Tag: South China Sea conflict.
The move is likely to further irk China in the wake of Washington's latest US$8 billion arms sales to self-ruling Taiwan, which Beijing views as part of its territory.
Vietnam has persistently rejected China’s nine-dash line map of the sea as a basis for cooperating on energy resources, prompting tensions to increase as Beijing’s military strength grows.
The US calls into serious question Beijing's commitment to a peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in the South China Sea.
Duterte has overseen improved economic ties with China when he set aside a sovereignty dispute over islands and waters in the South China Sea that Beijing claims almost in its entirety.
The trip would come at a time when China is receiving international pushback over the conduct of coastguard and fishing militia in disputed areas of the South China Sea.
China has been accused of deploying warships, arming outposts and ramming fishing vessels in the resource-rich sea, sparking ire from other claimants.
Such an arrangement would boost China's ability to assert contested territorial claims and economic interests in the South China Sea, challenging US allies in Southeast Asia.
The Philippines asks the United Nations to make protecting life at sea a priority after the collision this month between a Filipino fishing boat and a Chinese vessel in the South China Sea.
In Washington, the view is that China uses “coercive tactics” including its naval and paramilitary vessels to enforce claims in the South China Sea.
That is why, the Umno stalwart says, there are laws to protect society from such people.
Bukit Bendera MP believes however there is no need to initiate any action against Hew for stating that the South China Sea belonged to China.
Syed Saddiq says Hew's claim that South China Sea belongs to China is baseless and unpatriotic.