PH, Japan seek halt in provocations in disputed S. China Sea

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi during a video teleconference, October 23, 2020. Department of National Defense/Handout  MANILA — The Philippines and Japan on Friday emphasized the need for countries to stop any activity that might provoke tensions in the disputed South China Sea, saying the conduct agreement negotiated by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China should be upheld.  Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, in a video teleconference, also pointed out the importance of freedom of navigation in…

Several non-claimant states reject China’s claim in South China Sea

This means these countries told the UN that we do not want any violation of the UNCLOS (the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) and do not want the UNCLOS to be reduced or made vague. Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that a slew of non-claimant ASEAN member states were rejecting China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. ASEAN member states and several big nations have sent notes verbales (diplomatic notes) to the UN rejecting China’s maritime claims in the South China…

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…

Discover the benefits of living by the sea

The pandemic has brought stress, especially mental stress as anxiety is on the rise. To combat this, all you need is a break, or even a day at the beach.   According to Dr. Thomas W. Ferkol of the American Thoracic Society, exposure to salt-tinged ocean breeze had a beneficial effect on patients who participated in a 48-week study conducted in the Australian coast. Findings showed that not only did saline breeze clear their lungs, but it also decreased allergy flare-ups. A subsequent study featured in The New England Journal…

PH, Japan affirm support for freedom of navigation in South China Sea

New Japanese defense minister Nobuo Kishi and Sec. Delfin Lorenzana meet for the first time through a video teleconference on Oct. 23, 2020. DND-PAS MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines and Japan affirmed commitment to upholding freedom of navigation in the South China Sea at the first meeting of new Japanese defense minister Nobuo Kishi and his Philippine counterpart, Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Friday (Oct. 23). “We call on concerned parties to desist from any action and activity that contravenes the Asean-China Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea…

PH, Australia uphold freedom of navigation rights in disputed S. China Sea

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Australian Senator Linda Reynolds during the bilateral meeting that was held at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, October 22, 2020. Department of National Defense/Handout MANILA — The Philippines and Australia upheld Thursday the importance of freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea during the first visit of Australia’s defense minister in the country.  Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Australian Defense Minister Sen. Linda Reynolds emphasized the need to maintain freedom of navigation and overflight in the disputed area in compliance…

Signal No. 3 hoisted as Typhoon Saudel enters South China Sea

Signal No. 3 was issued at 6:30 am today and will remain in effect this morning, according to the Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau. Typhoon Saudel is located about 510 km south-southeast of Macao and moving toward Hainan Island in a northwest direction. According to the weather bureau, “Saudel will come closest to Macao during the latter part of today at a distance of about 450km.” Winds are also expected to strengthen in the next few days, as the “weather will slightly be cool with a few light rain patches”.…

On India-US agenda, a plan to share defence intel from Ladakh to South China Sea

The 3rd two plus two ministerial meeting next week will see both India and the United States consolidating the military-to-military relationship between the two democracies to move towards institutionalised intelligence-sharing agreement and go beyond tri-services exercises into unmanned, space and underwater platform domains, people familiar with the matter said. On October 26-27, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark Esper in national capital Delhi for the third round of the top strategic dialogue agreed by…

U.S. Navy’s Hammerhead Mine Aims To Tip Balance In South China Sea

The U.S. Navy took a step towards a new style of warfare this week with a request for proposals for its new Hammerhead Program. The Navy is looking for contractors to supply a mine which can be placed covertly on the sea bed by a robot submarine; when Hammerhead’s sensors spot a target, it fires an encapsulated homing torpedo. Hammerhead procurement is being fast-tracked, under both a Navy Maritime Accelerated Acquisition initiative and an Acquisition Rapid Prototyping Program. The mine is needed urgently because it forms a key part of…

Defense Minister Reynolds affirms Australia’s commitment to maritime security in South China Sea

Visiting Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds affirmed Thursday her country’s commitment to upholding maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region, including in the volatile South China, during her first visit to the Philippines amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AFP / MANILA BULLETIN) In a statement, the Embassy of Australia in the Philippines said Reynolds conveyed this message to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during their face-to-face meeting to discuss respective COVID-19 responses and the shared commitment of Australia and the Philippines to regional security and stability.  During discussions, the top Australian defense also…