'Armed' Chinese ship near disputed East China Sea isles, Japan says

A Chinese Coast Guard ship which appeared to be armed with several cannons has entered what Tokyo regards as its territorial waters near disputed islands, the Japan Coast Guard says.

Japan and China routinely butt heads over ownership of the uninhabited East China Sea islets, as Chinese ships — mostly coast guard vessels — and aircraft have sometimes approached them to back up Beijing's claims and test Japan's response. [READ MORE]

Vietnam Reveals New Drone for Patrolling the South China Sea

Vietnam revealed its largest indigenous high-altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) this December, IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly reports. According to local media reports, the prototype was completed at the beginning of November and will commence test flights over the South China Sea in the summer of 2016.

The prototype is a joint project of Vietnam’s Academy of Science and Industry and the Ministry of Public Security. The new UAV, designated HS-6L, will perform both civilian and military tasks, judging from the aircraft’s design features. [READ MORE]

Philippines vows stronger military to back South China Sea claim

Philippine President Benigno Aquino vowed on Monday to leave behind a stronger and a more capable armed forces to face maritime challenges in the South China Sea when he leaves office next year.

Aquino, ineligible to run for re-election under the constitution, promised to spend about 83.90 billion pesos ($1.77 billion) in a five-year period until 2017 to strengthen the military as China asserts its claims to most of the waters. [READ MORE]

US to deploy​ Poseidon spy plane amid South China Sea territory tensions

The United States has agreed with Singapore on a first deployment of the US P8 Poseidon spy plane in Singapore this month, in a fresh response to China over its pursuit of territorial claims in the South China Sea.

In a joint statement after a meeting in Washington on Monday, the US defense secretary, Ash Carter, and Singapore defense minister, Ng Eng Hen, welcomed the inaugural deployment of the aircraft in Singapore from 7 to 14 December. [READ MORE]

PH on South China Sea petition: ‘Right makes might’

“Those who think ‘might makes right’ have it backwards. It is exactly the opposite, in that right makes might.” That was one of the points raised by Foreign Secretary Alberto del Rosario in his concluding remarks during the last hearing on merits at the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.

The second round of oral arguments on the Philippines’ petition challenging China’s claims over parts of South China Sea was concluded on Monday (Netherlands time). A ruling is expected next year. [READ MORE]

Beijing 'plans wave farms' in disputed S. China Sea

HONG KONG • China is planning to build electricity-generating wave farms near remote islands in the South China Sea to power its radar network, a move expected to strengthen the country's foothold in the disputed waters, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported yesterday, citing researchers involved in the project.

The floating power stations, each about the size of a soccer field, will transform the constant movement of the sea water into electricity, the researchers from Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told the Hong Kong newspaper. [READ MORE]

Philippines official confident in South China Sea arbitration case

The Philippines on Monday wrapped up a week of arguments before judges in its case against China over the hotly disputed South China Sea, at a hearing boycotted by Beijing.

The Philippines has asked the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague to affirm its right to areas within 200 nautical miles of its coastline, under the terms of a U.N. convention. [READ MORE]

U.S., Chinese militaries conclude joint talks amid South China Sea tensions

The U.S. and Chinese militaries concluded joint talks Nov. 24 amid rising tensions over the South China Sea.

Meeting at the Pacific Air Forces Headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam, Hawaii, the two nations discussed "maintaining open lines of communications and established norms of behavior" for air and naval safety, according to an Air Force news release. [READ MORE]

Chairman's Statement of The 27th ASEAN SUMMIT

We, the Heads of State/Government of ASEAN Member States, gathered for the 27th ASEAN Summit, held under Malaysia's Chairmanship of ASEAN with the theme "Our People, Our Community, Our Vision', in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 21 November 2015.

2. We had productive and extensive deliberations reflective of the spirit of Malaysia's Chairmanship, namely to create a truly people-oriented, peoplecentred ASEAN Community comprising all areas of political and security cooperation, economic growth and socio-cultural development.

Download the full Statement Here.

Obama: China must stop land reclamation in South China Sea

(Updated 5:39 p.m.) US President Barack Obama said on Wednesday China must stop land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea and reaffirmed Washington's commitment to the defense and security of the Philippines, one of the parties to the dispute.

Obama, speaking after a meeting with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit in Manila, said he looked forward to working with all claimants to the waterway to resolve their disputes. [READ MORE]

Did China Just Test a New Satellite-Killer?

The Chinese fired off a rocket that could turn a satellite into scraps. And they’re not the only ones positioning themselves for a war in space.

It’s possible China just tested a powerful new rocket capable of blasting into space with little notice and knocking out America’s low-orbiting satellites. [READ MORE]

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