Monthly Archives: January 2019

China has moral obligation as global economic and political leader, say Patriot and G25

PETALING JAYA: China has been reminded that it has a moral obligation in its role as a global economic and political leader in an impending “Asian Century”. The National Patriot Association (Patriot) and G25 group of eminent Malays said recent news reports over corruption allegations surrounding its senior officials on 1MDB has raised serious concerns […]

Amid trade and military tensions, U.S. sends B-52s over East China Sea on ‘routine training’ exercise

The U.S. Air Force has sent two B-52 bombers over the East China Sea for “routine training” near Okinawa Prefecture, the military has said, the latest mission in the waterway that is home to the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands. The B-52 bomber mission was part of so-called continuous bomber presence operations by the U.S., which the […]

Prof Aminul Karim’s book on geopolitics of South China Sea launched at IUB

A book on ‘Geopolitics of the South China Sea in the Coming Decades’ authored by Professor Mohd Aminul Karim, has been launched at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB). BIMSTEC Secretary General M Shahidul Islam attended the ceremony as chief guest at the IUB Auditorium in Dhaka’s Bashundhara on Tuesday, the university said in a media release. […]

US, Chinese navies in talks to cut risk of South China Sea miscalculation

The US naval chief said on Monday that the US and Chinese navies are engaged in “continuous dialogues” to reduce the risk of a military miscalculation in the South China Sea, Trend reports referring to South China Morning Post. Admiral John Richardson told an audience at the Washington-based Brookings Institute that the interchanges between the […]

China Establishes South China Sea Rescue Center

China’s Ministry of Transport opened a maritime rescue center in Fiery Cross Reef (Yongshu Reef) in the Spratly Islands earlier this week. The Ministry stated that the center has been built to better protect navigation and transport safety in the South China Sea. The move follows last year’s establishment of two rescue ships to operate […]

Maritime rescue center opened on South China Sea islet as Beijing seeks to reinforce claims

China opened a maritime rescue center on one of its man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday, state-run media reported, as Beijing seeks to reinforce its claims in the strategic waterway. China’s Ministry of Transport opened the rescue center on Fiery Cross Reef, which is also claimed by Taiwan, Vietnam and the […]

Senator: Chinese buildup in South China Sea like ‘preparing for World War III’

China’s ongoing military buildup on islands in the South China Sea is akin to “preparing for World War III,” the chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee declared on Tuesday. The comment by Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma came during a hearing to discuss the challenges posed by rising military powers China and Russia, […]

Australia swipes at Beijing over South China Sea tensions, detention of pro-democracy writer

SINGAPORE (AP) — Australian defense minister Christopher Pyne urged China on Monday to resolve tensions in the South China Sea in accordance with international law, in a swipe after Beijing’s sudden detention of a writer who holds dual citizenship. Pyne said the artificial islands Beijing has been building in the disputed waters have “increased anxiety” […]

Chinese fishing vessels serve as maritime militias in South China Sea —US think-tank

A significant number of Chinese fishing vessels roaming the disputed South China Sea are there not to catch fish but to allegedly serve as an additional militia force on behalf of its state in the resource-rich sea, a Washington-based think-tank said. “A different kind of fishing fleet, one engaged in paramilitary work on behalf of […]

US naval chief: American and Chinese navies in talks to reduce risk of South China Sea miscalculation

The US naval chief said on Monday that the US and Chinese navies are engaged in “continuous dialogues” to reduce the risk of a military miscalculation in the South China Sea. Admiral John Richardson told an audience at the Washington-based Brookings Institute that the interchanges between the two navies aim to build communication to avoid […]