China, Asean hold simulated naval drill

South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha shakes hands and her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov during a Singapore meeting on Aug. 2 2018

Singapore's navy hosted the computer-simulated drills at a training center at Changi naval base.

Aside from China and Taiwan, ASEAN members Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam have had overlapping claims in the South China Sea, where a bulk of the commerce and oil that fuel's Asia's bustling economies transits through.

It's a successful prelude to actual maneuvers at sea that are planned for October in China, said Col. Lim Yu Chuan of the Singapore navy.

Captain Liang Zhijia of the Chinese navy said the simulated and field drills are good platforms to build trust and confidence.

The U.S. accused China of deploying "anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, and electronic jammers" on the Spratly Islands and argued that "China's continued militarization of disputed features in the South China Sea only serve to raise tensions and destabilize the region".

China has accused the United States of meddling in an Asian dispute.

"We are all acutely aware of the storm clouds of the trade war", Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said at the opening of an ASEAN foreign ministers meeting on Thursday that precedes meetings with the United States and other nations.

As the Philippines has assumed the role of ASEAN-China country coordinator, China will strengthen coordination with the Philippines to promote China-ASEAN ties and regional cooperation, Wang said.

South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha shakes hands with her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono in Singapore talks on Aug. 2 2018
South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha shakes hands with her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono in Singapore talks on Aug. 2 2018

While not specifying the exact security assistance to be given, Pompeo said the funds were just a "down payment" on Washington's commitment to the region.

"The United States is a Pacific nation, and we remain committed to Asean centrality under our Indo-Pacific strategy", he said. China has come under intense criticisms for the aggressive action but it has said it has the right to build on its territory and defend them at all costs.

Other Asian and Western nations have weighed in on the territorial conflicts, calling for the rule of law to be upheld and the disputes to be resolved peacefully, and not by force or intimidation.

At a meeting in Singapore, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini assured her Southeast Asian counterparts that they could count on Europe as a free trade partner.

"Firstly, we urge the USA side to adopt a correct attitude and not attempt to blackmail China because it will not work", Geng told reporters during a regular press briefing.

"We welcome the further strengthening (of) our cooperation in cybersecurity with Russia through the issuance of the statement of ASEAN and Russian foreign ministers", the draft of the ten-member communique stated, adding that the title of the statement could change depending on negotiations.

Pompeo is also focusing on another major regional flashpoint at the forum - rival claims in the South China Sea and China's growing presence there. The South China Sea is considered a powder keg in a region where varying claimants have had armed confrontations. A counter-terrorism symposium and cybersecurity workshop will be held in Singapore later this year to encourage inter-state dialogue on how to combat the root cause of terrorism, violent extremism, and radicalism.

Related News:

Most liked

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational tee times, pairings: When Tiger Woods starts Round 1
And it was the seventh time he shot 66 or better in the opening round of this tournament; he won five of the previous six times.

LeBron James Opens Public School For "At-Risk" Kids In Akron, OH
From the moment LeBron James made it known that he would be joining the Lakers , he has taken a low-key approach to this move . Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James might have gone Hollywood but that doesn't mean he forgot about his hometown.

Detained U.S. pastor 'needs to come home,' Pompeo warns Turkey
Pompeo discussed the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been in custody in Turkey since 2016 on terror charges. Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999, has denied any role in the 2016 coup attempt.

What We Know About the 9 Astronauts Flying the New Commercial Ships
Ferguson, who has been involved from the start in the Starliner's development, flew three shuttle missions as a Nasa astronaut. SpaceX, however, did move up the uncrewed test flight of its Dragon spacecraft from December to November of this year.