Wednesday, May 18, 2022

South China Sea

Russia, Asean hold first naval drills off Indonesian coast

The drills come at a time of growing tensions in the Pacific, particularly around the South China Sea, which Beijing claims almost in its entirety.

Philippines’ Duterte condemns South China Sea flare-up

Duterte made the remarks at an Asian regional summit hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who vowed his country would 'never seek hegemony, and certainly not bully the small'.

Philippines accuses Chinese vessels of firing water cannon at its boats

Tensions over the resource-rich seas spiked this year after hundreds of Chinese vessels were detected at Whitsun Reef, which is also in the Spratly archipelago.

Wisma Putra summons Chinese envoy to protest South China Sea incursion

It accuses China of going against local and international law with the presence of its ships off the coast of Sabah and Sarawak.

India sends warships to South China Sea as part of ‘Act East’ policy

India has traditionally been wary of antagonising Beijing but the mood has recently hardened following border clashes.

German warship heads for South China Sea, raising tension with Beijing

Germany is sailing into choppy seas as China is now Berlin’s most important trading partner.

UK to permanently deploy two warships in Asian waters

Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and strike group are sailing to Japan through contested seas in September.

Biden backs Trump rejection of Beijing’s South China Sea claims

Washington has effectively sided with the Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam, in opposing Beijing's assertions of sovereignty over the sea.

Filipino boxing hero accuses Duterte of going soft over South China Sea disputes with Beijing

Pacquiao recalls that when campaigning in 2016, Duterte said he would take a jet ski to the Spratly Islands and plant a Filipino flag there.

Chinese military flights near Malaysia, ‘routine training’ or ‘routine warning’?

A new oil exploration by Petronas may be among the factors behind the latest turmoil.

China urges ‘basic manners’ after Pinoy foreign secretary tells Beijing where to go

The blue-tongued minister has since apologised to Beijing for being 'provoked by the latest grossest territorial violation'.

Philippine foreign minister tells China to ‘get the f**k out’ over South China Sea dispute

President Duterte has pursued warmer ties with China in exchange for Beijing's promises of billions of dollars in investment, aid and loans.

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