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…

PH, Australia uphold freedom of navigation rights in disputed S. China Sea

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Australian Senator Linda Reynolds during the bilateral meeting that was held at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, October 22, 2020. Department of National Defense/Handout MANILA — The Philippines and Australia upheld Thursday the importance of freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea during the first visit of Australia’s defense minister in the country.  Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Australian Defense Minister Sen. Linda Reynolds emphasized the need to maintain freedom of navigation and overflight in the disputed area in compliance…

South China Sea news: US pushes Beijing as Trump sends warships to disputed waters | World | News

The strike group travelled into the Taiwan Strait on Thursday led by the USS Ronald Reagan. Training included flight operations with fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. The group also undertook maritime strike exercises and coordinated tactical training, the US Navy said in a statement. The US regularly sends warships through the disputed waterway, an action which China condemns. China claims nine-tenths of the South China Sea, through which some $4trillion (£3.06trillion) of trade passes each year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have competing claims. The US Navy said the…

‘Immediately stop’: China’s warning to US after destroyer stand-off in disputed waters

The guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain crossed through the South China Sea, passing near the disputed Paracel Islands, on Friday. File photo / Wikipedia Beijing is doubling down on its assertion of total control over the South China Sea, swarming warships and aircraft around a US destroyer as it sailed through international waters at the weekend. “We urge the US side to immediately stop such kind of provocative actions, strictly manage and control its maritime and air military operations so as not to cause any eventuality,” a Chinese military spokesman…

Japan protests to China for entering Japanese waters off disputed East China Sea islands

TOKYO: Tokyo has lodged protests to Beijing over the entry of Chinese coast guard ships into Japan‘s territorial waters off disputed East China Sea islands and their refusal to move out for a third day Tuesday, Japanese officials said. The two Chinese ships entered the Japanese-claimed waters Sunday morning, appearing to approach a Japanese fishing boat carrying three crew members. They have remained there, while ignoring repeated warnings and exit demands by the Japanese side, Japanese coast guard officials said. Chinese coast guard vessels routinely violate territorial waters around the…

U.S. warship sails near disputed South China Sea islands: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Sunday, a U.S. official told Reuters, potentially angering Beijing at a time of tense relations between the two countries. An aerial view of uninhabited island of Spratlys in the disputed South China Sea, April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro Beijing and Washington are locked in a trade war that has seen them impose increasingly severe rounds of tariffs on each other’s imports. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the…

South China Sea news: Tensions surge as fish stocks plummet in disputed waters | World | News

China has the largest fishing fleet in the world and claims up to 80 percent of the contested South China Sea. China has continued to increase its military presence in the rich waterways and has already established military outposts on the Paracel Islands and the Spratly Islands – two disputed archipelagos in the region. A report by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has found fishing stocks in the region have plummeted by 95 percent since the 1950s. In the past two decades the CSIS also estimate the number…

South China Sea news : Beijing’s brutal ‘fire-power’ in disputed waters sparks WW3 alert | World | News

China claims it has a historic right of ownership to almost the entire South China Sea, despite a 2016 international arbitration ruling saying Beijing’s claim had no legal basis under international law. But the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei also have overlapping claims to parts of it. DWF’s Head of Transport, Jonathan Moss, has explained China’s presence puts rival nations on alert due as they don’t “share the same firepower”. Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Moss said: “It covers 1.4million square miles, there’s fish, there are potentially billions of barrels…

US Simulates Takedown Of Hostile Ship, ‘Flexing’ In Disputed South China Sea

U.S. Marines conducted a simulated takedown of a hostile ship in the South China Sea last week in a supposed “flex” against Chinese claims in the hotly disputed waters, according to a press release from the service. The USS Germantown stood in as a “foreign ship that had been identified as a non-compliant vessel transporting illicit cargo,” which was taken down by Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s maritime raid force, the press release said. Cpl. Richard Simons IV, a reconnaissance marine with the Maritime Raid Force (MRF), 31st Marine…

China Declares ‘No Go Zone’ Near Disputed Islands In The South China Sea As It Conducts Another Provocative Drills

Amid the heightening tensions at the South China Sea especially with Taiwan, the PLA has begun yet another round of aggressive military drills near the Paracel Islands and in the Bohai Sea. Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict: Why Armenia Needs To Pull-Out From Occupied-Regions Of Azerbaijan: OPED The information was given by China’s Maritime Safety Administration on their website on Monday, and it follows the American accusations of Beijing using the militarised outposts in the region as areas of coercion and dominance. The notices declared a no-go zone near these islands from 0700…