Philippines tells China to ‘back off’ after South China Sea standoff

Foreign minister says Chinese action illegal Blocking of supply ship threaten “special relationship” Philippines has occupied shoal for 22 years on grounded ship The Philippines on Thursday condemned “in strongest terms” the actions of three Chinese coast guard vessels that it said blocked and used water cannon on resupply boats headed towards a Philippine-occupied atollContinue reading “Philippines tells China to ‘back off’ after South China Sea standoff”

Russia accuses U.S. military of ‘aggressive’ action in Black Sea region -Ifax

Russian defence ministry said on Friday that U.S. military activity in the Black Sea region was aggressive and posed a threat to regional and strategic stability, the Interfax news agency reported. The ministry added that it had detected six NATO reconnaissance flights over the Black Sea in the past 24 hours. https://www.reuters.com/world/russia-accuses-us-military-aggressive-action-black-sea-region-ifax-2021-11-12/

Britain tells France: Back down in 48 hours or we get tough

Fishing row could spiral into wider trade dispute London warns Paris of possible legal action France asks EU to punish Brexit Britain  Britain gave France 48 hours on Monday to back down in a fishing row that threatens to escalate into a wider trade dispute between two of Europe’s biggest economies or face tortuous legalContinue reading “Britain tells France: Back down in 48 hours or we get tough”

President Moon says end-of-war declaration is a ‘starting point to achieve peace’ at the East Asia Summit

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday took part in the East Asia Summit involving 18 nations including leaders of ASEAN members, South Korea, Japan, China, the U.S., Russia, Australia, India and New Zealand, where they discussed regional and international challenges. During the session, held virtually President Moon called for continued support for a formalContinue reading “President Moon says end-of-war declaration is a ‘starting point to achieve peace’ at the East Asia Summit”

China harasses Malaysian oil and gas vessels on a ‘daily’ basis, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says

Moves by Chinese coastguard and maritime militia said to be focused on Luconia Shoals, where Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas company is exploring a gas field Washington-based AMTI says civilian vessels there have been targeted daily for the past two years, and similar tactics now being used against Indonesian drillers in Natuna Sea Chinese boats have beenContinue reading “China harasses Malaysian oil and gas vessels on a ‘daily’ basis, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says”

Japan says suspected Chinese submarine seen near territorial waters

Japan’s defence ministry said on Sunday that a submarine believed to be from China was spotted in waters near its southern islands, as maritime tensions persist in the Pacific. Japan’s navy on Friday morning identified a submerged vessel sailing northwest just outside territorial waters near Amami Oshima island, part of Kagoshima prefecture, the ministry saidContinue reading “Japan says suspected Chinese submarine seen near territorial waters”

Japan, Vietnam sign defense transfer deal amid China worries

Japan can now give defense equipment and technology to Vietnam under an agreement signed Saturday, as the two countries step up their military cooperation amid worries about China’s growing military influence. Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said the deal elevates their defense partnership “to a new level” and that Japan and Vietnam plan to deepenContinue reading “Japan, Vietnam sign defense transfer deal amid China worries”

Military: Russian ships came within 30 nautical miles of Hawaii during exercise

Military officials said Monday that vessels participating in a Russian naval exercise in international waters off Hawaii are beginning to move away from the islands. Capt. Mike Kafka, a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command spokesman, said the closest Russian ships were confirmed to have come within 20 to 30 nautical miles off Hawaii. “We closely tracked allContinue reading “Military: Russian ships came within 30 nautical miles of Hawaii during exercise”

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