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While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup: Think tank

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Satellite photo shows Chinese-controlled North Island, part of the Paracel Islands group in the South China Sea, on Sep 29, 2017. (Photo: Planet Labs/Handout via Reuters)

WASHINGTON: While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a US think tank said on Thursday (Dec 14).

Chinese activity has involved work on facilities covering 29 hectares of the Spratly and Paracel islands, territory contested with several other Asian nations, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies. The report cited satellite images. Continue reading “While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup: Think tank”

China’s Revision of its SCS Claims: Does it Matter?

Ocean News, Nov. 27, 2017

While China did not recognize the jurisdiction
of the Annex VII arbitral panel under the
authority of the LOS Convention,
it is apparently recasting its claims based on land
territory rather than on an area enclosed by the
“9-Dash Line” that was rejected by the Arbitral Panel.

Why this is important: China’s new approach
to its jurisdiction in the South China Sea may
be presented as a concession by people who
do not understand that substantive claims
appear to have changed little from those
made under the infamous
 “9-Dash Line,”
so it is important that we all understand

the details of the new “Four Shas” policy.

Before we turn to China, considering the
continuation and revitalization
of Ocean Law News. While funds
are important, so are the numbers of
contributors – every reader counts

In August of this year, China presented a new take on its claims to the South China Sea. It isn’t clear whether the infamous “9-Dash Line” has been relegated to history or the new scheme is some form of supplement. The red line in the map below is based on the dashes of China’s 9-Dash Line.

The new proposal recognized the legal principle that”the land dominates the sea,” which means that jurisdiction at sea is based on the geography of the land, something that the 9-Dash line did not address. Continue reading “China’s Revision of its SCS Claims: Does it Matter?”

PM: Việt Nam attaches importance to relations with China

Update: November, 12/2017 – 23:28

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (right) receives General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and President Xi Jinping in the central city of Đà Nẵng on November 11. — VNA/VNS Photo
Viet Nam News ĐÀ NẴNG — The Communist Party of Việt Nam (CPV) and the Vietnamese Government treasure the comprehensive strategic partnership with China, considering it a consistent policy, a strategic choice and a top priority in Việt Nam’s foreign policy, said Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.

During a meeting with General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and President Xi Jinping in Đà Nẵng on November 11, PM Phúc applauded the Chinese leader’s State visit to Việt Nam and his attendance at the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in the central city. Continue reading “PM: Việt Nam attaches importance to relations with China”

Vietnamese fishermen claim innocence following arrest by Indonesian authorities

The fishermen asserted they were operating in Vietnamese waters prior to the apprehension

By Tuoi Tre News

November 9, 2017, 10:32 GMT+7

Vietnamese fishermen claim innocence following arrest by Indonesian authorities
From left, Cao Van Hoang, Luu Van Ly, Le Thanh Thien, Hua Minh Trung, and Le Thanh Thua. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Five Vietnamese fishermen have pled not guilty following their capture by Indonesian authorities for illegally fishing in Indonesian waters.

A flotilla of five fishing boats from the southern Vietnamese province of Kien Giang was operating near Hon Khoai Island off the southern province of Ca Mau on April 13 when they were apprehended by Indonesian vessels.

The 70 fishermen aboard the boats were released while the five captains were kept in custody while awaiting trial. Continue reading “Vietnamese fishermen claim innocence following arrest by Indonesian authorities”

Philippines to ask China to clarify its intentions in disputed sea

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in an apparent policy shift, said on Wednesday he planned to ask China to make clear its intentions in the disputed South China Sea during Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Vietnam.

 
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during Change of Command ceremonies of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, metro Manila, Philippines October 26, 2017. REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao

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MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in an apparent policy shift, said on Wednesday he planned to ask China to make clear its intentions in the disputed South China Sea during Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Vietnam. Continue reading “Philippines to ask China to clarify its intentions in disputed sea”

China says hopes US can ‘help, not cause problems’ in South China Sea

 Reuters – China and Vietnam have reached agreement on managing their dispute in the South China Sea through friendly talks, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday, following an ugly spat over the summer between the two communist neighbours.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) poses for photo with Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh before their meeting at the Government Office in Hanoi, Vietnam November 2, 2017. REUTERS/Kham

BEIJING: China hopes the United States can “help and not cause problems” in the disputed South China Sea, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday ahead of next week’s visit to Beijing by President Donald Trump. Continue reading “China says hopes US can ‘help, not cause problems’ in South China Sea”

NA discusses draft revised Law on Fisheries

vietnamnews Update: October, 28/2017 – 09:20

The National Assembly discussed the draft revised Law on Fisheries at its plenary session in Hà Nội yesterday.– VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI – The National Assembly discussed the draft revised Law on Fisheries at its plenary session in Hà Nội yesterday.

