Cooperation among ASEAN members key in global fight vs illegal maritime acts – PCG chief – Manila Bulletin

Maritime law enforcment agencies from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should enhance their collaboration to win the fight against transnational crimes at sea and preserve the stability in the region. Adm. Artemio Abu (third from left), Commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard, links arms with his counterparts from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam during the ASEAN Coast Guard and Maritime Law Enforcement Agencies Meeting 2022. The meeting was held from Nov. 22 to 23, 2022 in Bali, Indonesia. (Photo by PCG) Adm. Artemio Abu, Commandant…

PH, Georgia initiate maritime cooperation focusing on seafarers’ certification – Manila Bulletin

The Philippine government has beefed up its maritime cooperation with the government of Georgia by working on seafarers’ certification recognition as sea-based Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) face risk of decertification from the European Maritime Safety Authority (Emsa). During the 2nd Philippines-Georgia Political Consultations in Manila on October 27, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ma. Theresa Lazaro met with Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Khvtisiashvili to propose maritime cooperation between the two countries. Photo courtesy of DFA The focus was on the recognition of seafarers’ certificate recognition, considering that the Philippines and Georgia…

PCG committed to secure PH maritime territory – Abu – Manila Bulletin

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reiterated Wednesday, Oct. 19, its commitment to secure the country’s maritime territory amid continued reports of intrusion by foreign vessels. Pres. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. graces the 121st founding anniversary of the Philippine Coast Guard with PCG Commandant, Adm. Artemio Abu, at the PCG Headquarters in Port Area, Manila on Oct. 19, 2022. (Photo by Philippine Information Agency via PCG) Adm. Artemio Abu, PCG Commandant, said they will continue to adhere President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s directive not to give even a square of an inch of…

Why Chinese Maritime Expansion Is A Threat To The World

While countries claim their land borders based on multiple considerations, the claim on the seas has been primarily limited to Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) which extends to 200 nautical miles from the baseline. The EEZ includes the territorial sea which extends to 12 nautical miles. While the countries have sovereign rights over the territorial sea, the EEZ provides them the right to existing natural resources. Various countries tend to violate or exploit these norms by laying claim to even uninhabited islands far from their shores. China has also laid claims…

US State Department Study Dismisses China’s ‘Unlawful Maritime Claims’ in South China Sea – The Diplomat

Advertisement The U.S. State Department concluded in a new legal analysis that “the PRC asserts unlawful maritime claims in most of the South China Sea, including an unlawful historic rights claim.” “With the release of this latest study, the United States calls again on the PRC to conform its maritime claims to international law as reflected in the Law of the Sea Convention, to comply with the decision of the arbitral tribunal in its award of July 12, 2016, in The South China Sea Arbitration, and to cease its unlawful and…

Not a hero? 2 PNP maritime units ‘red-tag’ Ninoy Aquino on death anniversary – Manila Bulletin

On Sunday, August 21, the country commemorated the 39th death anniversary of the late senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., also known as the Ninoy Aquino Day, but two maritime units of the Philippine National Police (PNP) chose to besmirch the reputation of the late democracy icon’s name on social media. In a now deleted post, a Twitter account which says it represents the Quezon Maritime Police Station of the PNP’s Maritime Group (MG) posted a photo of combatants holding guns with red paint on their faces, imitating the looks of…

Chinese ship at Hambantota calls for New Delhi to look closely at its maritime strategy

What explains Sri Lanka’s U-turn on the docking of the Chinese ship Yuan Wang-5 at Hambantota? Days after it asked Beijing to defer the visit of its research ship to Hambantota port citing security considerations, Colombo reversed its decision, in apparent disregard of Indian concerns. New Delhi had protested the Chinese vessel’s visit, deeming it detrimental to India’s security. One explanation for Colombo’s change of heart is that the visiting Chinese ship is not classified as a warship, and therefore, does not warrant being barred entry in a Sri Lankan…

China To Hold One-Day Military Drills In South China Sea On Friday – Maritime Authority

BEIJING (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 17th August, 2022) Chinese military will hold exercises in several parts of the South China Sea off the coast of the southern island province of Hainan, the Hainan maritime safety administration said on Wednesday. According to the authority, the maneuvers are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (02:00 to 05:00 GMT) on August 19. “Ships will be banned from entering the areas during the exercises,” the maritime administration said. No further details were provided. On Tuesday, China staged military exercises in five areas…

Australia seeks closer maritime cooperation with Brunei

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – The Australian government is keen to deepen maritime cooperation with Brunei through increased defence engagement and academic training to strengthen international law in the South China Sea. Following Brunei-Australia senior officials’ talks last month, Australian High Commissioner Luke Arnold said maritime issues represent the “most important” aspect of bilateral cooperation. The envoy explained that Canberra aims to “intensify” bilateral training on international law of the sea, in order to build a cadre of Bruneian experts who can address challenges to sovereignty in the South China Sea,…

Talks with China on rail projects, maritime cooperation resume

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has resumed its transportation development talks with China and is now also looking into pursuing maritime cooperation projects.  The Department of Transportation on Sunday said Transport Secretary Jaime Bautista met with Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian at the Chinese Embassy in Makati last week, where they “agreed to restart negotiations for major transport projects.”  This includes the major China-funded railway projects previously reported terminated, including the Philippine National Railway South Long Haul Project or the PNR Bicol, the Subic-Clark Railway Project, and the Mindanao Railway. In…