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America’s South China Sea operation a sign of support to Philippines


The move of the US Navy to sail near Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands shows Washington’s support for the Philippines‘ claims over the South China Sea. US officials earlier confirmed that guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey sailed within six nautical miles of Mischief Reef, one of China‘s artificial islands in the disputed waters. Beijing has … Continue reading

China says war with US becoming practical reality


War with the US under Donald Trump is “not just a slogan” and becoming a “practical reality”, a senior Chinese military official has said. The remarks were published on the People’s Liberation Army website, apparently in response to the aggressive rhetoric towards China from America’s new administration. They communicated a view from inside the Central … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, December 19, 2016


All eyes went to Taiwan this week. The Taipei Times shows an uptick in article views. China held no less than three military activities that made headlines in Taiwan’s backyard, and is reported to have broken its promise not to militarize it’s freshly-made islands. In one incident, the Japanese even responded. The topic of Taiwan’s … Continue reading

China flies nuclear-capable bomber in South China Sea after Trump Taiwan call


China flew a long-range nuclear-capable bomber outside China for the first time since President-elect Donald Trump spoke with the president of Taiwan, two US officials told Fox News. The dramatic show of force was meant to send a message to the new administration, according to the officials. It marks the second time Beijing flew bombers … Continue reading

Philippines, US halt plans on joint South China Sea patrols


Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Friday that he told the U.S. military that plans for joint patrols and naval exercises in the disputed South China Sea have been put on hold, the first concrete break in defence cooperation after months of increasingly strident comments by the country’s new president. Lorenzana also said that 107 … Continue reading

China criticises US, Japan, Australia for ‘fanning’ tensions in South China Sea


Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi criticised the United States, Japan and Australia for a joint statement on the South China Sea that he said was only “fanning the flames” of regional tensions just as countries have agreed to cool them down. Wang said in a statement Wednesday that the move by the three countries came … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, June 6, 2016


This week we see a new classroom game called “China Says”. China wants everyone to say that the South Sea is theirs. Manila wants Japan to say that Pacific nations should say otherwise. China says that no one else should say otherwise. The US says that China should be careful about what it says and … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, May 30, 2016


China has reportedly announced that it has been outdone by US technology. This implication came from the statement that it can only respond to the US “freedom of navigation” exercises by sending nuclear subs to the South China Sea. While some claim that the reports from Beijing are “exaggerated”, either scenario shows Beijing revealing its … Continue reading

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

Manila-Beijing relations to determine ASEAN growth


As the two possible ‘Joint Development Areas’ — “off Triton Island in the Paracels” and “Reed Bank off Philippine Palawan” [Note 1] — have almost been out of the minds of both the analysts and general public of the Philippines, a failure to revive the Manila–Beijing relation after the May 9 presidential election would jeopardize … Continue reading

US, Philippines launch joint South China Sea patrols


The US said Thursday it has launched joint South China Sea naval patrols with the Philippines, escalating its presence as it accused Beijing of “militarising” a region which is locked in territorial disputes. In a show of strength, US defence secretary Ashton Carter also announced that 275 troops and five A-10 ground attack aircraft currently … Continue reading

The U.S. just sent a carrier strike group to confront China in the South China Sea


The U.S. Navy has dispatched a small armada to the South China Sea. The carrier John C. Stennis, two destroyers, two cruisers and the 7th Fleet flagship have sailed into the disputed waters in recent days, according to military officials. The carrier strike group is the latest show of force in the tense region, with the U.S. asserting that China is … Continue reading

US says China will be bound by maritime arbitration ruling in South China Sea


A senior U.S. official says that an upcoming ruling on a case brought by the Philippines to arbitrate territorial claims in the South China Sea will also be binding on China despite its boycott of the proceedings. China contends it won’t be bound by the ruling that the Hague-based tribunal will deliver this year. Chinese … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, February 22, 2016


China is deploying weapons. The US is responding with pressure—mostly economic, some political, always involving alliances. Money and trade are atop the list. China’s unusual manipulation of its money is documented and under more scrutiny than ever. According to Chinese State-run media, China has weapons on disputed islands by right. According to the government, US … Continue reading

U.S. says it is open to patrols with Philippines in waters disputed with China


The United States is open to the possibility of joint naval patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea, a U.S. diplomat said Wednesday, stressing it would continue to exercise “freedom of navigation” in the disputed waters. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of world trade … Continue reading

South China Sea: China creates facts, builds ground to serve them.


