Maritime security cooperation would reduce risks of confrontation in the South China Sea

December 5, 2018 – Maritime law enforcement agencies should help uphold order, not become the tools of governments to “project power and change the order” in the East Sea, said Dr Phạm Lan Dung, vice president of the Diplomatic Academy of Việt Nam. The ill-advised practice of unilateral moves has “resulted in a number of confrontations” in the region – one of the busiest sea lanes in the world – she said and called for deepened cooperation between the agencies of littoral countries. Her remarks were made as the legal…

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Chinese military monitors, warns US warship

November 30, 2018 – Chinese military monitored a US warship that entered Chinese territorial waters without permission and warned it to leave on Monday, a spokesman said on Friday. Navy and Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army Southern Theater Command will continue to watch closely Chinese waters and air to prevent any incident that may harm China’s national security and to safeguard national sovereignty, senior colonel Li Huamin, spokesman of the command, said in a statement. On Monday, USS Chancellorsville entered the territorial waters off the Xisha Islands in…

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Countries Cautioned on Actions in South China Sea

September 18, 2018 – China on Monday urged countries outside the region to behave with caution and refrain from activities that undermine regional peace and stability, after Japan conducted its first ever peacetime submarine drill in the South China Sea. “The situation in the South China Sea has cooled down and is improving,” Geng Shuang, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, said at a regular news conference in Beijing. On Monday, The Japan Times quoted the Japanese Defense Ministry as saying that the submarine Kuroshio, along with the Kaga helicopter destroyer and…

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Beijing Protests UK Naval “Incursion”

September 7, 2018 – Beijing expressed strong dissatisfaction on Thursday after a naval vessel from the United Kingdom sailed into territorial waters off China’s Xisha Islands, with China urging an immediate cessation of such provocative actions. Reuters reported that HMS Albion, a 22,000-ton amphibious warship, passed near the Xisha Islands on August 31 on its way to Vietnam. “HMS Albion exercised her rights for freedom of navigation in full compliance with international law and norms,” Reuters cited a spokesman for the Royal Navy as saying. The warship illegally entered territorial…

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PLA Navy Frigates Exercising in South China Sea

The guided-missile frigate Meizhou (Hull 584) (R)attached to a frigate flotilla with the South China Sea Fleet under the PLA Navy conducts an astern replenishment-at-sea with the guided-missile frigate Jingmen (Hull 506) during a maritime live-fire training exercise in waters of the South China Sea from July 5 to 7, 2018. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Cai Shengqiu) The guided-missile frigate Meizhou (Hull 584) (L) attached to a frigate flotilla with the South China Sea Fleet under the PLA Navy moors alongside the guided-missile frigate Jingmen (Hull 506) during a maritime live-fire training…

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USNS Washington Chambers Replenishes Royal Malaysian Navy Frigate

USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11), conducted an underway replenishment (UNREP) with a Royal Malaysian Navy ship in the South China Sea, April 7. The Washington Chambers, a Lewis and Clark-class ship, transferred about 5,000 gallons of fuel to KD Lekiu (F30), a Lekiu-class frigate of the Royal Malaysian Navy. The ability to UNREP Lekiu allows the ship to increase its range and transit further east in support of this year’s Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC 2018). The U.S. Pacific Fleet-sponsored RIMPAC exercise, the world’s largest international naval exercise, is…

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Vendémiaire Conducts South China Sea Patrol

Google Translation Deployed for nearly two months in Asia with the aim of asserting the French presence in the Pacific, reinforce the naval cooperation with the riparian and allied marines, and provide France with a capacity of autonomous appreciation of situation in the area, the frigate surveillance Vendémiaire conducted a patrol in the South China Sea. The surveillance frigate thus begins a new phase of its mission, to affirm the principles of freedom of movement at sea and in the air, in accordance with international law, in a highly contested…

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PLA Navy, telecoms to install 4G+ on South China Sea islands

The Chinese navy and telecommunication corporations are cooperating to upgrade communications on some South China Sea islands and reefs, the official People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Daily reported Friday. The PLA Navy’s South China Sea Fleet has signed framework agreements to cooperate with the Hainan branches of China’s three largest telecom operators to upgrade communications on the Xisha and Nansha islands and reefs. Once completed in May, the project will bring 4G+ service to the islands and reefs. The area, including Sansha city, mostly relies on satellites for current communications, Chen…

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Hainan Satellite Constellation System Provides Shield for South China Sea

The ChinaRS Geo-informatics Co., Ltd (ChinaRS) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced the official launch of the “Hainan No. 1” satellite project on Dec.14, 2017. Hainan will launch its first satellite in 2019 and the Hainan satellite constellation system will be completed within the next four to five years. According to the plan, there will be six optical satellites in the Hainan No. 1 project as part of the future Hainan satellite constellation, while the Sanya No. 1 project will have two hyper spectral satellites and two SAR…

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China: Australian fleet must be wary of meddling in South China Sea affairs

As Australian media reported of late, six Australian naval ships carrying 1,200 personnel have sailed toward the South China Sea. It remains unclear how far the ships have moved into the disputed sea area. The fleet has departed for “Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017” with stops at Japan, South Korea and the Philippines in a biggest military operation of its kind for at least three decades. With only about 10,000 personnel, the three-month military exercises and visits by the Australian Navy is rather impressive in terms of scale, scope, preparation and duration.…

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Beijing seeks ‘positive energy’ in South China Sea

China urges countries outside of the South China Sea region to stop stirring threats of war and tension in the region, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday. Ren Guoqiang, 47, who debuted as the ministry’s spokesman at its first news conference of the year, said China was monitoring the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group, which entered the South China Sea on Saturday. It was the first patrol by a U.S. carrier in the region since US President Donald Trump took office. “We hope the U.S. can sincerely respect the…

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