KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A Chinese government survey ship is tagging an exploration vessel operated by Malaysia’s state oil company Petronas in disputed waters in the South China Sea, three regional security sources said on Friday.
The United States has accused China of taking advantage of the distraction of the coronavirus pandemic to advance its presence in the South China Sea. Malaysia regularly tracked Chinese naval and coastguard vessels entering Malaysia’s territorial waters, but China respects Malaysia and had “not done anything that caused us trouble, so far”, Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu told Reuters last month.
Get unlimited access to The Straits Times and more at S$ 0.99/month. The government made a submission to the United Nations two weeks ago on its rights over the remaining portion of a continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the country's baselines, Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told Parliament on Thursday (Aug 13).
“We do not know its purpose but it is not carrying out any activities against the law,” he said, according to the report. He reported the Dayang Topaz dragged anchor in stormy weather, which caused it to drift into the oil platform.
Of the 186 aboard the Dayang Topaz, 62 remained on the ship with the others fleeing. He reported the Dayang Topaz dragged anchor in stormy weather, which caused it to drift into the oil platform. But a log-in is still required for our PDFs. On Wednesday, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said the Haiyang Dizhi 8 was conducting normal activities and accused U.S. officials of smearing Beijing. China’s Haiyang Dizhi 8 entered waters near Malaysia on Thursday, according to ship tracking website Marine Traffic. He added: “We will continue to take necessary measures to safeguard national sovereignty and security interests.”, South China Sea DISASTER as Malaysia support ship collides with oil rig, UK risks wrath of China as talks begin with Taiwan to increase £7bn trade post-Brexit.
Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) chief Mohamad Zubil Mat Som issued a statement detailing how the crew members of the Dayang Topaz collided with the platform.
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