First ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise begins in Thailand

September 1, 2019 – The U.S. Navy and maritime forces from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will begin the first ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise (AUMX) with opening ceremonies at Sattahip Naval Base, Sept. 2. Co-led by the U.S. and Royal Thai navies, AUMX will consist of pre-sail activities in Thailand, Singapore and Brunei, followed by a sea phase in international waters in Southeast Asia, including the Gulf of Thailand and South China Sea. The exercise will conclude in Singapore. In all, AUMX includes eight warships and four aircraft from…

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Foreign scholars condemn China’s bullying behaviour in East Sea

August 31, 2019 – China is engaged in a long-term and consistent campaign of coercing Southeast Asian countries to abandon their legitimate rights in the East Sea, according to an American scholar. Tension escalated since the Chinese survey ship Haiyang Dizhi 8 and its escort vessels returned to Việt Nam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) earlier this month. China’s behaviour had become more challenging as the country had deployed more ships to the East Sea than before, said Gregory B Poling, Director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) and a…

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China Escalates Coercion Against Vietnam’s Longstanding Oil and Gas Activity in the South China Sea

August 26, 2019 – The Department of Defense is greatly concerned by China’s continued efforts to violate the rules-based international order throughout the Indo-Pacific. Recently, China resumed its coercive interference in Vietnam’s longstanding oil and gas activities in the South China Sea (SCS), directly contradicting Chinese Minister of Defense Wei Fenghe’s pledge at the Shangri-La Dialogue that China would “stick to the path of peaceful development.” China’s actions stand in contrast to the United States’ vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, in which all nations, large and small,…

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Chinese frigate returns after international exercise

May 22, 2019 – Chinese frigate Xiangtan returned to a military port in Zhoushan, east China’s Zhejiang Province, Tuesday after finishing an international exercise. The exercise lasted from late April to May, and was part of the ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting-Plus. Frigate Xiangtan conducted exercises including rescuing ships hijacked by pirates, maritime communications and helicopter landing with participating vessels from other counties. The frigate also attended opening and closing ceremonies for the exercise and an opening day in Singapore. It took 26 days for the frigate to complete the voyage…

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ADMM-Plus Exercise Strengthens Maritime Security

May 13, 2019 – The ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus Maritime Security Field Training Exercise 2019, finished in Singapore May 13, following multilateral training in the South China Sea. The Maritime Security Field Training Exercise, which included 18 participating countries, focused on enhanced cooperation between ADMM-Plus nations and information sharing, interoperability and multinational response to maritime security issues. “We are stronger together than apart,” said Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, commander, Task Force 73. “ADMM-Plus is a great opportunity to address shared concerns while strengthening the connections and confidence the free and…

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China announces military exchange, cooperation plans

August 31, 2018 – China’s Ministry of National Defense Thursday announced military exchange and cooperation plans with multiple countries and organizations. China will hold maritime military exercises with ASEAN countries in October in the waters off the city of Zhanjiang, south China’s Guangdong Province, said spokesperson Wu Qian, adding that China and the 10 ASEAN countries will all participate in the exercises. Wu noted that the exercises mainly include the application of the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea and maritime search and rescue operations. China will also strengthen military…

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ASEAN, China joint maritime drill “important”: Philippine FM

August 7, 2018 (Xinhua) – The plan of China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to conduct a joint maritime exercise in the South China Sea “is very important” to the region, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said on Tuesday. “The exercise is important,” Cayetano told Xinhua at a press conference. “It’s very important that there are joint military exercises if only to prevent accidents and for military-to-military relations to grow so that we can talk to each other better,” Cayetano said. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign…

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