Australia risks being dragged into South China Sea war as region ‘under threat’ from Xi | World | News

Australia has called for a calming of tensions in the South China Sea as fears continue to mount that China may spark a war over Taiwan. Along with the US and Japan, Australian foreign minister Penny Wong called on Beijing to “immediately cease” military exercises around Taiwan. Taiwan’s foreign minister has said the Chinese drills off his nation’s shores show Beijing is “preparing for the invasion of Taiwan”. Beijing, which views the democratic island nation as a Chinese province, sent warships and aircraft across the median line of the Taiwan…

Australia says nation’s prosperity in danger due to Beijing’s hold across South China Sea

As long as China remains omnipresent in the South China Sea, Australia’s “prosperity” is in jeopardy, according to acting prime minister Richard Marles. While the Australian prime minister, Anthony Albanese, is on vacation, the deputy prime minister and defence minister says we must remain focused on our national interests in the face of growing Chinese influence. “We’ve just got to have a really clear-eyed focus, every moment, on where our national interest lies and speak to that. Our national interest lies in the East China Sea and the South China Sea…

Wang expounds on China’s stance on South China Sea

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday expounded on China’s stance on the South China Sea issue and refuted the so-call concerns the United States has expressed over the issue. He made the remarks at the 12th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Wang said China’s position on the South China Sea issue is supported by abundant historical and legal basis. China has never changed the basis and scope of its position which has seen no excessive claims, Wang said, noting that China…

China Locks Down World’s Largest Wholesale Hub, South China Sea Port Due to New COVID-19 Outbreak

The Chinese communist regime has put the world largest wholesale hub, Yiwu city in east China, under semi lockdown due to a new outbreak of COVID-19. Meanwhile, “China’s Hawaii” in the South China Sea has also locked down due to a sudden outbreak. The new lockdowns have renewed concerns for disruptions to global trade and supply chains. According to official data, since new infections were reported on Aug. 2, COVID-19 has quickly spread in Yiwu, a city of 1.85 million, and to many neighboring counties and cities. A total of…

US will defend Philippines if attacked in South China Sea: Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken assured the Philippines on Saturday that the United States would come to its defense if attacked in the South China Sea, seeking to allay concerns about the extent of the US commitment to a mutual defense treaty. In meetings in Manila dominated by discussion on simmering US-China tensions over the Taiwan visit of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Blinken said a 70-year-old defense pact with the Philippines was “ironclad.” “An armed attack on Philippine armed forces, public vessels and aircraft will invoke…

USS Ronald Reagan moves into South China Sea for the first time this year

The aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan and its carrier strike group are operating in the South China Sea for the first time since deploying from Yokosuka, Japan, in May. The carrier strike group is executing flight operations with fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, maritime strike exercises and coordinated tactical training with surface and air units while in the region. “Our strike group works consistently to stay capable and ready and we continue that focus during operations in the South China Sea to demonstrate our commitment to the region,” Rear Adm. Michael Donnelly,…

Biggest risk to South China Sea peace is outside powers meddling: FM

The biggest risk to peace and stability in the South China Sea is “improper involvement and frequent interference” by powers outside the region, said Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday. Wang clarified China’s position on the South China Sea issue and refuted the so-called concerns by the United States during the 12th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Noting that China’s position on the South China Sea issue has solid historical and legal basis, he said the Chinese side has never changed…

Marcos administration to boost patrols in South China Sea — Radio Free Asia

The Philippines is prepared to deploy more coast guard ships to protect its fishermen from harassment by Chinese vessels within Manila’s exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea, the new government’s acting defense secretary said Thursday. Jose Faustino said he would follow pronouncements by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. about how his administration would approach the defense of Philippine territories and sovereignty in the contested waterway. Faustino, during a press conference here, also became the first senior official from the Marcos government to speak out about Chinese ships and boats…

ASEAN-9 Summit Includes Plea for Peace in South China Sea

Phnom Penh —  Foreign ministers of nine Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members wrapped up their annual summit Saturday with a plea for peace in the South China Sea, warnings to Myanmar’s junta and plans to bolster COVID-19-injured economies. Prak Sokhonn, the Cambodian foreign minister and host of this year’s summit, was blunt in his assessment of the weeklong meetings, describing the sessions as frank, candid, lively and heated. “This is a critical time of great uncertainties for the region and the world,” he told journalists at a Saturday…