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Legally China Can't Claim South China Sea: Indonesia

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Photo:  The national association for Amateur Radio)

 Indonesian President Joko Widodo said China'a claims to the majority of the South China Sea have "no legal foundation in international law," he told Japan's Yomiuri newspaper.   "We need peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. It is important to have political and security stability to build up our economic growth," Widodo was quoted as saying.   This was the first time Widodo, who took office in October, has taken a position on the South China Sea dispute.   China has had occasionally tense confrontations with Japan and Southeast Asian countries - the Philippines and Vietnam in particular - over maritime disputes in the East China Sea and the South China Sea, respectively.   "We need peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. It is important to have political and security stability to build up our economic growth. So we support the Code of Conduct (of the South China Sea) and also dialogue between China and Japan, China and ASEAN,"Widodo was quoted as saying in Reuters.   Japan has already bolstered partnerships with the Philippines and Vietnam, the two countries most at odds with China over territorial rows in the South China Sea.   "We would absolutely like to learn Japan's excellent experiences in protecting its waters," he told the Yomiuri. Indonesia "is ready to play a role of mediator", Widodo said


US Wants Japan to Patrol South China Sea

Courtesy: Japanese Ministry of Defense

 Admiral Robert Thomas, senior U.S. Navy officer and commander of the Seventh Fleet and the top U.S. navy officer in Asia, has told Reuters that the United States would welcome operations conducted by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces in the South China Sea. The comments are in line with broader U.S. support for Japan’s military playing a more global role.  US would back any moves by Japan to extend air patrols into the South China Sea as a counterweight to a growing fleet of


China apprehending boats weekly in disputed S.China Sea

Chinese patrols enforcing disputed new fishing rules in the South China Sea are apprehending foreign boats on a weekly basis, Communist Party officials said on Thursday.   In comments that provide the first window on how China is enforcing new rules criticized by Washington, the party secretary for Hainan Island said Chinese patrols attempted to peacefully negotiate with vessels that initially ignored warnings to leave Chinese waters


US Urges Dialogue in Chinese Oil Rig Dispute

Photo courtesy Vietnam Coast Guard

The White House said on Wednesday that a dispute in the South China Sea over erection of a Chinese oil rig about 120 miles (193 km) off the Vietnam coast needs to be resolved through dialogue, not intimidation. Spokesman Jay Carney said the United States is not a party to the dispute but said President Barack Obama on a recent Asia tour had repeatedly stressed the need for peaceful dialogue on various disputes involving China and the South China Sea.


Oil Drop Won't Stop China in South China Sea

 South China Sea (Map by Council on Foreign Relations)

South China Sea spats are a territorial fight and not about the oil, points out a report appeared in Bloomberg. "When it comes to territorial tensions in the South China Sea, it’s more about what goes through it than what lies beneath it," says the report. The collapse in oil prices prompted oil majors from Royal Dutch Shell Plc to Norway’s Statoil ASA to shelve the projects of deep-sea exploration.  


Singapore Wants India to Play Key Role in South China Sea

Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army, General (GEN) Bikram Singh and Singapore Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen (Photo: Government of Singapore)

 Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said that his country wants India to play a bigger role in the South China Sea, according to a report in the Bloomberg.   This statement comes in a time when China generating plenty of anxiety from the other nations in the neighborhood as it isn't just expanding its military reach into the South China Sea; it's rapidly building completely new islands.   Ng’s comments follow calls for Japan to separately play an enhanced role in


Chinese South China Sea Drilling Illegal Says Vietnam

File photo

Vietnam says China's plan to move its first deep-water drilling rig into the disputed South China Sea, one of Asia's most volatile hotspots, is illegal and has called for the rig to be removed from what it says is Vietnam's territorial waters. The $1 billion offshore oil rig called Haiyang Shiyou 981 owned by the China's state-run CNOOC oil company has been drilling south of Hong Kong. Maritime Safety Administration of China (MSAC) on Saturday published an announcement on its website


Philippines, Japan to Enhance Maritime Security

Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin (Source: Department of National Defense)

Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and his Japanese counterpart, Defense Minister General Nakatani, renewed vows to strengthen cooperation maritime security at a time when China's reclamation in the South China Sea raises concern among ASEAN countries. The two ministers particularly briefed each other on and acknowledged the current situation of South China Sea and East China Sea, says a joint statement issued to the press.  


U.S., China clash over disputed South China Sea

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

  The United States and China clashed over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea on Saturday, as China's foreign minister asserted its sovereignty to reclaim reefs saying its determination to protect its interests is "as hard as a rock". After a private meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi showed no sign of backing down despite Kerry urging China to take action to reduce tension in the South China Sea.


