Monthly Archives: August 2020

KL rejects Beijing’s claims in South China Sea

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia has rejected China’s expansive maritime claims in the South China Sea in a rare public rebuke of its largest trading partner. The government made a submission to the United Nations two weeks ago on its rights over the remaining portion of a continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the country’s […]

Don’t cry Unclos! South China Sea dispute legalese likely to focus at delayed Asean meeting

If this was any other ordinary, pandemic-free year, August would have heralded a blitz of parachute diplomacy inSoutheast Asia Regional Forum (ARF), which convenes foreign ministers of the 10-nation bloc and key global partners, is considered so important that it is highly irregular for a major power’s top diplomat to skip the security meeting, no […]

Why the President is inutile on the WPS

In his State of the Nation Address last July 27, President Duterte admitted to the nation that he is “inutile” in defending Philippine sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea (WPS). Duterte declared: “[China is] in possession. So what can we do? We have to go to war and I can’t afford it. xxx I’m […]

Taiwan Deploys More Marines To Dongsha Islands In South China Sea

Taipei [Taiwan], Aug 8 (ANI): Taiwan’s military has dispatched more of Marine Corps to China-claimed Dongsha Islands in the South China Sea after reports surfaced that Beijing is planning to carry out a simulated invasion in the atolls, according to Taiwan News. Earlier on Monday, Japan’s Kyodo News, cited PLA National Defense University professor Li […]

South China Sea warning: China’s weapons ‘pointed at enemies’ amid conflict fears

SOUTH CHINA SEA disputes have threatened global conflict as China and the US battle for supremacy in the region – and one expert claims violence is becoming an increasingly likely prospect. China has controversially seized control of much of the South China Sea due to its Nine Dash-Line claim, a demarcation for what the country […]

South China Sea: ‘alliance of democracies’ ready to counter Beijing aggression

In July 2016, an international tribunal rejected China’s claims of sovereignty over the territory within a vaguely-defined nine-dash line in theSouth China Sea . ”.While the United States takes no position on the competing claims in the South China Sea, Washington does reject Beijing’s claim and has deployed two carrier strike groups in dual-carrier operations […]

Pentagon chief Mark Esper raises concern with China over its ‘destabilising’ activity in South China Sea

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper expressed concerns about Beijing’s “destabilising” activity near Taiwan and the South China Sea in a call with Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe, the Pentagon said on Thursday, the first time the two are believed to have spoken since March. The call came as US-China ties have rapidly deteriorated this year […]

South China Sea warning: Beijing brags its nuclear-tipped missiles can sink US ships

CHINA has showcased missiles it dubs “aircraft carrier killers” in a chilling warning after the United States sent USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan to the disputed South China Sea – with one expert warning US President Donald Trump: “Don’t underestimate us.” The People’s Liberation Army’s Rocket Force recently launched a DF-26 intermediate-range anti-ship ballistic […]