US warship sails by China-claimed Spratly Islands

Washington, United States — An American warship sailed through waters off the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Thursday, in the latest challenge to Beijing’s sweeping territorial claims in the region. Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain “asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Spratly Islands,” the US Seventh fleet said in a statement. “This freedom of navigation operation… upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Vietnam, and Taiwan,” it added.…

China reacts to Biden’s remarks on Senkaku Islands

US President-elect Joe Biden in phone calls with the leaders of Australia, Japan and South Korea on Thursday emphasised on maintaining a secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific region. According to foreign media reports, Joe Biden declared that US security guarantees apply to Japan’s administration of the disputed Senkaku Islands, in the President-elect’s first significant foreign policy move related to China. China’s reiterates its stance on Senkaku Islands Irked by Biden’s move, China has reacted sharply to remarks made by the US President-elect on the US commitment to helping Japan defend the…

US Navy destroyer Lassen nears Spratly islands, China territory challenged

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters The USS Lassen, a guided-missile destroyer, is nearing a 12-nautical-mile limit around artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea, and will be in the area for several hours, a U.S. defense official said on Monday. The Navy patrol marks…

‘Siony’ may reach Batanes, Babuyan islands on Friday morning

A slow-moving severe tropical storm “Siony” (international name “Atsani”) continued to crawl towards Batanes and Babuyan Islands, which prompted authorities to also place Batanes under tropical cyclone wind signal No. 1 on Wednesday evening. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Siony is more likely to make landfall or move close to Batanes and Babuyan Islands by Friday morning. It will begin to accelerate and move west or west-northwest towards the Luzon Strait in the next 48 hours.  In its severe weather bulletin issued at 11 p.m.,…

Senkaku Islands: Japan and China both claim these islands as their own. Now the US is showing Tokyo how it can help defend them

Speaking aboard a Japanese warship Monday, Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, commander of US Forces Japan, said the exercises would demonstrate the ability of the US-Japan alliance “to deliver combat troops to defend the Senkakus or respond to other crises or contingencies.” Both Tokyo and Beijing claim the Senkaku Islands, known as the Diaoyus in China, as their own, but Japan has administered them since 1972. Tensions over the uninhabited rocky chain, 1,200 miles (1,900 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo, have simmered for years, and with claims over them dating back centuries,…

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…