Several lawmakers stressed the need to establish centrally-run, municipal and provincial fisheries surveillance systems to ensure fisheries law enforcement and defend sovereignty over waters.

The work should also meet requirements for a capable surveillance system to prevent fishing practices which would result in an import ban from the European Union, one of the country’s major seafood markets. Continue reading “NA discusses draft revised Law on Fisheries”

Three US aircraft carriers in Pacific

US flexes naval muscle in Asia ahead of Trump’s visit

Story highlights

  • US aircraft carriers send messages to adversaries, experts say
  • Presence of three carriers in Asia-Pacific comes as President Trump prepares to visit region

Hong Kong (CNN)Two US Navy aircraft carrier strike groups have arrived in the Pacific in the past two days, putting three of the massive warships in the region as President Donald Trump prepares for a visit early next month.

Continue reading “Three US aircraft carriers in Pacific”

US, South Korea conduct joint Navy drills to counter North Korea threat

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FILE PHOTO – U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is seen during a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command’s fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Ericsson in waters around Okinawa southwest of the Korean peninsula

SEOUL: South Korea and the United States began week-long joint Navy drills in the waters around the Korean peninsula on Monday (Oct 16), amid high tensions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programme.

About 40 Navy ships from both countries, including the nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, are taking part in the exercises on the east and west coasts of the peninsula from Oct 16 to Oct 20, a spokesman for the South’s defence ministry said on Monday. Continue reading “US, South Korea conduct joint Navy drills to counter North Korea threat”

China protests to US over sail-by in disputed waters

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The US Navy regularly carries out such operations to challenge China’s vast claims to the South China Sea, where Beijing has turned reefs into militarised artificial islands. AFP/Ted ALJIBE

BEIJING: China said Wednesday (Oct 11) it has lodged a protest with the United States after an American warship sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea.

The US Navy missile destroyer Chafee entered into China’s territorial waters near the Sansha islands on Tuesday, according to Beijing’s foreign ministry. Continue reading “China protests to US over sail-by in disputed waters”

US flies bombers over Korean peninsula with South Korean, Japanese fighter jets

 
A US B1-B bomber. (File photo: AFP/MARWAN NAAMANI)

SEOUL: The U.S. military flew two Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force late on Tuesday amid high tensions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes, South Korea’s military said.

The two B-1B bombers were accompanied by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military after leaving their base in Guam, the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a news release on Wednesday. Continue reading “US flies bombers over Korean peninsula with South Korean, Japanese fighter jets”

US warship sails near islands claimed by Beijing in South China Sea

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Filre photo of USS Chafee, a US Navy destroyer which operates 100 per cent on biofuel, sailing about 241 kilometres north of the island of Oahu during the RIMPAC Naval exercises off Hawaii. (REUTERS/Hugh Gentry)

WASHINGTON: A US Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Tuesday (Oct 10), three US officials told Reuters, even as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs. Continue reading “US warship sails near islands claimed by Beijing in South China Sea”

U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander visits Battle of Bach Dang site in Vietnam

Vietnamese heroes had three great victories against northern invaders on Bach Dang River

By Tuoi Tre News

October 7, 2017, 09:57 GMT+7

​U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander visits Battle of Bach Dang site in Vietnam
Admiral Scott H. Swift is seen in front of a bed of iron-clad roles used in the Bach Dang battles.
Admiral Scott H. Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, visited a renowned historical site where great Vietnamese heroes turned back invading armies three times, in the northern Vietnamese city of Hai Phong on Friday.

Admiral Swift, accompanied by U.S. Ambassador in Vietnam Ted Osius, toured the Bach Dang Giang (Bach Dang River) site, where iron-headed poles were placed under the waters during the great victories of Vietnam against invaders in three historic battles in the 10th and 13th centuries. Continue reading “U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander visits Battle of Bach Dang site in Vietnam”