NSA Carlos questions Xi’s sincerity on peaceful negotiation of South China Sea row – Manila Bulletin

The latest maritime incident involving the China Coast Guard (CCG) and the Philippine Navy (PN) in Pagasa (Thitu) Island cast doubt on the sincerity of Chinese President Xi Jinping to peacefully settle the territorial dispute between the two countries, according to the top security adviser of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. National Security Adviser Clarita Carlos (File photo courtesy of Senate PRIB) National Security Adviser (NSA) Clarita Carlos recalled that Xi and Marcos met last Nov. 17 on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Bangkok,…

Harris affirms US to abide by MDT if PH assets in South China Sea are attacked – Manila Bulletin

United States Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday vowed to honor the US commitment to the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) with the Philippines, which would defend the country from any armed attack on its assets in the South China Sea. Harris’ pronouncement came at the height of President Marcos’ strong position in the Philippine claims over parts of the disputed waters by citing the 2016 Arbitral Ruling. In a bilateral talk with the President at the Malacañan​ Palace​, Harris, the second highest US government official, said that that “is an…

New Zealand backs PH’s claims over South China Sea – Manila Bulletin

The Philippines got the backing of New Zealand in its claims over some parts of the South China Sea after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expressed support for the country’s position. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Saturday Ardern made her pronouncement during her bilateral talk with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at the sidelines of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Thailand. New Zealand’s leader also supported Marcos’ call for the early conclusion of the Code of Conduct, which will supposedly manage tensions among claimants of the contested waters, DFA…

Implementation of three-month fishing ban on herrings, mackerels, sardines in Visayan Sea begins – Manila Bulletin

News / Visayas / Implementation of three-month fishing ban on herrings, mackerels, sardines in Visayan Sea begins Implementation of three-month fishing ban on herrings, mackerels, sardines in Visayan Sea begins ILOILO CITY — The three-month ban on catching three different species along the Visayan Sea has begun Tuesday, Nov. 15. Fishing boats at the port of Concepcion, a town in northern Iloilo province. (Tara Yap/File/Tara Yap) The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-6) stressed that fishermen are not allowed to catch and trade herrings, mackerels and sardines until the…

‘South China Sea must remain sea of peace, security, stability’ — Marcos – Manila Bulletin

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia—South China Sea must not be the source of conflict but of economic engagements and interactions for claiming countries and for the world. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. made this encouraging yet strong statement on the hotly-disputed waters as he faced Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, along with other world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Kate Ardern, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, India Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, South Korea President Yoon Sukyeol and Australia Prime Minister Anthony Norman Albanese, on the last day of…

20-year old female student drowns while trying to save sister in Sariaya sea – Manila Bulletin

News / Luzon / 20-year old female student drowns while trying to save sister in Sariaya sea 20-year old female student drowns while trying to save sister in Sariaya sea SARIAYA, Quezon – A 20-year-old female student died as she tried to rescue her drowning sister on the sea in Sitio Aplaya, Barangay Bignay 1 this town on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 1. Sariaya Police identified the victim as Patricia Macinas, a resident of Sitio Sipit Brgy. Masalukot 5 in Candelaria town. Around 2:30 p.m. the victim together with her relatives…

South China Sea fisheries deal needed

MARITIME or fishery cooperation between the Philippines and China will allow both countries to harness resources in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), analysts said, but reaching a deal remains tricky given longstanding territorial claims. In a paper on Philippine policies and practices, political scientist Rommel Banlaoi said that “littoral states can learn many lessons from the Philippines to promote joint fishery management cooperation” in the South China Sea (SCS), the disputed parts of which the country calls the WPS. “However, fishery management cooperation in the SCS, particularly in the Spratlys,…

Why does China stake its claim on the South China Sea, know how many countries have disputes with them?

Image Source : India TV South China Sea Controversy Highlights China’s main dispute is with the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. China is making its claim on the natural islands by giving them an artificial form America challenges China by landing its warship in the South China Sea South China Sea Controversy:Why is China staking its claim on the entire South China Sea? After all, why has China deployed its fighter jet, cruise missile and radar system at many flash points of this sea. How other countries including…

Philippines’ Marcos, Singapore’s Lee align on South China Sea

SINGAPORE — Philippines President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday reaffirmed the importance of peace and stability in the South China Sea, where China has overlapping claims with Manila and multiple governments in the Southeast Asian bloc. Marcos this week has been on his first overseas trip since taking office in May. The new president and Lee stressed the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ consistent position on the contentious waterway, according to a joint statement released by Singapore’s foreign ministry. Source link

What China’s shifting relationship with Western media says about its ambition in Taiwan and the South China Sea

Something fascinating is happening with regard to China right now. A nation that for many years has shunned engagement with the Western media is changing by the day, a new-found public confidence on display for all to see. There were two instances over the past week that starkly illustrated this new confidence. The first example is from Timor-Leste, or East Timor, the poorest country in Asia, where I was visiting on assignment for 7.30. On the main road through the capital, Dili, which runs along the tiny country’s waterfront, our ABC team…