Tag: West Philippine Sea

Vietnam Boats

Vietnam Strongly Oppose Fishing Banned Impose by China in the West Philippine Sea

Vietnam strongly opposed and firmly rejected China’s unilateral decision to ban fishing in the South China Sea where the prohibition of fishing covers the Exclusive Economic Zone of neighboring countries. The ban started on May 1 and will be ended on August 16, 2019. No fishing activities are allowed in parts of the sea under […]

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Two US Navy Warship Challenge Chinese Occupation in Spratly Islands

The United States Navy guided-missile destroyers Preble and Chung Hoon to conduct freedom of navigation operation within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson Reefs in the Spratly Islands, a U.S. military spokesperson told Reuters news agency. According to Commander Clay Doss, a spokesman for the Seventh Fleet, the innocent passage aimed to challenge excessive […]

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Lots of Patriot Missiles: Google Maps Found Missile Defence Location of Taiwan

Defense Ministry officials in Taiwan are requesting Google to obscure the country’s missile defense locations, which were exposed in 3D detail in the newest upgrade of Google’s satellite map application. Taiwan Defence Minister, Yen Teh-fa said an agency had been set up to work with Google and seek changes to safeguard national security and to […]

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Another Contender to Patrol the West Philippine Sea: The United Kingdom

The United Kingdom will deploy its Aircraft Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth with her attached air wing Lockheed Martin F-35B stealth jets and carrier strike group to patrol the disputed South China Sea alongside the U.S. Navy. The 65,000 metric ton HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to be fully operational by 2020. Carrier air wing consists […]

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United States Conduct Another Patrols in Mischief Reef (Panganiban Reef)

Two United States Navy warships sailed close to disputed islands in the South China Sea on Monday, freedom of navigation where China strongly against it. According to China’s foreign ministry, the country’s navy warned the U.S. warships as they tried to assert free navigation rights in the disputed South China Sea. The ships sailed close […]

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B52 Bombers

Two B-52H Stratofortress Bombers Patrol Over the Vicinity of West Philippine Sea

The two B-52H Stratofortress bombers left Andersen Air Force Base in Guam and crossed the vicinity of the West Philippine Sea, according to a statement issued by the US Pacific Air Forces. “This recent mission is consistent with international law and United States’ long-standing commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the statement added. In […]

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Chinese Navy Warship Provoking U.S. Destroyer in West Philippine Sea

China accused the United States of mocking its sovereignty after an American warship cruised near islands claimed by China in the disputed South China Sea, further disturbing relations between the two countries.  A Chinese destroyer appeared within meters of the U.S. Navy ship Sunday, forcing it to change direction in what American officials called an […]

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USS Decatur

Another US Warship Challenges China’s Expansive Claim in West Philippine Sea

The United States sent a guided-missile destroyer Sunday to challenge China’s expansive claims to the disputed South China Sea and sailing near Chinese-occupied territories. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur conducted a freedom-of-navigation operation, sailing within 12 nautical miles of Chinese-held territories in the Spratly Islands. The US Navy’s freedom-of-navigation operations “challenge excessive maritime […]

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Vietnam Oil Field

China’s Foreign Minister Visited Vietnam and Promised Peaceful Cooperation

Foreign Ministers from China and Vietnam promised to address disputes peacefully. The commitment came during a meeting between Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi who is currently on an official visit to the country. “Both sides should abide by the basic governing principles on resolving maritime issues. […]

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In Response to “US Freedom of Navigation” China Will Conduct Military Drills

In response to “freedom of navigation” operation on Friday, a US Navy destroyer USS Mustin came within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island (Mischief Reef / Kagitingan Reef) China has built. China’s air force will hold another round of drills in the West Philippine Sea and the Western Pacific, calling such exercises the best […]

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Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer

China Dissatisfied US Actions Against its Occupied Islands

China revealed its “strong dissatisfaction” with the U.S. over the Navy’s latest freedom of navigation operation in which a warship traveled past one of China’s human-made islands in the contested West Philippine Sea. The U.S. destroyer navigated past Mischief Reef Thursday as part of a freedom of navigation operation in international waters, a U.S. navy […]

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Philippines Admits China’s Land Reclamation and Militarization in West Philippine Sea out of ASEAN communique

On Tuesday, Philippines’ top diplomat acknowledged that he did not want to involve concerns about China’s land reclamation and militarization exercises in the South China Sea in the ASEAN foreign ministers’ joint communique. The joint communique appeared Sunday evening, however, turned out to mention “non-militarization” and “self-restraint” among the conduct of parties in the disputed […]

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Britain Challenging China, Will Send Warship to West Philippine Sea

Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Thursday, Britain plans to send a warship to the disputed South China Sea next year to conduct freedom of navigation operations. UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson has committed the UK’s two brand new aircraft carriers to freedom of navigation exercises in the fiercely contested waters of the South China […]

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Oil Rig Drill

Philippines to Discuss Over Oil Exploration on ASEAN Meeting

  On Wednesday, the Philippine government tried to reassure Southeast Asian neighbors about its recommendation to associate with Beijing in oil exploration in the disputed sea. President Rodrigo Duterte has dropped his predecessor’s policy opposing China’s claims and causing alarm among neighboring Southeast Asian countries, which also hold partial claims. Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano yesterday […]

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USS Fort Worth (LCS 3)

Chinese Foreign Minister – No to Foreign Intervention in West Philippine Sea

On Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on the Philippines and members of the Association of South East Asian Nations to unite and stand together in resisting intervention of “non-regional forces” in the South China Sea disputes. Without specifying any country, Wang Yi, who is on an official visit to Manila, warned that some […]

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Mischief Reef

China Wants Alliances Despite West Philippine Sea Tensions

On Monday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing needed to maintain stability in the South China Sea as it seeks alliances in the region amid tensions in the disputed waters. The United States has opposed China for neglecting international law by the construction and militarization of artificial islands in the South China Sea, threatening […]

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Vietnam Fishing Vessels

Indonesian Navy Shot Vietnamese Fisherman

Indonesia’s navy shot and wounded four Vietnamese fishers aboard a fishing boat in the South China Sea over the weekend, Vietnamese authorities said. The Vietnamese boat was about 132 nautical miles (245 kilometers) southeast of Vietnam’s Con Dao island when the fishermen were shot Saturday night, the Binh Dinh provincial search-and-rescue committee said on its […]

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Reed Bank

Philippines to Upset China Over Drilling in Reed Bank?

More than two years ago Philippine energy officials ordered stop drilling for oil and natural gas in the West Philippines Sea as Beijing demands. The Southeast Asian country’s Department of Energy froze that purpose because the Philippines was planning for world court arbitration with China over who has the more rights to the field of […]

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