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Canadian Senate decries China s hostile behavior in South China Sea

Criticizing China's aggressive behavior in the South China Sea, the Senate of Canada passed a motion calling on all parties to uphold international law in the disputed waterway......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarApr 25th, 2018

Could North Korean, US threats of destruction cause an accidental war? – CNN News

The war of words between North Korea and the United States could be pushing the region closer to the brink of an accidental conflict. While neither country is outwardly moving towards an actual war footing, military displays of power, mixed with threats and counter threats may result in an ugly outcome, Stratfor Vice President of Strategic Analysis Rodger Baker told CNN. &'8220;The North Koreans assume that the threats will be enough to restrain US action but the US might be thinking the same thing, so you end up in a situation where a provocation from one side is seen by the other as an actual move towards war,&'8221; he said. North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho announced on Monday that US President Donald Trump had &'8220;declared a war&'8221; on his country by tweeting that North Korea &'8220;won't be around much longer.&'8221; Ri's interpretation of Trump's tweet was roundly dismissed by the White House later that day. The South Korean government has been desperately calling for calm on both sides, as the country's citizens would be among the first to suffer in any war. Speaking in Washington on Monday, South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said the United States has to help to reduce tensions on the peninsula. &'8220;It is very likely that North Korea will conduct further provocations,&'8221; she said. &'8220;It is imperative that we, Korea and the US together, manage the situation &' in order to prevent further escalation of tensions or any kind of accidental military clashes which can quickly go out of control.&'8221; Foreign Minister Ri told reporters Monday North Korea would shoot down any US bombers which flew near the Korean Peninsula, even if they didn't enter North Korea's airspace. &'8220;In light of the declaration of war by Trump, all options will be on the operating table of the Supreme leadership of DPRK,&'8221; Ri said, according to his official English translator. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was quick to respond, saying Monday the US had not declared war and any suggestion along those lines was &'8220;absurd.&'8221; Euan Graham, director of the International Security Program at Sydney's Lowy Institute, said while the physical threat of war had not increased, every unfulfilled threat from the US did damage to its international position. &'8220;When threats are made and not followed through US credibility suffers both in the eyes of North Korea and its allies,&'8221; Graham said. &'8220;The US is very unlikely to engage in a preventative war against North Korea, so it's more the risk of stumbling into this because the North Koreans decide they have to escalate or they believe something US is doing is a preventative strike or a decapitation attack (against the leadership).&'8221; Over the weekend, North Korea moved airplanes and boosted defenses on its east coast, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday, quoting intelligence agencies. It followed a flyover by US bombers close to North Korea on Saturday. US B-1B bombers from Guam flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea, according to the Pentagon, a move they said underscored the seriousness of Pyongyang's &'8220;reckless behavior.&'8221; It was the furthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the area of land between North and South Korea, which US fighters or bombers had flown in the 21st Century, the Pentagon said. Stratfor's Baker said he was concerned any moves by North Korea to shadow US planes or to engage in displays of military might could lead to accidental conflict. &'8220;There haven't been many incidents where they've engaged in this sort of behavior so they don't know how to deal with each other in this situation, they don't know how to read the way that each side is acting, so you can get accidents and the North Koreans, again, they may overestimate their hand,&'8221; he said. But Baker added it was important to note that neither side had engaged in the large movement of troops or evacuation of civilians which would precipitate a full blown war. &'8220;We don't see the US taking action to rapidly reduce the number of civilians and non military personnel in South Korea &' at the same time, rhetoric is working to increase the potential of an accident.&'8221; The latest standoff between Washington and Pyongyang came as a North Korean Foreign Ministry official flew to Moscow to meet with a representative of the Russian government. According to state media KCNA, director general at the Foreign Ministry's North American Department Choe Son Hui left for Moscow on Monday. She'll meet with Oleg Burmistrov, a &'8220;roving ambassador&'8221; with Russia's Foreign Ministry. The meeting comes amid cooling relations between Pyongyang and Beijing, with China's Ministry of Commerce announcing on Saturday it would immediately restrict petroleum exports to North Korea in line with UN sanctions. &'8220;Russia has been a supplier of petroleum products either directly or not paying attention to what it's own countries are doing in regard to North Korea,&'8221; Baker said. The latest round of sanctions, agreed to on September 11, were reportedly amended by the US after it became clear Russia and China wouldn't allow stronger restrictions. &'8220;Russia is a potential helpful card for the North Koreans to use particularly if they're worried that China is going to get more hostile and especially as secondary sanctions (from the US) come into play,&'8221; Graham said.(&'8220;Russia is a potential helpful card for the North Koreans to use particularly if they're worried that China is going to [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsSep 26th, 2017

Amid China s aggressive actions, De Lima calls on Duterte to convene security council

President Rodrigo Duterte should immediately convene the National Security Council to help him identify the country’s right response to China’s increasingly aggressive military behavior in the South China Sea, according to opposition Sen. Leila de Lima......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 25th, 2018

Resolution urges Duterte to convene NSC, take action on South China Sea militarization

