Quake info: Light mag. 3.9 earthquake – South China Sea, 96 km north of Laoag, Province of Ilocos Norte, Philippines, on Thursday, Sep 23, 2021 7:07 pm (GMT +8)

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South China Sea: Japan concerned about increasing aggression from China

Tensions in the South China Sea remain high as not only is there a dispute over the waters, but also the situation surrounding Taiwan. Japan’s Defense Minister has now urged European leaders to take action on the increasing aggression coming from China. Japan’s defense minister, Nobuo Kishi, has urged leaders of European nations to come together and condemn the increasing acts of aggression by Beijing in the region. Speaking with the Guardian, Kishi said that China’s military is growing in power and is trying to use its power to change…

Australian PM says French submarines ‘weren’t going to meet our strategic needs in South China Sea’

Australia had ‘deep and grave concerns’ that the submarines it ordered from France would not meet its strategic needs before cancelling a £48billion defence deal in favour of the Anglo-US agreement last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed. Seeking to explain the sudden U-turn that triggered fury in Paris and an astonishing diplomatic spat among the Western nations, Mr Morrison said on Sunday that though he understood France’s disappointment at the decision, ‘Australia’s national interest comes first’. The Prime Minister has not specifically referred to Beijing’s massive military buildup in the…

China’s Xi warns of ‘interference’ as Australia brushes off anger | South China Sea News

Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned against “interference from external forces” in the region, as Australia shrugged off Beijing’s growing anger about its decision to acquire US nuclear-powered submarines, and promised to defend the rule of law in airspace and waters where China has staked hotly contested claims. In an address before the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Friday, Xi urged heads of state to “absolutely resist external forces to interfere [in] countries in our region at any excuse, and hold the future of our countries’ development and progress firmly…

After South China Sea Incidents, US Needs ‘Sustained’ Pacific Presence, Lawmaker Says – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense

The destroyer Benfold (DDG-65) transits the Taiwan Strait on July 28 2021. (File) WASHINGTON: A recent contentious run-in between the US Navy and the Chinese military in the South China Sea was just the latest in a string of incidents that highlight a fundamental question for US operations in the contested waterways: How long can the status quo be maintained, and to what end? The answer, according to a US lawmaker and analysts who spoke to Breaking Defense, is for the Navy look beyond the status quo altogether to the…

China and Vietnam should avoid expanding South China Sea conflict – Wang Yi of China

File Photo: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi listens during a meeting in Manila, Philippines, on January 16, 2021.Francis Marasig / Pool via REUTERS // File photo September 11, 2021 Shanghai (Reuters) – China and Vietnam should refrain from unilateral action on the South China Sea, which could complicate the situation and widen the conflict, China’s senior diplomat Wang Yi told Vietnamese officials. .. The Secretary of State was talking to Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Fam Binh Min during his visit to Vietnam, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.…

US: China can’t require reporting for South China Sea passage

Pia Lee-Brago – The Philippine Star September 6, 2021 | 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — China’s new action requiring ships to report innocent passage in the South China Sea “seems to run directly counter to international agreements” and could trigger “potential conflicts,” according to United States Coast Guard Vice Admiral Michael McAllister. The official said the South China Sea is a maritime superhighway and coast guard-to-coast guard cooperation is critical in the region for building good maritime governance. McAllister noted an increased interest in partnering with the US Coast Guard on…

World News | China’s Grip over South China Sea Compels US to Speed Up Coalition Efforts

Washington [US], August 22 (ANI): China’s baseless claims over the South China Sea has compelled the US to speed up the formation of a coalition of claimants to challenge the communist regime in the region, a media report said. Washington is planning to follow the 2016 verdict by the International Court of Justice that thwarted Beijing’s claims over much of the South China Sea. However, Beijing had denied to follow the ICJ ruling. Also Read | Euro 2020 Final at Wembley Stadium Part of COVID-19 ‘Superspreader’ Events. The Biden administration…

No one has deputized U.S. to police South China Sea

Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning, submarines, and other naval vessels and fighter jets take part in a Chinese navy review in the South China Sea, April 12, 2018. /Xinhua Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning, submarines, and other naval vessels and fighter jets take part in a Chinese navy review in the South China Sea, April 12, 2018. /Xinhua Editor’s note: Bobby Naderi is a London-based journalist, guest contributor in print, radio and television, and documentary filmmaker. The article reflects the author’s opinions, and not necessarily the views of CGTN. Succumbing to a…