Monthly Archives: July 2018

China quietly resumes activities in Doklam, neither Bhutan nor India sought to dissuade it: US official

Washington: China has quietly resumed its activities in the Doklam area and neither Bhutan nor India has sought to dissuade it, a top US official has said while comparing Beijing’s actions in the Himalayan region with its manoeuvres in the disputed South China Sea. China claims sovereignty over all of South China Sea. Vietnam, Malaysia, […]

Britain Is Planning to Send an Aircraft Carrier to the South China Sea

Britain is planning to send an aircraft carrier to the South China Sea to back up Australia as the two countries seek to deal with China’s growing aggressiveness in the region. The announcement was made by United Kingdom Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson, who— along with Jeremy Hunt, London’s foreign secretary— met with Australian Defense Minister […]

Asean to discuss code of conduct for S. China Sea

Asean ministers will discuss a Code of Conduct (COC) for the South China Sea next week amid concerns over China’s increasing militarisation in the area, Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said yesterday. He said the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties (DOC) that was signed in 2002 by China and Asean does not appear to […]

Malaysia to be firmer in row over South China Sea

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said Wednesday that Malaysia’s new government will adopt a firmer stand in tackling a decades-old territorial row in the South China Sea amid China’s aggressive expansion in the disputed area. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who won a stunning electoral victory in May, has said warships should […]

South China Sea claimants should scrap entitlements in possible joint ventures — think tank

MANILA, Philippines — Pursuing a joint venture on oil and gas development in South China Sea would be possible for claimants as long as it would be consistent with international law. Washington-based think tank Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) suggested that such agreement between South China Sea claimants would have to be consistent with both […]

China Says U.S. Defense Bill Risks ‘Serious Damage’ to Ties

China hit out at a looming U.S defense spending bill that includes a plan to forge closer ties with Taiwan, saying the legislation would damage U.S.-China relations and undermine cross-strait ties. The U.S. Congress is preparing to pass the sweeping 2019 defense authorization bill, which includes provisions aimed at curtailing China’s influence in Asia, reflecting […]

US, Australia reaffirm right to pass through South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines — Top American and Australian officials reaffirmed their commitment to freedom of navigation and overflight in the disputed South China Sea in response to China’s expanded militarization in the region. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne stressed […]

DND parroting China ‘unusual’

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana erred when he played down as “empty victory” the Philippines’ historic legal win against China in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said on Tuesday. “China has called the arbitral ruling as an ‘empty victory.’ So it’s unusual that our own defense secretary is […]