South China Sea news: Beijing fires ‘dozens of missiles’ in two-day exercise | 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. An official Chinese outlet said air-to-air missiles were launched during a two-day military exercise on Hainan Island this week. The drill was attended by up to 100 soldiers and was organised by the naval force of the Southern Theatre Command of the…

Submerged optimism in the South China Sea: Inquirer columnist, Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – On the morning it was announced that the President had lifted the moratorium on oil exploration in the West Philippine Sea, the shares of PXP Energy went up nearly 50 per cent. Forum Energy, a PXP subsidiary, has a pending project in Recto Bank. The suspension of oil exploration was imposed in 2014 and formalised in March 2015, because, as Forum Energy stated at the time, “the Philippine Department of Energy has granted a force majeure on Service Contract 72 (SC 72) because…

South China Sea in ‘freefall’ as US and Beijing aggression makes conflict risk ‘high’ | World | News

Beijing’s intense militarisation of the region has led to increased concerns over conflict between the US and China. Described by many as “island fortresses”, China has engulfed the South China Sea with man-made island bases and has been accused of forming them specifically for military purposes. The key issue for other Asian neighbours is the placement of these bases in archipelagos that are under sovereignty claims by multiple countries. The Spratly Islands are claimed by China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei – and have become the cornerstone of…

China has the world′s largest navy — what now for the US? | Asia| An in-depth look at news from across the continent | DW

When the US destroyer John S. McCain sailed near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea two weeks ago, it was quickly met and tracked by ships and planes from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The spokesperson for the PLA’s Southern Theater Command, Colonel Zhang Nandong, said the McCain’s presence was “a military provocation” that “seriously violated China’s sovereignty and security interests, and gravely jeopardized peace and stability in the South China Sea.” China claims the small archipelago as the Xisha Islands, as well as sovereignty over most of the South…

Japan PM pushes closer SE Asia ties | Guardian News

Japan’s new prime minister has pledged to help Southeast Asian nations boost their maritime security capabilities as he pushed his country’s vision for greater international cooperation to counter China’s influence in the region. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, speaking in the Indonesian capital on Wednesday, also took a thinly veiled dig at China’s activities in the disputed South China Sea. Beijing has built and militarised manmade islands in the sea and is pressing its claim to virtually all of its key fisheries and waterways. A number of Southeast Asian nations dispute…

South China Sea: Indonesia snubs US by rejecting requests to host spy planes | World | News

US officials sent “high-level” requests in July and August to Indonesia’s defence and foreign ministers. However, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo refuted the help. The request comes as tensions between US and China mount over their influence in Southeastern Asian territories. Indonesia has a long-standing neutral stance to avoid entering conflict. It does not allow foreign defence forces to operate within its boundaries. The country does not officially claim the disputed South China Sea territory, but observes part of it as its own. It has frequently expelled Chinese coastguard boats and fishing…

DVIDS – News – U.S., Japan, Australia Conduct Trilateral Naval Exercises in South China Sea

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 20, 2020) – Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in the South China Sea for multinational exercises, Oct. 19. Participants included John S. McCain, JS Kirisame (DD 104) of the JMSDF, and HMAS Arunta (FFH 151) of the RAN. These exercises marked the fifth time of 2020 that Australia, Japan, and the U.S. have conducted operations together in the 7th Fleet area of operations. Throughout the naval exercises,…

As US election nears, some Chinese firms turn away from the world | China News

Down a side street near Shenzhen’s university cluster, a drone swoops down between low-slung, graffiti-covered buildings, coming to rest in a large utility box where a robotic arm swaps out its batteries for new ones. Moments later the drone rises and whizzes off again to carry on its work. Wang Yang, founder and CEO of DY Innovations, which designs automated systems for industrial drones such as this one used to inspect power lines and solar panels, is doing brisk business. Wang, who studied in the United States for four years…

South China Sea news: Fishing on ‘verge of collapse’ as tensions soar in the waters | World | News

The South China Sea is now believed to be the highest biodiversity place on earth, according to marine biologist John McManus. He said there is about 570 species of coral in the region and this high level brings thousands of species of fish. Professor McManus is urging local governments to establish a regulatory authority to stop the destruction of offshore reefs and clamp down on overfishing. It comes as an army chief warned that China is creating a “potential flash point” in the disputed waters with its military force. Last week,…

South China Sea news: Canada urges NATO to track Beijing | World | News

The South China Sea is a highly contested region which faces claims of ownership from China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines. Now Canada has accused Beijing of “hostage diplomacy” after detaining two Canadians. Appearing from Ottawa via a video link, Canada’s defence minister Harjit Sajjan said NATO needs to “monitor” China’s activities as the actions in the region are “concerning”. He said: “This type of hostage diplomacy is not what good rules-based order nations do. “So, if you want to be part of the global rules-based order, we need…