CHINA: ‘ Beijing stops construction in South China Sea – FM ‘

#AceNewsReport – CHINA:Aug.05: Beijing has stopped construction in the South China Sea, the country’s foreign minister said on Wednesday.

“China has already stopped,” Reuters quoted Wang Yi as saying at a meeting of Southeast Asian foreign ministers where the disputed waters have taken center stage. “Just take an airplane to take a look.”

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Beijing and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed to speed up consultations on a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea, the foreign ministers of China and Thailand said.

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‘ CHINA REQUESTS JAPAN STOP SCRAMBLING JETS AGAINST THEIR AIRCRAFT ‘

#AceNewsServices – CHINA – October 30 – China called on Japan on Thursday to stop scrambling its jets against Chinese aircraft, Reuters reported.

'China tells Japan Stop Causing Tensions in South China Sea '

‘China tells Japan Stop Causing Tensions in South China Sea ‘

In recent months, according to (CNN) Territorial tensions between China and Japan have flared after a close encounter between their military jets in disputed airspace over the East China Sea.

The neighbouring rivals accused each other of potentially triggering a dangerous incident, after two pairs of Chinese fighter jets were scrambled and flew close to a Japanese OP-3C surveillance plane and a YS-11EB electronic intelligence aircraft Saturday.

The fly-bys occurred in airspace claimed by both countries as part of their “air defence identification zones,” while China carried out joint maritime exercises with Russia at the weekend.

The two states have accused the other of flying military aircraft too close to its own jets in a territorial dispute as both sides claim a string of Japanese-administered islets in the East China Sea.

'This disputed islands in the East China Sea are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China '

‘This disputed islands in the East China Sea are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China ‘

They are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.

Last year, Beijing declared an air defence zone covering most of the East China Sea. Japan’s fighter jet scrambles against Chinese planes rose 29 percent to 103 in July-September, Beijing said.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ United States Considers Selling Arms to Vietnam for Maritime Security ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – October 03 – The United States is moving toward selling arms to Vietnam for maritime security, further advancing a process that has turned a once-bitter enemy into a strategic partner.

' Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion maritime surveillance planes '

‘ Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion maritime surveillance planes ‘

Secretary of State John Kerry made the announcement in a meeting Thursday with visiting Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

“This policy supports Vietnam’s efforts to improve its maritime domain awareness and maritime security capabilities,” she told reporters.

She did not name the specific types of weapons being considered, but news reports say Vietnam has expressed interest in buying Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion maritime surveillance planes.

Shared concerns about Chinese assertiveness in East Asia, particularly in the South China Sea, has driven Washington and Hanoi closer together in the generation after the Vietnam War.

Some the biggest supporters of that move are U.S. veterans of the eight-year conflict who are now in high positions, such as Kerry and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who was a “guest” of Hanoi for five years as a prisoner of war.

John Kerry supports the move to supply arms to Vietnam.   

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‘ Malaysian Oil Tanker Hijacked in South China Sea ‘

July 17 – A Malaysian-flagged oil tanker has been hijacked in the South China Sea and its cargo siphoned. It is the latest in a recent spate of such incidents blamed on sophisticated criminal gangs reported VoA.

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The Royal Malaysian Navy says 15 crew-members aboard the drifting MT Oriental Glory are safe but three crew members are reported to have been injured after the tanker was hijacked and 2,500 tons of marine gas oil were stolen from the vessel.
 

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The 85-meter-long ship was en route to Sandakan in Malaysian Borneo from Singapore when it was attacked just before midnight.

 
The pirates damaged the ship’s communications equipment and engine.
 

This is the ninth such hijacking since late April.

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‘ Marines from the US and Philippines Take Part in Joint Manoeuvres on Coast of South China Sea ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON, June 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Over 100 marines of the USA and Philippines took part in joint manoeuvres Cooperation Afloat Readiness, CARAT on the north-western coast on the Philippines, Associated Press reported Monday.

As reported by the representative of the Philippine Naval Forces, the manoeuvres were held with the aim of field combat training upgrading.

The exercises are not connected to the territorial dispute in the South China Sea, he added.

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‘ Machete Wielding Pirates Hijack Tanker and Steal a Million Litres of Oil ‘

#AceWorldNews – MALAYSIA (Kuala Lumpur) – June 13 – Malaysia is hunting for a group of machete-wielding pirates who hijacked a tanker off its eastern coast, stealing a million litres of oil, in the latest in a spate of attacks in its waters, an official said Thursday.

Pirates hijacked the Malaysia-registered tanker MT Budi Mesra Dua last Saturday off Bintulu in the oil-rich Sarawak state as the ship sailed from neighbouring Singapore.