It was 1829 and a young nation seeking to protect key sea lanes dispatched a commodore to remote islets and reefs, “over which the sea broke.” He found safe anchorage and went on to report if a hostile power should occupy them, national interests would be in “deadly peril”; and that “nothing but absolute naval … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, January 6, 2016


No one is happier today than Beijing. More hoops for law-abiding gun owners to hop through means an easier cakewalk if China invaded it’s number one enemy. Without the logistic ability to invade the US, all of China’s antics in the Pacific, including landing the first plane on their man-made military islands, are dead in … Continue reading

China buys Russian Su-35 fighter jets to patrol South China Sea


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report in mil.huanqiu.com says that China had a long and hard discussion with Russia for 7 years for the purchase of Russian Su-35 fighter jets, until it entered into a contract of purchase of 24 Su-35s for US$2 billion. The … Continue reading

Malaysia joins the stand against China in South China Sea dispute


Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister said the country must defend encroachment of its sovereignty in a veiled swipe at China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, as tensions flared ahead of a regional meeting that Beijing will attend. Without directly referring to China, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi questioned why land was being reclaimed on coral areas … Continue reading

Chinese admiral says South China Sea belongs to China – because it has ‘China’ in its name


Speaking at this year’s First Sea Lord/RUSI International Sea Power Conference in London, Chinese Vice Admiral Yuan Yubai, commander of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) North Sea Fleet, did not shy away from controversy. He emphatically stated that the South China Sea belongs to China. “The South China Sea, as the name indicates, is … Continue reading

China to turn Mischief Reef into ‘Pearl Harbor of the South China Sea’


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: The “On Military and War” column of news.ifeng.com published an article titled “Turning Mischief Reef into the Pearl Harbor of the South China Sea is of vital importance” on the advantages of the artificial island reclaimed there in serving as China’s forefront … Continue reading

China deployed artillery on disputed island in South China Sea


The United States has spotted a pair of mobile artillery vehicles on an artificial island that China is building in the South China Sea, a resource-rich stretch of ocean crossed by vital shipping lanes, American officials said. China’s construction program on previously uninhabited atolls and reefs in the Spratly Islands has already raised alarm and … Continue reading

China’s aggression is a godsend for the United States


In colonial texts about China, the ruling mandarins were often described as inscrutable—cunning, and full of intricate stratagems born of the world’s oldest bureaucracy. The opacity of its Communist leaders helped perpetuate some of those stereotypes, but they are truly nonsense. The Chinese government makes mistakes, even big ones, like its baffling ocean dispute in … Continue reading

China responds to US ‘provocations’ in South China Sea by a direct challenge, increasing building on artificial islands


The following is based on translations from reports in Chinese media: In the face of the Pentagon’s anticipated next move to send warships and warplanes to patrol the areas of the South China Sea that China claims as its territorial waters, China has not stopped its construction of artificial islands there but instead held the … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, May 18, 2015


It all happened in a week. Man-made land isn’t sovereign land says UN. 12 nautical miles is “sovereign”. US Navy to park inside 12 miles of China’s man-made islets in the making; a volatile military standoff is inevitable. A US invitation to Beijing for annual Navy practice must also invite Taiwan! Beijing rebukes. Taiwan’s controlling, … Continue reading

US to deploy nuclear-capable bombers to Australia to send message to China


The United States announced that it will deploy nuclear-capable strategic bombers in Australia as China becomes increasingly concerned about US interference at what China claims is its borders. The United States will station B-1 strategic bombers in Australia, US Assistant Secretary of Defense David Shear told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. The move … Continue reading

