America, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Operate in the East China Sea


America, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Operate in the East China Sea

Photo By Petty Officer 3rd Class Vance Hand | 200113-N-ZS023-1045 EAST CHINA SEA (Jan. 13, 2020) Capt. Luke Frost, commanding… read more


Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Vincent Zline 
USS America (LHA 6)  

South China Sea – Occupation and Island Building


Indonesia rejects China’s claims over South China Sea

JANUARY 1, 2020 / 7:02 AM / UPDATED 16 HOURS AGO Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia said on Wednesday it rejected China’s claims over a disputed part of the South China Sea as “having no legal basis”, after two days earlier protesting to Beijing over the presence of a Chinese coastguard vessel in its territorial waters.

FILE PHOTO: Indonesia’s Deputy Minister for Maritime Affairs Arif Havas Oegroseno points at the location of North Natuna Sea on a new map of Indonesia during talks with reporters in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 14, 2017. REUTERS/Beawiharta/File Photo

The boat trespassed into Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone off the coast of the northern islands of Natuna, leading Indonesians officials to issue a “strong protest” and summon the Chinese ambassador in Jakarta.

Speaking in Beijing on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang had said China had sovereignty over the Spratly Islands and their waters and that both China and Indonesia have “normal” fishing activities there. Tiếp tục đọc “Indonesia rejects China’s claims over South China Sea”

ASEAN Outlook to solve South China Sea dispute?

In this file photo, US coastguard ship Bertholf manoeuvres during a joint exercise with their Philippine counterpart near Scarborough shoal in the South China Sea. (AFP Photo)
This year marks one of the most important years for ASEAN’s geopolitical landscape. During the plenary session of the 34th ASEAN Summit in June, all member states agreed to adopt the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific. The brief five-page document emphasised the ASEAN led mechanism in dealing with strategic issues in the Indo-Pacific region. It could not be denied that one of the most important ongoing issues in the region is still the South China Sea dispute, so will the Outlook help to solve the ongoing dispute? Tiếp tục đọc “ASEAN Outlook to solve South China Sea dispute?”

ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific


The AsiaPacific and Indian Ocean regions are amongst the most dynamic in the world as well as centers of economic growth for decadesAs a result, these regions continue to experience geopolitical and geostrategic shiftsThese shifts present opportunities as well as challengesOn the one hand, the economic growth of the region opens up possibilities of cooperation to alleviate poverty and elevate living standards of millions of peopleOn the other hand, the rise of material powers, i.eeconomic and military, requires avoiding the deepening of mistrust, miscalculation, and patterns of behavior based on a zerosum game.

Download the full statement here.

‘We are losing control’: China’s ‘dangerous’ South China Sea plan almost complete

It’s a mission that has existed in the shadows, seizing control little-by-little – and now China’s ultimate plan is almost complete.

Jamie Seidel JANUARY 2, 20209:56AM

Vietnam fights China’s ‘nine-dash line’ amid old enmities

Vietnam is pushing back on Chinese claims over the South China Sea targeting Beijing’s controversial nine-dash line.

AL JAZEERA NEWS by 18 Dec 2019
China's nine-dash line is at the heart of the country's claim to the South China Sea but has been rejected by an international tribunal [File: Andy Wong/AP Photo]
China’s nine-dash line is at the heart of the country’s claim to the South China Sea but has been rejected by an international tribunal [File: Andy Wong/AP Photo]
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – It came as no surprise to Vietnamese student Doan Thanh Hai that China’s infamous nine-dash line has been causing trouble in his country.

China has long used the geographical demarcation to claim an historical connection to much of the resource-rich South China Sea, including large areas that are claimed also by Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam fights China’s ‘nine-dash line’ amid old enmities”

Vietnam hopes for Chinese restraint in South China Sea in 2020

DECEMBER 17, 2019 / 12:42 PM

FILE PHOTO: An oil rig (C) which China calls Haiyang Shiyou 981, and Vietnam refers to as Hai Duong 981, is seen in the South China Sea, off the shore of Vietnam in this May 14, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Minh Nguyen/File Photo

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Vietnam said it hoped China would show restraint in the South China Sea next year after a Chinese oil survey vessel and its escorts spent months within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone in what Hanoi called a blatant violation of its sovereignty.

Vietnam, the region’s most forceful challenger of China’s extensive maritime claims to the busy waterway, will take on the rotating chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2020. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam hopes for Chinese restraint in South China Sea in 2020”