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Australia, New Zealand urge China show restraint in South China Sea

SYDNEY: Australia and New Zealand strongly urged China Friday to refrain from stoking tensions in the South China Sea, after its apparent deployment of surface-to-air missiles on a disputed island. Tensions between China and its neighbors over sovereignty in the South China Sea were raised after Taiwan and U.S. officials said China deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system to Woody Island, in the Paracel Island chain. “We urge all claimants in the South China Sea to refrain from any building of islands, any militarization of islands, any land reclamation,” Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said after a meeting in Sydney with his New Zealand counterpart John Key. “It is absolutely critical that we ensure that there is a lowering of tensions.” Read more: https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2016/Feb-19/338149-australia-new-zealand-urge-china-show-restraint-in-south-china-sea.ashx

India: Sea disputes must be resolved under UNCLOS

DELHI – The Indian government has reiterated its stand that the South China Sea dispute should be resolved under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), a position espoused by the Philippines. Anil Wadhwa, secretary of India’s Ministry of External Affairs, yesterday made the statement ahead of the Delhi Dialogue VIII forum on Feb. 19-20 that aims to discuss politico-security, economic and social-cultural issues between ASEAN and India. Wadhwa also supported calls for the approval of a code of conduct in the South China Sea to allow freedom of navigation among ASEAN countries. “Secondly, more parties should abide by international treaties such as the UNCLOS. There is no other alternative to look at but the 1982 UNCLOS which everybody signed up to,” Wadhwa told journalists from ASEAN countries during their courtesy call yesterday. – See more at: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/02/17/1553964/india-sea-disputes-must-be-resolved-under-unclos#sthash.IWBeSojP.dpuf

India, China hold inaugural dialogue on maritime cooperation

The dialogue here covered a range of issues of mutual interest, including exchange of perspectives on maritime security and prospects for maritime cooperation between the two countries, the External Affairs Ministry said. It said developments in international regimes such as UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) and IMO (International .. Read more : http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/50855539.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

South China Sea Controversy: Chinese Military Aircraft Likely To Take Off From Spratly Islands In First Half Of 2016, Ex-Army Official Says

The Chinese military will soon use a new airport in a disputed part of South China Sea’s Spratly Islands to perform test flights, a retired major general in the country’s People’s Liberation Army told the South China Morning Post Friday. China angered Japan, Vietnam and the United States Saturday by landing a plane on the airport Fiery Cross Reef, known as Yongshu Reef in the country. Retired major general Xu Guangyu told the newspaper that the Chinese military will patrol the South China Sea using the airport, which will mainly serve civilian purposes, such as rescue work and transport of goods. “Military aircraft will take off from there sooner or later. Very likely within the first half of the year,” Xu said, noting that civil flight tests on the runway meant it was qualified for military use. According to Xu, the runway — nearly 2-miles long — is convenient for fighter planes, bomb carriers, scout planes and helicopters, the daily reported. “Airports in the centre of the South China Sea, such as on the Fiery Cross Reef and Mischief Reef, will be beneficial to security in the South China Sea,” Xu told the newspaper. Late in December 2015, Chinese defense ministry spokesperson Yang Yujun said that the military was building a second aircraft carrier. The aircraft carrier will be a 50,000-ton ship capable of holding the military’s J-15 fighter jets, Yang said. The first aircraft carrier was commissioned from a former Russian vessel in 2012. Beijing has been expanding its claim in the South China Sea and has built three runways on the Spratly archipelago. The civilian aircraft landing last Saturday was the first one on Fiery Cross Reef. Vietnam protested the landing and the Philippines also said it would. Both countries have overlapping claims with China. Read more: http://www.ibtimes.com/south-china-sea-controversy-chinese-military-aircraft-likely-take-spratly-islands-2256245

China irked at India’s South China Sea stand

Beijing has conveyed to New Delhi its concern over India’s growing clamour on the South China Sea dispute, particularly in reference to the row in the joint statement issued after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe earlier this month. China is understood to have conveyed its concerns to India through diplomatic channels, both in New Delhi and Beijing, making it clear that it would expect “the countries outside the region” to respect efforts being made by “the countries in the region” to maintain security and stability of South China Sea, rather than “provoking tension and confrontation”. Modi and Abe on December 12 last urged all states to avoid unilateral actions that could lead to tensions in South China Sea–apparently a call to Beijing to refrain from building new islands and air-strips in the disputed waters and from efforts to curb freedom of navigation and over flight. China, according to the diplomatic sources, conveyed to India that it always respected the freedom of navigation and over-flight for all states in the South China Sea in accordance with international laws and would continue to do so.   Read more: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/520085/china-irked-indias-south-china.html

