Asean, Japan to boost maritime security cooperation

Foreign ministers from Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Thursday pledged to cooperate in promoting maritime security in the Indo-Pacific in a veiled counter to China’s muscle-flexing in regional waters. In a meeting with his Asean counterparts in Phnom Penh, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi voiced “strong opposition” to any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo by force in the East and South China seas, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said. The ministry, however, did not say whether the ministers discussed simmering tensions between China and the…

Malaysia receives first maritime patrol aircraft upgraded with US funding

MELBOURNE, Australia — The U.S. Navy has delivered to Malaysia the first of three transport aircraft upgraded to perform maritime patrol missions using U.S. funding meant to help regional nations improve maritime security. U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, known as NAVAIR, announced Wednesday the service transferred PTDI CN-235 to the Royal Malaysian Air Force nearly four years after the U.S. signed a letter of offer and acceptance for the project. The aircraft was upgraded with an unspecified maritime surveillance mission suite. It also incorporates a maritime surveillance radar, electro-optical infrared…

South China Sea Dispute: Pompeo welcomes rejection of China’s maritime claims in South China Sea at UN

 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday welcomed the rejection of China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea at the United Nations by the United Kingdom, Germany and France.He said that China must abide by all international norms. “We welcome the UK, Germany, and France’s rejection of China’s unlawful maritime claims in the South China Sea at the United Nations. China must abide by international norms. We join our allies in rejecting the idea that “might makes right,” Pompeo tweeted. This statement comes after in a joint note…

Japan, ASEAN vow to cooperate in maritime security in Indo-Pacific

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, 5th from left, and his Southeast Asian counterparts pose for photos in Phnom Penh on Aug. 4, 2022. (Photo courtesy of the Japanese Foreign Ministry/Kyodo) PHNOM PENH (Kyodo) — Foreign ministers from Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Thursday pledged to cooperate in promoting maritime security in the Indo-Pacific in a veiled counter to China’s muscle-flexing in regional waters. In a meeting with his ASEAN counterparts in Phnom Penh, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi…

Malaysia’s maritime security needs beefing up

Malaysia needs to bolster its maritime security to protect the country’s territorial integrity, thwart increasing threats from intrusions and large-scale illegal fishing. Bait Al Amanah founding director Dr Abdul Razak Ahmad called for greater defence and security investment for the Armed Forces to enhance its capabilities to safeguard the country’s maritime assets and resources. He cautioned that failing to do so would leave Malaysia’s long coastline and exclusive economic zone (EEZ) vulnerable to exploitation by other parties, including the depletion of the country’s fish stocks. “Illegal fishing is an indicator…

China defends sweeping maritime claims after US criticism

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday defended its “historical rights” to virtually the entire South China Sea, following a new U.S. government report saying Beijing’s claims are almost entirely invalid. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin called the State Department report “Limits in the Seas,” issued this month, an attempt to “distort international law, confuse the public, sow discord and disrupt the regional situation.” “China has historical rights in the South China Sea. China’s sovereignty and related rights and interests in the South China Sea have been established in a long…

China’s Vast Maritime Claims Are Becoming Reality – The Diplomat

Advertisement On June 13th, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin held an extraordinary press conference in which he made a series of audacious statements about the sprawling reach of Beijing’s territorial sovereignty and administrative authority. Placed in the context of China’s other recent actions and statements, the incredible size and shape of its regional ambitions are brought into sharp relief. In simple terms, Beijing is determined to thoroughly dominate its region. Wang began by addressing Canada’s protests over China’s harassment of its reconnaissance aircraft, which were enforcing United Nations sanctions of North…

Chinese maritime militia threatens order in South China Sea, US think tank says — Radio Free Asia

Hundreds of Chinese maritime militia vessels are operating in contested areas of the South China Sea on a consistent basis, according to a new U.S. think tank report that says this poses a significant challenge to “maritime order rooted in international law.” The Washington, D.C.,-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), says that for years China has been funding the expansion of the militia to assert its claims in the South China Sea. In its report published Friday, Pulling Back the Curtain on China’s Maritime Militia, CSIS provides a…

Chinese Academic Ding Duo: ‘China Has Sovereignty, Sovereign Rights, And Jurisdiction Over The Taiwan Strait,’ U.S. Considers It ‘International Waters’ To Pursue ‘Maritime Hegemony’

In June 13, 2022 statements, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin asserted that the Taiwan Strait is not international waters, calling it “an inalienable part of China’s territory.” He explained: “The Taiwan Strait ranges in width from about 70 nautical miles at its narrowest and 220 nautical miles at its widest. According to UNCLOS [United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea] and Chinese laws, the waters of the Taiwan Strait, extending from both shores toward the middle of the Strait, are divided into several zones including internal waters,…