Monthly Archives: June 2020

US, China spar over the Philippines

  The fishermen of Masinloc and Sta. Cruz, Zambales had fished the Scarborough Shoal for generations. In the past several years, Filipino fishing boats had been harassed and prevented from fishing near the fish-rich shoal by incursions of Chinese fishing and militia boats. In June 2019, a Chinese militia ship sank a Filipino boat in […]

ASEAN: Follow UNCLOS in South China Sea row

  Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 27) – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations said Saturday international law must be followed, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, amid the South China Sea row. The UNCLOS is an international treaty that covers a comprehensive regime of law and order in […]

US Begins Surrounding China with Aircraft Carriers

  In a bold move, the US moved three aircraft carriers and their accompanying strike groups to the Western Pacific, positioning them to control the South China Sea. On Sunday, the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) strike groups commenced dual carrier flight operations in the Philippine Sea. While at sea, […]

South China Sea: US and Japan hold joint drills in show of force – China are YOU watching?

TENSIONS are mounting after the US Navy and the Japanese military conducted bilateral exercises while sailing together in the South China Sea. The USS Gabrielle Giffords and Japan’s JS Kashim and Shimayuki met at sea on June 23 where they reportedly practiced and enhanced bilateral interoperability between the two navies. In April Gabrielle Giffords sailed […]

Lorenzana: China’s planned air defense zone in West PH Sea breaks rules

  MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said China’s reported plan to establish an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) over the South China Sea, including the West Philippine Sea, violates the rules-based order, and that Beijing should desist from it. “It is my fervent hope that China would not proceed with this planned action […]

US Air Force on surveillance missions in South China Sea, Beijing think tank says

A Chinese think tank has accused the United States of sending military aircraft to conduct surveillance missions over waters nearTaiwan on Thursday.According to the South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSPI), which operates out of Peking University’s Institute of Ocean Research, three US warplanes flew over the Bashi Channel andSouth China Sea “On the […]

China plan to control South China Sea airspace dangerous, says Lorenzana

MANILA, Philippines—China’s plan to establish an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the disputed South China Sea could lead to mishaps and miscalculations at sea and in the air, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Thursday (June 25). “It is my fervent hope that China would not proceed with this planned action for the continued […]

Why Indonesia is reaffirming its position on the South China Sea and turning down China’s offer for bilateral talks

JAKARTA: Amid recent activities in the South China Sea, the Indonesian government has reiterated its position on the rule of international law through diplomatic notes addressed to the United Nations, while declining China’s offer to hold bilateral talks on overlapping claims. In a diplomatic note dated May 26, Indonesia reiterated that it is not a […]