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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, April 25, 2016

North Korea launched a missile that travelled 1/10 the distance it needs to. Pyongyang considered it a “success”. China has come to a consensus about it’s activity in the South China Sea. The consensus did not include all ASEAN nations. And, the US continues to disagree with the consensus. The City Council Speaker of a … Continue reading

China is conducting air-sea patrols for Chinese oil rigs in waters disputed with Vietnam

The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news website: Major Chinese military site mil.huanqiu.com has published photos of Chinese oil rigs to the southwest of China’s Hainan Island and the patrol amphibious aircraft and ship that protect the oil rigs. The waters to the southwest of China’s Hainan Island … Continue reading

China using ground effect aircraft to strengthen its claim in the South China Sea

The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: China reported some time ago that it was developing large ground effect vehicles as a means of transport between China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea. In this way, China hopes to strengthen its claim on the South China Sea A ground effect vehicle … Continue reading

Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin returns to Beijing in challenge to President Xi Jinping

I have pointed out in my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements (Expanded 2nd Edition) that there are three black boxes in China: The CCP Politburo Standing Committee (PSC), the group of powerful elders who control China behind the scene and the secret police. I described how Xi Jinping obtained the powerful elders’ support for his cyclone … Continue reading

China to build 200,000-ton fish farming ship at Mischief Reef, territory claimed by Philippines

The following is translated from Chinese media: Chinese scientists are planning to intensify China’s exploitation of fish resources in the South China Sea. Lei Jilin, a research fellow at Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, repeatedly stressed in an interview with China Science Daily, “We will not merely guard our territories while neglecting exploiting our deep-sea … Continue reading

What was the US P-8 spy plane doing off China’s Hainan Island?

By now, half the world is aware of the reckless manner in which an armed PLA Navy fighter jet performed a ‘dangerous intercept’ of a USN P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) while it was performing what apparently was routine surveillance on… something. The media has been terming the P-8 as a spy plane and … Continue reading

China planes ‘violated Taiwanese airspace’

Two Chinese military aircraft violated Taiwan’s airspace on Monday, officials said, causing Taiwan to scramble jets. Taiwan said Chinese Y-8 maritime patrol planes entered the island’s ADIZ (air defence identification zone) in both the morning and the afternoon. Taiwan scrambled planes which “followed them closely to make sure they left”, an air force spokesman said. … Continue reading

Chinese jet’s aggressive intercept of US jet in international waters

A Chinese fighter came perilously close to a US military patrol plane over international waters east of China’s Hainan Island, the Pentagon has said. Spokesman John Kirby said that the US had protested to the Chinese military over the mid-air intercept, calling the fighter pilot’s actions “unsafe and unprofessional”. He said that the Chinese aircraft … Continue reading

Chinese oil rig leaves disputed waters near Vietnam

A Chinese oil rig has left disputed waters near the Paracel islands in the South China Sea, a month earlier than scheduled, and more than two months after its deployment to waters also claimed by Vietnam. China claims to have found signs of oil and gas, the official Chinese Xinhua news agency said. Vietnam’s coastguard … Continue reading

Chinese media claims three strategic nuclear submarines berthed in Hainan are superior to current submarines

Canada’s Kanwa Defence Review (a foreign Chinese media publication) published an article on May 23, 2014 on three strategic nuclear submarines emerging (SSBN) at Yalung Bay, Sanya, Hainan Island at the same time. Some analysts regard them as 094 submarines. The article regards the appearance as a trend deserving much attention. Taking into account the … Continue reading

Philippines police detain Chinese fishing boat in South China Sea

Philippines police seized a Chinese boat near ‘Half Moon Shoal‘ in the South China Sea on Wednesday after it was found to have hauled in 500 turtles. Philippine police confirmed the capture and said the vessel was being towed to southwestern Palawan province. China‘s official Xinhua news agency earlier reported contact had been lost with … Continue reading

China apprehending boats weekly in disputed South China Sea

Chinese patrols enforcing disputed new fishing rules in the South China Sea are apprehending foreign boats on a weekly basis, Communist Party officials said on Thursday. In comments that provide the first window on how China is enforcing new rules criticised by Washington, the party secretary for Hainan Island said Chinese patrols attempted to peacefully … Continue reading

Child sex abuse cases in China prompt concern: ‘Teacher, leave those kids alone’

Suddenly all kinds of people in China are offering to sleep with the headmaster. The unusual outpouring is in response to a recent spate of sex abuse cases, including that of a school principal who spent the night in a hotel room with four underage girls. Artists, activists, university students and police officers are photographing … Continue reading

