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  • INDONESIA: The Indonesian Navy will move the headquarters of its combat squad to Natuna islands, bordering the South China Sea, most of which is claimed by China despite competing claims from Vietnam, the Philippines, and Malaysia. The waters around the islands are believed to have rich reserves of undiscovered oil and gas. The islands are located on a crucial passage for commercial shipping.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY

 

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  • REGIONAL: Japan and Australia agreed on a breakthrough defence pact, amid concern over the disputed South China Sea, where China is extending its military influence. Japan and Australia said they also shared concerns about the East China Sea and Hong Kong where China has imposed a strict new national security law, clamping down on dissent.

SOURCE: REUTERS

 

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  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will finish up a five-day tour of Asia in which he has harangued partners and would-be partners to push back against China’s increasing political and military inroads in the region. Pompeo made it clear to the government of India that America will support its Asian almost ally. Holds talks with Vietnam’s leadership amid Washington’s push to contain Beijing in South China Sea.

SOURCES: THE DIPLOMAT   NATIONAL INTEREST   SCMP

 

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  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to visit Jakarta to persuade Indonesia to align itself more closely to the US-led Quadrilateral Security Dialogue in confronting security threats from China. The Quad is slowly evolving into a mechanism for military cooperation, and the outcome will depend significantly on whether China increases its aggressiveness in the South China Sea.

SOURCE: ASPISTRATEGIST ORG

 

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  • SOUTH CHINA SEA: Japan and Vietnam have agreed to sign defence deal with Vietnam. Details were not immediately available. Analysts say is part of Japan’s attempts to stand up to China in the South China Sea, where Beijing is embroiled in territorial disputes with Southeast Asian nations including Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines.

SOURCE: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

 

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  • SOUTH CHINA SEA: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has lifted the moratorium on petroleum exploration in the South China Sea, paving the way for three projects to resume energy-related activity in the area (which had been suspended from 2014 due to territorial disputes). The Philippines said the decision to lift the moratorium was arrived at “with full regard of the ongoing negotiations between the Philippines and China.

SOURCE: REUTERS

 

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  • TAIWAN: China says it tracked a US Navy warship as it passed through the Taiwan Strait and has its forces in the area on high alert, as tensions between the world’s two largest economies and rivals for regional influence continue to simmer. Although the Taiwan Strait is a public waterway, China is extremely sensitive to all US military moves in its periphery amid heightened tensions over Taiwan, the South China Sea, trade disputes and other issues.

SOURCE: ALARABIYA NET

 

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  • The situation in the South China Sea remains volatile and uncertain amid “aggressive actions” by China and as the U.S. patrols the area to ensure freedom of navigation, the Philippines’ military chief said.

SOURCE: BLOOMBERG

 

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  • Pakistan’s government is putting the finishing touches on plans to “provisionally” make the Gilgit-Baltistan region of disputed Kashmir part of the country, risking another high-stakes showdown with India. Pakistan’s move would feed Indian apprehensions that it might have to fight a high-altitude, two-front war against both China and Pakistan, analysts said. The region is also of key strategic importance to China.

SOURCE: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

 

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  • Malaysia will not follow United States in imposing sanctions on 24 Chinese companies, while tensions are escalating between China and the US over South China Sea issues, and countries in the region are being pressured by the US to pick sides.

SOURCE: STRAITS TIMES

 

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