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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

Xi pushes for ‘maritime mechanism’ to ease South China Sea tension – Zubiri

        Xi now dubbed the disputed territory as the "Sea of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation," Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri told reporters at the Senate.   Zubiri said the Chinese leader talked about the disputed territory when he met with the leaders of Philippine Congress at a hotel in Taguig City.   The meeting, he said, was also attended by Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, and Senators Gringo Honasan and Panfilo Lacson, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and other House leaders.   "Ang binanggit po nya (Xi), maganda naman daw pinag usapan nila ni Preside...Keep on reading: Xi pushes for ‘maritime mechanism’ to ease South China Sea tension – Zubiri.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 21st, 2018

Sotto believes govt knows about China weather stations in Spratlys | News

Senate President Vicente Sotto III believes that the government somehow has knowledge about the three weather observation stations reportedly constructed by China in three contested areas in the South.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

Sotto thinks gov’t knows about China’s weather stations in Spratlys

    Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III believes the Philippine government has knowledge about the three weather observation stations reportedly set up by China in three reefs of the Spratly islands. In a report of the South China Morning Post quoting Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang, it said that China installed the weather stations on Kagitingan, Subi, and Panganiban Reefs in the West Philippine Sea.   Sotto said he is privy to the dialogues between the country's executive department and the leaders of China regarding the disputed waters, and that it has been established that China "(does) agree that those areas are ours."   ...Keep on reading: Sotto thinks gov’t knows about China’s weather stations in Spratlys.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

'PHVote2019, Federalism draft, Padre Pio | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: President Rodrigo Duterte says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano will run as Taguig Representative in the 2019 elections. President Rodrigo Duterte assures Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua the Philippines will not take part in U.S. military exercises in the South China Sea in November. Top Senate leaders reject the draft charter of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

Trillanes eyes President’s son as hostile witness in drug probe

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Sunday said Paolo Duterte's filing libel charges against him had given him a chance to call the son of President Rodrigo Duterte as a hostile witness in a Senate drug smuggling inquiry. A hostile witness is someone who is called to an investigation but refuses to tell the truth. In a statement, Trillanes said Paolo Duterte's legal actions would enable him to pressure the resigned vice mayor of Davao City to open his bank accounts. Duterte has filed libel charges against Trillanes for linking him to the smuggling into the Philippines of "shabu" (crystal meth) worth P6.4 billion from China and for alleging that he and his brother-in-law, lawyer Manases...Keep on reading: Trillanes eyes President’s son as hostile witness in drug probe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2018

Del Rosario commends rare Duterte tirade vs China

MANILA, Philippines – Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario on Friday, August 17, commended President Rodrigo Duterte's recent remark urging China to "temper" its frequent warnings to planes and ships passing over or through the South China Sea. "We want to respectfully commend President Duterte on his recent remarks about China's aggressive and unlawful behavior in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 17th, 2018

Duterte stands up to Beijing

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte urged China to 'temper' its behavior in the South China Sea - a rare criticism from Manila of Beijing island-building in disputed waters. China has al.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Duterte stands up to Beijing

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte urged China to ‘temper’ its behavior in the South China Sea – a rare criticism from Manila of Beijing island-building in disputed waters. China has al Source link link: Duterte stands up to Beijing.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Duterte orders DFA to talk to Chinese counterparts regarding recent actions in disputed sea

The recent remarks of President Rodrigo R. Duterte asking China to temper its behavior in the South China Sea has not affected the country’s relations with the Philippines, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said. The President made the statement in response to reports that the Chinese navy stationed in the region has issued […] The post Duterte orders DFA to talk to Chinese counterparts regarding recent actions in disputed sea appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Duterte to China: Temper behavior in SCS

China should “temper” its behavior in the South China Sea to avoid friction with the United States, President Duterte said, as he warned that the region could become a flashpoint if tensions over the disputed areas persist......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Duterte says China wrong to police airspace over disputed sea

MANILA- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said in a rare rebuke of Beijing he wants China to rethink its conduct in the South China Sea and that it has no right to repel foreign aircraft and boats passing by its artificial islands in the disputed waterway. Duterte said he hoped China would “temper” its behavior and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Duterte: China Should Temper Its Behavior in Disputed Waters

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Philippine president said Tuesday that China's claim to airspace above newly built islands and surrounding waters in the disputed South China Sea "is wrong" and Beijing sh.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Duterte: China Should Temper Its Behavior in Disputed Waters

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Philippine president said Tuesday that China's claim to airspace above newly built islands and surrounding waters in the disputed South China Sea "is wrong" and Beijing sh.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Duterte: China should ‘temper’ behavior in South China Sea

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said China should "temper" its behavior in the South China Sea after the Chinese navy threatened a Philippine military aircraft in its latest known flight over China's man-made islands in the disputed sea. "You cannot create an island and you say that the air above the artificial island is your own. That is wrong. The right to innocent passage is guaranteed," Duterte told businessmen and diplomats in a speech in Malacaang. "I hope that China would temper its behavior. I do not want to quarrel with China," he added. The President asserted that ships would not need "any permission to sail through the open seas." "And if it's nearby a ter...Keep on reading: Duterte: China should ‘temper’ behavior in South China Sea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

Senate inquiry sought on diplomatic protests vs China

SENATOR Risa N. Hontiveros-Baraquel on Wednesday filed a resolution seeking a foreign policy audit to review the diplomatic protests of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) against China regarding its controversial activities in the South China Sea......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Senate inaction on China: No inquiry amid militarization

MANILA, Philippines – Two years into President Rodrigo Duterte's term and in the face of China's militarization of the South China Sea, the Senate has yet to conduct an inquiry into his foreign policy geared toward the Asian giant. In July 2016, the Philippines won a landmark international case  against China over the South ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

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