The US Navy claims China has sent a surveillance ship to monitor a massive US-led multinational drill off Hawaii, even though China itself is participating in the exercise. An officer of the US Pacific Fleet said on Monday 21 July that the vessel deployed by the Chinese Navy is not part of its flotilla taking part in the RIMPAC drill, and it is engaging in intelligence-gathering without notification. The officer said the deployment does not violate international law since the area is outside US territorial waters. But he said the US Navy has taken all precautions necessary to protect critical information of RIMPAC participants. A US Defense Department official has expressed displeasure, saying it is bad form to send a vessel to monitor drills the country has been invited to. The Chinese Navy is taking part in the Rim of the Pacific exercise for the first time. US commanders were hoping the move would help build confidence between the two countries’ forces.
MANILA – Senators have proposed earmarking P1 billion as seed money to finance the development of the country’s own defense industry in the wake of China’s more aggressive activities in the West Philippine Sea. The senators, led by Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri, jointly filed Senate…Read more
Philippine national security adviser hits China’s claim of Philippines intruding into Scarborough Shoal
MANILA – National Security Adviser Eduardo Año on Tuesday said China was “creating unnecessary tensions” with the Philippines and was “overhyping” a recent incident where a Philippine Navy ship entered the waters of Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. “Under international law, the Philippines has every right to patrol the length and breadth of the West Philippine Sea, which necessarily includes Bajo de Masinloc, which…Read more
MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday said he is eyeing a fishing ban and other restrictions in certain areas to address overfishing and boost the country’s fish population. Such measures, said Marcos, are part of the government’s plan of securing the country’s fish stocks along with other initiatives for the agriculture sector to…Read more
by MRIC Admin | Sep 19, 2023 | South East Asia (SEA), IUU Fishing - Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing, Regional, Environmental Concerns, Maritime Incidents, Maritime Situational Awareness, Domestic, Extraction of Marine Resources, Foreign, West Philippines Sea Update
Sen. Francis “Tol” Tolentino believes there's something deeper in China's coral harvesting endeavors in Iroquios or Rozul Reef in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), saying that it might be a prelude to reclamation. “May iba pang plano siguro po riyan, di lang ‘yong pagkuha ng corals at pagdurog nito. Iyong pagpatay kasi ng corals ay prelude sa isang bagay— pag pinatay mo iyon, pwede ka nang mag-reclaim (Perhaps there's a different plan there, not just harvesting and destroying corals.…Read more