China’s underage sex scandals spark anger over ‘weak’ law

A series of sex scandals involving underage girls has prompted widespread public anger and calls for a review of Chinese laws. Early May 2013, official media reported that six primary schoolgirls aged around 10 and 11 were taken by a headmaster and a government official to hotels in Hainan island’s Wanning city and sexually assaulted. … Continue reading

China: One more type 054A frigate commissioned

Xinhua reports that a frigate was commissioned for the South China Sea fleet of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) navy on Friday, the China News Service says. The frigate Yueyang is capable of long-range surveillance, as well as air defence and anti-submarine operations, according to the report. At a ceremony held in Sanya, a port … Continue reading

China’s new hydrophonic detection net able to detect US nuclear submarines

According to China Science Daily’s report, China has completed the establishment at Lingshui, Hainan Province, its national marine acoustics research base, which is its first hydrophonic observation and detection net. According to Taiwan comments, that is China’s first public report on the completion of its sonar observation and detection array at the bottom of the … Continue reading

China holds ‘war games’ in South China Sea

Chinese military forces last week held air and ground defence exercises in the protested Sansha City in the southern province of Hainan, the prefecture established last year to govern the disputed Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). The exercises were held amid a string of already controversial moves China has made … Continue reading

China: State firms paid half the bribes rail executive Luo Jinbao received

About half of the bribes taken by a former top railways executive came from other state-owned railway companies, prosecutors have said, painting a damning portrait of rampant corruption in the sector. During the trial of former China Railway Container Transport chairman Luo Jinbao in Heilongjiang last week, it was revealed that several state railway companies … Continue reading

Alarm over shrinking coral reefs in South China Sea

China‘s economic boom has seen its coral reefs shrink by at least 80 per cent over the past 30 years, a joint Australian study found yesterday, with researchers describing “grim” levels of damage and loss. Scientists from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and the South China Sea Institute of … Continue reading

China’s evolving core security needs: Active defence or subtle offence?

A blueprint of China’s future defence framework was outlined by outgoing President Hu Jintao in his report delivered to the 18th Communist Party of China Congress last November. It called for the creation of a national defence and armed forces commensurate to China’s standing, enabling it to address the country’s security challenges which continuously grow … Continue reading

As China’s clout grows, sea policy proves unfathomable

Imagine if the U.S. state of Hawaii passed a law allowing harbour police to board and seize foreign boats operating up to 1,000 km (600 miles) from Honolulu. That, in effect, is what happened in China about a week ago. The tropical province of Hainan, home to beachfront resorts and one of China’s largest naval … Continue reading

South China Sea enters gunboat diplomacy

We are on the brink of gunboat diplomacy. The past four weeks saw the swiftest escalation in recent years of tensions over the territorial disputes between China and its neighbors in the Asia-Pacific. The tensions spiralled in late November when the province of Hainan, in the southern coastal region of China, issued an imperial-sounding edict … Continue reading

Philippine Government denounces China’s new maritime law (South China Sea)

The Philippine Government recently denounced China‘s new maritime law that will allow its border patrol to board and expel foreign ships in the South China Sea. In a statement through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine officials described the policy as a “gross violation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South … Continue reading

China gives police power to board and expel foreign ships in South China Sea

China has granted its border patrol police the right to board and expel foreign ships entering disputed waters in the South China Sea, state media reported Thursday. The move comes after Beijing issued new passports containing a map showing its claim to almost the whole of the South China Sea, infuriating its neighbours. Vietnam and … Continue reading

China’s newest city: Sansha to build 83 low-rent apartments

Authorities in Sansha City, which was established last week on Yongxing Island in China‘s southernmost province of Hainan, have decided to build 83 low-rent apartments for its residents, the People’s Daily reported on July 30, 2012. The island is currently home to 159 people and their wooden houses are vulnerable to harsh weather. The new … Continue reading

China: Sansha capital Yongxing Island under strict military control

Hong Kong Ming Pao’s reporter has recently been on Yongxing Island and found that the island is under strict military control due to the rising tensions in the South China Sea. The reporter says the scenery on the island is wonderful, but as it is the biggest island and the most important military base on … Continue reading

Large military hospital built for South China Sea actions

A large military hospital, newly built on Hainan Island, indicates that China’s hard-line attitude in the South China Sea is not merely bluffing. Hong Kong’s Ming Pao says that the Chinese military’s PLA Daily quoted Major General Li Shuzhang, President of PLA General Hospital: “the large military medical city in Sanya, Hainan that was formally … Continue reading

Large Chinese fishing fleet sets out for Nansha disputed territory

According to various Chinese media including Xinhua, yesterday morning a fleet of 30 fishing boats held a setting sail ceremony at Sanya, Hainan Province. Among them was a 3,000-ton master ship and 29 fishing boats with tonnage of more than 140 tons each. They will fish in Nansha area near Fiery Cross Reef for about … Continue reading

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