Detained opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima on Friday announced that she has filed Senate Resolution (SR) No. 744 urging President and Commander-in-Chief Rodrigo R. Duterte to convene immediately the National Security Council (NSC) “to determine decisive courses of action” on the reported China’s militarization over the South China Sea region. “Inaction or soft diplomatic […] The post Resolution urges Duterte to convene NSC, take action on South China Sea militarization appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 25th, 2018

US Excludes China From Military Drill Over South China Sea Actions

WASHINGTON - The United States has disinvited China from a major international maritime exercise, saying Beijing's 'destabilizing behavior' in the South China Sea is inconsistent with the principle.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

A macho president? Not when it comes to China

NEW YORK---China recently landed bombers on islands that form part of the Spratlys---islands that it claims, despite these being within the territorial boundaries of the Philippines. The People's Republic has fortified seven of these, transforming them essentially into military bases. China says it has a right to do whatever it wants on its own territory. Such aggressive behavior, clearly in violation of international law, while disturbing, is not at all surprising, given China's stated policy of making virtually all of the South China/West Philippine Sea its own. Southeast Asian nations such as Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Brunei, have, along with the Philippines, opposed this ...Keep on reading: A macho president? Not when it comes to China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

PH on Chinese bombers, LP’s ‘The Resistance’ slate, Royal Wedding | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: The Philippines says it will not publicly condemn China over bomber aircrafts landing in the South China Sea.  Liberal Party President and Senator Kiko Pangilinan confirms the Senate minority will be forming a 'resistance slate' for the 2019 elections.  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot Saturday, in a star-studded Windsor Castle ceremony watched ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Senators condemn China’s invasion of disputed territories

SENATORS on Sunday condemned what they viewed as China’s continuous violation of international rules governing the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) as they raised the need for the Senate leadership to make a firm stand against it. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said as foreign policy partner of the President, the Senate must come [...] The post Senators condemn China’s invasion of disputed territories appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

PLA navy tests ship-borne choppers in SChina Sea

A People’s Liberation Army (PLA) navy flotilla recently conducted live-fire drills for ship-borne helicopters in the South China Sea to test attacking targets at sea, with a military expert saying that the exercises show an improvement in the PLA’s ability to attack hostile ships. Two helicopters flew at a low altitude to the target area [...] The post PLA navy tests ship-borne choppers in SChina Sea appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Senator backs probe on military activities in West PHL Sea

SENATOR Cynthia Villar backed the proposal of Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III to probe military activities in the disputed West Philippine Sea (in the South China Sea). Pimentel last week said the Senate would look into the reported installation of missiles by China on three reefs claimed by the Philippines. “Talaga namang may right […] The post Senator backs probe on military activities in West PHL Sea appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

Senate probe into Chinese missiles in South China Sea sought

A former Navy officer in the Senate is calling for a probe into China's reported installation of missiles on three of its artificial outposts in the South China Sea, which are within the zone claimed by the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

South Korea says any delay in military drills depends on North Korea’s behavior

Any delay in joint military drills with the United States would depend on North Korea’s behavior during the 2018 Winter Olympics, officials in Seoul said, while a halt to group tours from China suggested Beijing is still wary. #BeFullyInformed South Korea says any delay in military drills depends on North Korea’s behavior South Korean President… link: South Korea says any delay in military drills depends on North Korea’s behavior.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 20th, 2017

Duterte and Trump on South China Sea, Trudeau at ASEAN, Arms cache in Marawi | Evening wRa

Today on Rappler: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and United States President Donald Trump slam the militarization of the disputed South China Sea.   A fire at the Caloocan City Police Station  damages the first floor of the two-storey building where homicide case folders are located.  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he raised the issue of human rights and extrajudicial killings during his brief conversation with ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 14th, 2017