“Ten machete-wielding pirates boarded the ship, which was carrying about a million litres of diesel. They took control of the tanker for about 10 hours,” Mohamad Sufi Mohamad Ramli, a local commander with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency told AFP.

The armed pirates siphoned off the diesel fuel to another ship, robbed the crew of their valuables and destroyed communication equipment before escaping, he said.

“We have activated 24-hour sea patrols around Bintulu waters (in the South China Sea) to prevent similar attacks,” Mohamad Sufi said.

“We are hunting down the pirates,” he added.

Pirates have attacked a number of vessels in waters off Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia recently.

In April, pirates injured the captain and stole diesel fuel from a Thailand-owned tanker off the eastern coast of Malaysia.

In the same month, three Indonesian crew were kidnapped and diesel fuel stolen from a Singapore-managed tanker in the Strait of Malacca, an important shipping lane.

The International Maritime Bureau’s Kuala Lumpur-based Piracy Reporting Centre urged maritime agencies in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia to bolster security measures to stop the piracy menace.

“In recent weeks, we have recorded five hijackings (including this latest incident), in the South China Sea area and in the Malacca Strait,” the centre’s head Noel Choong told AFP.

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` Two Chinese Coastguard Ships Sailed in to Disputed Waters off-Japan's Administered Islands '

#AceNewsServices – TOKYO – May 31 – Two Chinese coastguard ships sailed into disputed waters off Japan-administered islands in the East China Sea Saturday, officials said, as the United States warned Beijing over increasing territorial assertiveness.

The Japanese coastguard said the vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile band of territorial waters around one of the Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus, around 10 am (0100 GMT).

Chinese vessels and aircraft have regularly approached the East China Sea archipelago — thought to harbour natural resources — since Tokyo nationalised some of the islands in September 2012, setting off the latest spate of incidents in a long-running territorial dispute.


Saturday’s incursion was the first of official Chinese vessels into the disputed waters since May 2 and the 12th this year.

China is also locked in territorial disputes, in the South China Sea, which Beijing claims almost entirely.

There have been incidences of Vietnam and China ramming each other’s vessels recently while in 2012 the Philippines lost control of rich fishing grounds after a tense stand-off with China.

Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam — claim parts of the sea, with Manila and Hanoi being the most vocal in opposing China’s claims. Taiwan is also a claimant.


At the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore Saturday, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel accused China of “destabilising actions” in the South China Sea.

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" Chinese Fishing Boat Rams and Sinks Vietnamese Fishing Boat "

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH CHINA – May 27 – The head of Vietnam’s coastguard says a Chinese boat rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing vessel in the disputed waters in the South China Sea on Monday, Reuters reports.

The 10 fisherman who were on board the Vietnamese boat were rescued, said coastguard commander Nguyen Quang Dam.

He added that the incident occurred 17 nautical miles from the massive oil rig China deployed between the Paracel islands and the Vietnamese coast. “A Vietnamese boat from the central city of Da Nang was deliberately encircled by 40 fishing vessels from China before it was attacked by a Chinese ship,” Dam told Reuters by telephone.

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` Rioters Attack Steel Mill in Centre of Vietnam Killing One Chinese Worker and Injuring Ninety ‘

#AceWorldNews – TAIWAN – May 15 – A top Taiwanese diplomat says rioters attacked a Taiwanese-owned steel mill in central Vietnam, killing at least one Chinese worker and injuring 90 others.

According to AP, Ambassador to Vietnam Huang Chih-peng said the violence late Wednesday and early Thursday happened at a steel plant owned by Formosa Plastics Group.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that five Vietnamese workers and 16 other individuals described as Chinese died Wednesday night during riots in the central Vietnamese province of Ha Tinh, according to a doctor at a hospital in the province.

Early Wednesday, rioters attacked factory buildings in a southern industrial park which were believed to have Chinese owners but were, in fact, mostly owned by Taiwanese or South Koreans. China’s deployment of an oil rig in the South China Sea earlier this month has sparked public anger in Vietnam, as the nation claims the waters as its own.

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` Why Does China Want Land in Disputed Paracel Islands ? ‘

#AceNewsServices – MANILA – May 14 – (Reuters) – The Philippines accused China on Wednesday of reclaiming land on a reef in disputed islands in the South China Sea, apparently to build an airstrip, only a day after Washington described Beijing’s actions in the region as “provocative”.

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If confirmed, the airstrip would be the first built by China on any of the eight reefs and islands it occupies in the Spratly Islands and would mark a significant escalation in tensions involving several nations in the area.

China claims almost the entire South China Sea, an area rich in energy deposits and an important passageway traversed each year by $5 trillion worth of ship-borne goods.

Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims on the area.