U.S. proposes military challenge to China over South China Sea claims


The U.S. military is considering using aircraft and Navy ships to directly contest Chinese territorial claims to a chain of rapidly expanding artificial islands, U.S. officials said, in a move that would raise the stakes in a regional showdown over who controls disputed waters in the South China Sea. Defence Secretary Ash Carter has asked … Continue reading

China is claiming air space over disputed areas of the South China Sea


China has warned Philippine air force and navy planes at least six times to leave areas around the disputed South China Sea, the Philippine military commander responsible for the region told a Senate hearing on Thursday. While Vice Admiral Alexander Lopez gave no timeframe, a senior Philippine air force official told Reuters the warnings had … Continue reading

Calls to punish China grow


Following a year of China’s flagrant and aggressive activities in contested waters, some in Washington are calling for President Obama to cancel China’s invitation to the largest maritime military exercise in the world. Some leaders in Congress and the military want to exclude China, warning about its military buildup in the East China Sea and … Continue reading

Asean chief says ‘can’t accept’ China’s South China Sea claims


The secretary-general of Southeast Asia’s 10-member trade and security bloc Sunday said the group can’t agree to China’s use of its so-called nine-dash line to claim the contested waters of the South China Sea as Beijing continues its land-reclamation efforts in the area. China’s island-building project in the Spratly Islands in particular has raised concerns … 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

China connects Spratly Islands to TV and mobile phone networks, so troops will no longer feel lonely


The following is based on translations from Chinese media: China’s qianzhan.com reports that in early March, the islands and reefs occupied by China in the Spratly Islands will  covered by China’s mobile phone and TV networks. That is quite a big investment as those islands and reefs spread over quite a large area. However, it … Continue reading

South China Sea: China reclaims land on yet another reef, to show disregard to US, Vietnam and Philippines


The following is a translation from Chinese media: In addition to the artificial islands China has been building on Johnson South Reef, Cuarteron Reef, Hughes Reef, Mckennan Reef, Gaven Reef, Eldad Reef, Fiery Cross Reef and Mischief Reef, China has also been building artificial islands on one more reef – the Subi Reef in the … Continue reading

Destroy Chinese military bases in South China Sea now, says Philippines


This is the reality: China’s military leaders are rushing the construction of military bases in six different reef areas inside the Philippines’ exclusive 200 mile economic zone. The Philippines is doing nothing to immediately stop it. In a year’s time, these bases will practically be completed. Once they are completed fighter planes, bombers, helicopters, missiles … Continue reading

With J-20 fighters on artificial islands, China plans to dominate the South China Sea


In my article “Chinese Troops to Seize Zhongye Island Back from the Philippines in 2014” on January 11, 2014, I said, Chinese troops were planning to seize Zhongye Island back from the Philippines in 2014”. In my article two days later, I said, “The world’s largest aircraft carrier, the Ford costs $12.8 billion to build … Continue reading

Confirmed: China is building a military base near Japan


New satellite images have largely confirmed earlier reports that China is building a military base near the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands that Japan also claims and administers. Last week IHS Jane’s reported that satellite images from October 2014 show that China is building a heliport with 10 landing pads and wind turbines on Nanji Island, which is … Continue reading

Vietnam launches legal challenge against China’s South China Sea claims


Vietnam and China moved their sabre-rattling over the South China Sea into the legal arena this week as Hanoi lodged a submission with an arbitral tribunal at The Hague and rejected a Chinese position paper. Beijing swiftly dismissed Vietnam’s challenge. In a statement on Thursday, the Vietnamese foreign ministry rejected China’s December 7 position paper, … Continue reading

US State Department says China’s nine-dashed line in South China Sea wouldn’t pass any legal test


Last week the US State Department released a useful report on China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea. As M Taylor Fravel tweeted, it is a must-read for anyone interested in maritime security, the law of the sea, or China’s foreign policy. The report focuses on China’s so-called ‘nine-dashed line‘ and the different interpretations … Continue reading

