Philippines objects to China's naming of undersea features

Chinese state media claims UK foray into South China Sea is just 'attention-seeking'

Chinese state media claims UK foray into South China Sea is just 'attention-seeking'

The first meeting of the Philippines-China BCM on the South China Sea was held in Guiyang, Guizhou Province in China last May 19, 2017.

Koh said that while he believed the British plan was "overhyped", and that the U.S. Navy would remain the "primary FONOP player", the Chinese reaction highlighted its fears that the South China Sea dispute could once again return to prominence in capitals across the globe. The US can only concentrate on so many things at once, " he said.

China claims almost all of the strategic waters, despite partial counter-claims from Taiwan and several south-east Asian nations including the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

The Defence Secretary said the anti-submarine frigate would be sent to "assert our values" and global right to navigate the waters.

China claims almost all of the South China Sea and has been in a building binge in the area, turning reefs and islets into islands with runways and various other facilities and buildings.

The president followed up with a warning that he will order the navy to fire if other countries extract resources from within his country's exclusive economic zone, a 200-nautical mile stretch of sea where a coastal state has internationally recognized exclusive rights to exploit resources under a 1982 United Nations treaty.

"We've got to ensure that any form of malign intent is countered and we see increasing challenges - it's not just from China, it's from Russian Federation, it's from Iran - and we've got to be constantly making sure that our security measures, our critical national infrastructure is protected".

"The more powerful China gets, the more challenging it is for us". A court in The Hague ruled against China's territorial claims and in favor of the Philippines-one of several neighbors opposing China's expansion in the basin.

Sutherland and her fellow Type 23 HMS Argyll are heading to the Pacific "to continue the pressure campaign on North Korea", the Ministry of Defence said.

Britain's defence ministry is trying to justify its existence and grab attention with a planned warship mission through the disputed South China Sea, a Chinese newspaper has said.

This declaration was issued by both parties during the Second Meeting of the Philippines-China Bilateral Consultation Mechanism (BCM) on the South China Sea hosted by Manila Tuesday.

A second bilateral meeting between China and the Philippines on their territorial dispute in the South China Sea appears to have centered on cooperation rather than on competition, according to a joint press statement Tuesday night.

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