Southeast nations failed to agree on maritime disputes in South China Sea after Cambodia blocked mention to the international court ruling against Beijing.
The Philippines and Vietnam both wanted a communiqué issued by ASEAN foreign ministers after their meeting to refer to the ruling and the need to respect international law, ASEAN diplomats were quoted as saying by Reuters.
Their foreign ministers both discussed the ruling with ASEAN counterparts in the Laotian capital. But before the meeting, China's closest ASEAN ally Cambodia opposed the proposed wording, throwing the group into disarray. Phnom Penh supports Beijing's opposition to any ASEAN stand on the South China Sea, and its preference for dealing with the disputed claims on a bilateral basis, the report said.
The ruling by the court in The Hague denied China's sweeping claims in the strategic seaway, through which more than $5 trillion in global trade passes each year.
China claims most of the sea, but ASEAN members the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei all have rival claims. Beijing says the ruling has no bearing on its rights in the sea, and described the case as a farce.
Beijing is considering fortifying South China Sea with increase in the number of defensive weapons, increase civilian construction and expand airports on some of the islands depending on the threat level.
Apart from the airports, other civilian facilities include maritime 4G signals to all seven inhabited islets in the Nansha Islands.
China is considering expanding the construction of civilian facilities on some of the South China Sea islands, and the scale of the construction depends on the threat level China faces in the region, analysts said.
China has unveiled a range of new weapons that include long-range missiles and others for sea and air combat amid calls by its top officials to be combat-ready following UN-backed tribunal verdict which stuck down Chinas rights in South China Sea. The Southern Theatre Command of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) which looks after the South China Sea front has unveiled a series of new weapons during a visit by top military officers
Beijing is considering fortifying South China Sea with increase in the number of defensive weapons, increase civilian construction and expand airports on some of the islands depending on the threat level. Apart from the airports, other civilian facilities include maritime 4G signals to all seven inhabited islets in the Nansha Islands
The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force will conduct combat air patrols in the disputed South China Sea on regular basis. The PLA Air Force recently conducted a combat air patrol with H-6K bombers and other aircraft including fighters, scouts and tankers to patrol islands and reefs including Huangyan Dao, a military spokesperson said Xinhua on Monday, adding that the patrols will become a "regular" practice in the future
Indonesian Air Force will hold its largest military exercise this week near some of its islands in South China Sea. “We want to show our existence in the area
Even as Japan has announced the deployment of US-made F-35 Stealth fighters, Chinese media has claimed that the home-grown stealth aircraft, the J-20 has completed its research and development phase and is entering the stage of mass production. The production is slated at two fighters per month and at this rate, China may be able to deploy 36 J-20 fighters by early 2018
China could place upto 24 fighter aircraft in hangers it is building in the disputed Spratly Islands, which the Philippines' claims is a part of its exclusive economic zone. Beijing has built three operational runways in the disputed Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi Reefsislands which it claims is for civilian use but in reality, military fighter and transport planes regularly operate to the islands, a report in Philstar
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