North Korea preparing more missile launches, says South – BBC News

South Korea says it has seen indications that the North is preparing more missile launches, possibly an intercontinental ballistic missile. Defence officials have been briefing parliament in Seoul after the North's test of a nuclear bomb at the weekend. The South has responded to the test with live-fire exercises, with both ground- and air-launched rockets. The US has warned that any threat to itself or its allies would be met with a &'8220;massive military response&'8221;. The North says it tested a hydrogen bomb that can fit on to a long-range missile. Pyongyang has repeatedly defied UN sanctions and international pressure by developing nuclear weapons and testing missiles, and the provocations have only intensified. launches, possibly an intercontinental ballistic missile. Defence officials have been briefing parliament in Seoul after the North's test of a nuclear bomb at the weekend. The South has responded to the test with live-fire exercises, with both ground- and air-launched rockets. The US has warned that any threat to itself or its allies would be met with a &'8220;massive military response&'8221;. The North says it tested a hydrogen bomb that can fit on to a long-range missile. Pyongyang has repeatedly defied UN sanctions and international pressure by developing nuclear weapons and testing missiles, and the provocations have only intensified. In the past two months it has conducted intercontinental ballistic missile tests, sending one over mainland Japan into the Pacific Ocean. It has also threatened to fire missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam. The United Nations Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting later on Monday to discuss its response. Ahead of that meeting, South Korea and Japan's leaders had agreed to push for a stronger UN resolution on North Korea, said a South Korean presidential palace spokesman. The Security Council last imposed sanctions in August, targeting North Korean exports. Chang Kyung-soo, a defence ministry official, told parliament: &'8220;We have continued to see signs of possibly more ballistic missile launches. We also forecast North Korea could fire an intercontinental ballistic missile.&'8221; The ministry also told parliament the US would seek to deploy a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to seas off the peninsula. It also said there would be more live-fire drills this month, involving Taurus air-to-surface missiles mounted on F-15 jets. Monday's drills by the South simulated the targeting of the Punggye-ri nuclear site in Kilju County, where North Korea carried out its bomb test. &'8220;The training demonstrates the South Korean military's resolve to destroy not only the origin of provocation but also the enemy's leadership and supporting forces if they threaten the security of our people,&'8221; army spokesman Col Roh Jae-cheon is quoted as saying by South Korea's Yonhap news agency. South Korea and the US had also agreed &'8220;in principle&'8221; to revise current guidelines so that the South could double the maximum payload of its ballistic missiles, Yonhap also reported. On Sunday, seismologists started picking up readings of an earth tremor in the area where North Korea had conducted nuclear tests before The US Geological Survey put the tremor at 6.3 magnitude. North Korean state media later confirmed it was no earthquake, claiming it was in fact its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, detonating what it said was a hydrogen bomb that could be loaded on to a long-range missile. Pyongyang then released pictures of leader Kim Jong-un with what state media said was a new type of hydrogen bomb. Officials in China, where the blast was felt as a tremor, said they were carrying out emergency radiation testing along the border with North Korea. &'160; Although experts have urged caution, Sunday's event appears to be the biggest and most successful nuclear test by North Korea to date &'' and the messaging is clear: North Korea wants to demonstrate it knows what makes a credible nuclear warhead. It's become a war of photographs, for a few hours at least. After Sunday's underground nuclear test in the North, the government in the South released images of its own missiles launched at dawn. It's the second time in a week that Seoul has responded with a test bombing run. That's in addition to the show of military might that was on display in its annual exercise with US forces at the end of last month. That enraged Pyongyang, as it does every year, and there are more missiles on the way. South Korea is expected to approve the deployment of the US missile defence system known as Thaad (Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense) &'' an environmental impact report is the final hurdle. But that involves a fourth party. China has criticised the system, claiming it threatens its security. The nuclear test prompted an angry response from US President Donald Trump who denounced the test as &'8220;hostile&'8221; and &'8220;dangerous&'8221;, and called the North a &'8220;rogue nation&'8221;. He added that the US was considering stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea, which relies on China for about 90% of its foreign trade. US Defence Secretary James Mattis later told reporters that while the US would respond to any threat &'8220;with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming&'8221;, although they were &'8220;not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea&'8221;. A White House statement also said that Washington would defend itself and its allies &'8220;using the full range of diplomatic, conventional, and nuclear capabilities at our disposal&'8221;. South Korean President Moon Jae-in called the test an &'8220;absurd strategic mistake&'8221; [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2017

US-China tensions rise

SYDNEY, Australia—The United States will keep challenging Beijing’s “assertive, aggressive behavior in the South China Sea,” the US Pacific commander said Wednesday, as tensions between two powers rise over comments by Donald Trump.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 14th, 2016

US senator s bill targets China aggression in South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines  — Florida lawmaker Marco Rubio introduced at the United States Senate a proposed bill seeking to sanction Chinese individuals and entiti.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 10th, 2016

Senate to probe Chinese excavations in Zambales

Philippine soil used for South China Sea reclamation? .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2016

SONA, illegal drugs, Democratic Party | 6PM wRap

Today on Rappler: Duterte delivers his 1st SONA Pimentel is new Senate president Death toll of police ops vs illegal drugs nears 300 ASEAN ignores ruling on South China Sea Democrats struggle to contain revelations on insider effort to hobble.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 26th, 2016

Big power behavior, the Law of the Seas, and our interests in the West Phl Sea

Territorial issues over the West Philippine Sea part of the larger South China Sea dominated the topic of our national concerns last week......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 19th, 2016

US Congress wants continued Chinese exclusion from naval drills

A US Senate-passed bill authorizing military spending on its activities reiterated China's exclusion from a major American naval exercise, just weeks after the Pentagon disinvited Beijing from the drills that could potentially chill relations between the two powers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News11 hr. 17 min. ago

Chinese anti-porn office targets video streamers whispering on microphones

Chinese cyber authorities have cracked down on video streamers whispering on microphones. Some video streamers that specialize in streaming, doing relaxation sounds or autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) videos are being targeted by China's anti-pornography office for take-down. The office reasoned that some of the video streams could be called software porn, according to a report by Abacus via South China Morning Post. ASMR streams would generally have streamers whispering on the microphone, eating food that make certain sounds and other similar actions to trigger the relaxation effect of ASMR. ASMR in itself is not sexual, but the office said some streamers perform these s...Keep on reading: Chinese anti-porn office targets video streamers whispering on microphones.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018