Chinese troops drive away fishing vessels from disputed waters — BenarNews

A newly emerged video made by the Chinese military shows how People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops on China-occupied islands in the South China Sea have been driving away fishing boats from neighboring countries despite a tribunal ruling against Chinese claims. During last weekend’s Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, soldiers stationed on Mischief Reef, an artificial island that China has occupied since 1994, “successfully” warned away an unidentified foreign fishing boat from surrounding waters, state-run national military channel CCTV-7 reported on Monday. In 2016, an international tribunal in The Hague ruled that Mischief…

‘Need to check China’s action in disputed sea’ | Daily Express Online

PAPAR: Papar Member of Parliament  Ahmad Hassan reiterated his call to the government to take the tension in the South China Sea seriously following a series of Chinese military incursions into state-owned areas. ADVERTISEMENT Ahmad, who is also the Supreme Council Member (AMT) of Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan), said it was necessary because China’s actions in the South China Sea clearly did not respect the country’s sovereignty.He said the tension that occurred in Taiwan was added when the military activities of  the People Liberation Army (PLA) were carried out in…

Chinese troops drive away fishing vessels from disputed waters — Radio Free Asia

A newly emerged Chinese military video shows how People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops on China-occupied islands in the South China Sea have been driving away fishing vessels from neighboring countries despite a tribunal ruling against Chinese claims. State-run national military channel CCTV-7 reported on Monday that during last weekend’s Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, soldiers stationed on Mischief Reef, an artificial island that China has occupied since 1994, “successfully” warned away an unidentified foreign fishing boat from surrounding waters. In 2016, an international tribunal in the Hague ruled that Mischief Reef, located…

NSA Carlos drafts possible legal framework for disputed South China Sea – Manila Bulletin

National Security Advisor (NSA) Clarita R. Carlos on Friday, Sept. 2, said that she is drafting a book on regional fishing agreement that may become a regulatory framework or common legal framework for the six countries that are claiming sovereignty over the South China Sea. National Security Advisor Clarita R. Carlos (Jel Santos/Manila Bulletin) The six countries with territorial claims to the South China Sea are the Philippines, Brunei, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Vietnam. “Siguro kailangan talaga ng isang regulatory framework (Maybe we need a regulatory framework) and that’s exactly…

China holds 5-day military exercise in disputed South China Sea — BenarNews

China announced a large-scale military exercise in the South China Sea after an American aircraft carrier sailed near the contested Spratly Islands and a U.S. Navy destroyer conducted consecutive sail-throughs. The Hainan Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) issued a navigation warning on Friday, saying military drills would take place from Saturday to Wednesday in a large area overlapping the Paracel Islands, an archipelago contested by China, Taiwan and Vietnam but controlled entirely by China. A navigation warning is a public advisory notice to mariners about changes to navigational aids and current…

WMO omits China’s disputed ‘nine-dash line’ from heatwave map following Vietnam’s request

Taking cognizance of a request made by the Vietnamese government, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) deleted the “nine-dash line” from a heatwave map which was posted on its Facebook page on August 22. The UN agency revised its article regarding the ongoing heatwaves in China, removing the “nine-dash line” and only including the mainland portion of the East Asian country. The WMO took the call after following a request from Vietnam urging the UN agency to remove the controversial nine-dash line in order to respect its sovereignty in the East…

More ‘Unsafe’ Encounters Between Australian and Chinese Forces Near Disputed South China Sea Region 

SYDNEY —  Australia’s new Air Force Chief has said surveillance missions would continue in the South China Sea despite a “recent spate of unsafe incidences” in the contested region. In May, a Royal Australian Air Force surveillance plane was intercepted by a Chinese fighter jet in international air space claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea region. At the time, officials in Canberra accused Beijing, Australia’s biggest trading partner, of intimidation. Since then, bilateral ties have been strained in recent years over various geo-political, diplomatic and trade disputes. And…

Senate bill filed asserting West Philippine Sea designation in disputed area 

PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD A PHILIPPINE senator has filed a bill that seeks to assert the country’s rights in the South China Sea by formalizing the designation of its claimed territory as West Philippine Sea through legislation.   Under Senate Bill 405, the identified maritime area — including the air space, seabed, and subsoil — will be officially named as the West Philippine Sea or the Kanlurang Dagat ng Pilipinas as part of the Philippines’ “inherent right to designate the names of its maritime areas.”   “As patriotic citizens, we should assert our…

China lashes out as U.S. Navy destroyer sails near disputed islands — Radio Free Asia

A U.S. Navy Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on Wednesday has drawn a strong reaction from Chinese military officials who said the U.S. warship “illegally trespassed” into its waters. A spokesman from the Southern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), whose areas of responsibility include the South China Sea, said in a press release that the command “organized air, naval forces to track and warn away USS Benfold destroyer that illegally trespassed into Chinese territorial waters off Xisha Islands.”…

China fumes over U.S. Navy destroyer’s patrol in disputed South China Sea

Beijing — The U.S. Navy on Wednesday sailed a destroyer close to China-controlled islands in the South China Sea. Washington said the patrol was aimed at asserting freedom of navigation through the strategic seaway, virtually all of which China claims as its territorial waters. The guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold sailed past the Paracel Islands and continued thereafter with operations in the South China Sea. The operation “upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea,” the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a news release. The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class…