Vietnam protests China’s illegal corporate registrations on Paracel Islands

“Vietnam’s consistent stance is to strongly protest the formation of what is called the Sansha City and relevant activities that seriously violate Vietnam’s sovereignty,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a press meet Thursday. Hang was responding to inquiries to information that since 2012, China has registered over 400 companies in what it calls “Sansha City” on Woody Island, which is part of Vietnam’s Paracel Islands. The information was first announced last month on the official website of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) under the Center…

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 crisis: China promises fierce counterattack if US strike fortified islands | World | News

China’s state-run news platform the Global Times has accused the US military of planning to send MQ-9 Reaper to attack three Chinese fortified islands in the South China Sea. The threatening from the Global Times was that China “will not hesitate in the face of extreme provocation and attack”. The state-run propaganda platform added: “If Washington wants to try its luck, the Chinese military and Chinese people will surely rise to the challenge and fight to the end.” The news platform that is owned by Communist Party official newspaper the…

China Begins Construction in Spratly Islands

MANILA—China has begun a construction project in the disputed Spratly Islands, drawing a formal protest from the Philippines, which said the move violates a longstanding pledge not to build on any of the South China Sea’s contested islands. The project is the latest example of Beijing’s increasingly assertive behavior in the South China Sea, a week after it boldly deployed a large oil rig, guarded by a flotilla of ships, to disputed waters east of Vietnam. That action sparked anti-Chinese protests and violence against factories in Vietnam, and prompted U.S.…

India v China: US Navy sends submarine hunting aircraft to Indian islands | World | News

For the first time in 45 years, the two nations were involved in a bloody altercation in the contested Galwan Valley border in Ladakh in June. At least 20 Indian soldiers and 35 Chinese troops were killed. Since then, both sides have increased their military presence along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Now, a long-range anti-submarine warfare and maritime surveillance aircraft from the US Navy has landed at the Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair, amid growing tensions. According to the US Navy, the aircraft landed at the…

Amid India-China Tensions, A US Navy P8 Submarine-Hunting Aircraft Landed At Andaman And Nicobar Islands Last Week. Here’s Why

Amid tensions between India and China in eastern Ladakh, long-range anti-submarine warfare and maritime surveillance aircraft of the US Navy, Boeing-built P-8 Poseidon, landed at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands last week. From a picture posted by Livefist, observers said, the aircraft appears to have landed at the Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair. The US Navy aircraft, the defence blog says in a tweet, landed at the strategically located island chain in the Indian Ocean for refueling. Experts said the aircraft may have been refueled under the Logistics…

Vietnam seeks talks on Paracel Islands dispute

The president of Vietnam called for talks on competing claims to the South China Sea during a call with his Chinese counterpart on Tuesday, according to Vietnamese state media. As Beijing continued military drills near the Paracel Islands – which both countries claim – Nguyen Phu Trong suggested to Xi Jinping the two countries should “work together to address their existing problems, especially on maritime issues”, according to Vietnamese communist party newspaper Nhan Dan. The Chinese foreign ministry said the two leaders stressed the need for cooperation over conflict. Get…

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…