Japan Demands Chinese Halt to South China Sea Energy Play

Japan called on China on Tuesday to halt construction of oil-and-gas exploration platforms in the East China Sea close to waters claimed by both nations, concerned that Chinese drills could tap reservoirs that extend into Japanese territory. Japan's Defense Ministry added the demand to its annual defense review after hawkish members of the ruling party complained that its original draft was too soft on China, a ministry official said.


China's Navy Drills in South China Sea

China said it conducted air and sea drills in the South China Sea on Tuesday as it stakes an increasingly assertive claim to virtually the whole sea despite rival claims by neighbours. The live-ammunition drills involved more than 100 ships, dozens of aircraft


Philippines Mulls Massive Military Spend

Philippine generals on Wednesday asked Congress to almost triple annual defence spending over the next five years to upgrade equipment amid an escalating marine dispute with giant neighbour China. The Philippines currently is in the middle of a 998 billion pesos ($21


China: U.S. "Militarizing" South China Sea

China's Defence Ministry on Thursday accused the United States of "militarising" the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, ramping up the rhetoric ahead of a key regional security meeting in Malaysia next week.


South China Sea Hotline in the Works

China and Southeast Asian nations have agreed to set up a foreign ministers' hotline to tackle emergencies in the disputed South China Sea, a senior official of the ASEAN grouping told Reuters on Friday. China claims most of the potentially energy-rich sea


Thailand $1 bln Submarine Deal with China

General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister. Photo by Royal Thai Government

 Thailand’s navy has approved a 36 billion baht ($1.1 billion) plan to buy three submarines from China, reports local media. Royal Thai navy officials selected China over competing bids from Russia, Sweden, France, Germany and South Korea.   


Beijing: China and Taiwan have S.China Sea Obligations

Both China and Taiwan have an obligation to assert claims to the South China Sea, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, in a sign of rare political agreement between the old foes on either side of the Taiwan Strait. Rivals China and Taiwan share claims to virtually the entire South China


US Navy Promotes Security in South China Sea

U.S. Navy photo

The U.S. Navy reports its Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) has continued to patrol the South China Sea since the end of May 2015 in support of security and stability in the region, a major sea line of worldwide communication for commercial shipping traffic  


New E-learning Course for Migrant Sea Rescue

Photo: IMO

UK-based charity Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) announced its cooperation with maritime training provider Marlins on the development and endorsement of a new e-learning course addressing the rescuing of migrants at sea.   The new course, entitled Humanitarian Response


NYK Vessel Rescues Fishermen on Philippines Coast

Crimson Polaris, a wood-chip carrier operated by NYK Line

  On July 7, Crimson Polaris, a wood-chip carrier operated by NYK Line, rescued nine fishermen in distress off the coast of the Philippines. While Crimson Polaris was sailing from Australia to China through a navigational lane in the South China Sea on July 7


Philippines' Warship Repair Angers China

BRP Sierra Madre ship. Photo Credit: Ritchie Tongo

 China warned it can take "further actions" after the Philippines confirmed it is fortifying the BRP Sierra Madre, a grounded ship on Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) in the South China Sea.   Beijing has hit out at Manila for repairing a crumbling ship serving as its


China to Roll out World's Largest Sea Plane

 AG-600 Seaplane. Photo by state-run China Daily

 China has started assembling the world's largest amphibious aircraft which it plans to deploy in the disputed South China Sea besides aggressively marketing it abroad, state-run China Daily reported.   “Since the first day of its development


Chinese Navy Conducts Drill in South China Sea

South China Sea. Image by Russian Council

 The Chinese navy has announced 10 days of military training in the waters near eastern Hainan Island in the South China Sea starting on Wednesday, amid heightened tensions in the region.   Playing down the significance of the exercises, the Chinese military said the drills


China: U.S. Influencing Philippines' Case Outcome

China's Foreign Ministry said on Friday the United States was trying to influence a South China Sea arbitration case filed by the Philippines after a senior U.S. official said China would be obligated to abide by the tribunal's decision. China has for years insisted that disputes with rival


Chinese Navy Plays Down S. China Sea Exercises

Naval Ensign of the Peoples Republic of China

  The Chinese navy played down recent military drills in the South China Sea and criticised other countries for "illegally" occupying islands in the area, the official Xinhua news service reported on Saturday. China has launched a naval drill in waters to the east of Hainan


Filipino Fishermen Remove Chinese Buoys near Disputed Shoal

South China sea Photo Wikipedia

  Filipino fishermen found several buoys with Chinese markings near the disputed Scarborough Shoal and towed the devices back to shore northwest of the capital, Manila, Philippines officials said on Sunday. China seized control of the rocky outcrop in the South China Sea in 2012 after a






 
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