Japan, Vietnam boost defense ties as South China Sea tensions mount

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga meets with Vietnam’s National Assembly’s Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan in Hanoi, Vietnam Oct. 19, 2020. Kham/Pool/Vietnam HANOI – Japan and Vietnam agreed to step up security and defense cooperation Monday, reaching an agreement in principle for Tokyo to export defense equipment and technology to the Southeast Asian nation. The deal comes as concerns mount over China’s increasing assertiveness in the contested South China Sea, with Beijing expanding its military presence in the region. The pact would allow Japan to export equipment, likely including patrol…

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,…

What do China-US tensions mean for Indonesia’s diplomacy?

As the United States and China compete for influence in Southeast Asia, could Indonesia’s efforts help keep ASEAN neutral? By Umair Jamal During his first address at the United Nations General Assembly in late September, Indonesian President Joko Widodo warned the world of looming dangers from Washington and Beijing’s geopolitical rivalry in Southeast Asia.  “War will benefit no one. There is no point of celebrating victory among ruins. There is no point of becoming the largest economic power in the midst of a sinking world,” he said. “If division and…

South China Sea news: Tensions surge as fish stocks plummet in disputed waters | World | News

China has the largest fishing fleet in the world and claims up to 80 percent of the contested South China Sea. China has continued to increase its military presence in the rich waterways and has already established military outposts on the Paracel Islands and the Spratly Islands – two disputed archipelagos in the region. A report by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has found fishing stocks in the region have plummeted by 95 percent since the 1950s. In the past two decades the CSIS also estimate the number…

Canadian warship sails near Taiwan amid heightened China tensions | Canada

Taiwan’s defence ministry said the Canadian warship sailed into Taiwan Strait from the South China Sea. A Canadian warship has sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait, the island’s defence ministry said on Saturday, a voyage that comes at a time of heightened military tension between China and Taiwan and which could anger Beijing. China, which claims democratic Taiwan as its own territory, has stepped up its military activity around the island in the past few weeks, including sending fighter jets to cross the unofficial midway line buffer in the strait.…

Amid India-China Tensions, A US Navy P8 Submarine-Hunting Aircraft Landed At Andaman And Nicobar Islands Last Week. Here’s Why

Amid tensions between India and China in eastern Ladakh, long-range anti-submarine warfare and maritime surveillance aircraft of the US Navy, Boeing-built P-8 Poseidon, landed at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands last week. From a picture posted by Livefist, observers said, the aircraft appears to have landed at the Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair. The US Navy aircraft, the defence blog says in a tweet, landed at the strategically located island chain in the Indian Ocean for refueling. Experts said the aircraft may have been refueled under the Logistics…

US says Spratly Islands are being ‘militarised’ as China holds drills amid new tensions

US CALLS CHINESE OUTPOSTS ‘PLATFORMS OF COERCION’ The US State Department is accusing China of going back on its word to not militarise the Spratly Islands, calling Beijing’s outposts in the area “platforms of coercion.” Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus recalled Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s statement during a White House visit in 2015 that “China does not intend to pursue militarisation” of the Spratly Islands, and that China’s outposts would not “target or impact any country.” “China has instead pursued a reckless and provocative militarisation of those disputed outposts,” Ortagus said in…

US-China tensions and its impact on the South China Sea dispute

Given the seriousness and the fact that the South China Sea is becoming ‘militarised’ — it is time for the ASEAN countries to take a strong stand by themselves or in unison with the US and the other players like Australia, Japan, India. An Indonesian security ship crew works on a map during a patrol in the South China Sea — Natuna, August 2016. © Ulet Ifansasti/Getty This is the 101st article in the series The China Chronicles. Read the articles here. Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, tensions in…