China rejects arbitration with Philippines in South China Sea dispute


The following commentary is based on media releases by the Chinese government: Reuters says in its report “China denounces Philippine ‘pressure’ over sea dispute arbitration” yesterday, that China has denounced the Philippines for putting it under pressure with international arbitration on South China Sea territorial disputes. According to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China … Continue reading

Vietnam warships visit Philippines amid South China Sea dispute


Vietnam on Tuesday showed off its two most powerful warships in the first-ever port call to the Philippines, but an official said it was not trying to challenge China’s superior naval forces amid tension in the South China Sea. Hanoi invited the diplomatic community to its Russian-built frigates, which were docked in Manila Bay at … Continue reading

Philippines convicts Chinese poachers despite Beijing’s warnings


A Philippine court on Monday found nine Chinese fishermen guilty of poaching and environmental crimes for fishing in disputed waters, in a case that has strained relations with China. The nine, arrested in May, were fined $100,000 each for poaching with an additional 120,000 pesos ($2,730) fine for catching an endangered species, prosecutor Allen Ross … Continue reading

China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip


Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defence publication said. The construction has stoked concern that China may be converting disputed territory in the mineral-rich archipelago into military … Continue reading

China’s reclamation projects in South China Sea will not strengthen its claims


China‘s reclamation projects in the disputed waters of the West Philippine Sea won’t strengthen its claims, a legal analyst said. Robert Beckman, director of the Centre for International Law, said in a S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) commentary on Wednesday that China is not the only one claiming sovereignty over the islands and … Continue reading

Philippines General seeks arms upgrade as China threat expands


Philippine military chief Gregorio Pio Catapang likens his task to a boxing match. Dwarfed by neighbours like China, with whom ties are strained, he’d like his forces to last at least a few rounds in the ring. “Even if we are a bantam-weight fighting against a heavy weight, we are going to defend our sovereignty … Continue reading

Philippines to propose no action to raise tension with China in sea disputes


The Philippines will propose a freeze on all activity that raises tension in disputed waters in the South China Sea as part of a three-part plan at a regional security meeting next month, Manila‘s foreign minister said on Tuesday. Southeast Asian foreign ministers will hold security talks with various counterparts including those from the United … Continue reading

The Cham: Vietnam’s descendants of ancient rulers of South China Sea


In Vietnam, roughly 160,000 members of the Cham ethnic minority, whose forebears dominated the South China Sea for more than a millennium, are quietly watching on the sidelines of the escalating conflict in the waters they may have a historical claim to: Tensions in the South China Sea reignited last month, when China deployed a … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, May 26


Prelude To Conflict China and the West want China and the West to know that they are in a prelude to war. Here are a few reasons why from recently… Taiwan, Vietnam in discussions over protecting investors …Taiwan-Vietnam relations continue to change and develop, either toward friendship or separation. Either direction will increase the likelihood … Continue reading

China continues advance into South China Sea; military base to be built on artificial island


The No. 9 Design & Research Institute of China State Shipbuilding Corporation recently displayed on its official website its proposed design of an artificial island to be built on a reef in the South China Sea. It aims at providing a reserve of designs for an artificial island China may build there. On the website, … Continue reading

Chinese warships aim uncovered guns at Vietnamese ships in South China Sea


Chinese vessels guarding the oil rig illegally planted in Vietnam’s waters threatened and even attempted to ram Vietnamese vessels on Wednesday, but the Vietnamese force did not waver in the face of the attacks. The attacks by Chinese ships began at 7:30 am on Wednesday, when seven Chinese maritime surveillance and coast guard ships moved … Continue reading

Philippines says China appears to be building airstrip on disputed reef


The Philippines accused China on Wednesday of reclaiming land on a reef in disputed islands in the South China Sea, apparently to build an airstrip, only a day after Washington described Beijing’s actions in the region as “provocative”. If confirmed, the airstrip would be the first built by China on any of the eight reefs … Continue reading

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