- NewsThe Telegraph
China has quietly changed how it identifies a vast stretch of international waters in a shipping regulation, indicating it as a “coastal” region, rather than “offshore,” as authorities seek to exert even greater control over the South China Sea. The amended regulation, first drafted in the 1970s, went into effect on Saturday, and establishes a “navigation area” from China’s Hainan island in the south, all the way down to the disputed Paracel Islands, which sit east of Vietnam’s coastline. The revision, however small, allows Beijing yet another avenue to justify its claims in the region. “The move is pretty consistent with the broader, general patterns of China seeking ‘creeping jurisdiction’ using domestic laws to assert its claims and extend control in the South China Sea,” said Collin Koh,a research fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. “With those domestic laws and regulations being implemented quietly without fanfare, the less likely it’ll attract undue external attention, so that over time a fair accompli is created - in other words, for Beijing to change facts on the ground.” The risk, in the long run, is that this area of ocean already flanked by Chinese military interests and installations, could turn a navigational zone to a “future security alert zone,” he said. The change comes as China has displayed increasing swagger in the South China Sea, where Beijing and a number of Southeast Asian countries all lay claim to the rocks, reefs and waters.
- SportThe Independent
Kasper Schmeichel could “bring the standard up” at Manchester United if the Red Devils were to sign the Leicester goalkeeper, according to Mark Bosnich, who has experience between the posts for the 20-time English champions.Bosnich represented United between 1989 and 1991 before returning to Old Trafford in 1999 for another two-year stint.
- SportEvening Standard
Transfer news LIVE: Sancho to Man Utd close, Willian to Arsenal, Ben Godfrey latest, Dunk and Havertz to Chelsea
Welcome to the Evening Standard‘s rolling transfer news and rumours live blog as the summer transfer speculation increases.The window officially opened this week after the completion of the delayed 2019-2020 Premier League season. Premier League clubs will now be busy reshaping their squad ahead of the new campaign, with the window scheduled to close on October 5.