Philippine Foreign ministry spokesman Charles Jose told Reuters that China had moved earth and materials to Johnson South Reef, known by the Chinese as Chigua, in recent weeks. He said China was reclaiming land in violation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, an informal code of conduct for the region.

“They’re about to build an airstrip,” Jose said.

Tensions in the South China Sea were already high after China moved a large oil rig into an area also claimed by Vietnam. Beijing and Hanoi each accused the other of ramming its ships near the disputed Paracel Islands. 

The Paracel Islands, known as Xisha Islands in Chinese and as Hoàng Sa Archipelago inVietnamese, is a group of islands in the South China Sea whose sovereignty is claimed by the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

The islands are currently controlled by China, which captured them from South Vietnam in January 1974.

South Vietnam’s claim was inherited by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, which has ruled all of Vietnam since 1976.

China established the city of Sansha, under Hainan Province in July 2012, to administer the islands.

The islands include over 30 islets, sandbanks and reefs over a maritime area of around 15,000 square kilometres (5,800 sq mi) with less than 8 square kilometres (3.1 sq mi) of land.

The archipelago is approximately equidistant from the coastlines of Vietnam and China: 180 nautical miles (330 km; 210 mi) south-east of Hainan Island, and about one-third of the way between Central Vietnam to the northern Philippines.

Turtles live on the islands, and sea-birds have left nests and guano deposits, but there are no permanent human residents except military personnel and fishermen.

Divided into two main groups, the Paracel Islands comprise the Amphitrite group in the north-east and the Crescent group in the south-west located about 70 km (43 mi) from one another.

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Subject to a hot and humid climate with abundant rainfall and frequent typhoons, the archipelago is surrounded by productive fishing grounds along with potential oil and gas reserves.

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ASEAN: ` South-East Leaders Express Serious Concern Over Territorial Disputes ‘

#AceNewsServices  – BEIJING – May 12 – South-east Asian leaders have expressed “serious concern” over worsening territorial disputes in the South China Sea, presenting a rare united front against an increasingly assertive Beijing.

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Vietnam and the Philippines led a successful push for the Association of South-east Asian Nations to deliver a thinly veiled rebuke to China over the stand-off in waters home to key shipping lanes and thought to contain huge energy reserves.

But a defiant Beijing  said Hanoi‘s efforts to enlist the support of its neighbours in the row were “doomed to fail”.

The 10-nation ASEAN, in a statement released on Monday after  a summit on Sunday, called for a peaceful resolution to the maritime rows, which flared up this month after China moved an oil drilling rig into waters also claimed by Hanoi (AFP) reported. 

“We expressed serious concerns over the ongoing developments in the South China Sea, said the joint statement from the summit in Myanmar, without explicitly pointing the finger at Beijing.

ASEAN called on all parties involved to “exercise self-restraint, not to resort to threat(s) or use of force, and to resolve disputes by peaceful means in accordance with the universally recognised principles of international law”.

Observers said the statement marked a change of tone by the regional bloc, many of whose members — including Myanmar — have close economic and political ties with China and have traditionally avoided confrontation with the Asian heavyweight.

In 2012 China’s ally Cambodia caused consternation when it was ASEAN head by refusing to take Beijing to task over its assertive maritime stance.

“This is a far cry from when Cambodia was ASEAN chair,” said Southeast Asia expert Carl Thayer, a professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia.

The statement “represents a slight tightening of ASEAN’s position”, he said, adding it suggests a rare level of “consensus” on the vexed sea rights issue.

Under Brunei’s chairmanship last year, China avoided a public rebuke from ASEAN at a major summit after offering an olive branch by calling for peace in the flash point region.

Beijing struck a less conciliatory tone on Monday, insisting that the contested Paracel Islands, located near the controversial oil rig, were its “inherent territory”.

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#AceWorldNews VIETNAM May 12 A Vietnamese patrol boat…

#AceWorldNews – VIETNAM – May 12 – A Vietnamese patrol boat and several Chinese vessels blasted each other with water cannons Monday, AP reported.

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Maritime claims in the South China Sea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The incident happened near an oil rig recently positioned by Beijing in disputed waters, according to Vietnamese state media.

It was the first time that Vietnamese vessels have responded to Chinese actions close to the deep-sea rig, which was positioned May 1 in an area of the South China Sea claimed by both Beijing and Hanoi, the Tuoi Tre newspaper said.

On Sunday, thousands of Vietnamese protested in Hanoi chanting anti-China slogans, and the event was covered by Vietnamese state media.

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#AceWorldNews VIETNAM May Vietnamese protest China’s oil rig…

#AceWorldNews – VIETNAM – May Vietnamese protest China’s oil rig in disputed territory

 Over 1,000 people in Hanoi are protesting the deployment of a Chinese drilling platform in contested waters. Protesters sang patriotic songs amid cries of, “China, don’t steal our oil!” and, “Silence is cowardly!”

