Taiwan sends frigate to South China Sea after court ruling

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Taiwan backs China by sending frigate to South China Sea following international ruling July 13, 2016 View post tag: South China Sea Taiwan has sent a stealth frigate to patrol the Spratly Islands region in the South China Sea following the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling in the maritime jurisdiction case brought against China by the Philippines.A Kangding-class frigate was sent to the region on July 13 with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen attending the send-off, Taiwan Today reported.The South China Sea ruling made July 12 by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague concluded that China’s territorial claims in the region have no legal grounding.The court made a differentiation between rocks and islands and low-tide elevations declaring that only naturally formed islands qualified for a 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone. This means that most of the rocks and artificially-built islands upon which China’s so-called nine dash line was based on did not give China jurisdiction over the territory.Both China and Taiwan rejected the ruling declaring the tribunal illegal.Taiwanese Minister of Foreign Affairs David Tawei Lee said the ruling was unacceptable to the Republic of China (Taiwan) and was not legally binding on the nation.“This so-called Arbitral Tribunal was born out of the unlawful behavior and illegal claims of the Philippines. Its existence is illegal, and whatever ruling it makes is null and void, with no binding force,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a regular press conference. Taiwan backs China by sending frigate to South China Sea following international ruling Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

Liverpool, Arsenal off to flying starts in new Premier League season

first_imgBy Simon EvansLIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Liverpool and Arsenal got off to winning starts with victories over promoted sides on the opening day of the new Premier League season yesterday.Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick, including two penalties as champions Liverpool won a seven-goal thriller with hugely impressive Leeds United at Anfield with the Egyptian grabbing the win from the spot in the 88th minute of a 4-3 victory.Arsenal enjoyed a more comfortable opening day with a 3-0 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage. Crystal Palace beat Southampton 1-0 with Wilfried Zaha on target.Liverpool took just four minutes to get on target — Leeds debutant German defender Robin Koch was ruled to have handled a Salah shot and the Egyptian blasted home the spot-kick.Jack Harrison equalised for Leeds eight minutes later with a fine solo goal before Liverpool restored their lead in the 20th minute with Virgil van Dijk left unmarked to head in an Andy Robertson corner.Marcelo Bielsa’s side, back in the top flight after a 16-year absence, rallied again with Patrick Bamford slotting home after van Dijk had failed to deal with a ball over the top.Salah blasted Liverpool back in front, 12 minutes before the break but Leeds hit back for a third time through Polish midfielder Mateusz Klich, who made it 3-3.Liverpool secured the points in the 88th minute with another Salah penalty after substitute Rodrigo Moreno clumsily brought down Fabinho.“What a game, what an opponent, what a performance from both teams. A proper spectacle, I loved that,” said Klopp.“It is pretty rare you see that many goals in a game and we have left space for improvement in our defending but that is not unusual for a first game,” added the German.Liverpool are now unbeaten in 60 straight league games at Anfield — the kind of consistency that Mikel Arteta must dream about at Arsenal but the Gunners at least took care of business in West London.Alexander Lacazette fired the visitors ahead in the eighth minute after poor defending by the home side before new signing Gabriel made it 2-0 in the 49th and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the icing on the cake with a superb shot into the top corner.Crystal Palace forward Zaha scored his 50th league goal for the club as they beat Southampton 1-0 to secure a home victory on the opening day of a Premier League campaign for the first time.The hosts went ahead against the run of play as Zaha, who had managed only one goal in his previous 21 games, met Andros Townsend’s pin-point cross from the right with a side-footed volley past goalkeeper Alex McCarthy in the 13th minute.Southampton defender Kyle Walker-Peters was shown a straight red for a high challenge before referee Jon Moss changed it to a yellow following the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).West Ham United were hosting Newcastle United later yesterday while today Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur take on Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton.last_img read more

Appiah well aware of final-round dangers

first_imgGhana coach Kwasi Appiah says final round qualifying matches are never easy in international football.The Black Stars play Malawi in Accra on Saturday in the first leg of the final round fixture in the qualifying for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.Despite sitting 59 places above Malawi on the world ranking table, Appiah insists his players will not underestimate the threat posed by the Flames when they kick off at the Accra Sports Stadium at 15:30GMT.According to Appiah, the Black Stars are prepared for the tricky encounter.“When the competition reaches a stage like this, every side is prepared for it. The tie is decided over two matches. And over two games, it doesn’t matter the size of a country, it’s about the preparation, determination and hardwork of your side that will get you through,” Appiah told www.ghanafa.org ahead of the game on Saturday.Appiah is very confident that his team can do a good job in the first leg. “What I demand of my team is to put in the hardwork and get out there to do same. We’re well aware that they [Malawi] will be attempting to cause problems.“We must deal with it and be ambitious. So, what matters to me is to do our best. Sometimes, it might not be too pleasing for the eye but we have to give off our best and get the results. We won’t underestimate them.”The winner over both legs qualifies for next year’s tournament in South Africa.Thirty countries have been split into 15 home-and-away ties with the winners joining hosts, South Africa, who are automatic qualifiers for the Nations Cup.Next year’s finals will mark the last time that the Nations Cup will be held in even-number years since Ethiopia staged the 1968 finals. The competition switches to uneven-number years from 2013 to avoid every second tournament being staged in the same year as a World Cup.last_img read more