduously sown and harnessed by the focussed efforts of the single-party regime. This transformational narrative of the deprived past to that of the dreams…

Malaysia detains Chinese vessels for trespassing in territorial waters as Japan warns of same

According to a statement, 60 Chinese nationals were detained during an operation off the eastern coast of Johor, the southern Malaysian state which borders Singapore. Their vessels, all of which were registered in Qinhuangdao, a port in northern China, were en route to Mauritania, West Africa, when they trespassed in Malaysian waters, the country’s maritime authorities said. Malaysia reported 89 intrusions by Chinese coastguard and navy ships between 2016 and 2019, as tensions continue to escalate between the United States and China over Beijing’s claims to most of the resource-rich…

F-16, Su-30 Fighter Jets Engage In ‘Intense Dogfight’ After Chinese Jets Intrude Into Taiwanese Airspace

In a recent row of events at the South China Sea when the PLA Air Force (PLAAF) tried to push into the Taiwanese islands during the visit of a top American diplomat, reports reveal that a brief dogfight ensued between the Taiwanese F-16s and the PLAAF Su-30MKK, in which the former forced the latter to retreat.   UK’ Sixth-Gen Fighter Jet Will Infuse £25 Billion, 20,000 Jobs Into The British Economy, But Can The Country Afford It? According to a news published by a Taiwanese news agency, the Su-30MKKs were providing…

The Chinese fleet, the world’s largest, accused of spearheading decline in once-abundant squid stocks

More than a hundred kilometres from shore, near the coast of West Africa, I accompanied marine police officers from Gambia as they arrested 15 foreign ships for labour violations and illegal fishing over the course of a week in 2019. All but one of the vessels arrested were from China. At the beginning of that same year, during a month-long voyage on a toothfish longliner headed into Antarctic waters from Punta Arenas, Chile, the only other ships we passed were a dozen rusty Chinese purse seiners that looked barely seaworthy.…

Lacson backs fellow senators who questioned influx of Chinese construction workers

News / National / Lacson backs fellow senators who questioned influx of Chinese construction workers Lacson backs fellow senators who questioned influx of Chinese construction workers Senators have expressed alarm at the influx of foreign workers brought in by Chinese construction firms undertaking infrastructure projects in the Philippines. Senator Panfilo M. Lacson (SENATE OF THE PHILIPPINES / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Senators Panfilo M. Lacson said Senators Joel Villanueva, chairman of the Senate labor committee, and opposition Senator Francis Pangilinan were right in questioning Department of Public Works and Highways…

Chinese Survey Ship Spotted Off Coast of Central Vietnam

China has sent a survey ship with a Coast Guard escort into Vietnamese waters of the South China Sea, ship tracking data show. Vietnam has yet to react publicly to the deployment, but it comes at a diplomatically sensitive time. The new prime minister of Japan is set to visit Vietnam next week, and the Nikkei newspaper reported Wednesday that Japan is planning to sell defense equipment to Vietnam – a move that is likely to be opposed by China, which views Japan as a strategic rival. The Shiyan-1 survey…

Chinese ships remain in Japanese waters near Senkakus for record time

Naha – Chinese Coast Guard ships that entered Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea over the weekend have remained there for a record length of time, the Japan Coast Guard said Tuesday. The two ships entered the waters near the islands, which are claimed by China, at around 10:47 a.m. Sunday, and attempted to approach a Japanese fishing boat, the coast guard said. They have remained in the waters since then, although Japanese coast guard vessels in the area have repeatedly urged them to…