Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

China Threatened War If Philippines Drills for Oil -Duterte

China Threatened War If Philippines Drills for Oil -Duterte China Threatened War If Philippines Drills for Oil -Duterte
Kenny Thornton | 19 May, 2017, 22:03

Representatives of China and the 10 Asean nations (Burma, Brunei, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) reached an agreement on the draft on Thursday, following two days of meetings in the city of Guiyang.

Japanese warplanes were deployed to disputed islets in the East China Sea, as Chinese Coast Guard vessels entered the troubled waters and allegedly launched a military drone.

On Wednesday, the two Chinese SU-30 jets approached a WC-135 Constant Phoenix aircraft conducting a routine mission in worldwide airspace in accordance with global law, Pacific Air Forces spokeswoman Lt. Col. Lori Hodge said in a statement.

"If it's legally binding, which court can the parties go to?"

In 2013, China declared a formal Air Defense Identification Zone covering airspace over the islands and overlapping with airspace claimed by Japan. Although China says it respects freedom of navigation in the strategically vital area, it objects to US military activities, especially the collection of signals intelligence by USA craft operating near the coast of its southern island province of Hainan, home to several military installations.

A Chinese foreign ministry press release said on Thursday that all the parties have agreed to peacefully resolve the SCS disputes through negotiations and dialogue. It was unclear if that was mentioned in the framework draft, which has not been made public.

China is trying to wean itself off coal, given devastating air pollution that is harming health and undermining the Communist Party's public support, but has to import huge amounts of gas from Russian Federation and Central Asia. ASEAN has always been divided over the issue of the South China Sea, with some of the non-claimant states in particular (with the notable exception of Indonesia and Singapore) having expressed reservations about pushing back too hard against Beijing on the issue.

Driver in Times Square rampage charged with murder
The New York Police Department says the driver drove along the sidewalk for at least three blocks, hitting pedestrians as he went. Rojas' mother brought in for questioning Thursday; she said nothing to reporters as detectives led her to a waiting auto .

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday described them as "some kind of armed garrison".

Four Asean members, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam, along with Taiwan and China, contest the sovereignty of several islands of this strategic maritime space, which Beijing claims nearly in its entirety.

At a briefing in Beijing earlier this week, Romana said the sides had "turned a new page" on dealing with their South China Sea issues.

"Generally, the situation has eased in terms of tensions between the Philippines and China", he said, citing regained access by Philippine fishermen to Scarborough Shoal after years of being blocked by Chinese ships.

"We intend to drill for oil there", he recalled telling Mr Xi.

The Senkaku islets are controlled by Japan, but also claimed by China and Taiwan - which Beijing considers part of its territory.

India, along with the U.S., has voiced its support for freedom of navigation in the South China Sea region, as foreign trade worth more than a trillion dollar moves through the disputed waters.

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