BBC World Service – From Our Own Correspondent, A dispute in the South China Sea

… the amassing of around 200 large ships at Whitsun Reef within the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone. China claims they are fishing vessels, sheltering from bad weather, but the Philippine government say they are militia boats, encroaching on its territory.

Russia ‘to pull troops back’ from near Ukraine – BBC News

Comment by tonytran2015: The Oriental tactics is Threatening in the East to actually strike in the West. The alliance of Russia-China only threatened in the Ukrainian theater to let China use its Navy and paramilitary force to actually OCCUPIED part of the Sea of West Philipines.

After weeks of tension over a build-up of Russian troops close to Ukraine’s border, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has ordered a number of units in the area back to their bases…

Philippines beefs up military muscle in wake of alleged Chinese aggression in South China Sea – ABC News

The Philippines government has set up a South China Sea task force, which has confirmed that more ships and an aircraft will be deployed to protect the country’s maritime territory and resources…

The deployment comes months after China authorised its coast guard to fire on ‘foreign’ vessels in Chinese-claimed portions of the South China Sea, which covers almost all of the resource-rich and strategic waterway.

China Accuses US, Japan of ‘Ganging Up’ Against Beijing – Nwo Report

China says it’s prepared to take “all necessary measures to resolutely defend its sovereignty, security, and development interests.”

Source: Sputnik

Friday saw US President Joe Biden meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in Washington, during which the two reportedly discussed the “severe security environment” and China’s actions in the Indo-Pacific region, among other topics.

A spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry has warned Japan and the US against meddling in China’s domestic affairs, warning that Beijing will take “all necessary measures to resolutely defend its sovereignty, security, and development interests”.

In a statement on Sunday, the spokesperson accused the two of “actually ganging up to form cliques and fanning bloc confrontation”, adding that “this anachronistic move runs counter to the aspiration for peace, development, and cooperation shared by the overwhelming majority of countries in the region and beyond”.

The statement comes a few days after US President Joe Biden sat down with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in Washington to discuss an array of pressing issues, including those related to China’s growing “assertiveness” on the global arena.

During the Friday talks, the two specifically expressed concern over China’s alleged military activity around a group of islands in the East China Sea.

Tokyo-Beijing Row Over East China Sea

Beijing and Tokyo remain embroiled in a longstanding dispute over the status of uninhabited islands in the area, known as the Diaoyu Islands in China and the Senkaku Islands in Japan.

Tokyo maintains it has had sovereignty over them since 1895, while Beijing claims that the islands are marked as a Chinese territory on Japanese maps circa 1783 and 1785.

Following World War II, the islands were controlled by the US and handed over to Japan in 1972. China believes Japan illegally seized them, while Tokyo maintains that Beijing began claiming the islands after the 1970s, when the surrounding water was found to be full of valuable minerals. The tensions escalated after the Japanese government bought three of the islands from a private owner in 2012.

Biden and Suga also voiced alarm about issues pertaining to the South China Sea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, which prompted Beijing to respond by insisting that the Chinese government has “indisputable sovereignty” over Taiwan and the South China Sea islands and that “issues relating to Hong Kong and Xinjiang are purely China’s internal affairs”.

South China Sea Spat

Apart from Beijing, the South China Sea territories are claimed by a host of countries, including the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Despite having no claims to the area, the US is also actively engaged in the dispute, repeatedly sending its military vessels to the South China Sea to fulfill “freedom of navigation” missions.

This causes flak from Beijing who describes such acts as “provocations” and is often involved in holding war games in the area.

Taiwan Issue

Though the US, along with many other countries, does not recognise Taiwan as a sovereign nation and officially sticks to the “One China” policy, Washington has maintained informal relations with the island since severing diplomatic ties with it in 1979.

Beijing, in turn, has repeatedly called Taiwan a sensitive issue in its relations with Washington, as China considers the island to be an essential part of its territory. China is especially uneasy over Taiwan’s cooperation with the US in the defence sector.

US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdale

Comment by tonytran2015: Ukraine theater is only a tactical diversion by Russia. Climate talks by China is only a consolation to the US while China actually gives its REAL STRIKE with its occupation of the Sea of West Philipnes (Understanding the Strike then Consolate Tactic posted on 2017/04/03),

(BEIJING, China.) Warns US against interfering into Chinese military activity around incursions into Taiwan airspace after the U.S. State Department has announced it would deepen relations with the self-ruled island #AceNewsDesk report | Ace News Services

#AceNewsReport – Apr.18: In response to the U.S. moves with Taiwan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters his country had lodged “stern representations” with the United States.

Daily Chinese incursions cause U.S. to expand ties with Taiwan: ‘Among Chinese military moves has been the almost daily air force incursions into Taiwan’s air defense zone’

Zhao Lijian noted that China urged the United States “not to play with fire on the Taiwan issue, immediately stop any form of U.S.-Taiwan official contacts..and not send wrong signals to Taiwan independence forces, so as not to subversively influence and damage Sino-U.S. relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait”.

Russia Shuts Ukraine’s Military Access To Black Sea

Russia Shuts Ukraine’s Military Access To Black Sea It was announced Thursday that Russia will close off the Kerch Strait to all foreign warships for six months amid rising Ukraine tensions, and after the US threatened to send additional warships to the area. The Kerch Strait is the vital, narrow waterway connecting the Black Sea and the […]

US sanctions could spark Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine, Russian state media claims | Ukraine Today .org

US sanctions on Russia could be met with a full-scale invasion of eastern Ukraine, according to the editor in chief of the Kremlin-funded RT.

On Thursday the United States announced sanctions against Russia and the expulsion of 10 diplomats in retaliation for what Washington says is the Kremlin’s U.S. election interference, a huge cyber attack and other hostile activity…