Category Archives: West Philippine Sea

China’s new killer robot ship goes through its first sea trial

  China’s new killer robot ship that can carry out anti-submarine and anti-ship missions has undergone its first sea trial, according to a Chinese defence industry magazine. Called the JARI, the unmanned surface vessel is said to be the world’s first USV with multiple roles – anti-submarine, air defence and surface combat – and powerful […]

South China Sea outrage: China’s ‘disturbing’ plan to dominate region amid US standoff

  SOUTH CHINA SEA tensions between China and other nations in the contested region have continued to escalate in recent years. And now, as US forces aim to thwart Chinese dominance, Beijing has undertaken a “disturbing” plan of action in order to eliminate opposition. It emerged this week, during an international meeting between delegates from […]

Are Asean’s big players about to get tough on Beijing’s South China Sea claims?

  visited a small archipelago on the edge of the South China Sea this week, he sent a message to the world.When Indonesian PresidentJoko Widodo ,” said Widodo as he met fishermen, promised investment and reiterated his long-standing position on the sovereignty of the Natuna Islands.“There are no more debates. De facto, de jure, Natuna […]

Russia says U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy is meant to contain China

  NEW DELHI – Russia on Wednesday criticized the United States for introducing a new Indo-Pacific concept it said was aimed at containing China. Addressing a global conference in the Indian capital to discuss the most challenging issues facing the world community, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Asia-Pacific cooperation until now was centered […]

South China Sea warning: Japan demands stronger action against Beijing in disputed waters

  JAPAN has urged the international community to take stronger action against China’s growing military presence in the disputed South China Sea. Japanese MP, Akihisa Nagashima, told more than 200 representatives at the 28th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Canberra, the world should not “sit on the sidelines” against Beijing’s emerging influence in the region. China […]

South China Sea dispute: Chinese incursion puts Philippines on the spot

  China has dispatched armed coastguard vessels to accompany fishing trawlers into disputed waters around a strategic island chain claimed by Indonesia, which has responded by sending warships to the area. Although the naval vessels and fighter jets deployed by Jakarta to the Natuna islands initially appeared to have repulsed the incursion, several Chinese boats […]

How Indonesia stared down China in South China Sea

  Although known to be fiercely nationalistic, Indonesia’s diminutive Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi hardly looks the part of a “bad cop.” But that was the role she was apparently called on to play in Indonesia’s recent stand-off with China in sovereign waters north of the Natuna Islands. The hard line taken by Marsudi, chief political […]