South Asia and Beyond

Tags : South China Sea

China, Japan Patrol Disputed Waters in East China Sea

The China Coast Guard today announced that it conducted patrols in the “territorial waters” around the Diaoyu Islands, which are also referred to as the Senkaku Islands by Japan, in the East China Sea. In a separate statement, the Japan Coast Guard reported that its patrol boats requested four Chinese coast guard vessels to exit […]Read More

Philippines To Hold Drills In South China Sea With US, Japan, Australia Ignoring China’s Warnings

The combined defence and armed forces of the United States, Japan, Australia and the Philippines will conduct “maritime cooperative activity” to support a free and open Indo-Pacific, the Philippines’ defence ministry said on Saturday. Naval and air force activities will be conducted within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone on April 7, the defence ministry said […]Read More

Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte, China’s Xi Jinping Had Verbal Agreement On South China Sea

Former Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte had a “gentleman’s agreement” with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to maintain the status quo in the South China Sea, news website Politiko said. Harry Roque, who served as Duterte’s spokesman for several years, said in an interview with the news website that the recent upsurge in Chinese activities in […]Read More

India Supports Philippines In Upholding Its Sovereignty, Says Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar stated that India “firmly supported” the Philippines in upholding its national sovereignty. The remarks by the minister came in response to a question during a joint press conference with his Filipino counterpart Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Philippines Enrique Manalo. “We are also convinced that the progress and prosperity […]Read More

China’s Comic Turn To National Security

According to China’s state-run Global Times, “National security is the foundation of national rejuvenation.” These and other gems can be read in an article on the Global Times website timed to coincide with (jokes apart), the release of the first “national security themed comic series adapted from real life espionage cases.” Yes, China is now […]Read More

Chinese Coast Guard Ships Attempt To Block Philippine Vessels Carrying Scientists In South China Sea

Chinese coast guard ships backed by a military helicopter attempted unsuccessfully to block two Philippine government vessels carrying scientists from reaching two sandbars in the disputed South China Sea, Philippine officials said Friday. Chinese coast guard personnel blew the horn on one of their ships for half an hour and repeatedly transmitted radio warnings during […]Read More