India backs Philippines in its dispute with Beijing over claims on islands in South China Sea

NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday backed the Philippines in its dispute with China over islands in South China Sea, which Manila calls West Philippine Sea, saying it wanted peaceful resolution for the maritime disputes.  India’s position implies diplomatic support for the Philippines’ decision to approach Permanent Court of Arbitration against Beijing’s maritime claims in early 2013 and persisting with arbitration even though China boycotted the proceedings of the Arbitral Tribunal for long.  The Tribunal is likely to announce its decision this month and even if China were to ignore any adverse ruling, it will have to deal with a loss of face which, many hope, would force it to go slow on its recent military build up in South China Sea.  Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-backs-Philippines-in-its-dispute-with-Beijing-over-claims-on-islands-in-South-China-Sea/articleshow/49362170.cms

India, Japan, US stir South China Sea during trilateral meet

India, Japan and the US on Wednesday called for freedom of navigation, overflights and commerce including in the South China Sea, which is claimed by China and has fuelled tensions in the region. The three countries, holding first trilateral meeting, also agreed to work together on maritime security through greater collaboration, highlighting the growing convergence of interests in the Indo-Pacific region. Read: China says has every right to drill in East China Sea The meeting between India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, her Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida and US secretary of state John Kerry is unlikely to go down well with China. Beijing claims almost the entire South China Sea, a major global shipping route which is believed to be home to massive oil and gas reserves, and is locked in maritime disputes with several countries such as Vietnam, Philippines and Brunei. China, however, maintains there is “no problem” in freedom of navigation and overflights in South China Sea. Read more: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/india-japan-us-stir-south-china-sea-during-trilateral-meet/story-7JJ9FNnY3GiG9Vx16ZGoUL.html

No third party can explore oil, gas in South China Sea: Beijing

Oct 02, 2015 01:12 IST China on Thursday said no third country has the right to explore oil and gas in the South China Sea in areas under its jurisdiction and without its permission. Responding to questions on the India-US-Japan statement on access to navigation and commerce in maritime routes across the world including the South China Sea, China said it has indisputable rights not only on the Spratly (Nansha in Chinese) islands but also on the sea bed around it. Beijing is locked in disputes with multiple countries in the region over the ownership of islands on the South China Sea and much of the seas around the islands. The list includes Vietnam with which India has an agreement to allow ONGC to explore undersea oil in areas over which China claims jurisdiction. “China enjoys indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters as well as sovereign rights and jurisdiction over relevant seabed and subsoil. China is against any country or enterprise’s oil and gas exploration activity in the waters under China’s jurisdiction without China’s permission,” the ministry of foreign Affairs told HT in response to a list of questions without mentioning India. Read more: http://www.hindustantimes.com/world/no-third-party-can-explore-oil-gas-in-south-china-sea-beijing/story-rRx5twIClJXRFGhdcIuuvJ.html

US warships might make a pass by China’s man-made islets

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is considering whether to send military ships and planes close to China’s man-made islands in the South China Sea. The government is leaning that way in the wake of Chinese navy vessels’ recent passage through U.S. territorial waters off Alaska. Washington is also considering possible sanctions against China in response to Chinese cyberattacks on the U.S. The developments are ratcheting up tension between Washington and Beijing ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s planned U.S. visit later this month. The U.S. Defense Department said Friday that five Chinese navy vessels that had been confirmed operating in the Bering Sea breached U.S. territorial waters when they passed near the Aleutian Islands. Read more: http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/US-warships-might-make-a-pass-by-China-s-man-made-islets

CHINA DECLARES INDIAN OIL EXPLORATION IN SOUTH CHINA SEA ‘ILLEGAL’

China is consolidating its newfound authority over the international South China Sea by declaring it controls international waters off the coast of independent Vietnam. “India’s intention to once again explore for oil in the disputed waters of the South China Sea is an unwise move, as it will further complicate the maritime disputes and do a disservice to maintaining the positive momentum that has been achieved in China-India ties,” declared the state-run China Daily, as translated by the Times of India. “The Indian company should be told: Without the permission from the Chinese government, activities conducted by any foreign company in these disputed waters are illegal,” the editorial continued. The search is “illegal,” said China’s government. The Indian-owned oil company should “rethink its oil exploration plans,” China threatened. Actually, India’s oil “exploration” is in partnership with Vietnam and has progressed far enough for the Indians to begin preparations for moving an oil platform into the area. Want China Times of Taiwan notes that the deal between an Indian company and Vietnam’s state-run PetroVietnam was signed three years before China opened international bidding on exploration of the waters under its control.   Read more: http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/09/04/china-declares-indian-oil-exploration-in-south-china-sea-illegal/