The two countries are locked in a dispute over the Paracel and Spratly islands in the South China Sea.

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` China’s Foreign Ministry Blames the United States for Tensions in South China Sea ‘

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Map of the South China Sea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

#AceWorldNewsBEIJING – May 09 – China’s foreign ministry blamed the US Friday for stoking tensions in the disputed South China Sea by encouraging countries to engage in dangerous behaviour. China has constructed an oil rig in the disputed waters, which the US called provocative and unhelpful.

 

China this week accused Vietnamese vessels of colliding with its own ships in the South China Sea and Vietnam said that Chinese vessels used water cannon and rammed eight of it ships. In another part of the South China Sea Philippine police have seized a Chinese boat, which they say was illegally fishing for Sea Turtles, a protected species, Beijing is demanding that the Philippines release the fishing boat.

 

 

(PressTV) – February 11 – The war of words continues between the US and its allies, and China.

 

At the Foreign Ministry in Beijing, spokeswoman Hua Chunying condemned the recent remarks by Japanese leaders aimed at casting a sympathetic light on their country’s wartime history. She also defended China’s new Air Defense Zone over the East China Sea, together with its recent moves to regulate fishing in the South China Sea.

 

With Western analysts saying China is planning a second Air Defense Zone for the South China Sea, America’s Assistant Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific Danny Russell has suggested that China is aiming at regional hegemony. China’s Foreign Ministry has responded by accusing the US itself of undermining peace.

 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Last month Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Germany and the UK went to war in 1914 in spite of strong economic ties, and warned that China and Japan must avoid the same fate.

 

Historians say Germany attacked a century ago because it feared encirclement. So perhaps the World War One comparison is a fair one.

 

US Secretary of State John Kerry will be visiting China from Thursday. Allaying mutual suspicion should be the greatest of his concerns.

 

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` Philippines Police Seize a Chinese Fishing Boat in Disputed South China Sea Carrying Disputed Cargo ‘

#AceWorldNews – MANILA/BEIJING – May 07 (Reuters) – Philippines police seized a Chinese fishing boat in the disputed South China Sea on Wednesday, an official told Reuters, the latest flare-up of tensions in the oil and gas-rich waters that are claimed wholly or in part by six Asian nations.

Chief Superintendent Niel Vargas of the Philippine National Police Maritime Group said a maritime police patrol apprehended a Chinese fishing boat around 7 a.m. on Tuesday off Half Moon Shoal.

The boat has 11 crew and police found about 500 turtles in the vessel, some of which were already dead, he said, adding that a Philippine boat with crew was also seized, and found to have 40 turtles on board.
Several species of sea turtles are protected under Philippine law.

Maritime police are now towing the boats to Puerto Princesa town on the island of Palawan where appropriate charges will be filed against them, Vargas said.

The incident is bound to raise the ire of Beijing, which claims almost the entire South China Sea, rejecting rival claims from Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei.

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` Malaysia Airlines `MH370 ‘ Debris Spotted

#AceWorldNews Chinese satellite images show three floating objects suspected to be debris from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, according to reports. Coordinates place the fragments in the South China Sea between Malaysia and Vietnam

Malaysia Aircraft MH370 - DebrisThe three objects are sized 13×18, 14×19, and 24×22 (meters), according to CNN.

The images, from China’s State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, were taken on Sunday morning but only released Wednesday, the BBC reported.

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` Media: ` Malaysia’s missing ` Boeing ‘ passes repair over `Right Wing ‘ malfunction in 2012 ‘

#AceWorldNews says that missing airliner Boeing 777-200 of the Malaysian Airlines passed repair over right wing malfunction in 2012, aviation expert Bernard Chabbert said on French radio station Europe-1 on Saturday – Paris Tass.

“In 2012 an incident occurred with the airliner at China’s Shanghai airport,” the French expert said. He noted that then the airliner collided at the airfield with another aircraft belonging to the Chinese Southern Airlines.

“Large-scale repair was made on it, particularly some part of the right wing had to be replaced,” he added.
Meanwhile, Chabbert noted that this incident could not be directly linked with current incident.
“However, it is important to know about the service life of the airliner and this incident makes integral part of it,” he noted.

The plane disappeared from radars about two hours after the take-off from the Malaysian capital at 02:40 local time (18:40 GMT on Friday), when the plane was over the South China Sea some 120 nautical miles from the city of Kota Bharu.

Four French citizens were among passengers. French Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier notified the authorities in Vietnam and Malaysia that France was prepared to assist in the search for the missing airliner.

Specialists from the French Investigation and Analyses Bureau for Civil Aviation Security are prepared to come for help to local rescue service.

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